TORONTO (June 5, 2014) – CTV unveiled today a powerful 2014/15 primetime schedule featuring a peerless mix of returning Top 20 hits and television’s most-promising new programs, immediately strengthening Canada’s most-watched network. Delivering the most reliable television schedule available in North America, CTV has maximized scheduling opportunities, made strategic timeslot moves, and introduced key new series on four out of seven nights and in all timeslots. In addition to its previously announced new acquisitions of nine new dramas and two new comedies, CTV also revealed today it has secured two more instant hits for its fall schedule: America’s #1 new comedy, THE MILLERS, and Sunday-night success story RESURRECTION. In total, CTV’s fall schedule features 19 hours of primetime simulcast programming weekly, more than any other Canadian network. CTV’s 2014/15 schedule – featuring six new dramas and two new comedies premiering this fall – will be presented by Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming, at the #CTVUpfront presentation today in Toronto.
Remarked King: “Some networks program to women, others to men. We’re not the home of comedy, nor the home of drama. CTV is the home of hit television, delivering mass audiences every night of the week, in every timeslot, in every genre. It’s the result of programming diversity, scheduling balance, and staying ahead of trends, all which are represented in our new schedule.”
The new series complement Canada’s most-successful original production slate for network television, announced today, including the #1 Canadian drama SAVING HOPE. The hit original series returns this fall for Season 3 with an abridged, five-episode arc on Thursdays at 9 p.m. following GREY’S ANATOMY. Culminating with a cliffhanger finale this fall, 13 additional episodes will air mid-season, on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Canadian success stories MASTERCHEF CANADA, MOTIVE, and the #1 Canadian sitcom SPUN OUT, which was renewed for a second season today, also return with new episodes in 2014/15 on CTV.
Timeslot Sharing with Short-Order Series
CTV will also introduce in 2014/15 a collection of limited-run event series with reduced episode orders, and pair them with other series in the same timeslot. Programmed for continuity, the strategy delivers appointment television with more fresh content and less repeats:
Tuesdays at 9 p.m.: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D./AGENT CARTER/S.H.I.E.L.D.
Wednesdays at 10 p.m. GREY’S ANATOMY / SAVING HOPE / GREY’S ANATOMY
Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.: TWO AND A HALF MEN / THE ODD COUPLE
Thursdays at 10 p.m.: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER / SECRETS & LIES
Sundays at 9 p.m.: RESURRECTION / AMERICAN CRIME
Sundays at 10 p.m.: CSI / CSI: CYBER