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CTV and A Channel preview fall 2009

In fall 2009, series debut, television, tv on 06/02/2009 at 9:59 pm

CTV and sister outlet A Channel announced their fall schedules Tuesday and it looks like A Channel is getting the lion’s share of new shows. Big surprise. Never mind that I don’t get A Channel on Videotron digital. Bah!

A Channel

New dramas

The Middle: “The Hecks are a middle class family living in the middle of Indiana, just trying to keep their heads above water.” Stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Eden Sher as Sue, Atticus Shaffer as Brick and Charlie McDermott as Axel.

Beautiful Life: From Ashton Kutcher, this is a drama set on and around the catwalks and catfights. Two teen models (Sara Paxton, Ben Hollingsworth) are at the threshhold of fame.  There’s a jealous older model (Mischa Barton) and an agent (Elle Macpherson). Sharpening claws now.

Eastwick: Our man Paul Gross gets another U.S. series, this time starring not as a mountie but as … the devil? … in this adaptation of John Updike’s novel (which was make into a movie starring Jack Nicholson), The Witches of Eastwick. Also stars Rebecca Romijn as Roxie Torcoletti, Lindsay Price as Joanna Frankel, Jamie Ray Newman as Kat Gardener, Sara Rue as Penny, Veronica Cartwright as Bun, Johann Urb as Will, Jon Bernthal as Raymond and Ashley Benson as Mia.

Flash Forward: Big money on this one (ABC hopes), based on Robert J. Sawyer’s novel, and from executive producers David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and Brannon Braga (24). “When a mysterious event causes the entire world to black out, humanity is given a glimpse into its near future, and every man, woman and child is forced to come to grips with whether their destinies can be avoided or fulfilled.” Stars Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, John Cho as Demetri Noh, Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford, Courtney B. Vance as Stan Wedeck, Brian O’Byrne as Aaron Stark, Christine Woods as Janis Hawk, Zachary Knighton as Bryce Varley and Peyton List as Nicole.

Returning

America’s Next Top Model, Law and Order SVU, Gossip Girl, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, Castle, Monk, Fringe, Private Practice, Law and Order, Medium, Comedy Now

New comedies

Hank: “Kelsey Grammer stars in this timely comedy as Hank Pryor, a titan of industry who suddenly finds himself out of work, almost out of money and around a wife and kids for whom he’s never made much time. Despite his recent setbacks, … he knows he is destined to return to greatness. And he is – just not the greatness he imagines.”

CTV

New daytime

The Dr. Oz Show: Oprah’s medical guru gets his own show. Weekdays at 5 p.m.

New drama

The Vampire Diaries: Based on LJ Smith’s novels about two vampire brothers (Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley), who are new in town, and Elena (Nina Dobrev), who returns to her high school after the tragic death of her parents.  I know what you’re thinking, but  you’re wrong. This is nothing like the Twilight film and novel series about a young girl who meets the new kid in town who just happens to be a vampire… Heyyyyyyy!

The Bridge (midseason): “Drama about a tough and dedicated police officer who is voted to become the police union’s dynamic leader.  To serve the public as well as his 8,000 fellow officers, charismatic Frank Leo (Aaron Douglas) battles criminals on the street, corruption in the ranks and his own bosses.”

Returning

Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, Cold Case, Dancing with the Stars, CSI: Miami, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Dancing with the Stars, Law & Order: SVU, America’s Next Top Model, Criminal Minds, CSI NY, CSI, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mentalist, Ghost Whisperer, Southland, Flashpoint

— Denise Duguay

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