CTV cranks up the heat with new summer schedule
CTV reveals a summer schedule starring this summer’s most buzzed-about new reality series. The sizzling line-up of must-see reality TV features Mark Burnett’s new extreme competition/adventure series "Expedition Impossible" (June 21) hosted by Canada’s Dave Salmoni; the steamy dating series "Love in the Wild" (June 1) from the producers of "Survivor" and "The Apprentice"; and Jerry Bruckheimer’s no-holds-barred, interrogation thriller "Take the Money and Run" (July 28).
Additionally, CTV introduces a new, end-of-weekend comedy lineup on Sunday nights with a hilarious two-hour comedy block beginning June 19. The hilarity kicks off with episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (June 5), leading into Season 2 of "Dan for Mayor" (June 5) at 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET. Then, the return of all-new episodes of "Hot in Cleveland" (June 19), lead into Season 2 of "Hiccups" at 8 and 8:30 p.m. "Hiccups" airs on Mondays beginning May 30 for three weeks, before settling into its regular Sunday night timeslot on June 19.
Meanwhile, CTV’s hit series "Flashpoint" (June 17) reloads for an adrenaline-filled fourth season in simulcast with CBS following a six-week run of encore episodes beginning May 6. And who will be crowned Canada’s next favourite dancer? Fall fave and now a summer must-watch, "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" (June 20) kicks off its fourth season. As well, the critically-acclaimed original Bravo! series "The Borgias" (June 21) makes its Network Television Premiere on CTV in HD.
- All-new episodes of "The Voice" and "Law & Order: LA" continue.
- "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (May 15) returns for its 10th and final season.
- "So You Think You Can Dance" (May 26) is back for its eighth season.
- The star-making original stand-up series "Comedy Now!" (June 4) returns for Season 13.
“There’s no vacation for our schedule this summer,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “Building on the strength of our fall and winter schedule, we’re delivering fresh new programming every night of the week and in every timeslot this summer.”
All new series and new episodes of returning series with the exception of "So You Think You Can Dance" (U.S.) will be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at Watch.CTV.ca following the television broadcast.
CTV’s Summer Schedule unfolds as follows beginning June 19. For complete series descriptions and timeslots, see “Addendum” below (all times ET; visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times):
7 p.m. – "The Big Bang Theory"
7:30 p.m. – "Dan for Mayor" **NEW SEASON**
8 p.m. – "Hot in Cleveland" **NEW EPISODES**
8:30 p.m. – "Hiccups" **NEW SEASON**
9 p.m. – "Law & Order: CI" **NEW SEASON **
10 p.m. – "CSI: Miami"
8 p.m. – "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" **NEW SEASON**
10 p.m. – "Law & Order: LA" **NEW EPISODES**
8 p.m. – "The Voice"/"So You Think You Can Dance Canada" **NEW SEASON**
8:30 p.m. – "Mike & Molly"/"Two and a Half Men"
9 p.m. – "Expedition Impossible" **NEW SERIES**
10 p.m. – "The Borgias" **NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERE**
8 p.m. – "So You Think You Can Dance" **NEW SEASON**
10 p.m. – "Love in the Wild" **NEW SERIES**
8 p.m. – "So You Think You Can Dance" **NEW SEASON**
9 p.m. – "CSI"/"Take the Money and Run" **NEW SERIES**
10 p.m. – "The Mentalist"
8 p.m. – "Flashpoint" **NEW SEASON**
9 p.m. – "CSI: New York"
10 p.m. – "Blue Bloods"
10 p.m. – "Comedy Now!" **NEW SEASON**
New and returning summer series unfold chronologically as follows (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times):
"Love in the Wild" – Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 1
Putting relationships to the ultimate test, "Love in the Wild" pairs 10 single men with 10 single women, for a romantic adventure unlike anything they could have ever imagined. Hosted by Darren McMullen (Australian "Minute to Win It"), viewers meet 20 singles who have tried it all – speed-dating, blind-dating, Internet dating – and now, they head deep into the remote jungles of Costa Rica to see if they can find that special someone they’ve been looking for. Each episode pairs two of the singles for an exhilarating challenge that will push their bodies and emotions to the limit. From paddling down crocodile-ridden waters, to navigating bat-infested caves, couples must compete and unite to be the last ones standing – even if it means hanging 200 feet above one of the country’s most fearsome waterfalls. Love is an adventure, after all, and "Love in the Wild" puts relationships to the ultimate test.
"Expedition Impossible" – Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 21
Adventurer, zoologist and all-around risk taker, Sarnia, Ontario native Dave Salmoni ("World's Deadliest Towns") hosts Mark Burnett’s newest reality series. Shot in the Kingdom of Morocco and featuring high adventure and human drama reminiscent of Burnett’s "Eco-Challenge," "Expedition Impossible" showcases 13 teams of three, racing on an expedition across vast deserts, over snow capped mountains and through raging rivers. As a new stage of the expedition is revealed to the teams each week, will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they find a way to work together to complete their adventures? After 10 stunning and challenging legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.
"The Borgias" – Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 21
After burning up the screen on Bravo! this spring,"The Borgias", which was called an “absolutely captivating drama” by The Globe and Mail, makes its world broadcast premiere on CTV. From Academy Award®-winner Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), this international co-production (Canada/Hungary/Ireland) is the compelling and unflinching saga of one of the most remarkable and notorious families in history. Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance and based on real characters and events, THE BORGIAS chronicles the corrupt rise and ruthless consolidation of power by patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Academy Award®-winner Jeremy Irons, Kingdom of Heaven, Being Julia), who stops at nothing to control the papal throne and feed his insatiable ambition for influence and wealth for himself and his family. Starring alongside Irons are Canadians Colm Feore ("Flashpoint," "24") as his arch nemesis, Cardinal Della Rovere, and breakout star François Arnaud (J'ai tué ma mère) as Rodrigo’s ruthless son Cesare.
"Take the Money and Run" – Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning July 28
The new heart-stopping competition series, "Take the Money and Run," pits everyday people against seasoned professionals as they play cat and mouse in their attempt to steal away the big $100,000 prize. From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the series combines all the elements of an edge-of-your-seat spy thriller with the excitement of rooting for real people in different locales trying to outwit their professional counterparts. The six-episode unscripted series will take reality television to a whole new level of exhilaration.
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" – Premieres Sunday May 15 at 8 p.m. ET – NEW SEASON
- Episode two airs Sunday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET
- Episode three airs Sunday May 29 at 8 p.m. ET
- Moves to regular Sundays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 5
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" returns for its final farewell with eight all-new episodes. Shot entirely in and around New York City, the third installment of the "Law & Order" franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches by the Major Case Squad. The final season features the long-anticipated return of Detectives Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) plus the addition of Emmy® Award-winning actress Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin) who will portray Dr. Paula Severin, a brilliant psychologist charged with conducting mandatory sessions with Detective Goren to unravel his tortured past. A tribute to its passionate fans, the show will take viewers to new heights with intrigue and crime-solving as never before.
"Hiccups" – Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on May 30, June 6 and 13 – NEW SEASON
- Moves to regular Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET timeslot beginning June 19
In Season 2 of "Hiccups," Nancy Robertson returns as the hot-headed children’s author Millie Upton, who continues to give her “life coach” Stan Dirko (Brent Butt) a run for his (lack of) money. In the season premiere, a trip to Hollywood is in order for Millie, Stan and Taylor to investigate some options for a Grumpaloo movie. Back at the Haddison House, Joyce uses Anna and Crystal as guinea pigs to test homemade skin care products.
"So You Think You Can Dance" – Special two-hour premiere Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. ET – NEW SEASON
- Moves to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 1 and Thursdays at 8 p.m. beginning June 2
"So You Think You Can Dance" is back for an eighth season this summer. Hosted by Cat Deeley, the hit dance competition series challenges dancers skilled in styles ranging from hip-hop to ballroom as they compete to be become America's Favorite Dancer. Auditions this season feature resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges Robin Antin, Lil C, Tyce Diorio, Toni Redpath and Jason Gilkison.
"Dan for Mayor" – Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET beginning June 5 – NEW SEASON
Dan Phillips (Fred Ewanuick) is now almost on purpose the Mayor of Wessex. He ran on a whim and was elected by default. Dan’s first term has started and he is unprepared, unqualified and in way over his head! In the second season premiere, to prove that he’s in charge, Dan takes it upon himself to name the new ice rink after a local hockey legend, only to find out it has already been named after a Wessex philanthropist on her deathbed. Meanwhile, Claire is back for good and is starting her own PR company. It’s just too bad that Dan can’t hire her to improve his own PR.
"So You Think You Can Dance Canada" – Mondays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 20 and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning July 5 – NEW SEASON
This summer Canada’s favourite Gemini® Award-winning dance show returns for a sizzling Season 4, heating up CTV’s sensational summer programming line-up. Gemini® Award-winning host Leah Miller is back and is joined by returning judges Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath. Dance hopefuls auditioned in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver and Saint John, NB, during November and December 2010, all vying for a boarding pass to advance to the next round of competition. Over 160 dancers advanced to Finals Week in Toronto, where they will work with some of Canada’s top choreographers to earn a spot in the "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" Top 20. The dancers will then work in partners and select a different dance style each week, ranging from hip-hop, broadway and dance hall, to ballroom, tango, contemporary and jazz, in the hopes gaining the public’s votes. Two competitors will be eliminated each week during the results shows.
"Hot in Cleveland" – Sundays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 19 – NEW EPISODES
New episodes from Season 2 of Betty White’s "Hot in Cleveland" returns with more adventures for the dynamic trio of best friends and their house’s rather opinionated caretaker. With Valerie Bertinelli starring as Melanie, Jane Leeves as Joy, Wendie Malick as Victoria and Betty White as Elka, together, these four women create comedic magic that runs from banter to farce to physical comedy, with none of them missing a beat.
"Flashpoint" – Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 17 – NEW SEASON
- Encore episodes return Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning May 6
The Gemini Award®-winning series and nail-biting cop drama "Flashpoint" returns this summer following a shocking cliff-hanger finale where Ed Lane’s life hangs in the balance after a shooting and an elite military psychologist, played by renowned actor Victor Garber, is attempting to split up Team One. The series stars Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Dillon, David Paetkau, Amy Jo Johnson, Michael Cram and Sergio Di Zio.
"Comedy Now!" – Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 4 – NEW SEASON
Entering its 13th season, this hilarious, all-Canadian, star-making stand-up series has won awards all over North America. A TV calling card for comedic success, "Comedy Now!" has featured some of Canada's most successful comedians, including Brent Butt, Jeremy Hotz, Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford and Russell Peters. Starring in the all-new season are Jeff McEnery, Roman Danylo, Nathan Macintosh, Darrin Rose, Christina Walkinshaw, Eddie Della Sieppe, Graham Chittenden, Perry Perlmutar, Nile Séguin, and Lars Callieou.