U.S. fare a pal to Chum

Canuck broadcaster goes on stateside buying spree

MONTREAL — Toronto-based broadcaster Chum Television on Thursday unveiled a fall schedule more packed with high-profile U.S. network fare than ever before and featuring a couple of major new Canuck series. Chum, whose channels give it nearly national coverage, has started buying more U.S. fare.

Chum snared ABC series “Men in Trees,” starring Anne Heche, about a relationships coach and her romantic problems. It will run on Chum’s City-tv outlets across the country.

Chum also picked up HBO’s “Entourage,” the ensemble comedy about a hot young actor and his pals in Hollywood, to run on City-tv and Bravo.

Chum will be premiering the Salma Hayek-produced “Betty the Ugly,” adapted from a hit telenovela; nuclear-disaster drama “Jericho,” starring Skeet Ulrich, which will air on City-tv and specialty channel Space; and “Duets,” the new Fox reality show from producer Simon Cowell, which pairs pop stars with celebrities in a singing contest. It also will launch daily talkshow “Rachael Ray,” featuring the bestselling author, on City-tv.

Chum sci-fi net Space has landed “The Dresden Files,” a series about a Chicago private detective adapted from the Jim Butcher novels. And for the first time, Chum channels will air “Alias.”

City-tv will run the CBS midseason miniseries “Comanche Moon,” a prequel to “Lonesome Dove” based on the book by Larry McMurtry.

New Canadian shows headed to the Chum stable of channels include “Ice Planet,” about a spaceship that crashes on a frozen world. Show, starring Canuck thesp Michael Ironside as the spacecraft commander, will air on Chum’s A-Channel outlets in Ontario and British Columbia as well as on Space. Midseason, City-tv will premiere “Terminal City,” about a woman with breast cancer who hosts a reality show.

Returning series include “Everybody Hates Chris,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “Supernatural,” “Smallville” and “Monk.”

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