Canadian broadcaster chooses 'Chuck'

MONTREAL — Canuck broadcaster Chum Television will showcase a number of new U.S. series this fall, including the NBC comic spy thriller “Chuck,” the CW network dramatic comedy “Reaper” and Russell Crowe’s reality series “South Side Story.”

“Chuck” will air on the City-tv stations and the Chum-owned specialty channel Space in simulcast with NBC.

“Reaper,” which is exec produced by Kevin Smith, will air on City-tv and Space.

Chum has also acquired sci-fier “Kyle XY,” which will air on Chum’s A-Channels and Space.

“South Side Story,” which follows Crowe as he tries to revive one of Australia’s top rugby teams, will be shown in Canada on Star!, a Chum specialty channel. Star!, which features a lot of celebrity-focused fare, will also run “This Is David Gest,” about the life of Liza Minnelli’s ex-husband post divorce.

“With so many returning successes from last season, Chum didn’t have many scheduling holes to fill this year,” said Roma Khanna, senior VP of content and co-head of Chum Television.

Returning series include “Ugly Betty,” “Men in Trees,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “Smallville” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” New Canadian series include police drama “The Bridge,” “Less Than Kind,” “Grand Star” and “Murdoch Mysteries,” based on the popular “Detective Murdoch Mysteries” movies.

Rival Canadian broadcaster CTV Globemedia has acquired Chum, but that deal has yet to receive Canadian regulatory approval, so Chum continues to operate independently of CTV and bought its programming separately at the recent L.A. Screenings.

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