Canadian broadcaster buys drama from Disney

Canadian broadcaster CTV has opened up its checkbook at the L.A. Screenings and bought sci-fi drama “Flash Forward” from Disney.

Pickup isn’t all that surprising considering CTV has done lots of business with Disney in the past. The network is both the 18-49 demo ratings and total-viewer champ and its lineup includes nine of Canada’s top 10 shows, including “Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “American Idol” and the “CSI” and “Law & Order” franchises.

A CTV spokesman said he was unsure whether “Flash Forward” will be shown on CTV or ‘A‘ channel, another CTVglobemedia-owned net. Ultimately, it could run on both channels. A decision will be made shortly as the Canadian nets start their upfronts on June 2.

“Flash Forward” storyline centers around whether a group of ordinary folks, who after seeing a glimpse of their future, can or want to reach their ultimate destiny. Joseph Fiennes, Sonya Walger and Courtney B. Vance co-star. Marc Guggenheim is showrunner and exec producer. David S. Goyer, Jessika Goyer, Vince Gerardis and Ralph Vicinanza also exec produce.

ABC has a lot of faith in the series, putting it on the fall schedule at 8 p.m. Thursday before “Grey’s Anatomy,” the Alphabet’s highest-rated program in the 18-49 demo.

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