UPDATED AT 4 P.M. FRIDAY WITH NEW SALES INFO
While leading networks Global, Rogers and CTV are normally tight-lipped about what they’ve bought, a few acquisitions have leaked out.
Global purchased reboot “Hawaii Five-0” from CBS Studios Intl., while also buying the J.J. Abrams drama “Undercovers” from Warner Bros.
Net also acquired Twentieth’s Texas oil drama "Lonestar" and "Ride-Along" from creator Shawn Ryan, as well as sitcom "Raising Hope." Laffer is from "My Name Is Earl" exec producer Greg Garcia.
Rogers, which owns the City-TV stations, has gone ahead and opened their checkbooks for NBC Universal’s “The Event,” starring Jason Ritter and Blair Underwood.
CTV’s new programming slate includes a mix from several studios. Tom Selleck starrer “Blue Bloods” and “The Defenders,” with Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell, — two of the three dramas the network picked up — are from CBS Intl. “Law & Order: Los Angeles” was bought to replace the “Law & Order” mothership that was a CTV staple but canceled by NBC on Monday. CTV also is facing the loss of “Lost.”
On the comedy side, CTV bought “?@#$ My Dad Says” and “Mike & Molly” from Warner Bros. Third sitcom “Mr. Sunshine,” with Matthew Perry as the manager of a sports arena, was purchased from Sony.
CTV's secondary "A" network picked up Warner Bros. femme-skewing dramas "Hellcats" and "Nikita."
Canada’s networks often premiere their skeins day and date with the U.S. All three webs will announce their new lineup at the Canuck upfronts the first week of June.