Canada’s commercial broadcasters CTV, Global and Citytv unveiled their 2012-13 lineups at upfront presentations this week, with potential fall primetime battles echoing the dynamic found south of the border, with a few local twists.
The upfronts concluded Thursday with Bell Media-owned CTV, the nation’s overall ratings champ, and sister network CTV Two announcing seven U.S. pickups for fall — comedies “Anger Management,” “The New Normal” and “The Neighbors,” and dramas “The Mob Doctor,” “Emily Owens, M.D.,” “Arrow” and “Nashville” — slotted (mostly in U.S. simulcast) into skeds featuring 26 returning series, including 2011-12 Canuck ratings topper “The Big Bang Theory.”
With CBS moving “Two and Half Men” (which CTV simulcasts) to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m., it now follows “Big Bang” on CTV. The comedy block vies against submarine drama “The Last Resort” — one of five U.S. fall drama pickups from Shaw Media-owned Global. It stars Canuck thesp Scott Speedman, whose presence in homegrown features (“Barney’s Version” et al) should give it an edge up north.
CTV also shifted the final season of Toronto-shot cop drama “Flashpoint” to the coveted Thursday 10 p.m. slot where Global will simulcast CBS’ “Elementary,” the Manhattan-set modern take on Sherlock Holmes.
Global also will bow U.S. dramas “Vegas,” “Chicago Fire” and “Made in Jersey” in simulcast, and U.S. sitcoms “Go On” and “Guys With Kids.”
Among original Canadian shows, CTV has greenlit 13-part drama “Motive,” exec produced by “Dexter’s” Daniel Cerone for midseason. The hourlong follows a female homicide detective and her team, with each episode opening by revealing the killer’s identity.
On Wednesdays, Shaw Media is bringing A&E Networks’ Lifetime and H2 channels to Canada, joining its robust slate of cable channels, including Showcase, which just bowed Canuck sci-fi hottie “Continuum” and will air homegrown “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as new shows “Copper” and “World Without End.”
On Tuesday, Rogers Media-owned Citytv revealed it’s aiming for the funnybone, announcing U.S. sitcom pickups “Partners,” “Ben and Kate,” The Mindy Project” and “Malibu Country” for primetime, as well as dystopian drama “Revolution” and thriller “666 Park Avenue.”
Citytv has also greenlit local sitcoms “Package Deal” and “Seed,” to bow midseason.
CTV announced Kevin Bacon thriller “The Following” for midseason, as well as dramas “Do No Harm,” “Golden Boy” and “Zero Hour” and sitcom “The Family Tools.”
Global’s midseason pickups include comedy “Save Me.”