Nets reveal skeds

Revials CTV, Global get ready for battle

TORONTO — Rival Canadian webs CTV and Global Television have unveiled scrappy and aggressive fall lineups.

While they split most of the high-profile drama on offer at the recent L.A. Screenings, Global had more slots to fill, having lost top-rated shows “Frasier,” “Friends” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

It is under intense pressure to perform, given that CTV has 18 of the top 20 shows on the sked.

Back-patting and self-congratulation were the order of the day for CTV Monday, with the web citing the many ways in which it trounced Global last year with “CSI,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost” and “ER.”

Global went more for sizzle, with the most talked-about event at Wednesday’s presentation being a personal appearance by Donald Trump to shill “The Apprentice,” which this fall will run Thursdays between “Survivor” and “Without a Trace.”

Other fare on Global’s roster includes “Prison Break,” which will air Mondays after “Arrested Development” and “Kitchen Confidential”; “Bones” and “House,” which hit the tube Tuesdays; “Martha: Apprentice” and “E-Ring” on Wednesdays; and “Gate” and “Numb3rs,” which will air Friday nights.

CTV scooped up Jerry Bruckheimer’s drama series “Close to Home,” which it will air Tuesdays with “The Amazing Race” and “Law & Order: SVU.” “Invasion” will air Wednesdays with “Lost” and “CSI: New York,” while “Ghost Whisperer” and “Inconceivable” will sandwich “Nip/Tuck” on Fridays.

L.A. acquisitions CTV has not yet scheduled include “Commander-in-Chief,” “Criminal Minds” and “The Night Stalker.”

On the Canuck front, CTV unveiled eight primetime series including three new titles. Frosh shows are dramatic one-hour “Whistler”; half-hour quirky teen show “Alice, I Think”; and “Jeff Ltd.,” about a business genius who strikes out with the ladies.

There also will be 13 original TV movies, including “Doomstown,” “Friend of the Family,” “One Dead Indian” and “North of Hope.”

CTV scored relatively well on the domestic front last year with half-hour comedy “Corner Gas” and “Canadian Idol,” which are returning.

Global’s Canuck content, traditionally skimpier than its rival’s, this year includes lifestyle program “House & Home”; the first season of sci-fi series “ReGenesis”; drama “Falcon Beach,” which will air later in the season; and an as-yet-unnamed daily half-hour entertainment show.

The unscripted series “Train 48” was canceled after 318 episodes in two years.

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