Shaw Media is pumping up Global TV’s fall primetime slate with a dozen new U.S. titles.
Additions include Maria Bello drama “Prime Suspect” (NBC) and David Hornsby-penned laffer “How to Be a Gentleman” (CBS) — both airing on Thursdays, the company announced this morning in advance of its afternoon upfront presentation to local ad buyers.
Global is holding fast to its Monday to Wednesday schedule, which includes solid returning performers “Survivor,” “Glee” and “House,” and the newly acquired “Parenthood” and “Harry’s Law.”
Friday gets a major overhaul with hereafter drama “A Gifted Man” (CBS), Sarah Michelle Gellar starrer “Ringer” (CW), and new comedies “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” (Fox) and “Happily Divorced” (TV Land), starring and co-written by Fran Drescher.
“Allen Gregory” (Fox) is inserted into Global’s solid Sunday toon lineup.
Mid-season schedule additions include eOne-produced (with Sony and Paramount) “The Firm” (NBC), rookie cop drama “The 2-2” (CBS), “The Finder” (Fox) and new comedies “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” (NBC) and “Napoleon Dynamite” (Fox).
Despite a dip in overall and key demo aud tallies for Global last season, Shaw Media has seen continued aud growth for its 18 cable channels, including History Television (aud has doubled over the past five years), Slice and Showcase.
This morning Shaw announced 35 new series preeming across those outlets this fall, including a Canuck version of reality hit “Real Housewives” set in Vancouver.
Shaw also trumpeted its commitment to domestic productions and co-ventures. In addition to returning series “Rookie Blue,” Global rolls out Afghanistan-set Canada-U.K. co-production “Combat Hospital” June 21 (ABC), and is banking on 2012 ratings glory with “The Firm,” Toronto-set WWII six-parter “Bomb Girls” (Muse Entertainment/Back Alley Film) and four-part miniseries “Titanic” (with ABC, ITV and Lookout Point).
Showcase channel boosts its slate of returning Canuck-made shows “Haven,” “Lost Girl” and “King” with the 2012 addition of eight-hour series “World Without End,” based on Ken Follett’s bestseller. The $43 million Canadian-German co-production — Tandem Communications and Canada’s Take Five in association with Scott Free Films — begins shooting in Hungary in July with director Michael Caton-Jones.