A Stroke of Genius: YOUNG SHELDON Leads CTV Acquisitions for 2017/18 Season # # # GREY’S ANATOMY Spinoff Comes to CTV Mid-Season
– CTV goes big with new comedies: YOUNG SHELDON, takes viewers back to the brainiac beginnings of BIG BANG THEORY’s Sheldon Cooper; ME, MYSELF, & I, an innovative single-camera comedy starring Bobby Moynihan and John Larroquette; the revival of ROSEANNE with the original cast; and THE MAYOR –
– In addition to untitled GREY’S ANATOMY spinoff, Shondaland’s new legal drama FOR THE PEOPLE builds on enduring dramatic empire –
– Buzz-worthy new dramas include THE GOOD DOCTOR, TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, THE CROSSING, DECEPTION, and THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN –
– Two new Marvel franchise series, MARVEL’S INHUMANS and THE GIFTED, come to CTV –
– Canadian showrunners Tassie Cameron, Martin Gero, and David Shore deliver must-see new dramas –
– CTV and CTV Two’s 2017/18 primetime schedules to be unveiled June 7 in Toronto –
May 30, 2017
TORONTO – Following a season in which CTV delivered the Top 2 most-watched new programs of the year with A25-54, and six of the Top 10 most-watched programs overall, CTV announced today it has landed 13 big, buzzy, new series from this year’s Los Angeles Screenings. Among the four new comedies and nine new dramas are:
- YOUNG SHELDON, the highly anticipated new comedy from the geniuses that brought us Canada’s most-watched series THE BIG BANG THEORY
- ME, MYSELF, AND I, a comedy with an entirely different take on examining one man’s life over a 50-year span
- Two all-new dramas from primetime’s reigning queen Shonda Rhimes with legal thriller FOR THE PEOPLE and the as yet untitled GREY’S ANATOMY spinoff which follows a group of heroic firefighters
- Hospital drama THE GOOD DOCTOR, from prodigious Canadian showrunner David Shore, with a trailer that has already seen more than 25 million views
- Mystery-thriller TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY from Canadian Film Centre alumnus Tassie Cameron, starring Kyra Sedgwick
- Timely and epic allegory THE CROSSING, which has already been described as LOST 2.0
- DECEPTION, a new take on the police procedural that appoints a crime-solving magician to deal its dramatic twists
- The angelic-themed fantasy dramedy THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN, starring Jason Ritter
- Two new family-focused dramas from the Marvel universe, including comic book-inspired adventure MARVEL’S INHUMANS and the action-packed, mutant thriller THE GIFTED
- The politically-charged comedy THE MAYOR, starring newcomer Brandon Micheal Hall as a young rapper who gets elected as his town’s mayor in a misguided attempt to generate buzz for his music career
- And the revival of the eponymous, award-winning and boundary-breaking 1988-97 comedy ROSEANNE, with a trailer that has already racked up the most views of any new series with more than 33 million to date, and counting.
The new series were strategically selected from partners Warner Bros. International Television, Disney ABC Domestic Television, Sony Pictures Television, Lionsgate Entertainment, and Twentieth Century Fox.
CTV and CTV Two’s 2017/18 primetime schedules will be unveiled at the #CTVUpfront on Wednesday, June 7 in Toronto. CTV ended the 2016/17 season as Canada’s most-watched television network among total viewers and A25-54 for an unprecedented 16th year in a row.
“CTV’s strategically curated mix of the year’s most-buzzed about sitcoms and compelling dramas sets the stage for viewers to root for both heroes, families and even misfits with heart,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “We can’t wait to share our powerful new slate with advertisers and viewers next week.”
**Media Note** Photography for CTV’s newly acquired series are available online at BellMediaPR.ca
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Along with the new season lineup comes an award-winning list of Hollywood headliners including Roseanne Barr (ROSEANNE), John Goodman (ROSEANNE), Steve Zahn (TREME), Kyra Sedgwick (THE CLOSER), John Larroquette (BOSTON LEGAL), Lea Michele (GLEE), Stephen Moyer (TRUE BLOOD), Erika Christensen (PARENTHOOD), Bobby Moynihan (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), Hope Davis (About Schmidt), Vondie Curtis-Hall (CHICAGO HOPE), Iain Armitage (BIG LITTLE LIES), Freddie Highmore (BATES MOTEL), Sara Gilbert (THE TALK), and Laurie Metcalf (THE BIG BANG THEORY).
The newly acquired series come from some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed, hit-making producers including Shonda Rhimes, Chuck Lorre, Betsy Beers, and Daveed Diggs (Hamilton). In addition, Canadians Martin Gero (BLINDSPOT) is an executive producer on new drama DECEPTION and TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY was created and written by Canadian Tassie Cameron, while David Shore (HOUSE) brings viewers THE GOOD DOCTOR.
CTV’s New 2016/17 Comedy Acquisitions (4)
Logline: YOUNG SHELDON takes viewers back to the beginning as it follows THE BIG BANG THEORY’s Sheldon Cooper at age nine, as he figures out almost anything but his football-loving, churchgoing, small-town Texan family.
For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage, BIG LITTLE LIES), it isn’t easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted, and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. THE BIG BANG THEORY’s multiple Emmy® Award winner Jim Parsons narrates as Adult Sheldon. This single-camera, half-hour comedy gives us the chance to meet Sheldon in childhood, as he embarks on his innocent, awkward, and hopeful journey toward the man he will become. YOUNG SHELDON stars Iain Armitage as Sheldon, Zoe Perry (SCANDAL) as Mary, Lance Barber (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA) as George Sr., Raegan Revord (MODERN FAMILY) as Missy, and Montana Jordan (THE LEGACY OF A WHITETAIL DEER HUNTER) as Georgie Jr. THE BIG BANG THEORY’s multiple Emmy® Award winner Jim Parsons narrates the comedy as Adult Sheldon. Chuck Lorre (THE BIG BANG THEORY) and Steve Molaro (THE BIG BANG THEORY) created the series and executive produce along with Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak for Warner Bros. Television. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directed the pilot.
ME, MYSELF & I
Logline: A single-camera comedy examining one man’s life over a 50-year span. The series focuses on three distinct periods in his life – as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in present day, and at age 65 in 2042.
ME, MYSELF & I stars Bobby Moynihan (SNL) in a comedy about the defining moments in one man’s life over three distinct periods – as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in present day, and at age 65 in 2042. During these pivotal periods of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Alex always finds a way to move forward with determination and humour, knowing his life story isn’t defined by the bad things that happen to him, but instead by how he chooses to deal with them. ME, MYSELF & I stars Bobby Moynihan (Alex, present day), Jack Dylan Grazer (Alex, 1991, It), Brian Unger (Ron, 1991, present day, THE DAILY SHOW), Jaleel White (Darryl, present day, FAMILY MATTERS), Kelen Coleman (Abby, 2042, THE NEWSROOM), Skylar Gray (Abby, present day, MARRIED), Christopher Paul Richards (Justin, 1991, BILLIONS), Mandell Maughan (Maggie, 1991, BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIE$), Reylynn Caster (Nori, 1991, SPEECHLESS), with Sharon Lawrence (Eleanor, 2042, NYPD BLUE), and John Larroquette (Alex, 2042, NIGHT COURT).
Dan Kopelman (UNDRESSED), Aaron Kaplan (AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE), Dana Honor (ALEX, INC.), and Randall Einhorn (THE OFFICE) (pilot only) are executive producers for Kapital Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Einhorn directed the pilot.
Logline: The unforgettable Conners family returns in eight-episode reboot of the series.
The eight-episode reboot of ROSEANNE, a comedy about the Conners, barely scraping by in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois, features the original cast – Roseanne Barr (THE TIPPING POINT) as Roseanne, John Goodman (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) as Dan, Sara Gilbert (THE TALK) as Darlene, Laurie Metcalf (THE BIG BANG THEORY) as Jackie, Michael Fishman (SEINFELD) as D.J., and Lecy Goranson (THE EXTRA MAN) as Becky. Sarah Chalke (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER), who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. Lauded for its humour, relevance, warmth, and honesty, the Conner family will continue to deal with the economic challenges of living pay check to pay check in 2018.
Roseanne Barr will executive produce, along with Sara Gilbert, Tom Werner (THAT 70’S SHOW), Bruce Helford (ANGER MANAGEMENT), Whitney Cummings (2 BROKE GIRLS) and Tony Hernandez (INSIDE AMY SCHUMER). The series is from Carsey-Werner Television.
Log line: When an outspoken, idealistic rapper runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected, he surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall.
Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall, SEARCH PARTY) needs his big break. For years, he’s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century: running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: an election victory. With the help of his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown, COMMUNITY) and friends, including Valentina (Lea Michele, GLEE), Courtney will have to overcome his hubris if he wants to transform the struggling city he loves. The series stars Brandon Micheal Hall (SEARCH PARTY) as Courtney Rose, Lea Michele (GLEE) as Valentina, Bernard David Jones (GISELLE) as Jermaine Hardaway, Marcel Spears (THE MAYOR) as TK, and Yvette Nicole Brown (COMMUNITY) as Dina.
From executive producer Daveed Diggs (Tony winner for Broadway’s Hamilton), writer/executive producer Jeremy Bronson (SPEECHLESS, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON), and executive producer Jamie Tarses (HAPPY ENDINGS), the series is from ABC Studios. The pilot is directed by executive producer James Griffiths (BLACK-ISH).
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UNTITLED GREY’S ANATOMY SPINOFF
Set in a Seattle firehouse, the latest series from the executive producers of GREY’S ANATOMY, SCANDAL, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER follows a group of heroic firefighters. From the captain to the newest recruit, we follow these brave men and women as they risk their lives and their hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock. Stacy McKee will write the script for the project and executive produce the series. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (GREY’S ANATOMY, SCANDAL, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER) are executive producers. The series will be produced by ABC Studios.
FOR THE PEOPLE:
Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, aka “The Mother Court,” the new legal drama FOR THE PEOPLE follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides – for both the defense and the prosecution handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country – all as their lives intersect in and out of the courtroom.
The series stars Ben Rappaport (OUTSOURCED) as Seth Oliver, Susannah Flood (CHICAGO FIRE) as Kate Littlejohn, Wesam Keesh (AWKWARD) as Jay Simmons, Regé-Jean Page (ROOTS) as Leonard Knox, Ben Shenkman (ROYAL PAINS) as Roger Gunn, Hope Davis (About Schmidt) as Jill Carlan, Vondie Curtis-Hall (CHICAGO HOPE) as Judge Nicholas Byrne, and Anna Deavere Smith (THE WEST WING) as Tina Krissman.
The series from ABC Studios is created by Shondaland’s Paul William Davies (SCANDAL) and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes (GREY’S ANATOMY) and Betsy Beers (GREY’S ANATOMY).
THE GOOD DOCTOR
Logline: In THE GOOD DOCTOR, Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, BATES MOTEL), a young surgeon diagnosed as autistic with savant syndrome is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. Doubts are raised about whether someone who doesn’t have the ability to relate to people can actually save their lives.
THE GOOD DOCTOR centres on Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, BATES MOTEL), a young surgeon diagnosed as autistic with savant syndrome who relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues. The series is from Canadian David Shore (HOUSE) and LOST star Daniel Dae Kim. The series stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, Antonia Thomas (MISFITS) as Dr. Claire Browne, Nicholas Gonzalez (RESURRECTION BLVD) as Dr. Neil Melendez, Chuku Modu (GAME OF THRONES) as Dr. Jared Kalu, Beau Garrett (GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE) as Jessica Preston, Hill Harper (CSI: NY) as Dr. Marcus Andrews, and Richard Schiff (THE WEST WING) as Dr. Aaron Glassman.
The series is produced by Shore Z Productions and 3 AD in association with Sony Pictures Television. David Shore is writer and executive producer. Daniel Dae Kim (HAWAII FIVE-0), Erin Gunn (BATTLE CREEK), David Kim (DRAMAWORLD) and Sebastian Lee (DRAMAWORLD) are also executive producers. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, THE GOLDBERGS) directed the pilot and is also an executive producer.
THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN
Logline: In THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN Jason Ritter plays Kevin, a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world.
Jason Ritter (PARENTHOOD) stars as Kevin Finn, a clueless self-serving person on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister Amy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, ONCE UPON A TIME) and niece. On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette appears to him and presents him with a mission — to save the world. THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN stars Jason Ritter (DRUNK HISTORY) as Kevin Finn, JoAnna Garcia Swisher (ONCE UPON A TIME) as Amy, J. August Richards (NOTORIOUS) as Nate, Chloe East (ICE) as Reese, Dustin Ybarra (BRYAN BLUE SHOW) as Tyler, and India de Beaufort (VEEP) as Kristin.
THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN is a light drama from ABC Studios, executive produced by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER, RESURRECTION, REAPER). The pilot is directed by Paul McGuigan.
TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY
Logline: In TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, Kyra Sedgwick is Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a fractious separation. When her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night, Jane’s world – and her controversial police series – implodes. Life imitates art, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret, and no one can be trusted.
TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY stars Kyra Sedgwick (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a separation whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret, and no one can be trusted. TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY stars Kyra Sedgwick (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) as Jane Sadler, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (MAJOR LAZER) as John Bird, Kick Gurry (SENSE8) as Pete Greene, Erika Christensen (ADOPTED) as Ali Petrovich, Felix Solis (ONE DAY AT A TIME) as David Gomez, Josh Randall (PITCH) as Tom Petrovich, Malcolm-Jamal Warner (SUITS) as Matt, Abigail Pniowsky (CHANNEL ZERO) as Lake, and Francois Battiste (THE FAMILY) as Gus.
Created and written by Canadian award-winning screenwriter Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue) TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY is produced by Skydance Television. Executive producers are Tassie Cameron, Kyra Sedgwick, Jill Littman , Dana Goldberg (I Am Legend), David Ellison (JAG) and Marcy Ross (GRACE AND FRANKIE).
MARVEL’S INHUMANS explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.
MARVEL’S INHUMANS explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself. The legendary comic book series will be brought to life in a way that has never been done before, with a version of the first two episodes slated to screen in IMAX theaters around the world for a two-week period beginning September 1, 2017. CTV will then air the entirety of the series on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on network television. MARVEL’S INHUMANS stars Anson Mount (HELL ON WHEELS) as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon (GAME OF THRONES) as Maximus, Canadian Serinda Swan (BALLERS) as Medusa, Eme Ikwuakor (EXTANT) as Gorgon, Isabelle Cornish (PUBERTY BLUES) as Crystal, Ken Leung (THE SOPRANOS) as Karnak, Ellen Woglom (Hated) as an undisclosed character, Sonya Balmores (Soul Surfer) as Auran, and Mike Moh (EMPIRE) as Triton.
The series is executive produced by Scott Buck (DEXTER), along with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb (HEROES) and Jim Chory (HEROES), with Buck serving as showrunner. Roel Reiné (Death Race 2) will direct the first two episodes. This series is a Marvel and IMAX project and is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.
Logline: THE GIFTED is a story of survival, a story of mutants coming to terms with who they are, a story of parents accepting the fact that their kids aren’t who they thought they were and loving them just the same – even if all of their lives are at risk because of it.
THE GIFTED tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Reed (Stephen Moyer, TRUE BLOOD) and Kate (Amy Acker, PERSON OF INTEREST) Strucker are ordinary parents dealing with the realities of raising a family who discover their children, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind, GOTHAM) and Andy (Percy Hynes White, Night at the Museum 3), possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell, BURN NOTICE). Desperate and running low on options, the family’s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network – Eclipse/ Marcos Diaz (Sean Teale, REIGN), Blink/Clarice Fong (Jamie Chung, GOTHAM), Polaris/ Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont, AQUARIUS), and Thunderbird/ John Proudstar (Blair Redford, SATISFACTION) – are dealing with their own issues and together they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants.
Written by Matt Nix (BURN NOTICE), directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men), and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Apocalypse), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse), Jeph Loeb (MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL), and Jim Chory (MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL). The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television.
In THE CROSSING, refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in a small American fishing town. Only the country these people are from is America…and the war they are fleeing from hasn’t happened yet. As the government tries to uncover the truth behind this mysterious migration, only one thing is certain: the lives of the people here – both the townspeople and these newcomers – will never be the same. THE CROSSING stars Steve Zahn (TREME) as Jude Miller, Natalie Martinez (CSI: NY) as Reece, English-Canadian Sandrine Holt (HOUSE OF CARDS) as Emma Ren, Rick Gomez (BAND OF BROTHERS) as Nestor, Jay Karnes (THE SHIELD) as Craig Lindauer, Marcuis Harris (SCANDAL) as Caleb, Simone Kessell (TERRA NOVA) as Rebecca, Kelley Missal (LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT) as Hannah, Rob Campbell (ONE LIFE TO LIVE) as Paul, Grant Harvey (THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER) as Roy, Bailey Skodje (A Christmas to Remember) as Leah, John D’Leo (The Family) as Will, Luc Roderique (The 100) as Bryce, and Tommy Bastow (HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS) as Marshall.
Writers Dan Dworkin (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Jay Beattie (CRIMINAL MINDS) executive produce with Jason Reed (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).The pilot is directed by Rob Bowman (THE X-FILES). The series is from ABC Studios.
When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott, DRINKING WITH THE STARS) has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion — the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. DECEPTION stars Jack Cutmore-Scott (DRINKING WITH THE STARS) as Cameron Black/Jonathan Black, Ilfenesh Hadera (MASTER OF NONE) as Kay Daniels, Lenora Crichlow (FLAKED) as Dina Clark, Amaury Nolasco (PRISON BREAK) as Mike Alvarez, Justin Chon (DR. KEN) as Jordan Kwon, Laila Robins (QUANTICO) as Special Agent Deakins, and Vinnie Jones (ARROW) as Gunter Gustafsen.
DECEPTION is from Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House in association with Warner Bros. Television and is directed by David Nutter, who is also executive producer. The series is from writer/executive producer Chris Fedak (CHUCK) and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Canadian Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter. Illusionist David Kwong (NOW YOU SEE ME) will co-produce.
Source : Source: Numeris, Sep 19, 2016 – May 14, 2017, final data, and weeks 4-38 in previous years. Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 are based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters. (CTV)