Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ION To Add Two Canadian Dramas; The CW Picks Up 6 Returning Series for 2009-2010 Season

ION Television announced the acquisition of two new one-hour original dramatic series, The Border and The Guard, each making their U.S. debuts on ION later this year.
ION Television has signed a deal with Fireworks International, the television and digital programming distribution arm of ContentFilm, to secure the exclusive U.S. original broadcast rights for The Border, the award-winning procedural crime drama series. The Border follows members of the elite Canadian Immigration and Customs Security Unit working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to secure the border on both sides of the line.
ION Television, in a separate deal with Lionsgate, also secured the exclusive U.S. original broadcast rights for The Guard, an original action-drama series focusing on the members of a Coastguard Search and Rescue team. ION also has all U.S. television, digital media rights, Internet streaming and video-on-demand rights for both shows.
The Border, which garnered two prestigious Gemini Awards with ten nominations, including Best Dramatic Series, is a hard-driving crime drama featuring strong, topical stories from terrorist threats and drug smuggling, to trafficking in illegal organs and underage brides, to corporate and international espionage -- and brings a cool lens to the grit of urban life. Stars include James McGowan, Sofia Milos, Grace Park, Graham Abbey, Mark Wilson, Jim Codrington, Jonas Chernick, Nazneen Contractor and Catherine Disher.
The Guard, produced by Halifax Film and Brightlight Pictures Inc., is shot in the scenic wilderness of Squamish, British Columbia. A character-driven ensemble series, it focuses on the lives of four imperfect, offbeat and sometimes difficult, but heroic Canadian Coast Guard Rescue specialists who face danger daily out on the Pacific Ocean, saving lives as they search for meaning in their own. This gripping, high-action drama series stars Steve Bacic as Duty Captain Miro Da Silva, Jeremy Guilbaut as Rescue Specialist Andrew Vanderlee and Sonya Salomaa as First Mate Laura Nelson. David James Elliot (JAG, Closer to Home) also guest stars in the recurring role of David Nelson.
ION Television also as previously announced will have the original series Durham County coming later this year. Not to mention reruns of the popular crime series Criminal Minds coming in the fall. Is ION going after the CBS audience with three original series and many off-network crime dramas?

The CW announced early pickups of six series, including five of the network's signature dramas and the reality hit America's Next Top Model, which will all return in Fall 2009. The series receiving early pickups for next season are The CW's Monday tandem of sophomore sensation Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill, which combined to lift The CW to become the fall's #1 network on Monday with women 18-34. Both Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill have scored double-digit gains compared to their previous seasons. Freshman hit 90210 has improved the network's Tuesday night by double-digit increases in key demos. Wednesday anchor America's Next Top Model, which consistently wins its time period with young women, will also be back with superstar Tyra Banks and new groups of aspiring models for cycles 13 and 14.
Also renewed were the network's established Thursday team of Smallville, which will be going into its ninth season, and Supernatural, which after posting ratings growth this season, will enter its fifth season next year.
The jury is still out on series such as Everybody Hates Chris, The Game, Privileged, and Reaper. More pickups won't be announced most likely until the May upfront.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, December 14

The Big Bang Theory - "The Celebration Reverberation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sheldon and Wolowitz plan birthday celebrations for Amy and Halley, respectively. Also, Leonard receives a Christmas letter from his brother that causes him to spiral out about his own lack of accomplishments.

Young Sheldon - "Cape Canaveral, Schrödinger’s Cat, and Cyndi Lauper’s Hair" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
In an attempt to bond with Sheldon, George Sr. takes the boys on a road trip to see a space shuttle launch. Also, Mary, Missy and Meemaw have a girls’ weekend at the salon.

Mom - "Too Many Hippies and Huevos Rancheros" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Christy and Bonnie rally around Marjorie when her husband has a stroke.

Life in Pieces - "Thirty-Five Teacher Escape Lottery" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Jen and Greg hire Clementine as a part-time nanny for Lark and invite her to join them for dinner, the waitress mistakes Jen for Lark’s grandmother. Also, Tyler’s new girlfriend turns out to be Sophia’s fourth grade teacher, John hires a questionable company to set up an escape room in his house, and Matt grows frustrated with Colleen when she blames a valet for stealing her lottery ticket.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 11)

Thursday, December 14

  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Catch Will on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • John Early (Search Party) - John appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Laura Dern (F Is for Family/Enlightened) - Laura is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. She can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:40am.
  • George Foreman (George) - George stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Getting On/Do Not Disturb/Reno 911!) - Niecy stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She will also be on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) - Brooke guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ed Helms (The Office) - Ed visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) - William talks about Better Late Than Never on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Pitch Perfect 3 on the BUILD Series at 3pm. She can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10am.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Nick performs on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on the BUILD SerieS at 11am.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December)

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
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