The network acquires the hottest new fall dramas guaranteed to make hearts race: Almost Human, The Blacklist, Dracula, Ironside and Sleepy Hollow
Global nabs the biggest comedies of the season with The Michael J. Fox Show, The Millers, Sean Saves the World, We Are Men and Welcome to the Family
The Queen Latifah Show joins Global Daytime
Heavy-hitters return with new seasons: Bones, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Family Guy, Glee, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS, NCIS:LA, The Simpsons and Survivor
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TORONTO, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - In an exclusive presentation at the Windsor Arms Hotel, Shaw Media unveils Global's outstanding 2013/ 2014 fall schedule.
Building on the huge success of last year's breakout series Chicago Fire and Elementary, the network expands its impressive collection of dramas with the biggest, most-buzzed-about new series. James Spader (Boston Legal, The Office) makes his triumphant return to television in the edgy thriller The Blacklist, as the recently surrendered FBI's most-wanted criminal, now master-minding the arrests of extremely dangerous criminals from his "blacklist." The gritty and tough NYC police drama Ironside stars Blair Underwood (Sex and the City, Rules of Engagement) as the fearless and defiant Detective Robert Ironside. Friday nights welcome the sexy and lush Dracula, from the producers of the critically acclaimed Emmy(R) Award-winning hit Downton Abbey. Dracula is a sophisticated twist on the age-old boy meets girl, boy loses girl romance with a horror "vein," starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Mission: Impossible III). The lavish fantasy-thriller Sleepy Hollow joins the network's all-star lineup Mondays as a modern-day retelling of the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. Ichabod (Tom Mison, Parade's End) is resurrected as humanity's last hope to save the world from the brink of destruction. Also joining Monday nights in November is Almost Human, the latest sci-fi action adventure from executive producer J.J. Abrams (Lost). Set in 2048, a cop teams up with a second-hand synthetic android to fight a strain of urban crime that's evolved in even more frightening ways. The series stars Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Michael Ealy (The Good Wife).
Global brings serious star power to the lineup with the addition of five new comedies this fall. Michael J. Fox (Spin City, The Good Wife) is back in The Michael J. Fox Show. Inspired by the actor's personal life, Michael stars as a beloved news anchor returning to work after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The Millers stars Will Arnett (Arrested Development) as a recent divorcee trying to enjoy his single life when his dad (Beau Bridges, The Descendants) and mom (Margo Martindale, The Americans) unexpectedly decide to follow suit. Sean Saves the World stars Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) as a recently divorced dad juggling an overbearing boss, a teenage daughter and a know-it-all mother (Linda Lavin, Alice). Welcome to the Family explores what happens when two college students announce to their feuding families that they're pregnant and planning to get married. The series stars Mike O'Malley (Glee) and Ella Rae Peck (Gossip Girl). Rounding out the comedy lineup is We Are Men starring Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Kal Penn (House) and Jerry O'Connell (The Defenders) as single men offering deliciously bad advice to a newly single neighbour.
"Coming off of a blockbuster year for Global, we set out determined to land the most anticipated and star-stacked series to add to our schedule," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. "The addition of gothic horrors, gritty dramas, nail-biting thrillers and a brand new slate of comedies complement our returning flagship series, making for an exceptional schedule that will hook audiences the entire season."
Also joining the primetime lineup this fall are Canadian original docu-series Obsessions, which investigates the sometimes unusual and extraordinary obsessions people can develop, and Walk the Walk a six- part series that explores the relationship between heroes who inspire Canada's Walk of Fame recipients and the impact that they have had on these heroes.
Queen Latifah, icon of screen and music, joins Global Daytime with her new talk show The Queen Latifah Show, featuring musical performances and celebrity guests.
Also returning to Global are fan favourites: Entertainment Tonight, Entertainment Tonight Canada, The Good Wife, Parenthood, Crime Time, Bob's Burgers and American Dad.
Global also locked-in a stellar programming collection for mid- season. Highlights include:
Chicago PD the adrenaline injected police drama and spinoff from last season's hit show Chicago Fire.
Crossbones starring the incomparable John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons) as the legendary pirate Blackbeard.
Rake starring Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) as a criminal defense lawyer battling his demons as often as he does his cases.
Reckless the red-hot legal drama starring Cam Gigandet (The O.C.) and Georgina Haig (Fringe).
Remedy a Canadian original high-stakes medical drama that goes beyond the operating room and introduces viewers to the community of hospital staff that make healing happen.
24: Live Another Day marks the highly anticipated return of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland).
About a Boy directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and starring Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) as a single mom raising her 11- year-old son.
Working the Engels a Canadian original comedy about a ne'er-do- well family forced to band together and take over their father's legal business.
Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey a Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) produced 13-part docu-series based on the hugely successful Carl Sagan's Cosmos.
GLOBAL'S FALL 2013 PRIMETIME DAY-AT-A-GLANCE
All times are ET and subject to change. New programs bolded and in capitals.
Monday 7:00 PM Entertainment Tonight 7:30 PM Entertainment Tonight Canada 8:00 PM Bones / ALMOST HUMAN (November 2013) 9:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW 10:00 PM THE BLACKLIST
Tuesday 7:00 PM Entertainment Tonight 7:30 PM Entertainment Tonight Canada 8:00 PM NCIS 9:00 PM NCIS:LA 10:00 PM Chicago Fire
Wednesday 7:00 PM Entertainment Tonight 7:30 PM Entertainment Tonight Canada 8:00 PM Survivor 9:00 PM SEAN SAVES THE WORLD 9:30 PM THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW 10:00 PM IRONSIDE
Thursday 7:00 PM Entertainment Tonight 7:30 PM Entertainment Tonight Canada 8:00 PM WELCOME TO THE FAMILY 8:30 PM THE MILLERS 9:00 PM Glee 10:00 PM Elementary
Friday 7:00 PM Entertainment Tonight 7:30 PM Entertainment Tonight Canada 8:00 PM Parenthood 9:00 PM Hawaii Five-0 10:00 PM DRACULA
Saturday 8:00 PM OBSESSIONS 9:00 PM Crime Time 10:00 PM WALK THE WALK
Sunday 7:30 PM WE ARE MEN 8:00 PM The Simpsons 8:30 PM Bob's Burgers 9:00 PM Family Guy 9:30 PM American Dad 10:00 PM The Good Wife
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