Upfront Week: CTV Two to debut fall 2011; Comedy Network summer schedule highlights

It’s upfront week.  The major Canadian media companies want to reveal their new wares, mostly American, to the overfed masses.  To that end, most of this article is about The Comedy Network, and unrelated to the fall 2011-12 season.  CTV’s unloading its big guns Thursday, but at least one major news story has already been offed.

  • A Channel will become CTV Two in fall 2011.  CTV and CTV Two stations will deliver local news under the CTV News brand.  The CTV upfronts on June 2 promise eight new shows for CTV Two, including – and this is a line from the press bumf – “one monster acquisition to anchor the schedule.”
  • Picnicface will make its debut in August 2011 on The Comedy Network, date and time to be decided.
  • Todd and the Book of Pure Evil will make its Comedy Network debut Sunday, June 5.  An hour-long, two-episode block will begin at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
  • Upload Yours‘ second season premieres Friday, June 3 at 11:30 PM ET/PT, on The Comedy Network.
  • Comedy Now! begins its 14th season Friday, July 8 at at 10:30 PM ET/PT, on The Comedy Network.
  • The Comedy Network will air the 12th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Wednesday, August 24, at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
  • Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh-Off 2011 will Breslinize itself on The Comedy Network Saturday, July 2, at 9:00 PM ET/PT.

In addition, Dan for Mayor and Hiccups will make their expected Comedy Network rounds.  Times are here.  I know I should mention the TCN airdates, but I feel that’s redundant.

As for CTV Two, I’m underwhelmed.  I know CTV’s secondary program service couldn’t go on as A Channel, but nothing says “also-ran” like a secondary brand.  It doesn’t look like A Channel will change much as CTV Two – more over-the-air coverage here, some CTV News there, a coat of paint over the original branding.  I’ll be amazed if this reboot amounts to anything.

C. Archer
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