Summer skeds announced for Global, A-Channel

Global's set to air some new Canadian originals this summer, along with a four-part miniseries starring Neve Campbell. A-Channel has three new shows and some top performers migrating to the net from CTV.

CanWest’s Global and CTVglobemedia’s A-Channel announced summer sked details yesterday, including several new shows each and a list of returning performers. Here’s the rundown on what each of them is planning for the hot months…


Last Comic Standing, the international search for the funniest undiscovered comedian, will premiere Thursday, May 22 in the 9:30 pm time slot.

Burn Up, a two-part four-hour miniseries starring Neve Campbell, will premiere Tuesday, June 10 at 9 pm, with the second installment to air Wednesday, June 11 at 9 pm. The conspiracy thriller is a Canadian original about the battle between environmental activists and oil company executives faced with economic success and ecological responsibility.

In Plain Sight, a crime drama starring Mary McCormack (1408, The West Wing), will premiere Tuesday, June 17 at 10 pm. The show is about a US marshal attached to the highly secretive Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC).

The net’s Big Brother will launch with a new season starting Sunday, July 13 in the 8 pm time slot.

Swingtown, the ’70s-era look at open marriages starring Molly Parker (Six Feet Under, Deadwood), premieres Thursday, June 5 at 10 pm.

Durham County, the Canadian original drama starring Hugh Dillon (Trailer Park Boys: The Movie), will debut Monday, May 19 at 10 pm. The show revolves around Detective Mike Sweeney and his family as he hunts a serial killer he’s certain is the guy across the street.


America’s Got Talent is back for a third season starting June 17 in the Tuesday 9 pm time slot. Last season, AGT was Canada’s second-most-watched summer series, after Canadian Idol, with an average audience of 1.4 million viewers when it aired on CTV.

Dance Machine will air Fridays at 8 pm, starting on June 27. Each ep features six real people competing in one-on-one dance-offs to the most popular songs of all time. The show is hosted by E! News correspondent Jason Kennedy.

Celebrity Family Feud, the star-studded version of the old game show, starts July 1 in the Tuesday 8 pm time slot. The show is hosted by Al Roker (Today Show).

Wanna Bet?, a one-hour weekly show that gives four celebrity contestants the chance to earn big money for charity by betting on stunts and mental challenges, starts July 21 in the Monday 9 pm time slot. The show is hosted by British comedy sensations Ant and Dec (Britain’s Got Talent, Pop Idol).

Other shows returning to A-Channel include America’s Funniest Home Videos, Sundays at 7 pm beginning May 25; The Big Bang Theory, Mondays at 8 pm beginning May 26; Two and a Half Men, Mondays at 9 pm beginning May 26; Without a Trace, Tuesdays at 10 pm beginning May 27; Law & Order, Wednesdays at 10 pm beginning May 28; Grey’s Anatomy, Thursdays at 9 pm beginning May 29; and Desperate Housewives, Sundays at 10 pm beginning June 1.