CTV finalizes fall premiere dates

Plus, despite Roseanne's sudden cancellation, CTV has a series in its place.
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For CTV, the fall season begins with an end – the season finale of The Amazing Race Canada will air Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. After that, the Bell Media-owned network will dive into its fall schedule. On Aug. 28, CTV officially announced the premiere dates of its upcoming fall titles as well as its major broadcast events, finalizing its fall schedule.

One of CTV’s biggest new properties this fall is The Rookie, its new police drama starring Canadian actor Nathan Fillion. During the Upfronts, content and programming president Mike Cosentino told MiC Bell Media was most excited about the series, thanks largely to the star power of Fillion and its story, which he said would appeal to the “sweet spot” of CTV’s core 18 to 45 and 25 to 54 audiences.

But those audiences will have to wait until Oct. 16 to catch a glimpse at  The Rookie, which will air Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

New to CTV – but not Canadian airwaves – is medical drama The Resident, which will premiere Monday, Sept. 24. While its premiere episode will air at 7 p.m., beginning the following week it will air regularly at 8 p.m. The Resident will be followed by CTV’s new U.S. pickup, Magnum P.I., starring Jay Hernandez as ex-Navy SEAL-turned-private eye Thomas Magnum. The reboot premieres Sept. 24 and will air at 9 p.m. every Monday.

Another new show is the spiritual-themed dramedy God Friended Me, which features Brandon Michael Hall as a religiously apathetic radio DJ who gets a social media friend request from God. The series premieres Sept. 30 and airs Sundays at 8 p.m.

Primetime talk show The Alec Baldwin Show will come to Sundays at 10 p.m. starting Oct. 14. The new show features Baldwin interviewing compelling celebrity personalities on air.

Although last season’s midseason hit Roseanne was initially moved to fall following its major success with viewers (its short season pulled in an average of 1.82 million viewers per episode), the series was cancelled by U.S. network ABC following the Upfronts. However, in its place comes spin-off series The Conners featuring cast members Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert, among others. The “new” series will premiere Oct. 16 and air Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

After years on the Thursday night lineup, Grey’s Anatomy will move to Wednesday nights at 9 p.m., starting with a two-hour premiere Sept. 26. That move is to accommodate another Shondaland hit, Station 19, which is moving from midseason to fall. The firehouse drama, which took in 1.49 million average viewers last season, will air Thursday nights at 9 p.m. (in the former Grey’s spot) starting Oct. 4.

The Big Bang Theory will return for its final season Sept. 24 (a special Monday night broadcast) before settling into its familiar Thursday 8 p.m. spot on Sept. 27 with another new episode. Its prequel series Young Sheldon will also air its premiere Sept. 24 at 8:30 before returning to Thursdays on Sept. 27.

Other returning series on CTV include:

  • eTalk (returning Sept. 3 and airing weeknights at 7 p.m.);
  • W5 (premiering Sept. 22 and airing Saturdays at 7 p.m.);
  • The Good Doctor (returning Sept. 24 and airing Mondays at 10 p.m.);
  • The Goldbergs (returning Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. and airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m.);
  • American Housewife (premiering Sept. 26 and airing Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.);
  • Law & Order: SVU (premiering Sept. 27 with a two-hour premiere and airing Thursdays at 9 p.m.);
  • How to Get Away With Murder (premiering Sept. 28 and airing Fridays at 9 p.m.);
  • Blue Bloods (returning Sept. 28 and airing Fridays at 10 p.m.);
  • Criminal Minds (debuting Oct. 3 and airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m.);
  • Shark Tank (premiering Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. before moving to 9 p.m. the following week); and
  • Blindspot (debuting Oct. 12 and airing Fridays at 8 p.m.)

Returning series on CTV Two include:

  • NFL’s Thursday Night Football (premiering Sept. 6 and airing Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.);
  • NFL’s Sunday Night Football (premiering Sept. 9 and airing Sundays at 8 p.m.);
  • The Voice (debuting Sept. 24 with a two-hour premiere and airing Mondays at 8 p.m.); and
  • Splitting Up Together (returning Oct. 16 and airing Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.)

Live events airing on the network include:

  • The 70th Emmy Awards (airing Sept. 17 with red carpet arrivals at 7:30 p.m. and ceremony at 8 p.m.);
  • The American Music Awards (airing Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.); and
  • The 2018 CMA Awards (airing Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. on CTV Two)
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