CTV Fall TV 2013-14: It’s All About Action

Bell Media arguably had the least amount of work to do on their schedules because most of their shows were hits. Laughter may have been key for Rogers and Shaw’s lineups but action is what it’s all about for CTV.

I wasn’t sure how CTV and CTV Two were going to try and juggle three reality shows that take up a hefty chunk of real estate on their schedule, but they managed. In fact, call them gluttons for punishment but “Dancing With the Stars,” “The X Factor” and “The Voice” will all be back, two-hour spots and all. At least “DWTS” will no longer have the one-hour results show, saving room for CTV to overhaul their Tuesday night.

CTV acquired “Person of Interest” (which spent its first two seasons on City), which will anchor Tuesday nights, but it’s what kick-starts the night that has everybody salivating. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” might be the most anticipated show of the season, if you’re a fan of “The Avengers” and “Iron Man” and all of Marvel’s other feature films. Sandwiched between the action, however, are two comedies — which seems odd, but “The Goldbergs” and “Trophy Wife” are the perfect one-two punch to fix the troubles CTV has had with its previous Tuesday night lineups.

Monday nights will also showcase a big change. “DWTS” viewership has declined in recent seasons, so CTV has moved the dancing competition show to CTV Two and put “The Voice” on the big stage. “Castle” — which has been partnered with “DWTS” from its beginning — also moves over to CTV Two and in its place on CTV is “Hostages,” the high-action drama starring Dylan McDermott, Toni Collette and Tate Donovan.

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  • “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”

    Clark Gregg reprises the role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

  • “Hostages”

    From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, “Hostages” is a high-octane suspense drama starring Toni Collette as a premiere surgeon, thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott). Dr. Ellen Sanders (Collette) and her family are held captive in their home by Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders her to assassinate the President (James Naughton) when she operates on him. His highly skilled accomplices include his brother-in-law Kramer (Rhys Coiro), whose loyalty to Carlisle will be tested; quick-tempered and intimidating Archer (Billy Brown), an ex-military man with a razor-sharp tongue; and the only woman involved, Maria Gonzales (Sandrine Holt), a mysterious last-minute replacement to the team. With her family’s life in peril, Ellen faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma in order to save her overbearing husband Brian (Tate Donovan), her secretive daughter Morgan (Quinn Shephard), and her not-so-innocent son Jake (Mateus Ward). In this high-stakes standoff between Ellen and Carlisle, fraught with tremendous national and personal consequences, the choices between right and wrong become even more blurred.

  • “MasterChef Canada”

    Canada is a food-crazy country with some of the most culturally diverse communities in the world. Each evening, Canadians of all ages, genders, occupations, and regional lines concoct vastly different dinner menus – from Indian, Innuit, and Italian, to Chinese, Ukrainian, French-Canadian, Jamaican, and more. Now, “MasterChef Canada” promises to set a place at the table for competitive Canadian cooks. “MasterChef Canada” provides an opportunity for Canadian amateur chefs to develop their culinary skills as they compete for the “MasterChef Canada” title. This version follows the traditional format.

  • “The Goldbergs”

    For geeky 11-year old Adam (Sean Giambrone), these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, but with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is a classic “smother”; an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is a gruff, hot-tempered father who is learning how to parent without screaming after a recent health scare… and having little luck. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is 17, hot, terrifying, and not one to mess with. Barry (Troy Gentile) is 16, a grade-A spaz with a classic middle child syndrome. Adam is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who’s crushing on an older woman, 15 year-old Zoe. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al “Pops” Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan and a shameless Don Juan who’s schooling Adam in the ways of love.

  • “Believe”

    Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, and even predict the future … Since she was two years old, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand, nor control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger and the threat has grown more dangerous. With her life and future now in jeopardy, the “Believers” turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will, is reluctant until he witnesses one of her extraordinary abilities. Bo sees people for who they truly are… and who they may become. In “Believe,” Tate and Bo embark on a journey, traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. They’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo’s power … because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever.

  • “Trophy Wife”

    They say the third time’s the charm and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that’s true when she becomes the third wife of a slightly older man, Pete (Bradley Whitford), in “Trophy Wife.” They fell into each other’s arms (literally) at a karaoke bar and flash forward a year later, Kate finds herself with an insta-family complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. But Kate is determined to make this work and become part of the family no matter what. Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense and over-achieving former Olympic athlete and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary and Warren. Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate’s barely tapped maternal instincts. Daughter Hillary is not a fan of her new step-mom either, despite Kate’s attempts to win her trust, and son Warren may have an erotic fixation on his dad’s beautiful, young spouse. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son, Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete’s strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness. Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate who finds support in the most unusual place – with her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales), a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she does.

  • “Surviving Jack”

    “Surviving Jack” is a new single-camera comedy set in 1990s Southern California about a man becoming a dad, as his son is becoming a man, in a time before “coming of age” was something you could Google. Jack Dunlevy (Christopher Meloni) up to this point, has been the parent who’s left for work early, come home late, eaten the big piece of chicken, yelled at his kids, and gone to bed. But after years of deftly raising and running the family, his wife Joanne is going back to law school, leaving Jack as a full-time parent for the very first time. Jack’s teenage son, Frankie (Connor Buckley), is just starting his freshman year in high school. Fortunately, no matter how embarrassing the situation Frankie gets himself into, Jack is there to pick up the pieces and lead his son to manhood…with the least gentle hand possible. Although Jack may be unorthodox, unfiltered and sometimes even unkind in his approach, his intentions are always good. Only time will tell if Jack’s blunt and unpredictable parenting style will keep his kids out of trouble, or if Joanne will have to put down the law books and step in to keep the family order. Until then, Jack’s the dad the Dunlevy kids always wished they had – most of the time. As someone who is used to taking care of people with cancer, Jack’s got this …right?

  • “Kirstie”

    “Kirstie” is a multi-camera comedy series about Madison “Maddie” Banks (Kirstie Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo (Eric Petersen), the son she gave up for adoption 26 years ago, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother has died. However, Maddie doesn’t exactly see nerdy and schlubby Arlo fitting in with her luxurious lifestyle. When her attempt to change Arlo backfires, Maddie finds that perhaps they both could use a little change in their lives.

  • “Intelligence”

    “Intelligence” is a dramatic thriller starring Josh Holloway as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel (Holloway) is the first human ever to be connected directly into the worldwide information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone, and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key Intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government cyber-security agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger), a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behaviour and disregard for protocol. Other skilled members of the Cybercom team include Chris Jameson (Michael Rady) and Gonzalo “Gonzo” Rodriguez (James Martinez), two resourceful federal investigators. The brains behind the design of the chip is Dr. Shenendoah Cassidy (John Billingsley), whose son, Nelson (PJ Byrne), is jealous of Gabriel’s prominent place in his father’s life. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created.

  • “Person Of Interest”

    “Person Of Interest” is a crime thriller about a presumed-dead former CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. John Reese’s (Jim Caviezel) special training in covert operations appeals to Harold Finch (Michael Emerson), a software genius who invented a program called “The Machine,” that can identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Tapping into ubiquitous surveillance feeds throughout the city, the two work outside of the law, combining Reese’s black ops skills with Finch’s technological prowess and unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest, and stop the crime before it happens. Reese’s actions draw the attention of the NYPD, including by-the-book homicide detective Joss Carter (Taraji P. Henson). After initially pursuing Reese as a criminal, Carter now shares in his pursuit of justice. Also working with Reese and Finch is Detective Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman), a dirty cop who began as Reese’s unwilling pawn, but now views their missions as a chance at personal redemption. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything.

  • “The Tomorrow People”

    In “The Tomorrow People,” Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) starts hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. In desperation, he decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, which leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People, John (Luke Mitchell), Cara (Peyton List), and Russell (Aaron Yoo), a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation, and telepathic communication. The Tomorrow People are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra. Led by Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino), Ultra sees the Tomorrow People as a very real existential threat from a rival species, and forcing the outcast group to hide out in an abandoned subway station just beneath the surface of the human world. Trading in secrets, Jedikiah offers Stephen the chance for a normal life with his family and best friend, Astrid (Madeleine Mantock), if he will help in the struggle to isolate and eradicate the Tomorrow People. On the other hand, Cara, John, and Russell offer Stephen a different type of family and a home where he truly belongs. Unwilling to turn his back on humanity or the world of the Tomorrow People, Stephen sets out on his own path – a journey that could take him into the shadowy past to uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious disappearance, or into an unknown future with the Tomorrow People.

  • “Mixology”

    “Mixology” is a single camera comedy series set in one bar, one night, with ten single people. Welcome to Mix, a high-end bar in Manhattan’s trendy meat-packing district and the backdrop for a sexy new high-concept comedy. Recently dumped by his fiancé, Tom (Blake Lee) hasn’t been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, handsome and confident Cal (Craig Frank) and fast-talking Bruce (Andrew Santino), are throwing Tom back into the dating pool whether he likes it or not. Tom’s first encounter is with Maya (Mercedes Masohn), an attorney who’s as beautiful as she is brutal. Before long, Tom is in tears. After that, it only gets worse. Rounding out Mix’s chic crowd is Maya’s engaged-for-now friend Liv (Kate Simses); aggressive single mom Jessica; her younger, naive sister Janey; bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies); dark, mysterious bartender Dominic; and failed internet entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell), who’s drunk and having the worst night of his life. Each episode will highlight two characters meeting for the first time. The pilot focuses on Tom meeting Maya, but across the course of this one night –and the entire season – each of our five guys will meet each of our five girls. Will they find love? Will they find a warm bed for the night? Will they find a cold drink in their face? All questions will be answered by the season finale of this highly intoxicating new comedy.

Additions to the daytime lineup are Bethenny Frankel’s eponymous daytime talk show, as well as “The Social,” hosted by Melissa Grelo, Lainey Lui, Cynthia Loyst and Traci Melchor. And for more action, look out for “The Tomorrow People,” Canadian drama “Played” (which the net hopes will follow in the footsteps of “Flashpoint” and “Motive”), “Junior MasterChef” and yet another Canadian production, “MasterChef Canada,” to join in on the fun.

“Year-after-year, CTV offers programming consistency and durability not found anywhere else,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “It’s tough to crack the CTV lineup, but when programs do, they have the best chance of success on CTV. We’re very excited to bring a powerhouse lineup to viewers and advertisers that features some of the most compelling programming available.” How compelling? You tell me.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
If you’re not well-acquainted with Captain America, Iron Man and Thor, that’s OK. You’re still going to love creator Joss Whedon’s latest series. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) may be gone from the world of The Avengers but he lives on on the small screen. He leads an elite group of agents working for the worldwide law-enforcement organization, investigating the new, bizarre and unknown. I love Agent Coulson but is it so wrong that I still see him as Richard Campbell, the dunderhead ex-husband from “The New Adventures of Old Christine”? Whoever he is, this one will undoubtedly be as extraordinary as some of strange things the agents will be protecting the world from.

“The Goldbergs”
A cross between “The Wonder Years” and “Modern Family,” this ’80s-set sitcom about a dysfunctional Jewish family is wonderful and heartwarming. Patton Oswalt is exactly who should be narrating, and Wendy McLendon-Covey is the perfect choice for the smothering mom. But it’s the video camera-toting young Sean Giambrone who is charming as Adam (based on the show’s creator/executive producer and writer, Adam F. Goldberg) and might be more charismatic in real life. “This is the one script – because I’ve auditioned for many — and my whole family had to pass around the script because we kept bursting out laughing.”

Giambrone also counts The Eagles and Aerosmith as his favourite bands, and his favourite family TV shows were “Malcolm in the Middle” and “The Andy Griffith Show.” I mean, come on! But it’s the side-by-side videos of the characters who provided the inspiration to “The Goldbergs” that made it for me. Hopefully that’s a weekly occurrence.

All I need to say is this is the latest show from Jerry Bruckheimer, so you know it’s going to have a lot of action. But it’s also filled with drama and suspense when top surgeon Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette), who is set to operate on the president, has to make a tough choice when her family is taken hostage by rogue agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott — his roles lately have been rather murderous, wouldn’t you say?), who wants the POTUS dead. Sounds like a movie, right? Like, how can this go on for 15 episodes (which is how many they plan to shoot each season). But it’s not as cut-and-dry as hostages vs. bad guys. The family has its share of secrets, and co-star Tate Donovan spoils they’ll all be better for it by the end. “It’s going to be incredibly rough, and all their secrets come out — kids dealing drugs, the daughter’s pregnant, I’m having an affair, she falls in love with her captor — but by the end of the series, the family somehow will be closer, better.” Even though I now know what it’s all about, I’m still tuning in.

This midseason thriller sounds like “Chuck” — that is, if it was John Casey who was uploaded with the Intersect, not Bartowski. “Lost'”s Josh Holloway returns to TV as Gabriel, a reckless intelligence operative who has a super-computer microchip in his brain. He leads an elite government cyber-security agency but is assigned a Secret Service agent (Meghan Ory, “Once Upon a Time”) to protect him from outside threats who want the most valuable piece of technology ever created. It’s a bunch of things rolled into one, says Ory, who believes “Intelligence” will attract all kinds of viewers. “The show has a lot of different elements: science-fiction, a ton of action and there’s a little bit of a procedural aspect.” And romance? Maybe. “We explore a lot, their relationship will change and expand and grow and we’ll see if it goes in a romantic direction.” She adds, “I’ve been told [Josh’s] shirt will come off.” Enough said. Hmm, I probably could have led with that…

“The Following”
It ended with a bang, which is the top thing the show gets credit for: that producers aren’t afraid of killing anyone off (though I’m pretty sure, for the time being, Kevin Bacon’s Ryan Hardy and James Purefoy’s Joe Carroll are safe). Agent Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) and baddest bad girl around, Emma Hill (Valorie Curry), however, don’t feel as safe. “I dread the day we [gestures to Curry] actually have a scene together because it probably means that one of us is going to go,” says Ashmore. “It is what it is. We were warned from the beginning. That’s the kind of show this is. And after the first season, they lived up to their word.” Curry recalls being warned that her character could die, adding, “Knowing that, as an actor, it really just raises the stakes for your character and for yourself. We’re just as invested as the viewers watching.” And viewers will be watching, to see if Joe really is dead (probably not) or which other unsuspecting characters are really followers (I’m still betting on Mike).

“MasterChef Canada”
“MasterChef” has been such a huge success for CTV and the network is hopeful that “Junior MasterChef” performs similarly. So it was a no-brainer to expand the franchise. “We are thrilled to bring the world’s top cooking competition series to CTV,” says Eden Gaha, president of the show’s distributor. “Canada’s rich and vibrant culinary scene is the perfect locale to uncover the next ‘MasterChef.'” Production begins this fall and the show will debut in Winter 2014. Let the games begin.

Here are CTV’s and CTV Two’s fall schedules (all times ET):

8 p.m. “The Voice”
10 p.m. “Hostages”

8 p.m. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
9 p.m. “The Goldbergs”
9:30 p.m. “Trophy Wife”
10 p.m. “Person of Interest”

7 p.m. “The Tomorrow People”
8 p.m. “Arrow”
9 p.m. “Criminal Minds”
10 p.m. “CSI”

8 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory”
8:30 p.m. “Two and a Half Men”
9 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10 p.m. “Played”

8 p.m. “Junior Masterchef”
9 p.m. “Grimm”
10 p.m. “Blue Bloods”

7 p.m. “W5”
8 p.m. Comedy Night on CTV
10 p.m. Crime Time

7 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”
8 p.m. “The Amazing Race”
9 p.m. “Law Order: SVU”
10 p.m. “The Mentalist”

8 p.m. “Dancing With the Stars”
10 p.m. “Castle”

8 p.m. “Anger Management”
8:30 p.m. “Hot in Cleveland”
9 p.m. “The Voice”
10 p.m. “Mike Molly”
10:30 p.m. “Hot in Cleveland”

8 p.m. “The X Factor”
10 p.m. “Mike Molly”
10:30 p.m. “Hot in Cleveland”

8 p.m. “The X Factor”
9 p.m. “Reign”
10 p.m. “Mike Molly”
10:30 p.m. “Hot in Cleveland”

8 p.m. “Undercover Boss”
9 p.m. “Shark Tank”
10 p.m. “Mike Molly”
10:30 p.m. “Hot in Cleveland”

9 p.m. “W5”
10 p.m. “Mike Molly”
10:30 p.m. “Hot in Cleveland”

7 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory”
7:30 p.m. “Satisfaction”
8 p.m. “The Vampire Diaries”
9 p.m. “Castle”
10 p.m. “Mike Molly”
10:30 p.m. “Hot in Cleveland”

See Also:
City Fall TV Schedule 2013
Global Fall TV Schedule 2013
CBC Fall TV Schedule 2013

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