Published On: Thu, Jun 7th, 2018

CTV unveils their fall programming slate for 2018

The moustache is gone. But the red Ferrari is back.

In a battle of the ‘80s reboots among networks, CTV announced a slate Thursday that includes Magnum P.I., the Hawaiian shot detective procedural featuring Tom Selleck.

Magnum P.I’s reboot stars Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a former navy SEAL who returns home from Afghanistan to become a private investigator.
Magnum P.I’s reboot stars Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a former navy SEAL who returns home from Afghanistan to become a private investigator.  (CTV)

Jay Hernandez (Scandal, The Expanse) stars as Thomas Magnum, a former navy SEAL who returns home from Afghanistan to become a private investigator, living at the palatial home of his friend Robin Masters. The first show ran from 1980 to 1988 on CBS.

Also announced was a new half hour comedy Jann, starring musician Jann Arden as a fictionalized version of herself, and the fourth season of North Bay shot drama Cardinal. The broadcaster also announced a multi-year agreement to broadcast Canada’s Walk of Fame which previously aired on Global.

Bell Media’s CTV, Canada’s largest private network, was the final broadcaster to announce their wares this week to advertisers and media, following the CBC, CITY and Corus.

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Jann Arden will star in Jann as a fictionalized version of herself.
Jann Arden will star in Jann as a fictionalized version of herself.  (Christopher Katsarov / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

CTV has not been afraid to write a big check for Hollywood acquisitions. But it has long been criticized for not producing quality Canadian content. That may have shifted under the leadership of Bell Media president Randy Lennox with serialized shows such as Cardinal and The Disappearance.

But the American blockbuster procedural has long been the bread and butter of the media conglomerate. Still, apart from the CBC, none of the private networks introduced substantive original Canadian programming on their schedules this season.

CTV also announced a rebranding of their specialty channels into CTV properties: Space, Bravo, Comedy and Gusto will become CTV Sci-Fi, CTV Drama, CTV Comedy and CTV Life.

CTV’s fall slate includes:

The Rookie

Nathan Fillion (Castle) makes a return to television as John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis.

God Friended Me

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Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor) is an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change.

The Alec Baldwin Show

Alec Baldwin's program will showcase in-depth interviews with compelling personalities.
Alec Baldwin's program will showcase in-depth interviews with compelling personalities.  (Theo Wargo / Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Starring the three-time Emmy Award winner, the one-hour program showcases host Alec Baldwin’s (30 Rock) in-depth interviews with compelling personalities.

The Kids Are Alright

Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, in a working class neighbourhood outside Los Angeles as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades.

Whiskey Cavalier

FBI super-agent Will Chase played by Scott Foley (Scandal) is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge played by Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead). Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed spies who periodically save the world.

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CTV unveils their fall programming slate for 2018