Global held its annual upfront today, debuting its schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 TV season and announcing 13 new series, joining such established Global hits as NCIS and Survivor.
In addition, homegrown reality hit Big Brother Canada will also be joining the Global lineup, while made-in-Canada dramas Remedy and Rookie Blue will both be returning.
Global’s new fall lineup, says Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media, builds on the network’s success. “Boasting two of last fall’s biggest new shows, The Blacklist and Sleepy Hollow, the unstoppable and ever-growing NCIS franchise, plus a slate of new heavyweights, Global is Canada’s drama destination,”; she says. “Packing in political intrigue, mystery and star-power, our network’s eight new dramas feel right at home in the schedule, in total delivering 14.5 hours of simulcast programming.”;
Global’s new series include five dramas, four comedies and three limited-run series. Here are the new shows viewers can look forward to seeing this fall:
State of Affairs: A one-hour drama featuring former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl as top CIA analyst who prepares the daily briefing for the President of the U.S. (Alfre Woodard), outlining and prioritizing the various threats around the world.
NCIS: New Orleans: Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise) heads the cast of this NCIS spinoff following the crime-busting adventures of the NCIS field office in the Big Easy.
Stalker: Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) and Maggie Q (Nikita) play police detectives working for the elite Threat Assessment Unit, handling stalking incidents and threats made against individuals.
Gracepoint: This limited-run, 10-episode remake of acclaimed British crime drama Broadchurch features David Tennant (Doctor Who) reprising the role he played in the original, with he and Breaking Bad“s Anna Gunn portraying detectives investigating the murder of a young boy.
Constantine: Based on the DC Comics sensation, this supernatural thriller follows demonologist and private investigator John Constantine (Matt Ryan) as he keeps humanity safe from all manner of supernatural threats.
Madam Secretary: Téa Leoni stars in this political drama as the newly appointed Secretary of State for the U.S. government.
Mulaney: Former SNL writer John Mulaney is star and creator of this Seinfeld-esque sitcom about an aspiring standup comic who lands a job working for a once-hot comic who’s now a game-show host (Martin Short).
A to Z: This half-hour rom-com follows a guy’s (Mad Men“s Ben Feldman) attempts to convince the skeptical woman he’s just met (HIMYM“s Mother, Cristin Milioti) that they’re destined to be together.
Marry Me: A long-term couple (Happy Endings” Casey Wilson and Burning Love“s Ken Marino) want to get engaged, but their trip to the altar is hampered by one misfortune after another.
Bad Judge: Kate Walsh (Private Practice) plays a Circuit Court judge whose personal life is out of control in this raucous comedy from Anchorman creators Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.
Partners: Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence play Chicago lawyers to team up despite their radically different backgrounds in this multi-camera sitcom.
Heroes Reborn: The superhero series gets a brand new reboot in this limited-run series that introduces a whole new cast of super-powered folks.
The Dovekeepers: This adaptation of Alice Hoffman’s acclaimed novel (produced by Survivor mastermind Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey, the team behind The Bible) centres on four women who bond during the siege at Masada in 70 AD, when 900 Jews fought bravely to defend a desert fortress from the Roman army.
No need to wait until fall to take a sneak peek; you can see clips of all these new shows at GlobalTV.com