CTV Announces Blockbuster 2017 Summer Schedule including Three, New Buzzed-About Series and Massive Line-Up of Heavyweight Can’t-Miss Specials

— May 4, 2017

– Hosted by Jenna Dewan Tatum, CTV nabs star-studded Jennifer Lopez produced dance competition series WORLD OF DANCE (May 30) and Shonda Rhimes’ STILL STAR-CROSSED (May 29), along with Gordon Ramsay’s new LIVE cooking series THE F WORD (May 31) –
– Popular competition reality series MASTERCHEF (May 31), AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (June 12) and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (July 4) return to the summer slate –
– CTV brings the drama with the return of the remaining nine episodes of the fifth and final season of SAVING HOPE (June 8), as well as AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (June 12) and ZOO (June 29) –
– Blockbuster lineup of specials and award shows unveils James Corden’s THE LATE LATE SHOW CARPOOL KARAOKE PRIMETIME SPECIAL (May 22), DIRTY DANCING (May 24), AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR USA VS THE WORLD (June 4), THE 71ST ANNUAL TONY AWARDS® (June 11), THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (June 18), and CANADA IN A DAY (June 25) –

TORONTO (May 4, 2017) – CTV is bringing the heat with a dynamic 2017 summer schedule anchored by three brand-new series from some of the biggest names in television: WORLD OF DANCE, THE F WORD, and STILL STAR-CROSSED. Summer on CTV also features an all-star showcase of returning favourites including THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, SAVING HOPE, MASTERCHEF, and AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR, along with a one of a kind, crowd-sourced summer event special, CANADA IN A DAY, and the hottest music celebrations including THE 2017 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS and THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. From the television powerhouse of Shondaland comes STILL STAR-CROSSED (May 29), a new spin on the classic love story of Romeo and Juliet. WORLD OF DANCE (May 30) is a blazing new competition series produced by Jennifer Lopez and hosted by Jenna Dewan Tatum, WORLD OF DANCE features the world’s most talented dancers competing for $1 million before a star-studded judging panel of Lopez, Derek Hough, and NE-YO. Based on his Gordon Ramsay’s hit U.K. series, each distinctive and fast-paced hour of the appropriately titled THE F WORD (May 31) combines good food and great cooking with Ramsay's passion, energy and humour in a one-of-a-kind live series. Returning to the CTV schedule are some of Canada’s most popular competition series. THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is back to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation with a fifth season on July 4. The country’s most-watched summer series for four years in a row, this season has all the non-stop, action-packed adventure viewers have grown to love, as the racers travel across Canada and the world in the hopes of being the last team standing. Also back for another season are perennial favourites AMERICAN NINJA WARROR (June 12) and MASTERCHEF (May 31), Additional series rounding out the schedule this summer are  HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (June 20) and $100,000 PYRAMID (June 25). There’s no shortage of drama in the CTV summer schedule. Summer’s most provocative series ZOO returns for a bold third season (June 29) while drama ensues as one of Canada’s most-watched and beloved series, SAVING HOPE (June 8), wraps up its stellar five-season run with the series’ remaining nine episodes, which picks up in the aftermath of the series’ emotional spring finale. CTV’s lineup of special events and award shows is loaded with excitement, nostalgia and unforgettable moments. On May 24, relive the iconic love story of Baby Houseman and Johnny Castle in a star-studded reinvention of DIRTY DANCING, starring Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Abigail Breslin, and Colt Prattes. Viewers can sing along for the second year in a row with James Corden and his famous friends when the Emmy Award®-winning THE LATE LATE SHOW CARPOOL KARAOKE PRIMETIME SPECIAL premieres May 22. A special made for Canadians by Canadians, CANADA IN A DAY (June 25) is a snapshot of Canadians at home and around the world airing in advance of Canada’s 150th. Plus, CTV is the destination for the must-watch award shows, including THE 2017 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, (May 21), THE 71ST ANNUAL TONY AWARDS® (June 11), and THE IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (June 18). “With three sensational new shows including the can’t-miss WORLD OF DANCE and electrifying live events such as THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS and THE 71ST ANNUAL TONY AWARDS®, and specials like DIRTY DANCING, AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR USA VS THE WORLD, and CANADA IN A DAY, CTV boasts a captivating summer slate second-to-none” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. A closer look at CTV’s Summer 2017 schedule, listed in order of New Series, Returning Series and Specials:   All programming is subject to change, and all times ET/PT. Visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times.   New Summer Series: STILL STAR-CROSSED Series premiere: Monday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO This hotly anticipated drama from Shonda Rhimes picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers' tragic fate. The series is based on the book Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub. STILL STAR-CROSSED stars Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague, Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague, Torrance Coombs as Paris, Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline, Ebonee Noel as Livia, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Susan Wooldridge as Nurse, and Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet. WORLD OF DANCE Series premiere: Tuesday, May 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO From Executive Producer Jennifer Lopez comes the biggest dance competition in the world. WORLD OF DANCE is hosted by Jenna Dewan Tatum, with judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, and NE-YO. In partnership with preeminent global dance brand WORLD OF DANCE, the series brings the world's elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism for a life-altering prize of $1 million. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping, and more. THE F WORD Series premiere: Wednesday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO Get ready for food, family, and fun with Gordon Ramsay's bold, new live series, THE F WORD. Based on the hit U.K. series, each distinctive and fast-paced hour combines good food and great cooking with Ramsay's passion, energy, and humour in a one-of-a-kind live series. During each episode, teams of foodie families and friends battle it out in a high-stakes cook-off, hoping to impress Ramsay, as well as celebrities, VIPs and other dinner guests. As the live battle heats up, the show features Ramsay hosting highly stylized cooking demos and weekly out-of-the-kitchen adventures with fans, foodies, and surprise guests.   Returning Series: MASTERCHEF (Season 8) Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning May 31 On Season 8 of MASTERCHEF, Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi welcome celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez to the judges’ panel. The three celebrated food experts will put the latest group of contestants through a series of challenging elimination rounds, in order to turn one home cook into a culinary master. SAVING HOPE (Season 5) – The Final Season Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning June 8 The fifth and final season of SAVING HOPE returns with all nine new episodes following its emotional spring finale, which picks up in the wake of a personal trauma that devastated Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance), who busies herself with work to distract her from her grief. Plus, Dr. Maggie Lin’s (Julia Taylor Ross) ex-girlfriend Dr. Sydney Katz (Stacey Farber, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION) comes back into town  with some surprising news for Maggie. Meanwhile, the return of “The Great” Randal Crane (Peter Keleghan, MURDOCH MYSTERIES) in the spring finale, delivered a dire warning about Charlie’s (Michael Shanks) “special gift” and its heavy cost if he doesn’t rid himself of it – leaving viewers wondering whether Alex and Charlie will finally work out their differences on their way to happily ever after…or are they indeed cursed? The final season continues its strong roster of guest stars including Ben Bass (ROOKIE BLUE), Don McKellar (SENSITIVE SKIN), Missy Peregrym (ROOKIE BLUE) who all appear in upcoming episodes this season. THE $100,000 PYRAMID (Season 2) Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning June 25. The iconic THE $100,000 PYRAMID returns for a second season. Hosted by Pro Football Hall of Famer and celebrated TV personality Michael Strahan (GOOD MORNING AMERICA), every episode will have $100,000 up for grabs. The hottest stars will team up with players from across the U.S. to take on the timeless war of words, racing against the clock to give and guess clues in one of TV's all-time great word-association games. AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (Season 9) Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning June 12 Hosted by Matt Iseman, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, and co-host Kristine Leahy (CBS SPORTS), AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR is based on the global hit SASUKE, now in its 33rd season in Japan. Season 9 of the series brings new obstacles and visits to new cities, all in the continuing quest for physical excellence. HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (Season 5) Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning June 20 HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, hosted by Emmy Award® and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch, returns for a fifth season. The hilarious party game series sees two contestants transported from their everyday lives into a once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration. Contestants step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with some of their favorite celebrities, competing for the chance to win up to $25,000. This season features new party games and the winning contestant will be able to choose two celebrities to help them win the grand prize. Celebrities joining this season include, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley from THIS IS US, as well as Michael Bolton, NE-YO, Natalie Morales, Mike Colter, Chris Hardwick, Margaret Cho, Gabby Douglas, Matt Iseman, Taye Diggs, RuPaul, and many more. ZOO (Season 3) Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning June 29 ZOO, based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson, is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. In Season 3, the year is 2027, and the world has reached a tipping point: as the human population continues to dwindle due to the sterility problem, an equally devastating threat rises in the form of “the hybrids,” an army of unstoppable lab-made creatures, hell-bent on destroying mankind. Although the team has become estranged over the past decade, Jackson (James Wolk), Jamie (Kristen Connolly), Abraham (Nonso Anozie), Dariela (Alyssa Diaz), and Logan (Josh Salatin) are forced to overcome their differences and reunite when they learn that Mitch (Billy Burke) is alive. As the planet’s future hangs in the balance, the team must race to stop the hybrids and their creator – a shadowy figure with a startling connection to the team’s past. THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (Season 5) Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning July 4 THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is back for a fifth season with brand-new teams and exciting, nail-biting challenges. Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Jon Montgomery, the series pits fresh teams of two with a pre-existing relationship against each other in the biggest race this country has ever seen. Specials and Awards Shows: THE 2017 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CTV and CTV GO One of the most exciting nights in music, THE 2017 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS is broadcast live across the country from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Nominees include: Drake, Adele, The Weeknd, Rhianna, and Justin Bieber. Show to include performances by superstars Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Nicki Minaj. Also on the roster are Celine Dion, Drake, Florida Georgia Line, Camila Cabello, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, and Lorde. DIRTY DANCING Wednesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO Abigail Breslin, Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Tony Roberts, Katey Sagal and Billy Dee Williams, along with rising stars Colt Prattes and J. Quinton Johnson, headline the stellar cast in a new, live television adaptation of the global pop-cultural phenomenon DIRTY DANCING. THE LATE LATE SHOW CARPOOL KARAOKE PRIMETIME SPECIAL Monday, May 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO is returning to primetime with his second Carpool Karaoke special. The Emmy Award®-winning primetime special is back for another year, featuring all-new Carpool Karaoke and Toddlerography segments, as well as other surprises, and James Corden’s favorite moments from THE LATE LATE SHOW. Last year’s inaugural special earned an Emmy Award® for Outstanding Variety Special. AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR USA VS THE WORLD Sunday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO The fourth annual high-stakes international competition AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR USA VS THE WORLD brings three international teams together to compete on Mt. Midoriyama, the famed four-stage finals course featured in AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila host alongside co-host Kristine Leahy. THE 71ST ANNUAL TONY AWARDS® Sunday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO Kevin Spacey is set to host THE 71ST ANNUAL TONY AWARDS (June 11) live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Nominees include “Come From Away,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Groundhog Day The Musical,” and “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” for Best Musical, and “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” “Indecent,” “Oslo,” and “Sweat” for Best Play. Plus, James Earl Jones will receive the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS Sunday, June 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Much, CTV, and on VRAK in Québec At THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, the audience is the priority; Much gives them the best seats in the house, whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs airs live on Sunday, June 18 on Much, CTV, and on VRAK in Québec. DNCE, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Jazz Cartier, Julia Michaels, and Lorde announced as first performers. Fans should hit up Much regularly at Much.com or Twitter @Much for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year. CANADA IN A DAY Premieres Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO CANADA IN A DAY is a CTV Event Special created entirely from videos made by Canadians over the course of 24 hours (September 10th, 2016), reflecting the thoughts, hopes, and lives of everyone that lives in this amazing country. Premiering as Canada gets set to celebrate the 150th anniversary of confederation, CANADA IN A DAY is a unique snapshot of who we are and what we were doing in one, 24-hour period, resulting in a memorable TV event and time capsule of Canada.

Source: Source: Numeris, Summer 2013-2016. Final data.

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