Upfronts: Shaw adds more drama to Global and brings Lifetime to Canada

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With Citytv picking up a leading number of new American comedies, Global has packed on some additional drama. Here are some of the highlights:

– Noticeable absent from the fall lineup is The Office. Shaw will still hold on to the rights of the show. They’ve also retained the rights to Animal Practice, which NBC will air on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

– Global will air Parenthood a day early than NBC (Monday), while Matthew Perry‘s new NBC series, Go On, will air a day later (Wednesday).

– Global will air The Good Wife an hour after CBS (so you can watch Revenge live!)

– Coming to Global daytime: The Ricki Lake Show (which replaces CBS’ The Talk at 2 p.m.) and The Jeff Probst Show (3 p.m.) — both hourlong talkers.

– Global has given up the rights to The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (it moves to Citytv)…instead, they’re airing The Talk in post-release, at 12:30 a.m.

– On tap for midseason: Anne Heche‘s Save Me and The Job (hosted by Lisa Ling).

Shaw has also announced plans to launch two new channels this fall with A+E Networks: Lifetime and H2. Showcase Diva will rebrand as  the Canadian version of American women’s network Lifetime, bringing new shows like Dance Moms, Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp and Jennifer Love Hewitt‘s The Client List. Lifetime‘s slate of TV movies include Liz and Dick starring Lindsay Lohan and The June Carter Cash Story starring Jewel.

History Television will rebrand as History (just like the American version) while H2 will offer more male skewing programs like 10 Things You Don’t Know About, The Universe and Mankind Decoded.

Shaw has also announced that Slice’s #1 program, The Real Housewives of Vancouver has been renewed for a second season.

Global’s 2011 fall primetime schedule:

Monday
8:00 p.m. – Bones (s/Fox)
9:00 p.m. – Parenthood (pre-release, NBC)
10:00 p.m. – Hawaii Five-O (s/CBS)

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. – NCIS (s/CBS)
9:00 p.m. – NCIS: Los Angeles (s/CBS)
10:00 p.m. – Vegas (s/CBS)

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. – Survivor (s/CBS)
9:00 p.m. – Go On (post-release, NBC)
9:30 p.m. – Guys with Kids (post-release, NBC)
10:00 p.m. – Chicago Fire (s/NBC)

Thursday
8:00 p.m. – Last Resort (s/ABC)
9:00 p.m. – Glee (s/Fox)
10:00 p.m. – Elementary (s/CBS)

Friday
8:00 p.m. – Touch (s/Fox)
9:00 p.m. – Made in Jersey (s/CBS)
10:00 p.m. – 16×9

Saturday
7:00 p.m. – Canadian Documentary
8:00 p.m. – Recipe to Riches
9:00 p.m. – Crime Time Saturday
10:00 p.m. – Close Up

Sunday
7:30 p.m. – The Cleveland Show (s/Fox)
8:00 p.m. – The Simpsons (s/Fox)
8:30 p.m. – Bob’s Burgers (s/Fox)
9:00 p.m. – Family Guy (s/Fox)
9:30 p.m. – American Dad (s/Fox)
10:00 p.m. – The Good Wife (post-release, CBS)

Official Program Descriptions

ELEMENTARY
A modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes (Johnny Lee Miller, Dexter ), the iconic detective is taking on New York. Just out of rehab, he’s been assigned to live with his worst nightmare – sober coach, Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Lui, Southland). Holmes’s unsurpassed skills of deduction and Watson’s medical expertise come together to create a dream team for solving the NYPD’s most impossible cases.

VEGAS
A drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s. Lamb (Dennis Quaid, What to Expect When You’re Expecting) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is starting to intrude on his simple life. Recalling Lamb’s command as a military police officer during WWII, the Mayor appeals to Lamb’s sense of duty and asks Lamb to look into a murder of a casino worker.

LAST RESORT
500 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado receive their orders. Over a radio channel, designed only to be used if their homeland has been wiped out, they’re told to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan. Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age) demands confirmation of the orders only to be unceremoniously relieved of duty by the White House. XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman, The Vow) finds himself suddenly in charge of the submarine and facing the same difficult decision.

MADE IN JERSEY
You can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take Jersey out of the girl. When a brassy street-wise lawyer joins a posh Manhattan law firm, she lowers expectations at first sight. But, despite her white-collar colleagues’ skepticism and her Italian family’s well-meaning but constant intrusions, she rises to the challenge. She defends her clients with her distinct brand of legal strategy, intelligence, and Jersey attitude.

CHICAGO FIRE
No job is more stressful, dangerous or exhilarating than those of the Firefighters, Rescue Squad and Paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. These are everyday heroes — the courageous men and women who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way. But the enormous responsibilities of the job also take a personal toll. Big reputations and hefty egos, coupled with the pressure to perform and make split-second decisions, are bound to put squad members at odds. When a tragedy claims one of their own, there’s plenty of guilt and blame to go around.

GO ON
Misery loves company. Unless you’re sportscaster Ryan King (Matthew Perry, The Good Wife) who thinks misery should just be left alone. After losing his wife in a recent car accident, Ryan is ready to get back to work, but his boss won’t let him until Ryan seeks counseling. So, Ryan reluctantly joins a support group with one goal in mind: get in, get out and get back on air as quickly as possible.

GUYS WITH KIDS
From Emmy winner and executive producer Jimmy Fallon comes a new comedy about three thirty-something dads trying to hold on to their youth, while holding onto their new babies’ hands. Easy, right? Thankfully, Chris (Jesse Bradford, The West Wing), Nick (Zach Cregger, Friends with Benefits) and Gary (Anthony Anderson, Law & Order) have each other to help navigate their survival as new dads, while still trying desperately to remain dudes. Balancing work or staying at home, painfully married or happily divorced, they know that taking care of the little ones while maintaining a social life is a daily challenge. Whether it’s hosing the little squirt down in the kitchen sink or hitting the bar strapped with a baby björn, these guys are on a roller-coaster adventure – parenting like you (and they) have never seen before.

ANIMAL PRACTICE
Meet Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk, Weeds), a top-dog New York veterinarian. With an unorthodox style of operating, George’s success comes from his undeniable gift with animals of all kinds. That is, all but the human kind. Dorothy Crane once held the key to George’s heart, but today she also holds the key to the family business as she takes over Crane Animal Hospital. Not only is she George’s new boss, but her romantic history with him and her lack of experience with animals is seriously cramping his style. Dorothy is whip-smart and ambitious, and she’s going to make George pay for the past. Needless to say, he’s determined not to make any changes in his (animal) kingdom — which includes poker games with a resident capuchin monkey.

SAVE ME
Welcome to the Midwestern suburbs, where exciting things never happen. Well, almost never. After a near-death experience (choking on a hero sandwich), Beth (Emmy nominee Anne Heche, Hung) is revived only to realize she now has a direct line to God. Of course, her husband Tom (Michael Landes, Final Destination 2) is skeptical and dismissive – and his mistress (Alexandra Breckenridge, American Horror Story) is stunned to learn that her lover’s wife is now a prophet! But when inexplicable things begin to happen, everyone’s beliefs are tested. Beth starts to say and do things that shock her family and entrance her friends, but she isn’t going to be your typical “fire and brimstone” prophet. Let’s just say, if God had a desperate housewife as His mouthpiece, Beth would be it!

THE JOB
From reality show masters Michael Davies (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) and Mark Burnett (Survivor) comes a new reality series, The Job, in which every week talented candidates are chosen from across the country for a chance to win their dream job. Host Lisa Ling guides participants through several challenges ranging from an on-the-spot quiz to assess their knowledge of the company to deadline-driven tasks while spending a day on the job. But the candidates aren’t the only ones in the hot seat. Adding to the pressure, a rival company is also present and waiting for an opportunity to swoop in and steal any of the contenders. The participant must then decide immediately whether they will take the rival’s offer or stay in the competition in the hope that they are the last one standing for this once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity.

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