|Boyce (right) with Dan for Mayor's Ewanuick|
The guys who get to go down and buy all those American shows next May will be Phil King and Rick Brace. BCE will never let them spend like Fecan/Boyce in their prime. Nobody spent like Fecan/Boyce in their prime.
Boyce has been CTV's main show fetcher since 1997. Under her watch, there were entire seasons, forget weeks, where CTV had 18 of the Top-20 shows in Canada.
The next upfronts could be a content catch up opportunity for Global, where Barb Williams is still calling the programming shots, but who knows if her new bosses the Shaw's have the stomach for this cross border game of high stakes TV poker? The playas at the table to watch next spring may be the team from Rogers/City, who now have had a couple of seasons under their belts and are starting to get this thing. They may be the ones who scoop up shows next May that CTV used to snap up at any price just to keep them out of Global's reach.
|The Chicago Code: 1,449,000|
Global's new Monday pickup, the Fox cop drama The Chicago Code, drew 1,449,000 although it did less well in the 25-to-54-year-old demo than Mr. Sunshine. City's top show Monday night was The Bachelor at 688,000. CBC? Little Mosque (417,000), 18 to Life (240,000) and Village on a Diet (508,000) have all found their levels.