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Not so much this year. Nothing happened until last Saturday at 10 a.m. Then the bidding wars began.
When the smoke cleared, CTV had cherry picked the few biggies it needed for its still dominant schedule: retro sky drama Pan Am (featuring Christina Ricci, fourth from left above), Darren Star's G.C.B. ("Good Christian Bitches," starring Leslie Bibb abd Annie Potts), new NBC comedy Whitney (starring comedienne Whitney Cummings) and close to sure thing The X Factor. Rogers--weeks after crying poor (again) to the CRTC in Ottawa--threw tons of moola at long time Global suppliers Warners and Fox and came away with the greatest number of shows, including ABC's Revenge, starring Emily VanCamp (Brothers & Sisters). Global, we hear, did not overspend.
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Then there are the little sleeper shows that turn out to be monster hits. Only one guy at CTV saw any potential in The Big Bang Theory and he had to talk his higher ups into buying it.
So far it is way too early to tell if 2011-12 will be a bumper year like two years ago, when rookies Glee, Modern Family, The Good Wife and NCIS: Los Angeles became instant hits--or last season when Lonestar, Chase, Undercovers, The Whole Truth and Outlaw were all pretty much DOA.
Here's all you need to know about last season: Mike & Molly was the No. 1 new comedy and Raising Hope the No. 1 new comedy in the younger demos. The No. 1 new comedy in Canada? S#*! My Dad Says, a show CBS canceled.
So Global show buyers, led by EVP Barb Williams--the most experienced hand heading into this U.S. show market opposite the new suits from Rogers and Bell--may eventually look smart for not overspending. On the other hand, what's she going to plug into Thursday, Friday and Sunday?
Just one of the questions to be answered next week at the City upfront Monday, Global Tuesday and CTV Thursday, all in Toronto.