For Immediate Release
June 8, 2011
CHCH & Métro14 announce the Television Event of the Year
AVATAR makes its Broadcast Television Debut
Come Home to Great Programming
(Toronto, Canada) Today Channel Zero revealed details of a significant programming deal that’s been in the works with FOX Studios for some time. The acquisition of a stellar line-up of first-run exclusive broadcast movie premieres, which will air on CHCH Ontario and Métro14 Montréal starting this Fall.
But that’s just the beginning! The crown jewel of this exciting movie line-up – James Cameron’s AVATAR – noted as the most ambitious film of all time, will make its broadcast television debut on CHCH and Métro14 in Spring 2012. With sixteen minutes of additional footage not seen in the original theatrical release, viewers will enjoy Avatar at its most complete. “It’s the biggest television event to hit TV screens this year, and we’re proud to have the exclusive broadcast rights,” said Romen Podzyhun, Chairman and CEO of Channel Zero Inc. “Avatar” will air in stunning high definition on both CHCH and Métro14 and will feature an alternative opening and additional scenes, so viewers will get to experience James Cameron’s full vision of the film.”
Beyond Avatar, CHCH and Métro14 will feature night after night of great movies this Fall. Here’s just a glimpse of what’s in store:
• Crazy Heart – Two-time Oscar Winner (Jeff Bridges, Best Actor)
• Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg)
• Notorious (Angela Bassett)
• Taken – (Liam Neeson)
• The Day the Earth Stood Still (Keanu Reeves)
• The Happening (Mark Wahlberg)
• The Rocker (Rain Wilson)
• The Secret Life of Bees – People’s Choice Award Winner for Favourite Independent Movie/Favourite Movie Drama (Jennifer Hudson)
• X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Teen Choice Award Winner/People’s Choice Award Nomination (Hugh Jackman)
• X-Files: I Want to Believe (David Duchovny)
“CHCH has seen solid year over year growth and entertains 4.2 million viewers each week in Ontario1. The station has quickly re-established itself on the television landscape. In fact CHCH is one of the top five most watched over-the-air stations in Ontario2,” said Geoff Thrasher, General Sales Manager, Channel Zero. “Rolling out this exciting high definition primetime simulcast schedule on Métro14 in Montréal provides advertisers with one of the most exciting television media opportunities Québec has seen in years.”
Come Home to Fall 2011
New Primetime Dramas • Respected Investigative Series • Box Office Hits • Best of Late Night PLUS … we’re gearing up for the Television Event of the Year!
**All times ET** Programming Subject To Change.
Great Movies Every Night (HD)
CHCH is home to great movies every night, with an exclusive first-run Sunday Blockbuster each week. Debut titles for Fall 2011 include Crazy Heart, Taken and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Nightly at 8pm or 9pm
20/20 (HD, Simulcast with ABC)
A primetime news magazine program featuring co-anchors Elizabeth Vargas and Chris Cuomo. 20/20 combines hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews and compelling human interest and feature stories.
Fridays at 10pm
48 Hours Mystery (HD, Simulcast with CBS)
Television’s most popular true-crime series, 48 Hours Mystery investigates shocking cases and compelling reallife dramas with journalistic integrity and cutting-edge style.
Saturdays at 10pm
60 Minutes (HD, Simulcast with CBS)
The most successful television newsmagazine in history offers hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news.
Sundays at 7pm
Chuck (HD, Simulcast with NBC)
Cast: Zachary Levi, Adam Baldwin and Yvonne Strahovski
Our favorite secret agent is back in the one-hour action-comedy series in its fifth and final season. Chuck Bartowski returns as a regular guy who also happens to be the government’s most vital secret agent.
Fridays at 8pm
Hart of Dixie **NEW** (HD, Pre-Release to CW)
Cast: Rachel Bilson, Scott Porter, Jaime King
Bilson plays Zoe, a doctor from the Big Apple adjusting to life and romance in a small Southern town after she inherits a local medical practice.
Mondays at 8pm
The Insider **NEW** (HD, Simulcast with CBS on CHCH)
Looking for your gossip fix? Hosts Brooke Anderson and Kevin Frazier will take you inside the entertainment world and deliver a daily double dose of celebrity, pop culture and gossip, from an insider perspective.
Weeknights at 5pm & 7:30pm
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (HD, Simulcast with ABC)
Jimmy Kimmel hosts a late night talk show with a variety of celebrity, news-making guests and live musical acts.
Weeknights at Midnight
NBA Game of the Week (HD, Simulcast with ABC)
Features the NBA’s marquee match-up of the week. Premieres Christmas Day.
Nightline (HD, Simulcast with ABC)
A nightly discussion of current newsworthy events. Nightline provides a mix of investigative journalism and extended interviews.
Weeknights at 11:35pm
Secret Circle **NEW** (HD, Pre-Release to CW)
Cast: Brittany Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Gale Harold
A young woman moves to a new town and discovers that not only is she a witch and part of a secret coven, but also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. Based on the highly successful series of
novels written by L.J. Smith.
Thursdays at 8pm
Mark Hebscher and Clint ‘Bubba’ O’Neil team up to give fans an unfiltered take on sports. Sportsline is provocative, no-holds barred, irreverent, tell-it-like-it-is, and in your face!
Weeknights at 7pm
Mark Hebscher and special guest co-stars square-off to discuss the hot-button issues.
Weekdays at 5:30pm, CHCH only
Supernatural (HD, Simulcast with CW)
Cast: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
Returning for its seventh season, this haunting series follows Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers bound by tragedy and blood to the one thing that runs through both their veins – hunting monsters.
Fridays at 9pm
CHCH started broadcasting in 1954 and is proud to be the news leader for Hamilton and the surrounding Halton and Niagara regions. CHCH produces more original news programming than any other local television station in North America. With a primetime line-up anchored by movies, news magazine shows, and hit dramas, CHCH is available to over 92% of Ontario households and is viewed by millions nationally each week.
Métro14 Montréal (CJNT) offers top-rated American news magazine shows and hit dramas in prime-time, plus a wide selection of music videos and foreign films. It reaches over 1 million households in the greater Montréal area, with an audience mix of both English and French viewers and various cultural groups. The station is available in the greater Montréal area on Videotron’s analog and digital cable 14, across the country on BellTV on channel 207, and in Ontario on Rogers digital cable 122.
About Channel Zero
Established in 2000, Channel Zero Inc. is an independent Canadian broadcaster that owns two specialty channels, Movieola—The Short Film Channel and Silver Screen Classics, and two over the air channels, CHCH in Hamilton and Métro14 in Montréal (CJNT). In 2006 Channel Zero started Ouat Media – a Toronto-based company that specializes in the worldwide distribution of award-winning short and feature films.
1 BBM Canada. Average Weekly Reach 2+, Spring 2011 Wks 27-37
2 BBM Canada, Average Minute Audience Adults 18+, Ontario, Q1 2010-11
For screeners or more information, please contact:
Channel Zero Inc.
416-492-1595 x 2071 or 905-645-2071