Global TV 2016-2017: New TV shows include ‘Bull,’ ‘MacGyver,’ ‘The Blacklist: Redemption’

EDITOR’S NOTE: The majority of the text below is taken from a Corus Entertainment press release. Global News will be supplying original reportage/coverage once Global TV officially presents its 2016-17 slate on Thursday, June 9.

Global TV is going big for its 2016/2017 primetime schedule, adding 11 new series this season to its roster of longstanding hits.

Building on Global’s solid schedule, which includes the fan favourite NCIS franchise (NCIS, NCIS: LA, and NCIS: New Orleans) and the Chicago franchise (Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med), plus top reality series Survivor and Top 20 hit series The Blacklist, the network welcomes seven new dramas and four new comedies.

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“Global’s new shows were strategically selected to build on our powerful franchises, deliver a younger audience through comedy and add strong buzz worthy dramas to our existing slate,” said Barb Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. “Add to that 15 hours of simulcast and Global’s lineup is positioned to captivate big audiences this fall.”

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New Dramas

Global welcomes five new dramas to the primetime schedule beginning this fall:

Former NCIS star Michael Weatherly moves from one of the most-watched dramas to one of the most-anticipated new dramas, Bull. From the same producers of NCIS, the series is inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw during his days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time.

Montreal’s Kylie Bunbury (Under The Dome) stars as Ginny Baker in one of fall’s most buzzed-about new series Pitch. The emotional drama follows a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Pitch also stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash), Mark Consuelos (All My Children), and Ali Larter (Heroes).

From Hawaii Five-O show-runner Peter Lenkoff, MacGyver is a reimagining of the iconic series about 20-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Lucas Till, X-Men: Apocalypse) who creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives.

Pure Genius
From the executive producer of Parenthood and Friday Night Lights comes a unique medical drama centred around a young Silicon Valley tech billionaire (Augustus Prew, The Borgias) who builds the ultimate cutting-edge hospital that treats only the most rare and insurmountable medical mysteries – at no cost. Lending credibility to this new venture is a maverick surgeon (Dermot Mulroney, Shameless) who’s the first to discover that his boss’s mission is to get bureaucracy out of medicine, use the most forward thinkers in technology, and just save lives – including his own.

Starring Abigail Spencer (Suits) and Matt Lanter (90210), Timeless is a thrilling action-adventure series that follows a group of unlikely heroes thrust into the adventure of their lives. Chasing a mysterious group of criminals through time and encountering some of the most seminal moments in history, the group attempts to thwart a dark conspiracy that is a threat to all of humanity.

New Comedies

Along with the new lineup of dramas, Global also adds four new comedies headlined by some of Hollywood’s biggest comedic stars, creating two new primetime comedy blocks:

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Kevin Can Wait
Monday nights start off with Kevin Can Wait, a hilarious comedy starring Kevin James (King of Queens) as a newly retired police officer who looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids – only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.

Man With a Plan
Also airing on Mondays is Man With a Plan, starring Golden Globe winner Matt LeBlanc (Episodes, Friends) whose wife goes back to work, leaving him with the kids and to discover the truth that every parent eventually realizes: their little angels are maniacs.

The Good Place
The laughs continue Thursday nights on Global with The Good Place, a unique new comedy starring Kristen Bell (House of Lies, Veronica Mars), and Ted Danson (Fargo) that follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Bell), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn’t been a very good person.

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The Great Indoors
Comedian Joel McHale (Community, The Soup) also joins Global’s new Thursday comedy block starring in the insightful and timely comedy The Great Indoors. As a renowned adventure reporter who’s spent his life exploring the edges of the earth for an outdoor magazine, Jack (McHale) must now adapt to the times when he becomes the desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication. The new comedy also stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad).


Rounding out the newly acquired series, Global’s mid-season schedule expands two of its beloved franchises:

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Chicago Justice
Powerhouse creator Dick Wolf delivers Chicago Justice, the fourth captivating installment to the Chicago series. Starring Philip Winchester (Strike Back) and Nazneen Contractor (Heroes Reborn), the legal drama follows the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators as they navigate heated city politics and controversy head-on while fearlessly pursuing justice.

The Blacklist: Redemption
The mid-season lineup also welcomes a new spin-off to hit series The Blacklist with The Blacklist: Redemption starring Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) and Famke Janssen (X-Men). The thrilling drama follows undercover operative Tom Keen (Eggold) who joins forces with Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Janssen), the brilliant and cunning chief of Grey Matters, a covert mercenary organization that solves problems governments don’t dare touch.

Canadian Originals

Global is set to bring in a new crop of outstanding Canadian original content as the network dives into production on two new original series, set to premiere mid-season:

As announced Monday, Global, together with TF1 (France) green lit new original suspense drama Ransom, starring Luke Roberts (Black Sails, Game of Thrones), with CBS joining as a broadcast partner for the series. Production on Ransom will begin later this summer.

Mary Kills People
Also in production this summer, Global’s gripping new original drama Mary Kills People has cast Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal) as the series lead. The provocative six-episode series follows Dr. Mary Harris (Dhavernas), a single mother and emergency doctor, who also moonlights as an underground angel of death — helping terminally ill patients who want to die slip away on their own terms. So far Mary has managed to stay under the radar; but her double life gets complicated when the police start to close in, forcing Mary to fight dirty if she’s going to stay in the killing game.

Big Brother Canada
After its most successful season yet, reality champ Big Brother Canada returns for a fifth season of competing, scheming, and household chaos.

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Returning Hits

Global’s schedule will continue to be anchored by its veteran fan favourite series including Madam Secretary, Elementary, Survivor, Hawaii Five-O, and The Simpsons. Viewers can also get their late-night TV fix with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airing weeknights, along with the successful longstanding Saturday Night Live on Saturday nights.

(All times are ET and subject to change. New programs bolded and in capitals.)

7:00 pm Entertainment Tonight
7:30 pm Entertainment Tonight Canada
9:00 pm Chicago Fire
10:00 pm TIMELESS
11:35 pm The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

7:00 pm Entertainment Tonight
7:30 pm Entertainment Tonight Canada
8:00 pm NCIS
9:00 pm BULL
10:00 pm NCIS: New Orleans
11:35 pm The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

7:00 pm Entertainment Tonight
7:30 pm Entertainment Tonight Canada
8:00 pm Survivor
9:00 pm Chicago Med
10:00 pm Chicago PD
11:35 pm The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

7:00 pm Entertainment Tonight
7:30 pm Entertainment Tonight Canada
8:00 pm Superstore
9:00 pm PITCH
10:00 pm The Blacklist/PURE GENIUS
11:35 pm The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

7:00 pm Entertainment Tonight
7:30 pm Entertainment Tonight Canada
8:00 pm MACGYVER
9:00 pm Hawaii Five-O
11:35 pm The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

11:30 pm Saturday Night Live

7:00 pm Border Security
7:30 pm The Simpsons
8:00 pm NCIS: LA
9:00 pm Madam Secretary
10:00 pm Elementary


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