The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on September 2, 1978 · 125
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The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada · 125

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Saturday, September 2, 1978
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NEW PROGRAMS CIRCUS LEADS PARADE ON CTV In the 1978-79 season, CTV will present five new Canadian shows and is producing two specials with uncertain air dates. There will be nine Canadian shows returning to the network and nine new U.S. imports. CANADIAN SHOWS Circus: The most innovative Canadian show is scheduled as a weekly half-hour show. The pilot, a one-hour special, was professionally produced, fast-moving and entertaining. Cal Dodd and Sherisse Laurence were the hosts of the musical which had a circus for a setting, and the two will continue their roles on the weekly series. The pilot attracted an audience of over 3,000,000 viewers. The Patsy Gallant Show: Patsy Gallant, a genuine Canadian superstar and winner of numerous national and international awards, appears on a half-hour musical variety show each week. She replaces Julie Amato whose talents were interred last season by inept production and writing and fading guest stars. LIVE IT UP: A half-hour weekly series designed to provide insight and useful information about people issues to match the mood of contemporary society. The producer is Jack McGaw and the program was developed by the news, information and features staff of the network. What's My Line: This was one of the longest-running programs in the U.S. until it went off the air several years ago. It is being revived in Canada exclusively for CTV and will feature such panelists n . - 1 --- " ' "a"V- Patsy Gallant Canadian superstar as Tiiu Leek, Nuala Fitzgerald, Larry Solway, and a weekly guest. Don McGowan is host. The Shape of Things To Come: Based on H.G. Wells's classic science fiction novel, this is planned as a half-hour series. In it, the earth is reduced to a pre-industriat state by the Great Robot Wars, but a moon colony is established which relies on earth for water. There is dramatic action and conflict between the two societies, with Koo Stark and Nicholas Campbell in starring roles. The air date of this series is uncertain. RETURNING Stars On Ice, Headline Hunters and Grand Old Country will return to the CTV network. Question Period, an incisive political inquiry show from Ottawa will also be back. W5, which has been a CTV feature for over 1 1 years, will return. The reporter hosts are Henry Champ, Helen Hutchinson and Jim Reed. Canada AM, the only national morning news show, will be back with hosts Norman Perry and Gail Scott. The Alan Hamel Show will return and Hamel, an attractive host, seems to have broken the habit of many soap opera viewers. The show has grown in popularity. What's Cooking, with food specialist Ruth Fremes, syndicated columnist and consultant to federal and provincial governments, is a real kitchen show which emphasizes budgets and nutrition. Flim, Flam, You Tell Us, and The Mad Dash are returning games shows. IMPORTS Vega): Dan Tanna, played by Robert Urich, is an off-beat detective whose stomping ground is Las Vegas. The Waverly Wonders: Joe Namath is an ex-professional basketball player who becomes coach and history teacher at Waverly High. SWORD OF JUSTICE: A wealthy young man who was railroaded to prison returns to society to use his social position and wealth to aid victims of injustice. Grandpa Goes To Washington: Jack Albertson plays the role of a retired college professor who is elected to the U.S. Senate. There, he bamboozles the established politicians. Taxi: The personal lives of a conglomerate of New York taxi drivers unfold in a half-hour weekly series. Judd Hirsch stars as Alex. Lifeline: A medical series in which no actors appear, but in which real life doctors, nurses and patients carry the action. In The Beginning: McLean Stevenson is Father Cleary who runs a storefront mission in the core of the city.

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