Series debuts for the week of Sept. 18

Check local listings for exact times in your area.

Monday, Sept. 18

Corner Gas, CTV: Forty kilometres from nowhere and way beyond normal is Corner Gas, an ensemble comedy series about a bunch of nobodies who get up to a whole lot of nothing in the fictional prairie town of Dog River, Saskatchewan. Starring Saskatchewan native and Gemini nominee Brent Butt, Corner Gas is set to kick-off its third season on television. Airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on CTV.

Ad Persuasion, TVtropolis: Not to jumble Marshall McLuhan, but welcome to the series where the message is the medium. Ad Persuasion spotlights the ad as art form, focusing on the world’s most creative, award-winning commercials, with added perspective from international industry experts. In an age where we tune in to watch the commercials first and the Super Bowl second, Ad Persuasion is a perfect fit; a salute to the wunderkinds who captivate us every commercial break. Airs Mondays at 7 p.m. on TVtropolis.

Inside the Box, TVtropolis: Couch potatoes prepare to whip and mash their competition. Host Sam Kalileh presides over this fast-paced showdown, pitting three contestants against each other in an unpredictable and irreverent battle of TV trivia. Up for grabs is a cool $10,000, which isn’t too shabby for knowing the syndication order of Friends. Airs Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on TVtropolis.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

FANatical, TVtropolis: With verve and enthusiasm, FANatical delves into the world of TV through an innovative perspective – the hearts and minds of real TV fans. Meet TV lovers who keep hit shows and guilty pleasures alive, help spread the buzz and actually shape the creative direction of their favourite shows. Ever wanted to find Shakespearean subtext in Walker, Texas Ranger or cross-reference Bea Arthur scowls from both Maude and Golden Girls? FANatical is the series for TV authorities just like you , and it’s a treat. Airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on TVtropolis.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Be Real, TVtropolis: Move over, ‘Who shot J.R.?’ Welcome to, ‘Who will J.R. shoot?” Host J.R. Digs plays director as he commandeers the lives of everyday people to create a reality show out of their daily lives. Where the day will take them – and what adventures will befall them – is anybody’s guess, but be certain, Be Real… proves that ordinary life, when it’s on camera J.R. Digs style, is never, ever dull. Airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on TVtropolis.

Thursday, Sept. 21

Whatever Happened To …, TVtropolis: They may depart our TV screens and bid adieu to the marquee, but they never really leave our collective consciousness. Whatever Happened To? catches up with film and TV stars as they reveal, in new interviews, the paths they’ve taken. Filled with twists, turns and trivia (What do Will Smith and Corey Haim have in common?),Whatever Happened To? proves that once you’re famous, the pop culture bubble never really bursts. Airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. on TVtropolis.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Global Currents, Global: Global Television, along with Global National’s Kevin Newman, is pleased to present “Global Currents,” a unique documentary series committed to revealing extraordinary perspectives and issues affecting all Canadians. Each weekly one-hour, independently-produced documentary represents the talents of Canada’s best socio-political, environmental, humanist and scientific documentary filmmakers. Global Television will air twelve editions of “Global Currents” this fall, and another six in the spring of 2007. Airs Saturdays at 7 p.m. on Global.

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