Canadian Idol Anchors Blockbuster Summer Schedule on CTV: Instant Star, Canadian Idol, Comedy Now, Comedy Inc.

An abridged media release from CTV:

As the U.S. Networks continue revealing their Fall ’07 line-ups in New York, CTV announced today its blockbuster summer schedule bolstered by summer’s most-watched series, Canadian Idol. The announcement comes as CTV continues to chart 8 of the Top 10 programs on Canadian television this Spring.*

(All times ET; visit to confirm local broadcast times)

MAY 27 – “Instant Star” (Summer Season Premiere)

  • Sundays at 7:30 p.m. beginning May 27

Melody and melodrama collide in Part Two of Instant Star’s second season, airing Sunday nights on CTV following encore episodes of the hit series Degrassi: The Next Generation. In the six all-new episodes, singing sensation Jude Harrison (Alexz Johnson) faces a new set of challenges as she leaves sweet 16 behind her. Faced with the upcoming release of her sophomore album, the singer’s plans to have a “normal” 17th birthday are thwarted by family upheaval. And if that wasn’t enough to deal with, Jude continues to feud with her sister Sadie and is stunned when she learns that she has failed music class. Jude seeks reprieve with her boy-next-door Jamie when she finds out that not only is her mom selling her childhood home, but suddenly all her money is missing! Following the completion of episodes of Season 2, the third season of Instant Star will premiere in July on CTV.

JUNE 5 – “Canadian Idol” (Season Premiere)

  • Premieres Tuesday, June 5 with 90-minute audition episode, 8:30 – 10 p.m.
  • Continues Tuesday, June 12 with 90-minute audition episode, 8:30 – 10 p.m.
  • Top 200 episodes air Monday, June 18 from 9-10 p.m. and Tuesday, June 19 from 8:30 – 10 p.m.
  • Top 22 performance episodes air Mondays/Tuesdays from 9 – 10 p.m. beginning June 25
  • Top 22 results episodes air Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8 p.m. beginning June 27
  • Top 10 week one airs Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18
  • Top 10 week two will move to Mondays/Tuesdays beginning July 23 where it will remain

Canada’s most-watched summer series returns with a North American first: instruments. For the first time, Canadian Idol competitors in Season Five will have the opportunity to accompany themselves on guitars, pianos and any other instrument they so choose. The rule change brought out a whole new type of competitor to the audition tour, which for the first time saw more “gold tickets” given out to guys rather than girls. The result is what is being described by the Canadian Idol judges as “the best Top 22 ever.” Canadian Idol kicks off with two weeks of audition shows featuring some of the 10,000 competitors who auditioned in 11 cities across Canada. In Week 3, two back-to-back “Top 200” episodes lead to the reveal of the Top 22, followed by the start of live performance and results episodes in Week 4. Back for Season 5 is host Ben Mulroney who, along with judges Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan and Zack Werner, welcomes new comedic correspondent Dave Kerr.

JUNE 16 – “Comedy Now!” (Season Premiere)

  • Saturdays at 10 p.m. beginning June 16

Set to kick-off its tenth season, Comedy Now! has featured more than 100 comics over the years and won numerous accolades, including several international awards and performance Geminis. The all-Canadian, uncensored stand-up series has helped pave the way for numerous Canadian writer/comedians including Brent Butt, Jeremy Hotz, Roman Danylo, Nikki Payne, Shaun Majumder, Seán Cullen, Gavin Crawford, Brigitte Gall and Elvira Kurt. This season’s line-up of all-Canadian laughs features comics Dylan Mandlsohn, Toby Hargrave, Sugar Sammy, Kenny Robinson, Mark Forward, Trevor Boris, Terry McGurrin, Lachlan Patterson, Erica Sigurdson, Jason John Whitehead, Gavin Stephens, Mike Beatty and Wafik Nasralla. Comedy Now! premieres Sunday, June 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

JUNE 16 – “Comedy Inc.” (Season Premiere)

  • Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. beginning June 16

Comedy Inc. returns for a fourth season of edgy sketch, social/political satire and uninhibited physical comedy. The nine-member ensemble cast stars “comic’s comic” Roman Danylo (Comedy Now!) and co-stars Second City alumni Aurora Browne (The Gavin Crawford Show) and Jen Goodhue (Comedy Now!), comedians Terry McGurrin (Gutter Ball Alley), Jenn Robertson (To Die For), Winston Spear (Comedy Now!) and Gavin Stephens (Comedy Now!), with Albert Howell (Improv Heaven and Hell) and Ian Sirota (Gutter Ball Alley). The 13-part, half-hour series premieres Monday, June 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

* Total Viewers, Feb. 19 – May 6, 2007 (BBM Nielsen Media Research)