Anthony Edwards, Victor Garber head to Global with new drama serials

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TORONTO - New dramas from Anthony Edwards and Victor Garber are among the series joining Global's winter lineup next year.

Shaw Media announced programming plans for its flagship network and specialty channels at a news conference Wednesday attended by stars of its homegrown hits "Bomb Girls" and "The Real Housewives of Vancouver."

Programming chief Barb Williams said Edwards' serial "Zero Hour" will join Thursday's lineup, while Garber's sudsy "Deception" will run on Mondays.

She noted that Global's existing schedule is already heavy with strong procedurals, including "NCIS: Los Angeles," "NCIS," "Bones" and "Elementary."

"It's great to balance them out with a couple of more serialized soapy shows and I think that's what both 'Zero Hour' and 'Deception' will give to us," said Williams, Shaw Media's senior vice president of content.

"'Deception' in particular is more female-soapy, I think. It's this big family saga and (features) the murder within the family and the kid that grew up as the maid's daughter coming back into the house — it's got all that kind of drama to it that I think will really appeal. Whereas 'Zero Hour''s more of a suspense thriller, it's more of solving a complicated worldwide mystery that's more intrigue and more suspense driven."

Elsewhere, reality rules on Slice with the Feb. 27 debut of "Big Brother Canada," which will air three nights a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

It will be complemented by "Big Brother Canada After Dark" seven days a week from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. ET, featuring a live, uncut feed directly from the house.

Meanwhile, Season 2 of "The Real Housewives of Vancouver" will welcome three new women to the sensational reality series Feb. 5, joining returning castmates Mary Zilba, Ronnie Negus and Jody Claman.

On the news side, Global will launch its own national morning show — suitably titled "The Morning Show" — on Jan. 7, with host Liza Fromer. It will air immediately after Global News' local morning programs.

News boss Troy Reeb says Vancouver will also get its own 24-hour, province-wide news channel.

Organizations: Shaw Media, Global News

Geographic location: Vancouver, TORONTO, Los Angeles

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