SCORPION Comic-Con Panel: The Cast and Producers Tease Season 3

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SCORPION stars Katharine McPhee, Ari Stidham, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong — along with executive producer Nicholas Wootton – took to the stage at San Diego Comic-Con to tease what’s coming up for season 3.

The Season Premiere. Wootton said “you’re going to get a lot of resolution on a lot of things.” And, sadly, irresolution on a lot of things. The season premiere is pretty much a direct pick-up from the season finale and only a few hours will have passed. We’re going to see what happens when Walter goes up to Tahoe and what happens with Paige and Tim.

Happy’s Secret. Wong said her first reaction when she heard about Happy’s secret was “yes!” Wootton said that who Happy is married to is “really not who you are expecting. And it’s going to be a lot of fun”.

Paige’s feelings. McPhee says that Paige’s feelings about Walter are always there, but she’s had to put them aside because Walter can’t love her the way he wants to. So those feelings are a bit dormant now and she has had to learn to move on. She also said it’s going to be “an interesting interaction” when Walter shows up in Tahoe in the premiere.

Sylvester’s Grief. SCORPION is going to take Sylvester to different places instead of just giving him a new love interest in the new season. Meghan’s death is still a deep wound for him but we’re “going to see him come out of his shell in an interesting way”. Wootton hinted that politics might be that way, but it’s unclear if he was just joking.

Origin Stories. Will they show the origin stories of these characters? Wootton says it’s an idea they’ve been exploring since season 1. Unfortunately, there’s too much personal, romantic and action material they’re going to tackle this year, but it might happen in the future.

Cabe’s Romantic Life. There is a character who will cross paths with Cabe in “a romantic way” this season, although Wootton wouldn’t confirm whether Cabe will have a full-blown romance.

More Interaction in Season 3. Kaye Thomas says that all of the relationships for the characters are getting more intimate in season 3 and we’ll see characters who don’t normally work together interacting a lot more. McPhee also hinted that episode 3.03 is one of their favorite episodes of all of the seasons. “It’s very exciting and it’s very different”.  The characters will also be traveling to Bulgaria and Wootton says that they’re going to Ireland.

An Antagonist Group. One audience member asked if the writers had ever considered creating an anti-Scorpion group to act as antagonists for Team Scorpion. Wootton said there isn’t a big ongoing mythology aspect to the show (with the exception of personal stories carrying over from episode to episode), so they’ve been hesitant to tackle that kind of storyline. It could, however, come up in the future.

True to Real Life? While SCORPION was based on the life of the real Walter O’Brien, Wootton says that they’ve departed from his experiences early in the first season, especially as it relates to the relationships in the show.

SCORPION returns for its third season on Monday, October 3 with a two-hour premiere beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Netflix to Air New CBS STAR TREK Series Around the World (SPACE in Canada)

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If you don’t live in the U.S. but you were interested in the new CBS reboot of STAR TREK have no fear, because Netflix will be broadcasting the show across the world.

Netflix will be the exclusive premiere home of STAR TREK in 188 countries (excluding the US and Canada). Each episode of the new series will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.

Additionally, all 727 existing episodes of the iconic STAR TREK television library – including STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE will be available on Netflix around the world by the end of 2016.

In the U.S., the new STAR TREK will launch with a special premiere episode on the CBS Television Network in January 2017. The premiere episode and all subsequent episodes will then be available in the United States exclusively on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.

(Update) According to a Bell Media Press Release, “CBS Studios International and Bell Media today announced a licensing agreement for the new STAR TREK television series in Canada. With Bell Media’s acquisition of the exclusive linear television and subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights in English and French in Canada, each episode of the new STAR TREK series will be available simultaneously with its release in the U.S.

The rollout for the new STAR TREK series in Canada will mirror the launch in the U.S. The first episode will premiere on Canada’s most watched broadcast network, CTV, on the same night as CBS. All remaining episodes will initially be televised on Bell Media’s cable networks, Space (in English) and Z (in French), and then later exclusively on CraveTV™, Bell Media’s streaming video-on-demand service.”

BRAINDEAD: Can Laurel Save Her Friend?

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Laurel, Rochelle and Gustav make a big discovery on this week’s BRAINDEAD thanks to Gustav’s cat: the bugs (or screwworms, as they’re calling them) are eating half of people’s brains. This discovery is courtesy of Gustav’s infected cat, who goes into an MRI machine. To learn more, Laurel and Rochelle try to persuade Laurel’s friend Abby to get an MRI herself.

Meanwhile, Laurel tries to tell the FBI about the screwworm, although they don’t seem to take her suggestion seriously. And when Gareth finds out that Laurel is hanging out with an FBI agent, he warns her to stay away from him. Finally, Luke attempts to reopen the government through a secret deal with the Republicans.

BRAINDEAD airs tonight (July 11) beginning at 9:59 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

CBS at Comic-Con: SCORPION, AMERICAN GOTHIC, STAR TREK and More

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CBS is hosting its usually Thursday TV block at San Diego Comic-Con in a few weeks, as well as a 50th anniversary panel for STAR TREK.

Here’s the details for all of the CBS shows coming to Comic-Con:

Thursday, July 21

CBS Television Studios Block – 12:00-3:00 PM (Ballroom 20)

SCORPION
Back by popular demand, Monday night’s top-rated drama series, SCORPION, returns to SDCC for the third year in a row with the stars and producers giving fans the intel on plots, story arcs and romances before anyone else. Fans can join series stars Elyes Gabel (“World War Z”), Robert Patrick (“Terminator 2”), Katharine McPhee (“Smash”), Eddie Kaye Thomas (“American Pie”), Jadyn Wong (“Broken Trail”), Ari Stidham (“Huge”) and executive producer Nicholas Wootton (subject to availability) for a panel discussion moderated by Patrick Gomez (@PatrickGomezLA) from PEOPLE magazine.

**A SCORPION signing with the cast will take place from 11:00-11:30 AM on Thursday at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343).

AMERICAN GOTHIC
See how the other half kills with AMERICAN GOTHIC, CBS’s new summer series centered on a prominent Boston family that is reeling after a chilling discovery links someone in their midst to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, the mounting suspicion and paranoia threatens to tear the family apart. Get an exclusive sneak peek at what’s behind closed doors at the Hawthorne estate followed by a panel discussion with the stars and producer. AMERICAN GOTHIC stars Juliet Rylance (“The Knick”), Antony Starr (“Banshee”), Virginia Madsen (“Sideways”), Justin Chatwin (“Shameless”), Megan Ketch (“Jane the Virgin”), Elliot Knight (“Sinbad”), Stephanie Leonidas (“Defiance”) and Gabriel Bateman (“Lights Out”).

FAN FAVORITES
It’s Throwback Thursday at Comic-Con with some of your favorite CBS stars! Join Eric Christian Olsen (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Daniela Ruah (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Wilmer Valderrama (“NCIS”), Kirsten Vangsness (“Criminal Minds”), Daniel Henney (“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”) and James Wolk (“Zoo”) as they throwback to the early days of their careers and the most memorable moments from the sets of their shows. Don’t miss the fan Q&A when they will exclusively tease what’s ahead for their characters in the upcoming season. Kevin Frazier (@KevinFrazier), host of “Entertainment Tonight,” will moderate Fan Favorites.

MACGYVER
Mac is back! The action-adventure drama, and hugely popular, MACGYVER is coming back to CBS this fall in the reimagining of the classic series. MacGyver 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. MacGyver and his team take on the responsibility of saving the world, armed to the teeth with resourcefulness and little more than bubble gum and a paper clip. Fans will be joined by series stars Lucas Till (“X-Men”), George Eads (“CSI”) and Executive Producers Peter Lenkov (“Hawaii Five-0”) and James Wan (“Furious 7”) for an exclusive sneak peek of the first season, followed by a panel discussion. Michael Yo (@MichaelYo), correspondent for “The Insider” will moderate.

Friday, July 22

THE BIG BANG THEORY (Presented by Warner Bros. Television) – 10:00-11:00 AM (Ballroom 20)
Inside THE BIG BANG THEORY Writer’s Room — THE BIG BANG THEORY’s writers return to San Diego to take you inside the biggest moments of season nine and behind-the-scenes of TV’s #1 scripted series/comedy! From the wedding and the baby news, to “Shamy’s” big night, find out what goes into making the hit series each week and how the writers keep things fresh after more than 200 episodes! Join the show’s executive producers and writers for a lively discussion and special video presentation.

Saturday, July 23

STAR TREK: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS – 2:00-3:00 PM (Hall H)
Sept. 8, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of STAR TREK. What began as a TV show became a window into the future and a reflection of our greatest hopes and dreams. By envisioning a world where technology and science improve the human condition and where peace and unity transcend conflict and separation, STAR TREK has inspired children, parents, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and viewers around the world. It’s also spurred countless real-world innovations and “firsts”… giving a name to a Space Shuttle (the Enterprise), launching one of the first and most passionate worldwide fandoms and featuring the first interracial kiss on U.S. television. Join William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan and Brent Spiner. The conversation will be moderated by Bryan Fuller, executive producer of the new STAR TREK television series coming to CBS All Access, following its CBS Television Network preview in January 2017.

CODE BLACK: Rob Lowe Joins the Cast for Season 2

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Rob Lowe is going from the courtroom to the Emergency Room. The former star of THE GRINDER is moving to CODE BLACK for its second season as a series regular.

Lowe will be playing Colonel Ethan Willis, CBS announced today. Willis is “a doctor in the U.S. Military’s prestigious Combat Casualty Care research program who has been pulled out of a combat hospital in Afghanistan and embedded at Angels Memorial to teach what the military has learned about combat medicine. His aggressive, rule-breaking style is greeted enthusiastically by Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), but not by all the other doctors”.

CODE BLACK returns for its second season on Wednesday, September 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

 

Tonight on AMERICAN GOTHIC: Planning Mitchell’s Funeral and Digging Into the Past

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Tragedy has struck the Hawthorne family on AMERICAN GOTHIC, although none of the kids know that the Hawthorne matriarch, Madeline, is responsible for the death of their father.

The siblings are reeling from the overnight death of their father and Alison wants to start planning their father’s funeral right away. But Tessa needs some answers first concerning the silver bells they found and her father’s past. She wants to show Brady one of the bells to see if they’re real and connected to the old case, but Alison is adamantly against it. And Cam just wants to distance himself from it.

When they go back to the storage shed to look at their father’s things, they find the box of bells missing. Madeline appears and declares that the bells are gone. She explains that their father had an obsession with true crime and then drops a bombshell, although it doesn’t necessarily point to him being the killer. Or….is she lying? Tessa starts to get suspicious when more facts come to light.

Meanwhile, there’s inter-family squabbles when Garrett announces that he wants to speak at Mitchell’s funeral. Alison, naturally, doesn’t think a wild card like him should be speaking at all, lest he somehow damage their father’s reputation.

And as the police investigation into the Silver Bells Killer heats up after the recent discovery of the belt, Brady is sent to collect Mitchell’s DNA to rule him out as a suspect (since he was supervising the concrete pouring the day the belt was placed in it). But Madeline is in a desperate rush to cover up her own crime, so that might prove to be difficult.

Don’t miss an all new episode of AMERICAN GOTHIC tonight (June 29) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

Fall 2016 Premiere Dates For ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW

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All of the networks have released their season premiere dates for fall 2016 and to help keep you organized we’ve consolidated all of these dates together.

Thursday, September 8
8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT Sunday Night Football/NFL kickoff (NBC)

Sunday, September 11
7 p.m. ET/4 PT Football Night in America (NBC)
8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 PT Sunday Night Football (NBC)

Monday, September 12
8 p.m. DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)

Wednesday, September 14
10 p.m. BLINDSPOT (NBC)

Thursday, September 15
8:25 p.m. ET/5:25 p.m. PT Thursday Night Football (CBS)

Sunday, September 18
7 p.m.EMMY AWARDS PRE-SHOW (ABC)
8 p.m. 68th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMYS (ABC)
8:30 p.m. CASE CLOSED Part 1 (new miniseries, two hours) (CBS)

Monday, September 19
8:00 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:00 p.m. GOTHAM (FOX)
8:00 p.m. THE VOICE (NBC)
8:30 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT (CBS, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. CASE CLOSED Part 2 (two hours) (CBS)
9:00 p.m. LUCIFER (FOX)
10:00 p.m. THE GOOD PLACE (two episodes) (NBC, new series – watch trailer)

Tuesday, September 20
8:00 p.m. DANCING WITH THE STARS RESULTS SHOW (two hours) (ABC)
8:00 p.m. NCIS (CBS)
8:00 p.m. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (FOX)
8:00 p.m. THE VOICE (NBC)
8:30 p.m. NEW GIRL (FOX)
9:00 p.m. BULL (CBS, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. SCREAM QUEENS (FOX)
10:00 p.m. AGENTS OF SHIELD (ABC)
10:00 p.m. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (CBS)
10:00 p.m. THIS IS US (NBC, new series – watch trailer)

Wednesday, September 21
8:00 p.m. THE GOLDBERGS (ABC)
8:00 p.m. SURVIVOR (90 minutes) (CBS)
8:00 p.m. LETHAL WEAPON (FOX, new series – watch trailer)
8:00 p.m. BLINDSPOT (time period premiere) (NBC)
8:30 p.m. SPEECHLESS (ABC, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
9:00 p.m. EMPIRE (FOX)
9:00 p.m. LAW & ORDER: SVU (NBC)
9:30 p.m. BLACK-ISH (ABC)
9:30 p.m. BIG BROTHER Finale (90 minutes) (CBS)
10:00 p.m. DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (ABC, new series – watch trailer)
10:00 p.m. CHICAGO PD (NBC)

Thursday, September 22
8:00 p.m. GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
8:00 p.m. ROSEWOOD (FOX)
8:00 p.m. SUPERSTORE (NBC)
8:30 p.m. THE GOOD PLACE (time period premiere) (NBC)
9:00 p.m. NOTORIOUS (ABC, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. PITCH (FOX, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. CHICAGO MED (NBC)
10:00 p.m. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)
10:00 p.m. THE BLACKLIST (NBC)

Friday, September 23
8:00 p.m. LAST MAN STANDING (ABC)
8:00 p.m. MACGYVER (CBS, new series – watch trailer)
8:00 p.m. HELL’S KITCHEN (FOX)
8:00 p.m. CAUGHT ON CAMERA (NBC)
8:30 p.m. DR. KEN (ABC)
9:00 p.m. SHARK TANK (ABC)
9:00 p.m. HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
9:00 p.m. THE EXORCIST (FOX, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. DATELINE (two hours) (NBC)
10 p.m. BLUE BLOODS (CBS)

Saturday, September 24
10:00 p.m. 48 HOURS (CBS)

Sunday, September 25
7:30 p.m. 60 MINUTES (CBS)
7:30 p.m. BOB’S BURGERS (FOX)
8:00 p.m. ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
8:00 p.m. THE SIMPSONS (FOX)
8:30 p.m. CASE CLOSED Part 3 (two hours) (CBS)
8:30 p.m. SON OF ZORN (FOX, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. SECRETS AND LIES (ABC)
9:00 p.m. FAMILY GUY (FOX)
9:30 p.m. THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (FOX)
10:00 p.m. QUANTICO (ABC)

Wednesday, September 28
9:00 p.m. CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
10:00 p.m. CODE BLACK (CBS)

Sunday, October 2
7:00 p.m. AMERICAN’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (ABC)
8:00 p.m. NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS)
9:00 p.m. MADAM SECRETARY (CBS)
10:00 p.m. ELEMENTARY (CBS)

Monday, October 3
9:00 p.m. SCORPION (two hours) (CBS)
10:00 p.m. CONVICTION (ABC, new series – watch trailer)
10:00 p.m. TIMELESS (NBC, new series – watch trailer)

Tuesday, October 4
8:00 p.m. THE FLASH (The CW)
9:00 p.m. NO TOMORROW (The CW, new series – watch trailer)

Wednesday, Oct. 5
8:00 p.m. ARROW (The CW)
9:00 p.m. FREQUENCY (The CW, new series – watch trailer)

Monday, October 10
8:00 p.m. SUPERGIRL (The CW)
9:00 p.m. 2 BROKE GIRLS (one hour) (CBS)
10:00 p.m. SCORPION (time period premiere) (CBS)

Tuesday, October 11
8:00 p.m. THE MIDDLE (ABC)
8:30 p.m. AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (ABC, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. FRESH OFF THE BOAT (ABC)
9:00 p.m. THIS IS US (time period premiere) (NBC)
9:30 p.m. THE REAL O’NEALS (ABC)
10:00 p.m. CHICAGO FIRE (NBC)

Thursday, October 13
8 p.m. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (The CW)
9 p.m. SUPERNATURAL (The CW)

Monday, October 17
9 p.m. JANE THE VIRGIN (The CW)
9:30 p.m. THE ODD COUPLE (CBS)

Friday, October 21
8:00 p.m. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)
9:00 p.m. CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (The CW)

Monday, October 24
8:00 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT (time period premiere) (CBS)
8:30 p.m. MAN WITH A PLAN (CBS, new series – watch trailer)

Thursday, October 27
8:00 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (time period premiere) (CBS)
8:30 p.m. THE GREAT INDOORS (CBS, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. MOM (CBS)
9:30 p.m. LIFE IN PIECES (CBS)
10:00 p.m. PURE GENIUS (CBS, new series – watch trailer)

ZOO Season 2 Premiere: A Race to Find Jamie and the Cure

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Season 1 of ZOO ended with our heroes surrounded by animals, who soon began storming their car. Season 2, meanwhile, is going to pick up right after that moment, showing us how the group survives that stampede

“If last season was, let’s say, 80% action, it’s about 112% action this season,” Billy Burke teases. The big mission when the second season begins is all about finding Jamie and finding the leopard who might be able to help them cure the animals. Mitch is also personally very invested in reuniting with Jamie since the pair have shared a special connection. Kristen Connolly, who plays Jamie, hints that she gets a “lot tougher” over the course of the first few episodes.

Meanwhile, Jackson starts to realize some strange things are happening to him in season 2, both mentally and physically. Why this is happening to him will be something the group focuses on in the coming season.

New character Dariela Marzan will be joining the show in season 2 as well and she “adds a whole new dynamic to the show,” says James Wolk. She’s an army ranger who is “very strong willed [and] passtionate,” according to Alyssa Diaz.

The two-hour season premiere of ZOO begins tonight (June 28) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

BRAINDEAD Sneak Peek: Digging Into the Bug Situation

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A bizarre and deadly incident takes place on live TV on this week’s BRAINDEAD. Specifically, the brain of Red’s Chief of Staff explodes. This increases the FBI’s focus on Laurel as a result of her experience with Dr. Daudier. It also has the side effect of Laurel starting to realize how much she cares about Gareth, since she freaks out when she learns that “someone” from Red’s office just died, but not knowing specifically who that is.

Meanwhile, Gustav gets in touch with Laurel after she sent him a message via the website last week. While she’s not exactly thrilled with his paranoid ramblings about the NSA and cell phones, she soon comes to realize he might be on to something with some of his bug theories. This prompts her to introduce Gustav to Rochelle and the trio start digging into the bug situation.

Finally, the campaign for Minority Whip starts to get contentious between Luke and Senator Ella Poundstone. When the Republicans hear about the election they figure out who would make for a better candidate for their side and try to integrate themselves in to the campaign. But the election really heats up when Luke tries to cover up his affair with his Chief of Staff, Scarlett, before Ella can expose it.

BRAINDEAD airs tonight (June 27) beginning at 9:59 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

AMERICAN GOTHIC: What You Need to Know About CBS’ New Murder Mystery

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The Hawthorne family gathers to support one of their own in the series premiere of AMERICAN GOTHIC. Alison, one of the Hawthorne children (along with Garrett, Tessa and Cam), is in the running to be Boston’s next mayor and there’s less than two months to go until the election. Her new campaign manager, Naomi, is trying to prep the family for an interview (although a lot of their house is considered too ostentatious for the interview).

But there’s been a potential crisis: Hawthorne Concrete provided the building materials for a tunnel that just collapsed on and killed two people driving in a car. Strangely, buried inside the concrete is a belt — a belt that was used in an old murder by the Silver Bells Killer. As we soon learn, Silver Bells killed victims from 1999 to 2002 before the murders stopped and the trail went cold. Now Brady (the husband of Tessa) is a detective and is looking into the case.

Alison wants to use this discovery to her advantage, but her father, Mitchell, collapses with a heart attack during her press conference. We soon learn that Garrett, the black sheep of the family, abandoned the family many years before and isn’t with them now, so Tessa tracks him down after their father’s heart attack and asks him to return home. Meanwhile, Cam (a former drug user) has an ex-wife named Sophie who is also into drugs. When she shows up at the hospital after Mitchell’s collapse, he shows her the door. The pair also have a very odd young son who seems way too into autopsies and death.

The night after Mitchell’s heart attack, Tessa and Cam are searching for some old drugs that Cam stashed at the house when they come across a box that seemingly belongs to their father. Inside the box are the little silver bells used by the serial killer (see the second clip below). They don’t know what to believe. Is their father the killer? Or maybe the killer is Garrett, who returns home at Tessa’s urging. When visiting the hospital, he whispers something to Mitchell…right before the Hawthorne patriarch falls into a coma.

But Mitchell isn’t the only one who may be hiding a dark past and it soon becomes obvious that the Hawthorne family is just full of secrets.

AMERICAN GOTHIC premieres on June 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).