Canadian TV kicks off pre-Olympics schedule

Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:27pm EDT
 
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - As summer fades, Canadian broadcast plans are heating up for the Winter Olympics, set to take place in Vancouver next February.

The launch Monday night of the weekly profile show "Vers Vancouver 2010," on RDS, the French-language sports channel, kicks off a programing blitz on the main CTV network, the Rogers Sportsnet and The Sports Network cable sports channels, as well as sports channels including RDS, RIS Info Sports, Outdoor Life Network and the NHL Network TV.

Other domestic TV channels to feature pre-Olympics fare include OMNI, APTN, Discovery Channel, Bravo, V and the rebranded French network TQS in Quebec.

The TV consortium that landed the Canadian rights, CTV and Rogers Communications, will air 10 shows centering on hockey, the Olympic event most likely to galvanize the nation. These include the six-part documentary series "Hockey Powers," which will profile the top six international hockey nations, including the long-standing rivalry between the Canadian and American women's hockey teams.

The Olympics run from February 12-28. NBC has the U.S. rights.

(Editing by DGoodman at Reuters)