Competitive shows rule CTV summer 2018 lineup

The Amazing Race Canada returns alongside a new DIY game show, while Canadian series Corner Gas Animated and Carter make their network debuts.

By Catherine Phillips 

CTV announced its 2018 summer lineup Tuesday, complete with familiar faces and fierce competition.

Insight Productions’ The Amazing Race Canada will return for its sixth season. Premiering Tuesday, July 3 at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO, this year’s Heroes Edition will feature 10 teams of heroic duos, including first responders, teachers and community leaders.

The show’s fifth season was undoubtedly a hit, drawing an average audience of 1.76 million for all of its 11 episodes – the most-watched Canadian program of the broadcast year, according to an earlier CTV press release.

Also returning to the network is cooking competition MasterChef, premiering May 30; obstacle course game show American Ninja Warrior, airing June 1; and celebrity game show The $100,000 Pyramid, which will begin June 10.

While season two of competitive program World of Dance starts May 29, true-crime comedy Trial & Error begins its own second season on July 19.

Game show Match Game, hosted by Alec Baldwin, returns for its third season beginning June 21 and airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET / 10 p.m. MT.

Also heading to the network is Corner Gas Animated, which first aired on The Comedy Network. The half-hour series, produced by Prairie Pantoons and Moving Mountoons, will air Sundays at 8:30 p.m. Carter will also join the network this summer. The hour-long crime drama starring Jerry O’Connell is produced by Amaze Film + Television. It first aired on Bravo in Canada and Sony Pictures Television’s  Networks’ AXN in the U.S. The show will air on CTV on Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

Other new shows added to the lineup include Rachel Bilson-starring detective series, Take Two, which will air Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. MT beginning June 21; and competitive DIY series Making It, starring Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, which begins Tuesday, July 31 at 10 p.m.

And finally, the 72nd annual Tony Awards will air on June 10 at 8 p.m.