Autumn promises to be full of surprises and emotions at TVA with the return of the big guns ‘Revolution’ and ‘The Masked Singer’ on Sunday nights, but the channel also has four promising new fictions up its sleeve, including the legal daily ‘Indefensible’.
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Thanks to Indefendable, TVA is looking to break into the 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday airtime dominated by District 31 for six seasons. The fight against “Stat”, the successor to “District 31” on ICI Télé, promises to be tough, with both productions starting at the same time on Monday, September 12th.
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“We’ve been looking for a daily fiction to put online for a long time. The Quebecor Content team really found the best suggestion and we always wanted to post it at 7:00 p.m. The evening begins for us at 7 p.m. We’ve got The Impostor, which is still going to hit close to 1 million viewers, then our daily fiction Indefendable and The Tower, it’s a series that really made sense,” explained the Senior Director of Channels and Programming on Monday TVA Group, Nathalie Fabien on the sidelines of unveiling TVA’s fall lineup.
“Indefendable” will take place in the courthouse and within the walls of the Lapointe Macdonald cabinet, where trial lawyers will defend the accused, some guilty and some not. “He’s a lawyer with a lot of talent and rigor, adept at oratorical tournaments,” said Sébastien Delorme of his character, Me Léo Macdonald.
Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, who becomes Me Marie-Anne Desjardins in Indéfendable, believes viewers will “discover the humanity of this ‘job’ and the striking […]is that these are ordinary lives that can change overnight.
“Anna and Arnaud”, “My Mother” and “Hotel”
Among all the new dramas, viewers have two more promising titles to follow alongside “Hôtel” (Thursdays, 8pm, from September 22nd), which was due to start last January and was postponed to September due to a lack of editors.
First, let’s talk about “Anna and Arnaud” (Tuesdays, 8 p.m., from September 13), a series based on the novel “Anna and the Old Child” by Francine Ruel. Anna, a mother camped by Guylaine Tremblay, watches her son Arnaud (Nico Racicot) descend into drug addiction and she eventually loses touch with him when he becomes homeless.
In “My Mother” (Tuesday, 8 p.m., from November 8), Chantal Fontaine lends her facial features to an accountant convicted of fraud. While behind bars, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As she leaves, she tries to put the pieces back together with her three children, played by Marilyn Castonguay, Steve Gagnon and Rachel Graton.
Of course, the series “Alerts”, “Les Moments Parfaits” and “L’Échappée” will return for their final season in the week of September 12th.
“The Tower”: Gildor and his new neighbors
Gildor Roy takes over “La Tour”, the show where you can talk about many topics in a good mood. Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc and Alexandre Barrette become his neighbors next door, a first for the third season.
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For Sunday evening, TVA relies on the fourth season of “Revolution”. Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse said Monday she’s amazed to see dance talent continue to flourish in Quebec every year. She spoke of another upscale cohort.
As for Masked Singers, we go even further in this second season with extravagant costumes and stunning staging, as we could see in the yéyé elephant cutout.
For other established events, let’s highlight the 35th anniversary of Salut Bonjour. Gino Chouinard has reigned supreme on the TVA morning show for 16 seasons.
Among all the anniversaries, it is also worth highlighting the 30 years of “JE” – with investigations that took journalist-host Félix Séguin and his team to Colombia and Panama – and the three decades of “La poule aux golden eggs”. for the 25th anniversary of LCN, which went on the air on September 8, 1997. 25 special programs presented by Denis Levesque mark the quarter century of the news channel.
Julie Bélanger starts her 10th season of “It ends well, the week” on September 16 at 7 p.m., this time with Jean-Michel Anctil at her side. The two accomplices will also have their co-hosting baptism on Sunday, September 11th at 7:30pm for the special “It’s back to school”.
You’ll have to wait until winter to see La Voix, starring Charles Lafortune and trainers Corneille, Marc Dupré, Marjo and Mario Pelchat, and the new reality show Get me out of here! heated by Alexandre Barrette and Jean-Philippe Dion. dr François Marquis, Marianne St-Gelais and Nathalie Simard are among the participants who bravely faced the challenges in the middle of the jungle with snakes and all the dangers that come with it!
Jean-Philippe Dion will also return in 2023 for a fifth season of “La vrai nature”, notably welcoming Farah Alibay, Paul Piché and Gildor Roy to his chalet.
The second season of the comedy “Le bonheur”, even piquanter than the previous one, slips into the TVA schedule after the holidays, as does the continuation of the touching series “Les Bracelets Rouges”.
Stéphan Bureau: “It has to brew” in “World turned upside down”
Friday nights will never be the same at TVA, with the magnificent return of Stéphan Bureau, who will present live and 90 minutes each week, a set stimulating discussions and debates, that of the new program “Le monde à l ‘toto”. .
Contrary to what the media reported last spring, there was never any talk of placing “Le monde à l’inversion” against “Everyone is talking about it” on Sunday evening.
“On Friday night we really want to own it. I think it’s a good night for this kind of show. There were all the events of the week and we settled down,” said senior director of channels and programming at Groupe TVA, Nathalie Fabien.
Stéphan Bureau pointed out that on his set it “needs to be stirred” and that in Quebec we need to be able to hear other people’s opinions without getting angry. “I want us to be able to debate, be stubborn at times, disagree, but do so respectfully. […]and to ensure that we reclaim this fundamental right to debate and disagree.
“Live because we don’t want it to be polished, we don’t want all the corners rounded. We want to live with that risk, on tiptoe, we also want to be able to react in real time to what’s happening around the world,” said Stéphan Bureau.
The public, including some affected by the issues discussed, will have their say on set.
Eight employees announced on Monday will take turns returning to the Upside Down World, namely Yasmine Abdelfadel, Biz, Gregory Charles, Louise Deschâtelets, Sophie Durocher, Raed Hammoud, Richard Martineau and Guy Nantel.
The Upside Down premieres on Friday, September 16 at 8 p.m., immediately after The Week Ends Well.
Big changes in information
Sophie Thibault has now taken charge of TVA Nouvelles at 5pm and 6pm and Pierre-Olivier Zappa took over at 10pm.
Pierre Bruneau, who left TVA last June after 46 years, is returning to campaign. He hosted a special on Sunday when the elections were called. He will be there again on September 15 at 8 p.m. for the traditional “face-à-face” and for election night on October 3. Then he will enjoy his well-deserved retirement.
Hundreds of millions of content
Combining the market shares of Groupe TVA’s specialty channels and the market share of its general interest channel TVA, Quebecor represents 40% of total television audiences, more than any other player in the industry.
To maintain its number one position, the company has invested approximately $400 million in its global content this year, which has released 150 original productions over the past 12 months. We also plan to deliver an additional $150 million in original content over the next year so we don’t skimp on funds to stay on top.