An epic fight for the Monday-Thursday 7 p.m. box: “Stat” vs. “Indefensible”

An epic battle for the 7 p.m. box Monday through Thursday: «Stat


For the first time in 26 years, TVA will directly oppose its own daily fiction to that of Radio-Canada, hoping to steal the 7 p.m. time slot from the public broadcaster, Monday to Thursday. 

This is a titanic battle that has been brewing for months. Behind the scenes, the two channels are honing their weapons. For the past few weeks, we have known a little more about the two meetings, ICI Télé betting on short clips to make known the main characters of Stat, while TVA is running a first tape on a loop – promising announcement of Indefensible while waiting for the official trailer, in two weeks.

Over the past few days, the all-important time slot information for Indéfendable, first shared to ad agencies this spring, has finally been confirmed directly to viewers in TVA ads. Yep, Indefensible will be taking on Stat every weekday, 7-7:30 p.m.

The most fond of them will of course watch the two daily ones, with the help of their recorder or the free platforms of the two channels, but which one will they see live, with the advertisements? That's the big question.

TVA is betting on Indefensible legal fiction, while ICI Télé, to try to be part of the success of District 31 , offers the medical drama Stat.

Since 1996, Radio-Canada has always broadcast a daily drama at 7 p.m. There was successively Virginie (1996-2010), 30 lives (2011-2016) and District 31(2016-2022), all programs produced by Aetios Productions, the box of Fabienne Larouche – who wrote the first two series – and Michel Trudeau. To avoid being outdone, we bet in Stat on renowned actors such as Suzanne Clément, Normand D'Amour, Patrick Labbé, Anglesh Major, Ludivine Reding, Stéphane Rousseau, Geneviève Schmidt and Lou -Pascal Tremblay. This time, Aetios is sharing the production load with A Média (Les mecs, Discussions with my parents).

Suzanne Clément is the main star of ICI Télé's daily news “Stat”.

On the TVA side, we moved La tour after its two seasons to the 7 p.m. time slot, Monday to Thursday, to leave the field open to Indéfensable > and the epic fight with Stat. For now, TVA does not want to confirm to the QMI Agency the start date of Indéfendable, while Stat begins its journey on September 12. We also use the talent of actors much appreciated by Quebecers in Indéfendable, including Sébastien Delorme, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Michel Laperrière, Marilyse Bourke, Mikhail Ahooja, Martin-David Peters, Catherine Renaud, Mathieu Baron and Nour Belkhira, the star of the film Antigone.

Nadine Bismuth (In Therapy, A Family Bond) concocts the plots of Indéfenable, based on an original idea by criminal lawyer Richard Dubé. Pixcom produces.