Coming off its most successful broadcast year in network history, Citytv’s momentum continues with this year’s most sought-after new programs joining an already proven winning prime-time lineup.
Scott Moore, President of Broadcast, Rogers Media, today unveils Citytv’s 2012-13 fall and mid-season prime-time schedule, showcasing 9 new comedies, 4 new dramas, 1 hit reality franchise series, the acquisition of late-night’s ‘it’ show, and the triumphant return of award-winning journalist – and fan-favourite – Katie Couric to daytime television.
Citytv is building upon last year’s ambitious – and highly successful – fall schedule, in which 67 per cent of new programs are returning (the most of any Canadian network), while every returning show from last season ended the year with stronger audiences than when they started.
This year’s Citytv prime-time schedule is a mix of proven winners with fresh new series featuring a star-studded pedigree of actors, producers and writers, with 20 series in simulcast. The 2012-13 Citytv schedule represents the best network television has to offer.
“Citytv’s prime-time schedule is the strongest – and most competitive – in network history with critically-acclaimed fan-favourites, proven winners from last season, and the most buzzed about new series with both big-name stars and fresh faces. Our schedule is better every day,” said Scott Moore, President of Broadcast, Rogers Media. “With Citytv’s expanded footprint, we will be in nine million homes this fall, reaching more viewers in more homes than ever before. And we’re not done yet. Our goal of delivering our world-class content to a national audience is firmly within our grasp.”
Comedies continue to reign supreme on Citytv featuring six nights of powerhouse comedy blocks with the most critically-acclaimed and popular series. Citytv’s strength in this genre is undeniable. Joining proven winners from last season, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, Suburgatory, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, and Last Man Standing are four hilarious new situational comedies for the fall season from the funniest minds in the industry: Partners, Ben and Kate, The Mindy Project, and Malibu Country. For mid-season, five new boundary-pushing comedies join the roster: 1600 Penn, The Goodwin Games, and How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), plus Citytv original comedies Package Deal and Seed (see separate announcement).
Red-hot funny-man Jimmy Kimmel is the ‘it’ guy of the year, and Citytv has bolstered its late-night lineup with the addition of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, airing weekdays at 12 midnight ET in simulcast.
In dramas, Citytv had the surprise sleeper-hit of the season in the ever-popular Revenge. Joining other returning favourites Person of Interest and Scandal are four riveting and suspenseful series; Revolution and 666 Park Avenue this fall, while Hannibal and The Carrie Diaries will air mid-season.
Reality television heats up on Citytv this fall as bachelor Brad Smith looks for love in all the right places in the first-ever edition of The Bachelor Canada. Helping Brad on his journey with 25 Canadian bachelorettes is Tyler Harcott, announced today as Host of the series (see separate announcement).
Citytv continues to invest in daytime programming, building upon its winning original daytime series Breakfast Television (Canada’s #1 morning show in major English markets) and CityLine (Canada’s longest-running lifestyle show). With the addition of Katie – the most anticipated new daytime talk show in recent years with proven network star Katie Couric – Citytv is poised to dominate in this genre. Katie will premiere this fall, airing weekdays at 4 p.m. ET in simulcast.
Another award-winning journalist joins the schedule – this time on sister-network OMNI Television – enriching the network’s robust news offering. The trusted and compelling Rock Center with Brian Williams airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET in simulcast, beginning this fall. Also joining OMNI Television this fall is proven hit comedy series Rules of Engagement in strip at 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, in simulcast at 12:35 a.m. ET.
With web, digital, and mobile traffic increasing heavily this past year, Rogers is firmly committed to further enhancing the viewer experience through multiple screens and Anyplace TV. This fall, Citytv is taking two socially-engaged series – New Girl and The Middle – and for the first time, making them available to advertisers on all screens – television, online, mobile and tablet – with the same commercial inventory, sold as one buy.
Coming off its strongest audience this past year, How I Met Your Mother kicks off a two-hour comedy block at 8 p.m. (all times Eastern), leading into David Kohan and Max Mutchnick’s (Will & Grace) highly-anticipated new comedy Partners, followed by breakout sophomore series 2 Broke Girls and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. J.J. Abrams’s riveting new one-hour dystopian drama Revolution stakes its claim in the 10 p.m. timeslot.
The 8 to 10 p.m. time-block on Tuesdays is LOL funny with veteran comedy Raising Hope, new odd-couple sibling sitcom Ben and Kate (from producer/writer of New Girl), returning fan-favourite New Girl, and The Mindy Project from Emmy Award®-nominated writer/producerand New York Times best-selling authorMindy Kaling. At 10 p.m., legacy dramatic series Private Practice returns in a new timeslot.
Wednesday night is the home to proven comedy hits from 8 to 9:30 p.m. with the triple threat of The Middle, Suburgatory, and Modern Family. At 9:30 p.m. comes the highly-anticipated new original reality series The Bachelor Canada.
It’s a mix of comedy and drama on Thursdays with the return of critically-acclaimed series 30 Rock at 8 p.m. and Parks and Recreation at 8:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., the drama heats up with one-hour sophomore hits Person of Interest, followed by Scandal at 10 p.m.
Last Man Standing and Community head to new timeslots at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively, followed by another gripping season of J.J. Abrams’s Fringe (the second of two Abrams series to appear on Citytv) and original series Mantracker at 10 p.m.
Play catch-up on Saturdays with encore presentations of original series The Bachelor Canada at 8 p.m., Less Than Kind at 9:30 p.m., and Murdoch Mysteries at 10 p.m.
Sundays sizzle with Reba McEntire’s freshman comedy Malibu Country at 8 p.m. and Happy Endings at 8:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., hit series Revenge smoulders in a new – and better – timeslot, leading into the new, edge-of-your-seat thriller 666 Park Avenue at 10 p.m.
Citytv Fall Schedule
All times Eastern; s = simulcast
8 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (s)
8:30 p.m. Partners (s) *NEW*
9 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (s)
9:30 p.m. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23
10 p.m. Revolution (s) *NEW*
8 p.m. Raising Hope (s)
8:30 p.m. Ben and Kate (s) *NEW*
9 p.m. New Girl (s)
9:30 p.m. The Mindy Project (s) *NEW*
10 p.m. Private Practice (s)
8 p.m. The Middle (s)
8:30 p.m. Suburgatory (s)
9 p.m. Modern Family (s)
9:30 p.m. The Bachelor Canada *NEW Original Series*
8 p.m. 30 Rock (s)
8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation
9 p.m. Person of Interest (s)
10 p.m. Scandal (s)
8 p.m. Last Man Standing (s)
8:30 p.m. Community (s)
9 p.m. Fringe (s)
10 p.m. Mantracker *Original Series* (encore presentation)
8 p.m. The Bachelor Canada *Original Series* (encore presentation)
9:30 p.m. Less Than Kind *Original Series* (encore presentation)
10 p.m. Murdoch Mysteries *Original Series* (encore presentation)
8 p.m. Malibu Country *NEW*
8:30 p.m. Happy Endings
9 p.m. Revenge (s)
10 p.m. 666 Park Avenue (s) *NEW*
Citytv – New Series Descriptions
All times Eastern; s = simulcast