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    City 2014-2015 Primetime Schedule

    City Fall Schedule

    All times ET/PT; s = simulcast

    Monday
    8 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (s)
    8:30 p.m. Mom (s)
    9 p.m. Scorpion (s) *NEW*

    Tuesday
    8 p.m. Utopia (s) *NEW*
    9 p.m. New Girl (s)
    9:30 p.m. The Mindy Project (s)

    Wednesday
    8 p.m. Hell’s Kitchen (s)
    9 p.m. Modern Family (s)
    9:30 p.m. Black-ish (s) *NEW*

    Thursday
    8 p.m. The Bachelor Canada *City Original Program*
    9 p.m. Scandal (s)

    Friday
    8 p.m. Package Deal *City Original Program*
    8:30 p.m. The Middle
    9 p.m. Utopia (s) *NEW*

    Saturday
    7-10 p.m. NHL: Hockey Night in Canada *NEW to City*

    Sunday
    7-10 p.m. NHL: Hometown Hockey *NEW to City*
    10 p.m. Revenge (s)

    **NOTE: 57th Annual GRAMMY ® Awards, The Country Music Awards, and Peter Pan Live! (*NEW*) will join City’s fall schedule – date and time TBC.

    OTHER NOTES:
    Other series returning for the 2014/15 season are The Bachelor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hell’s Kitchen, The Middle, Mike & Molly, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Revenge, and Scandal.

    Modern Family - Weeknights at 7:00pm and 7:30pm
    2 Broke Girls - Weeknights at 10:00pm
    Two and a Half Men - Weeknights at 10:30pm

    Fall premiere dates will be announced in the coming months; shows acquired but not yet listed on the schedule will premiere at a later date in the 2014/15 season.
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    City Unveils 2014/15 Prime-Time Schedule

    – Diverse fall lineup with eight comedies, three dramas, three reality series, two live event series, and exclusive national NHL games –
    – Peter Pan Live! joins lineup alongside returning blockbuster music events, the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® and CMAs –
    – Smash-hit comedy series 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men to air in strip, weeknights from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. –

    TORONTO (June 3, 2014) With four consecutive years of growth*, City continues to deliver world-class content with this year’s most diverse schedule of exciting new shows, live events, and NHL programming joining a seasoned stable of returning hits. Hayden Mindell, Vice President of Television Programming & Content, Rogers Media, today unveils City’s 2014/15 fall and mid-season prime-time schedule to the Canadian advertising community during the annual Rogers Upfront event.

    “With the most competitive schedule to date, from hockey to comedies, dramas to reality, the 2014/15 City schedule truly has something for everyone,” said Mindell. “Featuring the most diverse variety of programming on any conventional network in Canada, we are offering our viewers the programming they want most, while delivering to our clients reliable and consistent audiences each and every week.”

    Up five per cent year over year in audiences P2+*, the City fall/mid-season schedule builds upon a successful foundation of 17 returning series and events with the addition of two new dramas, one new comedy series, and one reality program. Newly acquired programming for the 2014/15 season includes scripted series Scorpion, Black-ish, and Backstrom, alongside new reality series, Utopia, and the new live musical event special Peter Pan Live! All-new seasons of sophomore original series The Bachelor Canada and Package Deal join the prime-time lineup, along with two NHL games each week – Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays and Hometown Hockey on Sundays.

    “I’m excited for City to join in a time-honoured Canadian tradition this year with the addition of Hockey Night in Canadaand Hometown Hockey,”said Mindell. “Hockey is the most coveted content in Canada, and we have PVR-proofed Saturday and Sunday nights on City to become must-see TV for all Canadians.”

    Doubling-down on live events programming this year, City remains Canada’s leader in comedy with three of the top five comedies in the country last season, including the #1 new comedy Mom*. With the highest skewing percentage of prime-time viewers under 55 of any conventional network in Canada at 72 per cent*, City is staying true to its younger, urban-oriented audiences through the 2014/15 season by continuing to deliver the programming that most resonates with these viewers, including returning hits 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, and The Mindy Project.

    Other series returning for the 2014/15 season are The Bachelor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hell’s Kitchen, The Middle, Mike & Molly, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Revenge, and Scandal.

    For the remainder of 2014, City continues to be the home to some of the most top-rated live musical event series in the country, including the Country Music Association Awards (CMA Awards) and CMA Country Christmas, as well as Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The highest rated program in network history*, the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® returns to the City mid-season schedule in 2015, along with GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!.

    Following the double-digit growth of the 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. timeslots last year with the addition of beloved comedy Modern Family in strip (up 25 per cent nationally and 13 per cent in the P2+ and A25-54 demos, respectively*), City continues to offer audiences the programming consistency and stability they value by extending this strategy to the 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. timeslots with strip episodes of fan-favourites 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men.

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    New Series Descriptions

    s = simulcast

    FALL – NEW COMEDIES


    BLACK-ISH
    30-minute scripted comedy series
    Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (s)
    National broadcast
    Black-ish depicts the life of Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson, who has a great job, a beautiful wife, four kids, and a colonial home in the ‘burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With the help of Dre’s dad, the family attempts to establish a sense of cultural identity that honours their past while also embracing the future.
    PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC/Disney
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/WRITER: Kenya Barris
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: James Griffiths
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Larry Wilmore (The Bernie Mac Show), Anthony Anderson (The Departed), Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal), Helen Sugland (Akeelah and the Bee), Peter Principato (The Joneses), Paul Young (Mad Max), Brian Dobbins (Matumbo Goldberg), and newcomer Tom Russo
    CAST: Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson, Guys With Kids), Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross, Girlfriends), Pops (Laurence Fishburne, Hannibal)

    FALL – NEW DRAMAS


    SCORPION
    60-minute scripted drama series
    Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT (s)
    National broadcast
    Inspired by a true story, Scorpion is a high-octane drama about an eccentric genius, Walter O’Brien, and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. As Homeland Security’s new think tank, O’Brien’s “Scorpion” team includes Toby Curtis, an expert behaviourist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn, a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd, a statistics guru. Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve mind-boggling predicaments amazes everyone, including federal agent Cabe Gallo, who shares a harrowing history with O’Brien. However, while this socially awkward group is comfortable with each other’s humour and quirks, life outside their circle confounds them, so they must rely on Paige Dineen, who has a young, gifted son, to translate the world for them. At last, these nerdy masterminds have found the perfect job: a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in.
    PRODUCTION COMPANY: CBS Studios
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/WRITER: Nick Santora (Prison Break)
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Justin Lin (Fast & Furious)
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Nicholas Wootton (NYPD Blue), Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Amazing Spider-Man 2), Heather Kadin (Sleepy Hollow), Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never), and Walter O’Brien
    CAST: Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel, World War Z), Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas, American Pie franchise), Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong, Cosmopolis), Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham, Huge), Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick, Identity Thief), Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee, Smash)

    FALL – NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES AND SPECIALS


    UTOPIA
    60-minute reality series
    Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT & Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT (s)
    National broadcast
    Utopia is a ground-breaking social television experiment in which 15 individuals, all pioneers of our time, get one year to build an entirely new society – from scratch. They will be leaving their current lives behind to create the ‘perfect world' on a secluded piece of land with no facilities, no laws, and no rules. Will it lead to ultimate happiness? Or complete chaos?
    PRODUCTION COMPANY: Talpa
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Conrad Green (Dancing with the Stars) and Jon Kroll (Big Brother, The Amazing Race)

    PETER PAN LIVE!

    Three-hour live performance special
    Date and time TBC
    National broadcast
    A bold, new, live television production of the classic Broadway musical will bring together friends, families, and anyone who refuses to ever grow up. Following in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful The Sound of Music LIVE! comes this musical masterpiece that tells the beloved story of Peter Pan, the mischievous little boy who ran away to Neverland. Get ready for show-stopping stars, stunning costumes, extravagant sets, and delightful music in this three-hour live event.
    PRODUCTION COMPANY: Universal

    MID-SEASON – NEW DRAMAS


    BACKSTROM
    60-minute scripted drama series
    Date and time TBC
    National broadcast
    Backstrom is a subversive and comic crime procedural about an unhealthy, offensive, irritable – albeit brilliant – detective, Everett Backstrom, who is brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.). Tasked with navigating the city’s most sensitive and serious cases, Backstrom must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive ways. To no one’s surprise, his return is far from well-received, especially by his commanding officer, Police Chief Anna Cervantes. Backstrom’s second-in-command and the person who supervises the day-to-day operations of the S.C.U. is Detective Nicole Gravely – the ambitious and optimistic yin to Backstrom’s yang. Meanwhile, Gregory Valentine, who serves as Backstrom’s tenant, decorator, and underworld connection, has a genuine fondness for the abrasive cop. Using his dark instincts and peculiar abilities, Backstrom always manages to outsmart his foes, manipulate his peers and, with the help of his eccentric team, solve the case.
    PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/CREATOR: Hart Hanson (Bones)
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Leif G.W. Persson (Backstrom novelist), Kevin Hooks (Last Resort), Niclas Salomonsson (Once Upon a Time) and Mark Mylod (Shameless)
    CAST: Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson, The Office), Nicole Gravely (Genevieve Angelson, House of Lies), Peter Niedermayer (Kristoffer Polaha, Ringer), John Almond (Dennis Haysbert, The Unit), Nadia Chichikov (Beatrice Rosen, The Dark Knight), Gregory Valentine (Thomas Dekker, The Secret Circle)

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    City™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Saskatchewan offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, City engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and Cityline; as well as local Canadian and US acquired prime time entertainment programming. City is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on City stations and programming, visit Citytv.com.

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    *BBM Canada, broadcast year 2013/14 to date (Aug 26-Dec15’13, Dec30’13-Feb9’14, Feb24-Apr20’14) vs. same weeks in previous years. 2+ Mo-Su 2a-2a AMA (000) unless otherwise noted.

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    Interesting, they got rid of the entire 10pm lineup... well, expect sunday night NHL overtime to affect Revenge. Will they "join the show in progress" and expect providers to enable simsub ?


    Shows assumed to be dropped / moved to another network / forgotten from this press release :

    America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
    The Biggest Loser (NBC)
    Glee (FOX)
    Hannibal (NBC)
    Last Man Standing (ABC)
    Nashville (ABC)
    Resurrection (ABC)
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    Quote Originally Posted by InMontreal View Post
    Interesting, they got rid of the entire 10pm lineup... well, expect sunday night NHL overtime to affect Scandal. Will they "join the show in progress" and expect providers to enable simsub ?
    I'm guessing you meant Revenge, not Scandal.

    Quote Originally Posted by InMontreal View Post
    Shows assumed to be dropped / moved to another network / forgotten from this press release :

    America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
    The Biggest Loser (NBC)
    Glee (FOX)
    Hannibal (NBC)
    Last Man Standing (ABC)
    Nashville (ABC)
    Resurrection (ABC)
    America's Funniest Home Videos will probably remain on OMNI and the same could apply for The Biggest Loser. If not, Channel Zero could pick up the latter for CHCH.

    Though Glee was not mentioned in this press release, Rogers already confirmed that they acquired the rights to the show for next season (which will be its last), after it moved from Global in January, so I don't expect that to change.

    Not so sure about Hannibal - I don't see any other Canadian broadcast networks picking this one up - maybe one of the cable/premium channels perhaps?

    Regarding the latter three, Resurrection possibly went to CTV, Nashville perhaps went to Corus for CMT or possibly Channel Zero, and Last Man Standing - well, seeing how City left it off the schedule until midseason, they'll probably do the same again this year or Rogers dropped it for either Corus or Channel Zero to acquire the Canadian rights.

    Overall, it was expected that Rogers was not going to acquire much this season, but that's quite a drastic change, with only one new comedy, two new dramas, and one new reality show. And word is that after Rogers, Shaw, and Bell Media finished purchasing at the L.A. Screenings, there were plenty of shows left (http://brioux.tv/2014/05/21097/).

    UPDATE: Cougar Town and Glee are confirmed - they are listed among the returning shows on City's 2014 Fall Preview page on their website.

    The Biggest Loser has likely been dropped by Rogers - there are no references to the show on either City or OMNI's website as well as the Rogers Media site. Hannibal, Last Man Standing, Nashville and Resurrection are also nowhere to be seen on any of their sites.
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    This is by far one of City's weakest schedules since Rogers has owned the network. They once again only picked up shows that there is no way CTV or Global would want, and they certainly cut costs eliminating about 8 hours of programming. They did ensure that almost every show they have airs in simulcast (although this is easy when you are picking up shows CTV and Global don't want as most shows they don't want air in the same time slots as established hits they want to simulcast) so I will give them credit for that, but out of the 24 hours of their primetime lineup (Sun-Fri 7-11) only 9 hours are in simulcast.

    Mondays - They will probably be down on this night the most since their #1 show (HIMYM) has ended. I not only see CTV and Global beating them at 8:00PM & 9:00PM, I see City fighting with CTV Two for 3rd place.

    Tuesdays - Should be in 3rd place at both 8:00PM & 9:00PM. Probably do about the same as they did last season

    Wednesdays - At 8:00PM, They will be up a lot here from last season as it is the network's #1 show, they will probably perform similar to how CTV Two has done with FOX reality programming in the slot, which for City is a big improvement (this is also a show that will likely gain a lot of PVR viewers) However I don't see any improvements at 9:00PM and I think they will do worse than last season at 9:30PM. In my opinion they picked up the worst new comedy of the year, if not the decade. I can't believe that they decided to only pick up only 4 shows for the entire season and this be one of them.

    Thursdays - They should be up at 8:00PM, although again behind CTV and Global. They will be down a lot at 9:00PM though. I don't ever remember a show doing so good in the U.S. yet so horrible in Canada (Global could end up with some pretty fantastic ratings if they happen to simulcast a new FOX drama in the slot) I'm actually surprised they are not simulcasting Thursday Night Football with CBS, it would probably get at least slightly better ratings. In fact, NFL Football Thursdays on City makes more sense than NHL Hockey Sundays on City since on Sundays City will steal viewers away from SportsNet, while on Thursday nights, by keeping Thursday Night Football on SportsNet they are going to lose viewers to CBS (only Rogers cable will likely simulcast Sportsnet over CBS), they could have kept those viewers watching a Rogers station with a City simulcast.

    Fridays - It's sad to see Package Deal kick off the night without a lead-in. CTV/CTV2 is going after the reality audience so it does make sense to slot something scripted here and if this was a new promising comedy then maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea but this is a show that already struggles in the ratings and they are placing it in a slot where it will barely register and be crushed by the programs airing on CTV, Global, and CTV Two. Considering how many available slots they have they could have easily scheduled it somewhere else. It would probably do better Wednesdays at 9:30PM than what they have scheduled, or Sundays after NHL Hockey.

    Sundays - Why is NHL Hockey leading into a low rated female skewing soapy serialized drama going into its 4th season? They couldn't have picked a less compatible show to lead-out of NHL Hockey. Sundays at 10:00PM is another slot where they should have scheduled Package Deal. Also, if NHL Hockey runs over past 10:00PM (and I'm assuming it will on some nights) they wont be able to simulcast anyways (another reason why Package Deal would be ideal as it's only a 30 minute show) and in Toronto it would push back their 11:00PM newscast. Also, what are the City stations in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton (3 of the 4 largest markets) going to air Sunday nights in primetime if NHL Hockey is over by 7:00PM PT? I really wonder how long this is going to last, this appears to benefit the other conventional networks more than it actually benefits City, instead of chasing viewers of CTV and Global they are chasing viewers of TSN and SportsNet, and Rogers owns SportsNet.

    They are no longer a competitor at 10:00PM on any night. You just can't be competitive with strip programming in this slot. Years ago, Canwest tried this with CH (and these were higher rated comedies and most aired in simulcast) and it simply didn't work, it's not working now on CTV Two (although will probably stay as it's cheap) Ironically, Rogers removed strip programming from the 10:00PM time slot on OMNI last season, speaking of OMNI, this is another example of Rogers putting City ahead of OMNI, they have complained about the poor performance of OMNI's strip programming, yet now the 3 highest rated shows Rogers has the syndicated rights to air on City, not OMNI. It's also funny to see them say just a few months ago that strip programming is no longer viable yet 50% of City's weeknight 7:00PM-11:00PM schedule is now strip programming, more than any other conventional network. If they weren't planning to slash millions from their news budget they could have launched a 10:00PM newscast at least in Toronto (many FOX stations have both a 10:00PM and 11:00PM newscast) or launch their own celebrity newsmagazine (the advantage could be that it's produced for late night and therefore can cover late breaking stories), syndicated comedies just seems like giving up, and it is a time slot where syndicated comedies are already airing on CTV Two and some U.S. border stations (which make sure to schedule their programming so that Canadian networks wont be able to simulcast it), so it's not like they are counter-programming. I could see specialty channels like HISTORY and possibly Bravo, Showcase (with shows like Covert Affairs) beating City at 10:00PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lostjon View Post
    City Fall Schedule


    Two and a Half Men - Weeknights at 10:30pm
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    FOX Buffalo has moved their broadcast from 10:30PM to 11:00PM to avoid the City simulcast (OMNI's 7:30PM simulcast however is safe for now). They have instead scheduled Hot In Cleveland for 10:30PM weeknights, which CTV Two has now took the opportunity to simulcast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostjon View Post

    Sunday
    7-10 p.m. NHL: Hometown Hockey *NEW to City*
    10 p.m. Revenge (s)
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    It appears City has now scheduled the Sunday Night Hockey broadcast to run from 7:00PM to 10:05PM ET, throwing away any chance of simulcast, and ensuring that female skewing programming is the lead out of male skewing hockey both Saturdays and Sundays on City.

    I highly doubt many hockey fans will be willing to jump into a primetime soap in the middle of its 4th season, and I don't think many fans of the soap will be very happy to sit through 5 minutes of post-game hockey commentary (at least they have ABC starting the show at the top of the hour) They are far more likely to annoy viewers instead of turning them into hockey fans, just like they are more likely to annoy consumers by including hockey propaganda in OMNI News, The Shopping Channel, and Rogers lifestyle and parenting magazines. Hockey has a very loyal fanbase, that should be the focus, not trying to turn people who have zero interest in hockey into fans by forcing soap opera fans to watch while waiting for their show to start or having media outlets who would normally never cover hockey all of a sudden devote resources to covering it.
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