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    [PR] City Scoops This Season’s Most Anticipated Series for 2016/2017 Prime-Time Sched

    City Scoops This Season’s Most Anticipated Series for 2016/2017 Prime-Time Schedule

    – Buzzworthy new series Lethal Weapon joins the City fall lineup Wednesday nights –
    – Fan-favourite franchises 24 and Prison Break find a new home on City with new mid-season reboots –

    TORONTO (May 30, 2016) The clock has been reset as City gears up for the strongest schedule to-date with the acquisition of three of next season’s biggest blockbusters: Lethal Weapon, 24: Legacy, and Prison Break. Reinvigorating three of the most iconic and beloved franchises in film and TV history – City will be the only place to catch the action-packed, adrenaline-fueled, can’t-miss-a minute reboots this season. Additional details on the City 2016/2017 prime-time schedule to be announced on June 6.

    “We went down to the screenings with the intent of bringing back the absolute best that television has to offer for our viewers, and we’re so excited to be the exclusive home of these marquee, appointment-viewing franchises in Canada,” said Colette Watson, Vice President, Broadcast and TV Operations, Rogers. “The addition of these instantly identifiable series to the schedule puts us in an unparalleled positon for success this season.”

    Joining Modern Family and Black-ish this fall at 8 p.m. ET/PT on City’s powerhouse Wednesday night lineup, Lethal Weapon, based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. From the moment the brash and impulsive Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, Rectify) meets prudent, by-the-book Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, My Wife and Kids, In Living Color), it seems as if this partnership is doomed. But after their first case together, both realize this arrangement might just work out after all – if only Riggs doesn’t get them killed first.

    Then, starting mid-season, the clock ticks again with the next evolution of the Emmy Award-winning franchise, 24: Legacy. The series chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series. Starring Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Miranda Otto (Homeland), and Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy), 24: Legacy reunites the award-winning producing team of Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Manny Coto, and Evan Katz; director Stephen Hopkins; and Kiefer Sutherland, who all serve as executive producers.

    Also starting mid-season, the next action-packed chapter of Prison Break finds a new Canadian home on City. Reuniting original series stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar, and Paul Adelstein, the much-loved characters embark on an all-new adventure spanning the globe. When clues surface that suggest a previously thought-to-be-dead Michael Scofield (Miller,The Loft) may be alive, his brother, Lincoln Burrows (Purcell, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), reunites with Michael’s wife, Sara (Callies, Colony, The Walking Dead), and Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees to engineer the series’ biggest breakout ever.

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    Doesn't CITY-TV's new acquisitions feel like something Global TV would have bought from a decade ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cslusarc View Post
    Doesn't CITY-TV's new acquisitions feel like something Global TV would have bought from a decade ago?
    Citytv acquired some high-profile shows in the past, Terra Nova comes to mind, Person of Interest, Revolution...

    But I agree Global should have pick "24 Legacy" and "Prison Break" reboot as they aired the original series. In recent years, City was normally letting CTV and Global go on in their bidding war, then pick the remaining shows while leaving/dropping some to the independents (CHCH, YesTV).
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    Quote Originally Posted by InMontreal View Post
    Citytv acquired some high-profile shows in the past, Terra Nova comes to mind, Person of Interest, Revolution...

    But I agree Global should have pick "24 Legacy" and "Prison Break" reboot as they aired the original series. In recent years, City was normally letting CTV and Global go on in their bidding war, then pick the remaining shows while leaving/dropping some to the independents (CHCH, YesTV).
    Speaking of a decade ago:
    Before CHUM Media was merged with Bell/CTV, Citytv and the former NewNets (now CTV Two) picked up only a few shows from the U.S. networks, and most of which came from the defunct UPN and The WB (before merging to be The CW). The rest of the schedule was filled with movies, syndicated series and in-house/original productions.

    Meanwhile, Global and CHCH shared ownership under Canwest - if that were still the case today, they could have easily gone after the latest 24 spin-off and Prison Break reboot. With two channels to program, they would have more titles to choose from.

    With both shows being from 20th Century Fox, it seems that Rogers Media/City has an output deal with the production studio more now than in previous years.

    Also note that this past season, FOX brought back The X-Files - Global indeed aired the original series in Canada, but CTV ended up with the rights to the six-episode limited series reboot. Global had Supergirl while City had sitcoms airing in pre-release. It worked out better for CTV since they were already carrying FOX programming in the Monday 8:00pm hour.

    Terra Nova was initially picked up to series by FOX for the 2010-11 season and would have aired on Global, but that changed when the pilot episode was held from broadcast until fall 2011. By that time, City acquired the rights.

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