Canada's Rogers Media Acquires ABC's 'Black-ish,' Fox's 'Backstrom' For 2014-15
The City network will maintain a spotlight on U.S. comedies by stripping "Modern Family," "2 Broke Girls" and "Two and a Half Men" on Mondays through Fridays.
TORONTO - Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media is relying on its new and returning U.S. network shows acquired at the Los Angeles Screenings, including ABC's Scandal drama from Shonda Rhimes and the single camera comedy Black-ish, to get out of third place this 2014-15 season.
Rogers Media's City network will simulcast the Dre Johnson-starring Black-ish sitcom on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.
City will also air Scandal in simulcast on Thursday nights at 9 p.m.
The rest of ABC's new three-hour drama block, Grey's Anatomy and the rookie legal thriller How to Get Away With Murder, will air on rival CTV this coming Fall.
City will also for the second year running strip ABC's Modern Family Mondays through Fridays at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and then repeat the same strategy in fall 2014 with strip episodes of the comedies 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men.
Rogers Media also acquired in Los Angeles the drama Scorpion from CBS Studios for Monday nights at 9 p.m., and the reality series Utopia for Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. and Friday nights at 9 p.m.
Also new at City is the three hour live performance special Peter Pan Live!, acquired from Universal.
And among the new City mid-season dramas is the Backstrom procedural from Bones creator Hart Hanson and 20th Century Fox Television.
Returning U.S. series for City include The Bachelor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hell's Kitchen, The Middle, Mike & Molly, Parks and Recreation and Revenge.
The Canadian Upfront presentations will continue with Shaw Media unveiling its 2014-15 campaign on Wednesday and Bell Media rolling out its new schedule on Thursday.