Rogers Media Buys Eight New U.S. Comedies, Six Rookie Dramas
Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media has wrested the Canadian broadcast rights to The Grammy Awards away from rival Shaw Media.
The new three-year deal through 2016 for the City network, which includes the live awards ceremony and the Grammys nomination concert live event, came as Rogers Media unveiled its U.S. series pick-ups at the recent Los Angeles Screenings for the 2013-14 season.
In all, Rogers bought eight rookie comedies, six new dramas and two reality series, much of it through bulk buying from 20th Century Fox TV as part of an output deal.
On Mondays, the returning How I Met Your Mother will kick off a two-hour comedy block at 8 p.m. that includes the local comedy Package Deal, followed by 2 Broke Girls and Chuck Lorre’s new sitcom Mom from Warner Bros. TV, which stars Anna Faris, at 9:30 p.m.
That’s followed at 10 p.m. by the new one-hour original reality series The Project: Guatemala.
On Tuesdays, City has booked two new Fox comedies, Dads, starring Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi, at 8 p.m., and Brooklyn Nine-Nine at 8:30 p.m.
That’s followed by the returning hits New Girl and The Mindy Project, before the new ABC drama Lucky 7 from executive producer Steven Spielberg airs at 10 p.m.
On Wednesday nights, City acquired Nashville for 10 p.m., after the Lionsgate drama aired on CTV last season, and the new Warner Bros. TV comedy Super Fun Night at 9:30 pm.
And City acquired the new Robin Williams-starring comedy The Crazy Ones from 20th Century Fox TV, and the new ABC Studios drama Once Upon a Time in Wonderland for Thursdays, while Fridays gets the new single-camera family comedy Enlisted from 20th Century Fox TV at 9:30 p.m.
On the local front, City is bringing the local Seed comedy back for a second cycle mid-season, when it will also debut another homegrown show, the new animated adult comedy Mother Up!
The new series Killer Women and Resurrection from ABC Studios, and 20th Century Fox TV’s Crisis will also air mid-season.
Rogers Media will unveil its new U.S. series to local advertisers on Tuesday in Toronto, ahead of the Canadian Upfront presentations continuing this week with rival pitches by Shaw Media and Bell Media.