Big Spender Rogers Media Unveils Fall TV Slate

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Canadian broadcaster buys new series from J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, Michael Patrick King and Brian Grazer to catch up with market leaders Global Television and CTV.

TORONTO – Leading off the Canadian Upfront presentations Monday, Rogers Media has done major surgery on its Citytv Fall lineup to grab eyeballs from the competition.

Fresh from the Los Angeles Screenings, Rogers bought Fox’s Terra Nova for Monday nights at 8 p.m., CBS’ Two Broke Girls at 9:30 p.m. and NBC’s The Playboy Club at 10 p.m.

Tuesday night also gets a major retooling, with a returning NBC’s The Biggest Loser at 7 p.m. followed at 9 p.m. by Fox’s New Girl and the acquisition of Fox’s Raising Hope at 9:30 p.m.

Rogers, which is digging itself out of a ratings hole left after depending on NBC series in recent years, this year did package buying with Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox to get back on track.

On Wednesday nights this Fall, Citytv has acquired ABC’s The Middle at 8 p.m., followed by ABC’s Suburgatory at 8:30 p.m. The all-ABC night Wednesdays will continue with Modern Family at 9 p.m. and Happy Endings at 9:30 p.m., followed by the rookie series Revenge from Disney/ABC.

Even Thursday night, which is anchored by simulcasts of NBC’s Community and Parks and Recreation, gets an overhaul, after Citytv acquired CBS’ Person of Interest from Warner Bros. at 9 p.m. and ABC’s Private Practice at 10 p.m. which previously aired on the rival A network.

And on Sundays, Citytv will program the Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing at 7 p.m., followed by new Canadian series The Quon Dynasty/Extraordinary Canadians.

Other new Canadian series on the Citytv schedule include Canada's Got Talent and Secret Millionaire Canada for the 2012 roster.

And the 2011-2012 mid-season schedule will include the J.J. Abrams’ drama Alcatraz from Warner Bros., the comedy Apartment 23 and the drama Shameless, starring William H. Macy.