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TORONTO – Fall 2012 will be the season of comedy for Canadian broadcaster Citytv.
Parent company Rogers Media returned from the Los Angeles Screenings with nine new sitcoms, and only four rookie dramas, for a near-national TV network that’s just expanded into Montreal and across Western Canada.
Thanks to returning breakout hits like New Girl, 2 Broke Girls and Suburgatory, Rogers Media this year did its bulk buying for laughers in Hollywood with Warner Bros. Television and 20th Century Television, which traditionally sold to rival Global Television.
Rogers picked up from Warner the gay-straight buddy comedy Partners, from Will & Grace’s David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, and NBC’s adventure thriller Revolution from J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke.
On Tuesdays, Citytv will simulcast Fox’s brother-sister comedy Ben and Kate from 20th Century Fox TV, and The Mindy Project, from The Office alum Mindy Kaling and Universal Television.
Wednesday night, Citytv has simulcasts of the returning comedies The Middle, Suburgatory, and Modern Family, followed by the launch of The Bachelor Canada, a stand-out reality series on its Fall schedule.
And comedy again dominates Thursday night, with Citytv airing 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and the drama Person of Interest, followed by Scandal.
Then on Fridays, Last Man Standing and Community have new timeslots at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively, followed by the return of J.J. Abrams’s Fringe.
And, as with rival Canadian broadcasters, Saturday night is Canadian night after all the U.S. shows that dominated primetime weeknights.
Here there’s an encore airing of The Bachelor Canada, then the local sitcom Less Than Kind and the drama Murdoch Mysteries.
And Rogers Media has retooled its Sunday night for first-time traction with ABC series, by acquiring the Reba McEntire-starrer Malibu Country from ABC Studios, followed by the return of Happy Endings, Revenge, and then the rookie soap 666 Park Avenue from Warner Bros. Television.
For mid-season, Rogers Media bought five new shows, including from 20 Century Fox TV the White House comedy 1600 Penn, The Goodwin Games from How I Met Your Mother scribes Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris, and Claudia Lonow’s How to Live with Your Parents, from 20th Television and Imagine Television.
The Canadian Upfronts continue Wednesday with the fall 2012 lineup from rival Global Television, and then on Thursday from top-rated CTV.
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