L.A. Screenings: 'Bluff City Law,' 'Bless the Harts' Sell to Rogers Media
Rival Corus Entertainment bought seven new series from Hollywood studios during its recent shopping expedition, including 'Carol's Second Act' and 'Prodigal Son.'
Canada's Rogers Media and Corus Entertainment have unveiled their new series buys from the Los Angeles screenings, which will now be touted to Canadian advertisers at local upfronts presentations in Toronto.
After rotating screenings of U.S. network pilots on studio lots, Rogers Media picked up for its Citytv network the Four Weddings and a Funeral series from MGM Television and Universal Television, the 20th Century Fox comedy Perfect Harmony and the ABC Studios chuckler Mixed-ish.
Other rookie series acquisitions include Jimmy Smits-starrer Bluff City Law from Universal Television and animated comedy Bless the Harts from 20th Century Television and Fox Entertainment. Rogers Media also snagged the Chicago franchise (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med) from rival Corus Entertainment, which itself acquired seven new American series for its Global TV network.
Those include package buying with CBS Television Studios for the Patricia Heaton comedy Carol's Second Act, the psychological mystery Evil and the single camera comedy The Unicorn.
Corus also acquired the Fox serial killer drama Prodigal Son, a co-production between Warner Bros. TV and Fox Entertainment, in addition to Tiffany Haddish's Kids Say the Darndest Things variety show and Tamron Hall's daytime talk show.
Corus wrested the 11th and final season of Modern Family from Rogers Media, where the blended family comedy was a perennial hit on Citytv.
Facing strong local competition from Netflix and TV ad revenue declines, both Rogers Media and Corus are playing catch-up with Bell Media, whose CTV network continues to wear the Canadian primetime ratings crown.
Unlike other foreign buyers, the Canadians buy on the hop during their annual Hollywood shopping expedition before rushing back to Toronto to unveil their fall primetime schedules to local advertisers. European broadcasters, by contrast, window-shop at the L.A. screenings before buying new U.S. shows later this summer.