LA Screenings: Rogers Media Package Buys 20th Century Fox Series
The Canadian broadcaster bought eight Fox shows, including the comedies 'The Grinder,' 'Life in Pieces' and 'Scream Queens.'
Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media on Tuesday unveiled 12 new American series picked up at the Los Angeles Screenings, including eight from new studio supplier 20th Century Fox Television.
Toronto-based Rogers Media grabbed a programming package from Fox that included the new laughers Life In Pieces on Mondays at 8:30 p.m., and The Grinder at 8:30 p.m., starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage, and the comedy horror Scream Queens at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Rogers' City network also ended its experiment with NHL hockey on Sunday nights by acquiring new seasons of Bob's Burgers for 7:30 p.m. that evening, followed by Fox's Family Guy at 9 p.m. and Will Forte's The Last Man on Earth at 9:30 p.m.
City also picked up from 20th Century Fox the comedy The Guide to Surviving Life and the animated comedy Bordertown for its mid-season 2016 campaign, while also buying Warner Bros.' Undateable comedy for Fridays at 8 p.m. Rogers Media is sending its Rogers Hometown Hockey game on Sunday nights from City to Sportsnet, its cable sports channel, for the second season starting in October 2015.
Fox's Bob's Burger and Family Guy animated comedies previously aired on rival Global Television, which picked up a slew of new NBC shows at the recent Los Angeles Screenings. The shift of Fox shows to City comes as Rogers Media continues to cement its ties to 20th Century Fox after Canadian SVOD Shomi, half-owned by Rogers, signed a catalog deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.
In addition, FX Networks and Rogers Media separately inked a three-year programming deal for 20th Century Fox series that will air on FX stateside. City's retooled Tuesday nights also includes ABC/Disney's Grandfathered at 8 p.m., and the network also picked up ABC/Disney's The Muppets remake for Monday nights at 8 p.m. Other LA Screenings pickups: Warner Bros.' variety series Little Big Shots and mid-season comedy Rush Hour, and NBC Universal's The Wiz Live! performance special.