Following a vigorous round of buying at the L.A. Screenings, Citytv led this week’s parade of Canuck network fall announcements on Monday with a slate featuring Steven Spielberg’s prehistoric family drama “Terra Nova” (Fox), J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan’s crime actioner “Person of Interest” (CBS) and Brian Grazer’s ’60s-set drama “The Playboy Club” (NBC).
The Rogers Media-owned Citytv — the smallest of the three main Canuck webs with stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg — also adds Mike Kelly’s new Disney/ABC drama “Revenge” (with Canuck thesps Henry Czerny and Emily Van Camp) and comedies “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “New Girl” (Fox)., “Suburgatory” (ABC) and Tim Allen starrer “Last Man Standing” to the fall roster.
Rogers, Canada’s top cabler and a major operator in the mobile market, upped the competish with rivals CTV (owned by Canada’s top telco Bell) and Global (now owned by major cabler Shaw Media) at the screenings as the top Canuck buyer of Warner Bros. shows, among them “Alcatraz.”
The Abrams exec produced-series joins Citytv’s midseason lineup with “Scandal” and comedy “Apartment 23.”
Newly acquired series include “Private Practice,” “Raising Hope,” “The Middle” and, for midseason, William H. Macy starrer “Shameless.”
Homegrown fare includes Canuck versions of popular U.S. shows — “Canada’s Got Talent” and “Secret Millionaire Canada” — and new series “The Quon Dynasty/Extraordinary Canadians.””What is really exciting about the Citytv schedule is that we have acquired the rights to make these new series available on all screens,” commented Rogers Media prexy Keith Pelley, a former exec at top caster CTV.
Similar multiscreen boasts are expected tomorrow and Thursday when, respectively, Global and CTV announce their fall primetime slates.