City today unveiled a new prime-time schedule that strengthens its position as Canada’s most dynamic network, combining next season’s most anticipated new series with the country’s favourite returning programming.
Building upon a youthful foundation of Canada’s most-watched returning programming, City’s 2016/17 schedule will be presented this afternoon by Rick Brace, President, Rogers Media and the executive team at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
“This is the strongest programming lineup City has ever had. Our investment in producing and securing world-class content for the City schedule reflects our deep and continued commitment to Canadians’ love of television and the success of this powerful medium,” said Brace. “As the media industry continues to evolve, the one thing that remains constant is that TV is still the most relevant medium for viewers and advertisers and is the best place to reach a mass audience.”
Among the highlights of City’s 2016/2017 prime-time schedule are:
- The season’s most recognized and highly anticipated new dramas – 24: Legacy, Prison Break, and Lethal Weapon
- Eight new and returning television event specials
- Three all-new original series – Bad Blood: The Vito Rizzuto Story, Nirvanna The Band The Show, and digital-first comedy, Second Jen
- Four new dramas and three new comedies join the 2016/17 City schedule
Newly acquired content for the 2016/17 season includes the most sought-after dramas of the year, with the acquisition of three of next season’s biggest blockbusters: Lethal Weapon, 24: Legacy, and Prison Break. Reinvigorating three of the most iconic and beloved franchises in film and TV history – City will be the only place to catch the action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled, can’t-miss-a minute reboots this season.
“24: Legacy, Prison Break, and Lethal Weapon all come from world-renowned franchises that can be summed up in just one word – blockbusters,” added Watson. “Instantly recognizable titles that are synonymous with the quality and entertainment viewers know and love, these series have a built-in audience base that will propel them to success this season.”
Comedy is still King on Sundays when new live-action/animated hybrid Son of Zorn joins the Sunday night comedy lineup. Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis (The Last Man On Earth, Horrible Bosses, We’re the Millers), Son of Zorn follows an animated warrior who returns to Orange County, CA to win back the love of his live-action ex-wife (Cheryl Hines, Curb Your Enthusiasm) and teenage son (Johnny Pemberton, 21 Jump Street). Also new to the Sunday comedy block is original series, Nirvanna The Band The Show, joining all-new seasons of Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and The Last Man on Earth.
Also heading to the fall schedule are the new-to-City comedy, The Odd Couple, and just announced original series, Second Jen, a relatable coming-of-age comedy about two second-generation millennials who move out to prove to their immigrant families, and themselves, that they can make it on their own.
Adding to the lineup of premium scripted content, City continues to build strength in established marquee event programming. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a brand-new reimagining of the cult-classic midnight movie is set to take over the City schedule this fall, along with the new must-see family musical event Hairspray Live! and Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. Weekends remain the home of must-see sports programming with Hockey Night in Canada heading back to City every Saturday night, and Thursday Night NFL returns for six weeks this fall.
The 59thAnnual GRAMMY Awards® returns to the City mid-season schedule in 2017, along with the highly anticipated Aaron Sorkin television event special, a live production of A Few Good Men.
Anchoring the lineup of soon-to-be hits, City is staying true to established audiences through the 2016/17 season with a stable of returning hits from all genres, including Scorpion, 2 Broke Girls, Modern Family, Mom, Black-ish, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Life in Pieces, Hell’s Kitchen, New Girl, The Middle, and The Mindy Project.
Joining the City mid-season schedule are new titles Shots Fired, The Mick, and Making History, alongside returning series and Little Big Shots.
All programming is available on Citytv.com, and on mobile through the City Video app for iOS and Android. Fall premiere dates will be announced in the coming months; shows acquired but not yet listed on the schedule will premiere at a later date in the 2016/17 season.
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