TORONTO (June 2, 2015) City’s momentum continues today as it unveils its strongest and most dynamic schedule to date, announced this morning as part of the annual Rogers Upfront. Up six per cent year-over-year, * the City fall/mid-season schedule builds upon a successful foundation of 11 returning series with the addition of 12 new series.
“City is the home of unconventional conventional programming,” said Colette Watson, Vice President of Television & Broadcast Operations, Rogers. “Our schedule this year has the best mix of proven performers, avant-garde series, sports blockbusters, and the next big hits. It’s our most diverse programming lineup ever, and features a perfect blend of premium comedies and dramas, live event programming, and sports. The City schedule has something for everyone.”
Newly acquired content for the 2015/16 season includes the most sought-after comedies of the year, including the highly anticipated remake of The Muppets and all-star new comedy series, Life in Pieces. Weekends remain the home of must-see programming with Hockey Night in Canada heading back to City every Saturday night, joined by a refreshed Sunday night comedy lineup, featuring all-new seasons of proven fan favourites Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and The Last Man on Earth. And hailed by critics as one of the most exciting new series of the year, the star-studded cast of Scream Queens anchors an all-new Tuesday night programming block on City that also includes Grandfathered, marking the television comeback of John Stamos, and The Grinder, starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage.
“This year, we set out to strengthen City across the board, and our 2015/16 schedule reflects a powerhouse of competitive content every night of the week,” said Hayden Mindell, Vice President, Television Programming & Content. “With a blend of original and distinct voices that includes Mindy Kaling, The Muppets, Seth MacFarlane, and Ryan Murphy – this year’s schedule exemplifies the types of bold choices we’re making at City to entertain and engage Canadians.”
Adding to the lineup of premium scripted content, City continues to build strength in established marquee live-event programming. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® returns to the City mid-season schedule in 2016, along with GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!. Last year’s GRAMMY Awards was the most-watched program in network history with an average of 2.9 million viewers.** Additionally, this year City has the new must-see family musical event, The Wiz Live!, and joining the sports roster mid-week is Thursday Night NFL.
Anchoring the lineup of soon-to-be hits, City is staying true to established audiences through the 2015/16 season by continuing to deliver the comedies that resonate most with viewers, including returning hits 2 Broke Girls, Modern Family, Black-ish, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and New Girl. Attracting an average audience of 1.3 million P2+ viewers,* Scorpion – City’s highest rated new series of last year – returns to the fall schedule alongside the breakout hit drama of 2015, Empire.
And rounding out the stable of TV’s most memorable mix of new and returning shows, beloved comedy The Mindy Project will make a triumphant return this fall to screens across the country. City is the only television network in North America that will air this fan favourite.
Other series returning for the 2015/16 fall and mid-season schedule are The Bachelor , Mike & Molly, Hell’s Kitchen, The Middle, World’s Funniest Fails, and original series Sunnyside.
Joining the City mid-season schedule are new titles Rush Hour, Bordertown , Little Big Shots, and The Guide to Surviving Life.