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Better. Every. Day. Citytv Unveils Strongest Prime-Time Schedule for 2012-13 Season

May 29, 2012

News Releases

– Most returning new shows of any Canadian network anchor bold,
competitive Citytv schedule –

– 9 new comedies, 4 new dramas, 1 hit reality franchise series, and this
year’s most buzzed-about daytime show join Citytv’s hot programming
lineup –

– 2 original comedies greenlit for mid-season –

– Newly-acquired favourite Jimmy Kimmel Live! joins late-night lineup –

– Trio of English-language hits join OMNI Television’s schedule –

TORONTO, May 29, 2012 /CNW/ – Coming off its most successful broadcast
year in network history, Citytv’s momentum continues with this year’s
most sought-after new programs joining an already proven winning
prime-time lineup.  Scott Moore, President of Broadcast, Rogers Media,
today unveils Citytv’s 2012-13 fall and mid-season prime-time schedule,
showcasing 9 new comedies, 4 new dramas, 1 hit reality franchise
series, the acquisition of late-night’s ‘it’ show, and the triumphant
return of award-winning journalist – and fan-favourite – Katie Couric
to daytime television.

Citytv is building upon last year’s ambitious – and highly successful –
fall schedule, in which 67 per cent of new programs are returning (the
most of any Canadian network), while every returning show from last
season ended the year with stronger audiences than when they started. 
This year’s Citytv prime-time schedule is a mix of proven winners with
fresh new series featuring a star-studded pedigree of actors, producers
and writers, with 20 series in simulcast.  The 2012-13 Citytv schedule
represents the best network television has to offer.

“Citytv’s prime-time schedule is the strongest – and most competitive –
in network history with critically-acclaimed fan-favourites, proven
winners from last season, and the most buzzed about new series with
both big-name stars and fresh faces.  Our schedule is better every
day,” said Scott Moore, President of Broadcast, Rogers Media.  “With
Citytv’s expanded footprint, we will be in nine million homes this
fall, reaching more viewers in more homes than ever before.  And we’re
not done yet.  Our goal of delivering our world-class content to a
national audience is firmly within our grasp.”

Comedies continue to reign supreme on Citytv featuring six nights of
powerhouse comedy blocks with the most critically-acclaimed and popular
series.  Citytv’s strength in this genre is undeniable.  Joining proven
winners from last season, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, Suburgatory, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, and Last Man Standing are four hilarious new situational comedies for the fall season from
the funniest minds in the industry: Partners, Ben and Kate, The Mindy Project, and Malibu Country.  For mid-season, five new boundary-pushing comedies join the roster: 1600 Penn, The Goodwin Games, and How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), plus Citytv original comedies Package Deal and Seed (see separate announcement).

Red-hot funny-man Jimmy Kimmel is the ‘it’ guy of the year, and Citytv
has bolstered its late-night lineup with the addition of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, airing weekdays at 12 midnight ET in simulcast.

In dramas, Citytv had the surprise sleeper-hit of the season in the
ever-popular Revenge.  Joining other returning favourites Person of Interest and Scandal are four riveting and suspenseful series; Revolution and 666 Park Avenue this fall, while Hannibal and The Carrie Diaries will air mid-season.

Reality television heats up on Citytv this fall as bachelor Brad Smith
looks for love in all the right places in the first-ever edition of The Bachelor Canada.  Helping Brad on his journey with 25 Canadian bachelorettes is Tyler
Harcott, announced today as Host of the series (see separate

Citytv continues to invest in daytime programming, building upon its
winning original daytime series Breakfast Television (Canada’s #1 morning show in major English markets) and CityLine (Canada’s longest-running lifestyle show).  With the addition of Katie – the most anticipated new daytime talk show in recent years with proven
network star Katie Couric – Citytv is poised to dominate in this
genre.  Katie will premiere this fall, airing weekdays at 4 p.m. ET in simulcast.

Another award-winning journalist joins the schedule – this time on
sister-network OMNI Television – enriching the network’s robust news
offering.  The trusted and compelling Rock Center with Brian Williams airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET in simulcast, beginning this fall.  Also
joining OMNI Television this fall is proven hit comedy series Rules of Engagement in strip at 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, in simulcast at 12:35 a.m. ET.

With web, digital, and mobile traffic increasing heavily this past year,
Rogers is firmly committed to further enhancing the viewer experience
through multiple screens and Anyplace TV.  This fall, Citytv is taking
two socially-engaged series – New Girl and The Middle – and for the first time, making them available to advertisers on all
screens – television, online, mobile and tablet – with the same
commercial inventory, sold as one buy.

On Mondays
Coming off its strongest audience this past year, How I Met Your Mother kicks off a two-hour comedy block at 8 p.m. (all times Eastern),
leading into David Kohan and Max Mutchnick’s (Will & Grace) highly-anticipated new comedy Partners, followed by breakout sophomore series 2 Broke Girls and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.  J.J. Abrams’s riveting new one-hour dystopian drama Revolution stakes its claim in the 10 p.m. timeslot.  

On Tuesdays
The 8 to 10 p.m. time-block on Tuesdays is LOL funny with veteran comedy
Raising Hope, new odd-couple sibling sitcom Ben and Kate (from producer/writer of New Girl), returning fan-favourite New Girl, and The Mindy Project from Emmy Award®-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling.  At 10 p.m., legacy dramatic series Private Practice returns in a new timeslot.

On Wednesdays
Wednesday night is the home to proven comedy hits from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
with the triple threat of The Middle, Suburgatory, and Modern Family.  At 9:30 p.m. comes the highly-anticipated new original reality series
The Bachelor Canada.

On Thursdays
It’s a mix of comedy and drama on Thursdays with the return of
critically-acclaimed series 30 Rock at 8 p.m. and Parks and Recreation at 8:30 p.m.  At 9 p.m., the drama heats up with one-hour sophomore
hits Person of Interest, followed by Scandal at 10 p.m.

On Fridays
Last Man Standing and Community head to new timeslots at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively, followed
by another gripping season of J.J. Abrams’s Fringe (the second of two Abrams series to appear on Citytv) and original
series Mantracker at 10 p.m.

On Saturdays
Play catch-up on Saturdays with encore presentations of original series The Bachelor Canada at 8 p.m., Less Than Kind at 9:30 p.m., and Murdoch Mysteries at 10 p.m.

On Sundays
Sundays sizzle with Reba McEntire’s freshman comedy Malibu Country at 8 p.m. and Happy Endings at 8:30 p.m.  At 9 p.m., hit series Revenge smoulders in a new – and better – timeslot, leading into the new,
edge-of-your-seat thriller 666 Park Avenue at 10 p.m.

Citytv Fall Schedule
All times Eastern; s = simulcast

8 p.m.  How I Met Your Mother (s)
8:30 p.m.  Partners (s) *NEW*
9 p.m.   2 Broke Girls (s)
9:30 p.m.  Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23
10 p.m.  Revolution (s) *NEW*
8 p.m.   Raising Hope (s)
8:30 p.m.  Ben and Kate (s) *NEW*
9 p.m.   New Girl (s)
9:30 p.m.  The Mindy Project (s) *NEW*
10 p.m.  Private Practice (s)
8 p.m.   The Middle (s)
8:30 p.m.  Suburgatory (s)
9 p.m.   Modern Family (s)
9:30 p.m.  The Bachelor Canada *NEW Original Series*
8 p.m.   30 Rock (s)
8:30 p.m.  Parks and Recreation
9 p.m.   Person of Interest (s)
10 p.m. Scandal (s)
8 p.m.   Last Man Standing (s)
8:30 p.m.  Community (s)
9 p.m.   Fringe (s)
10 p.m. Mantracker *Original Series* (encore presentation)
8 p.m.   The Bachelor Canada *Original Series* (encore presentation)
9:30 p.m.  Less Than Kind *Original Series* (encore presentation)
10 p.m.  Murdoch Mysteries *Original Series* (encore presentation)
8 p.m.   Malibu Country *NEW*
8:30 p.m.  Happy Endings
9 p.m.   Revenge (s)
10 p.m.  666 Park Avenue (s) *NEW*

Citytv – New Series Descriptions
All times Eastern; s = simulcast


Monday 8:30 p.m. (s)
Partners is a comedy based on the lives of creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick
(creators of Will & Grace), about two life-long best friends and business partners whose
“bromance” is tested when one of them is engaged to be married. Joe
(David Krumholtz, Numb3rs) is an accomplished architect who leads with his head and not his
heart, especially in his love life. That’s in stark contrast to his gay
co-worker, Louis (Michael Urie, Ugly Betty), who is spontaneous, emotional and prone to exaggeration. Both have
found joy in their love lives: Joe is newly engaged to Ali (Sophia
, One Tree Hill), a beautiful and sophisticated jewellery designer, while Louis is
dating Wyatt (Brandon Routh, Superman Returns), a vegan nurse who Louis insists is just a promotion away from
becoming a doctor. As news of Joe’s engagement settles, time will tell
if their business and personal bond can adapt to the addition of two
other important relationships.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Warner Bros. Television
CAST: David Krumholtz as Joe, Michael Urie as Louis, Sophia Bush as Ali,
Brandon Routh as Wyatt

Tuesday 8:30 p.m. (s)
What happens when an exuberant, irresponsible dreamer who always says “yes” moves in with his overly responsible
little sister to help raise her five-year-old daughter? Ben and Kate, a new single-camera young ensemble comedy, follows these odd-couple
siblings as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into
real life. Kate Fox (Dakota Johnson, The Social Network) followed the rules all her life…until she got pregnant in college and
dropped out just shy of graduation. After the birth of her daughter,
Maddie (Maggie Jones, We Bought a Zoo, Footloose), Kate put her twenties on hold. Now working as a bar manager to make ends
meet and maximize her time with five-year-old Maddie, she’s
uber-prepared for every possible catastrophe – except for the arrival
of her older brother, Ben Fox (Nat Faxon, Bad Teacher). Ben likes trouble a lot more than his sister does. When Ben comes to
crash on Kate’s couch for a few days, he finds a sad state of affairs.
Kate’s surviving, but not living. Ben realizes that for the first time
in their lives, Kate needs his help and he’s determined to bring some much-needed chaos into her
overly stable world. Always there to help with Ben’s crazy schemes is
his partner-in-crime, Tommy (newcomer Echo Kellum), who worships Ben
like a hero and nurses a serious crush on Kate. Kate’s British best
friend, BJ (Lucy Punch, Bad Teacher), is a cocktail waitress at the bar that Kate manages and an all-around
hot mess who would do anything for Kate, even if her advice is often
questionable and occasionally illegal. From writer/executive producer
Dana Fox (New Girl, What Happens in Vegas) and executive producer/director Jake Kasdan (New Girl, Bad Teacher), Ben and Kate is a heart-warming story of deeply mismatched siblings: a sister who
needs to go for her dreams and a brother who needs to get his head out
of the clouds.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope
CAST: Dakota Johnson as Kate, Nat Faxon as Ben, Maggie Jones as Maddie,
Lucy Punch as BJ, Echo Kellum as Tommy

Tuesday 9:30 p.m. (s)
The Mindy Project is a new single-camera comedy from Emmy Award®-nominated
writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling (The Office) that follows a woman who, despite having a successful career,
desperately needs to break bad habits in her personal life. Funny,
impatient and politically incorrect, Mindy Lahiri (Kaling) can quote
every romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan that exists. Mindy is
determined to be more punctual, spend less money, lose weight and read
more books – all in pursuit of becoming a well-rounded perfect
woman…who can meet and date the perfect guy. Mindy is a skilled OB/GYN
and shares a practice with a few other doctors, none of whom make life
any easier for her. Jeremy Reed (British writer/comedian Ed Weeks) is
the walking definition of total bad news. He not only shares a practice
with Mindy, but sometimes her bed as well – despite her best efforts to
resist. He is funny, self-absorbed and super sexy. In contrast, Danny
(Chris Messina, Damages) is a hothead and guys’ guy who has a habit of stealing Mindy’s
patients. Danny criticizes her for everything, including her struggling
love life and her lack of professionalism – even though it’s obvious to
everyone except Mindy that he secretly admires her work. Rounding out
the office staff are the receptionists – Betsy Putch (Zoe Jarman, Huge), young, earnest and easily excitable, who thinks the world of Mindy
and is always trying to impress her; and Shauna Dicanio (newcomer Dana
DeLorenzo), a self-assured Jersey Girl who is indifferent to Mindy,
always knows where the cool party is and carries a poorly concealed
torch for Danny. Mindy is in constant communication with her beloved
best friend from college, Gwen Grandy (Anna Camp, The Good Wife), who also happens to be the governor’s daughter. As Mindy attempts to
get her career off the ground and meet a guy who passes her red flag
test (no drug habits, no skinny jeans and no secret families, among
others), only time will tell if she gets her romantic comedy ending.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Howard Klein, B.J. Novak (pilot)
CAST: Mindy Kaling as Mindy, Chris Messina as Danny, Ed Weeks as Jeremy,
Anna Camp as Gwen, Zoe Jarman as Betsy, Dana DeLorenzo as Shauna

Sunday 8 p.m.
When Reba Gallagher (Reba McEntire, Reba) discovers that her husband, Bobby, (Jeffrey Nordling, Desperate Housewives) a country music legend, has a cheatin’ heart, her world is turned
upside down. Reba dreamt of becoming a country star herself, but put
her career on hold to raise a family. Now she’s questioning all of
that, big-time. With the ink on her divorce barely dry, Reba packs up
her sharp-tongued mother, Lillie May (Lily Tomlin, Eastbound and Down, West Wing), her two kids and the U-Haul and heads for sunny California to begin a
new chapter. Leaving Nashville in the rear view, they start over at
their Malibu residence – the last remaining asset they have. Reba gets
to know her new open and loving neighbour Kim (Sara Rue, Rules of Engagement, Less Than Perfect) and her son, Sage (Hudson Thames), but also discovers that relocation
to Southern California is going to be quite an adjustment for a
traditional southern belle. With the support of her family, she sets
about finding her voice, jump-starting her music career with the help
of her new music agent, Geoffrey (Jai Rodriguez, How I Met Your Mother, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), and embracing this chance to begin again.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Kevin Abbott, Michael Hanel, Mindy Schultheis
CAST: Reba McEntire as Reba, Sara Rue as Kim, Justin Prentice as Cash,
Juliette Angelo as June, Jai Rodriguez as Geoffrey, Lily Tomlin as
Lillie May


Monday 10 p.m. (s)
Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if
it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the
world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the
sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without
any modern technology, who can tell us why?  Now, 15 years later, life
is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution:
families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down
lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it?  On
the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young
woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and
kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had
something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and
two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find
answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.  From
director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) and the fertile imaginations of J.J. Abrams (Lost, Person of Interest) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural), comes a surprising “what if” action-adventure series, where an
unlikely hero will lead the world out of the dark. Literally.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad
Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jon Favreau, J.J Abrams, Eric Kripke, Bryan Burk
CAST: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Anna Lise Phillips, Zak Orth,
Graham Rogers, J.D. Pardo, Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons, Maria
, and Tim Guinee.

Sunday 10 p.m. (s)
At the ominous address of 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be
yours. Everyone has needs, desires and ambition. For the residents of
The Drake, these will all be met, courtesy of the building’s mysterious
owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn, Lost). But every Faustian contract comes with a price. When Jane Van Veen
(Rachael Taylor, Transformers) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable, Brothers & Sisters), an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, are offered the
opportunity to manage the historic building, they not only fall prey to
the machinations of Doran and his mysterious wife, Olivia (Vanessa
, Ugly Betty), but unwittingly begin to experience the shadowy, supernatural forces
within the building that imprison and endanger the lives of the
residents inside. Sexy, seductive and inviting, The Drake maintains a
dark hold over all of its residents, tempting them through their
ambitions and desires, in this chilling new drama that’s home to an
epic struggle of good versus evil.  666 Park Avenue was based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: David Wilcox, Matthew Miller, Leslie Morgenstein,
Gina Girolamo, Alex Graves
CAST: Rachael Taylor as Jane Van Veen, Dave Annable as Henry Martin,
Robert Buckley as Brian Leonard, Mercedes Masohn as Louise Leonard,
Helena Mattsson as Alexis Blume, Samantha Logan as Nona Clark, with
Vanessa Williams as Olivia Doran and Terry O’Quinn as Gavin Doran


1600 PENN
The Gilchrists are just the average American family dealing with all the
everyday issues – like a grown kid who’s forced to move back home,
children who are smarter than their teachers, and a stepmom (Jenna
Elfman, Dharma and Greg) desperately trying to win over the kids. They’re loving, fun and a
little crazy. In other words, just like everybody else. With one
exception: they live in a very special house. The White House! Whether
it’s entertaining foreign dignitaries, sneaking away for a night out,
dealing with middle school crushes or putting out fires – figuratively
and sometimes literally – there’s never a dull moment in the Gilchrist
White House. For example, the First Son (Josh Gad, star of Broadway
sensation The Book of Mormon) is one of the administration’s biggest liabilities, but also the glue
that holds this family together. The President (Bill Pullman, Independence Day) knows too well that the only thing harder than being Head of State is
being head of the family. Modern Family meets The West Wing in this election-year comedy from Emmy®-winning executive
producer/director Jason Winer (Modern Family).

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jason Winer, Josh Gad, Jon Lovett
CAST: Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman, Josh Gad, Martha MacIsaac (Canadian),
Andre Holland, Amara Miller, Benjamin Stockham

Polly (Sarah Chalke, Mad Love, Scrubs) is a single mom who’s been divorced for almost a year. The transition
wasn’t easy for her, especially in this economy. So, like a lot of
young people living in this new reality, she and her daughter, Natalie
(Rachel Eggleston), have moved back home with her eccentric parents,
Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds) and Max (Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond, ‘Til Death). But Polly and her parents look at life through two different lenses.
Polly’s too uptight. Her parents are too laid back. Polly’s
conservative when it comes to dating (no action, whatsoever), while her
parents are still sexually adventurous. They think Polly turned out
okay, so what’s the big deal? Well, they say it takes a village to
raise a child…and in Polly’s case, this village is on fire. But with
help from her best friend Gregg (Orlando Jones, Rules of Engagement), her lovable yet irresponsible ex-husband Julian (Jon Dore, The Jon Dore Show) and her cool and fun assistant Jenn (Rebecca Delgado Smith), Polly
takes her first steps toward getting a life, starting with a social

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox and Imagine Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Claudia Lonow, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Julie Anne Robinson (pilot)
CAST: Sarah Chalke (Canadian) as Polly, Jon Dore (Canadian) as Julian,
Rachel Eggleston as Natalie, Brad Garrett as Max, Orlando Jones as
Gregg, Elizabeth Perkins as Elaine, Rebecca Delgado Smith as Jenn


It’s 1984, and life isn’t easy for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw. Since
their mother passed away, Carrie’s younger sister Dorritt is more
rebellious than ever, and their father Tom is overwhelmed with the
responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his
own. Carrie’s friends – sweet, geeky Mouse, sarcastic and self-assured
Maggie and sensitive Walt – make life bearable, but a suburban life in
Connecticut isn’t doing much to take her mind off her troubles. And
even though the arrival of a sexy new transfer student named Sebastian
brings some excitement to Carrie’s world, she is struggling to move on
from her grief. So when Tom offers Carrie the chance to intern at a law
firm in Manhattan, she leaps at the chance. Carrie’s eyes are opened
wide at the glamour and grit of New York City – and when she meets
Larissa, the style editor for Interview magazine, she’s inspired by the
club culture and unique individuals that make up Larissa’s world.
Carrie’s friends and family may have a big place in her heart, but
she’s fallen in love for the first time with the most important man in
her life – Manhattan. The Carrie Diaries is based on the novels The Carrie Diaries and Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Fake Empire in association with Warner Bros.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Amy B. Harris, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len
, Candace Bushnell
CAST: AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw, Austin Butler as Sebastian
Kydd, Ellen Wong (Canadian) as Mouse, Katie Findlay (Canadian) as
Maggie Landers, Stefania Owen as Dorrit Bradshaw, Brendan Dooling as
Walt Reynolds, Chloe Bridges as Donna LaDonna, Freema Agyeman as
Larissa Loughton, Matt Letscher as Tom Bradshaw

One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on
television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer, Dr.
Hannibal Lecter
.  In this new drama from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes), based on the characters from Thomas Harris‘ classic novels, we see where
this incredible story began. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy, The Big C) is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer
with the FBI. Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing
ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know
what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he’s
pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the
help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the
country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will
and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a
brilliant partnership and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Gaumont International Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Bryan Fuller, Martha De Laurentis, Sara Colleton,
Jesse Alexander, Katie O’Connell
CAST: Hugh Dancy as Will Graham

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