Citytv has secured the rights to the future queen of daytime and has beefed up its late-night offering, bringing Katie Couric and Jimmy Kimmel to your television five days a week. Couric’s show Katie, which will air at 4 p.m. coast-to-coast. As for late-night, Citytv has bolstered its lineup with Jimmy Kimmel Live!, airing weekdays at midnight. The ever-popular reality series The Bachelor returns with a northern twist: CFL free agent Brad Smith will be looking for love this fall on The Bachelor Canada. Meanwhile, two new comedies – Partners and The Mindy Project – will join proven favourites from last season, including New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, Suburgatory, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, and Last Man Standing. These comedies will be joined mid-season by two Vancouver-based comedies. Rounding out Citytv’s fall program lineup is the news magazine Rock Centre with Brian Williams.
Citytv added two original comedies to its slate, bringing homegrown shows Package Deal and Seed to its mid-season lineup. The two 13-episode series were commissioned by Citytv’s original content team and produced by Vancouver’s Thunderbird Films and Force Four Entertainment. Package Deal follows three overly-close brothers and the woman who comes between them, while Seed follows a bachelor who has made multiple donations to sperm banks – and now must confront his many, many children.
We’re so excited about comedies – we have more than the other two networks combined,” according to Roger Media president Keith Pelley.
But it’s not all fun and games: Citytv is ushering in suspense with Revolution, 666 Park Avenue, Hannibal, and The Carrie Diaries. They’ll join the ever-popular Revenge as well as Person of Interest and Scandal in Citytv’s dramatic lineup. The ever-popular reality series The Bachelor returns with a northern twist: CFL free agent Brad Smith will be looking for love this fall on The Bachelor Canada.
Of all the fall shows introduced last year, more than two-thirds are returning, including How I Met Your Mother.
What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure thriller from Supernatural’s Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever. A grand romantic saga with sweeping scope and intimate focus, this drama is also about family — both the family you’re born into, and the family you choose. This is a swashbuckling journey of hope and rebirth, seen through the eyes of one strong-willed young woman, Charlie Matheson, and her brother, Danny. When Danny is kidnapped by militia leaders for a darker purpose, Charlie must reconnect with her estranged uncle Miles, a former Marine, living a reclusive life. Together, with a rogue band of survivors, they set out to rescue Danny, overthrow the militia and ultimately re-establish the United States of America. All the while, they explore the enduring mystery of why the power failed, and if — or how — it will ever return.
666 Park Avenue
At the ominous address of 666 PARK AVENUE, anything you desire can be yours. Lost’s Terry O’Quinn headlines this seductive, scary drama as the owner of an historic Upper East Side apartment building with a dark history. 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. But every Faustian contract comes with a price. When Jane Van Veen and Henry Martin, 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 wife, Olivia, 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.Starts Sunday, September 30, 2012.
The Carrie Diaries
Spontaneous, cool and pulsing with the explosive energy of the unknown and the exciting urban setting that is 1980s New York, THE CARRIE DIARIES stars the enticing Anna Sophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw, an inquisitive and thoughtful teen coming of age in the suburbs, beckoned by the glamorous and gritty twinkling lights of a distant Manhattan as she maneuvers high school and asks her first questions about sex, love and loss. Featuring a bright young cast and based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, THE CARRIE DIARIES — a one-hour drama from Sex and the City writer/co-producer Amy B. Harris and Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage — is the origin story of how Carrie Bradshaw — known and loved by audiences worldwide — became Carrie Bradshaw. With hints of her burgeoning fashion sense and love for the written word, as evidenced in her obsession with Interview magazine and the high-octane world it offers to Carrie and her friends, this series is the beginning of Carrie’s affair with Manhattan.
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. If Will only knew…
From Emmy® Award winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick comes this comedy of two lifelong friends and business partners. Based on the actual life experiences of Kohan and Mutchnick, who have known each other since they were 14 and worked together professionally since college, the friendship between architects Joe and Louis has lasted longer than either of their own romantic relationships and almost seems like a marriage itself. Wry, smart and leading with his head, Joe’s not always comfortable being loud and confrontational, so he surrounds himself with people who are. Sharing a seamless relationship with his best friend, Louis, they are constants in each other’s lives — like brothers. When Joe proposes to his sophisticated girlfriend, Ali, however, Louis’s misguided attempts to be supportive nearly result in the destruction of his lifelong friendship with Joe. Adding to the comedy are Louis’s grounded partner, Wyatt, a former club-hopping model turned sober vegan nurse, and the architectural firm’s unconventional assistant, Ro-Ro. It’s a comedy about four people who find themselves involved in three relationships!
Ben and Kate
The heartwarming new sibling comedy created by Dana Fox (What Happens In Vegas) and directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher), Ben and Kate stars newcomer Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon (Bad Teacher, Academy Award-winning co-screenwriter of The Descendants). The comedy follows a pair of odd-couple siblings – one, an overly responsible single mom; the other, an exuberant kid-at-heart – and their friends as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into real life.
The Mindy Project
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. After all, how many doctors make inappropriate toasts at their ex-boyfriend’s wedding, nearly drown at the bottom of a stranger’s pool and get arrested for disorderly conduct just moments before having to deliver a baby?
Funny, impatient and politically incorrect, Mindy Lahiri (Kaling) can quote every romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan that exists. She loves the good ones and the bad ones, because the girl always gets the guy. 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.
When Reba Gallagher (Reba) discovers that her husband, Bobby, (Jeffrey Nordling) 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 Mae (Lily Tomlin), 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 neighbor Kim (Sara Rue) and her son, Sage, but also discovers that relocation to Southern California is going to be quite an adjustment for a traditional southern belle: the West Coast seems like the polar opposite of Music City, and Reba feels like an outsider. Still, 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), and embracing this chance to begin again.
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, While You Were Sleeping) knows too well that the only thing harder than being Head of State is being head of the family. Also starring are Martha MacIsaac (Superbad), Andre Holland (Friends with Benefits), Amara Miller (The Descendants) and Benjamin Stockham (Sons of Tucson).
The Goodwin Games
The Goodwin Games, the inventive new family comedy from the executive producers of How I Met Your Mother, Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris, stars Scott Foley (Grey’s Anatomy, Felicity), Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) and Jake Lacy (Better with You) as three estranged siblings who return home after the loss of their beloved father (guest star Beau Bridges, The Descendants), and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit more than $20 million – if, and only if, they can adhere to their late father’s trivial wishes.
How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life
Polly (Sarah Chalke) 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) and Max (Brad Garrett). 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), her lovable yet irresponsible ex-husband Julian (Jon Dore) and her cool and fun assistant Jenn (Rebecca Delgado Smith), Polly takes her first steps toward getting a life, starting with a social one.
Coming in 2013 is Package Deal, a new comedy by scribe Andrew Orenstein, about three dysfunctionally close brothers and the woman who comes between them. When Danny and Kim start dating he seems too good to be true – a successful lawyer, charming, and single. Then she discovers he’s already committed… to his two older brothers, Sheldon and Ryan. Will Danny ever grow up and be his own man? Or will Kim have to accept that his brothers are part of the ‘package deal’?
Harry discovers that his foray into the world of sperm donation has resulted in kids. Lots of kids! This ill-equipped bachelor finds himself entangled in the lives of his newfound children and their less-than-thrilled families; a lesbian couple and their 9 year-old oddball son, a painfully eager husband and wife and their rebellious teenage daughter, and an impulsive single woman with a ticking biological clock … pregnant with his child.
NEW TALK SHOWS
Award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular television personality Katie Couric will host this fall’s most highly anticipated, new weekday talk show. Broadcasting live from New York City, “Katie” will be timely and topical — blending entertainment, information and stories in the news into a compelling mix. Katie will be talking about what’s going on in the world and she will be interviewing celebrities, authors, experts, newsmakers and ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell.
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Emmy-winner Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC Television Network’s late-night talk show. Now in its tenth season, JKL is packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. Every night, Kimmel delivers his up-to-the minute take on the latest news and pop culture topics from the day’s events in his monologue. Kimmel has welcomed such notables as Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Tom Cruise, Woody Harrelson, Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Zach Galifianakis, Charlize Theron, Tim Allen, Simon Cowell, Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Mickey Rourke, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Channing Tatum, John Krasinski, David Beckham, Shaquille O’Neal and many more including Matt Damon… well, almost Matt Damon.
NEW REALITY SHOWS
Commissioned by Citytv’s original content team and produced by Force Four Entertainment, THE BACHELOR CANADA is based on the perennially successful The Bachelor franchise, which is produced in the U.S. by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and is currently in its 16th season on Citytv and OMNI Television. The is a nine-episode, Canadian, romantic reality series.
Rock Centre with Brian Williams
Featuring anchor and managing editor Brian Williams and his all-star cast of correspondents Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Ted Koppel, Meredith Vieira, Natalie Morales, Richard Engel, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Matt Lauer and Ann Curry, “Rock Center with Brian Williams” airs Thursdays 10pm. Broadcast live from the historic Studio 3B in Rockefeller Center, the weekly, hour-long newsmagazine is built around the week’s most provocative events, compelling coverage, and newsmaker interviews. Williams and NBC’s trusted global news division take viewers deeper into the world’s most talked-about stories — and raise the curtain on stories begging to be told. Starts Thursday, September 27, 2012
Hail Mary is an all-new original Canadian documentary 11-episode, 30-minute football series that follows Edmonton Eskimos GM Eric Tillman, assistant GM Paul Jones, and head coach Kavis Reed as they scout, train, and groom a group of football players vying for a spot in the starting lineup of the CFL team. The series reveals the human side of football by portraying the heart-warming – but often heartbreaking – journey players experience on and off the field. With their dreams on the line, the CFL hopefuls fight to avoid the chopping block and secure a position on the team. After trading their star quarterback and losing their all-Canadian running back to the NFL, Tillman, Jones, and Reed set out to rebuild the Eskimos roster, and restore football glory to Edmonton. In the series premiere, “Open Tryouts Cincinnati,” Eskimos assistant GM Jones holds an open tryout in Cincinnati, Ohio – the same town where he found star running back John Goebel last year. Although Goebel is going up to Edmonton for training camp, will anybody else from this year’s tryouts impress Jones enough to get the call? Now, Goebel must juggle the demands and pressures of camp with planning his wedding. Premieres Saturday, September 15, at 10:00pm.
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