Citytv Unveils Its Fall 2009 – 2010 Programming Line Up
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Citytv Unveils Its Fall 2009 – 2010 Programming Line Up
COMEDY, DRAMA, REALITY
New Comedy Series Include: Modern Family, Community, Accidentally on Purpose, How I Met Your Mother, Cougar Town, The Jay Leno Show, Better Off Ted, 100 Questions, Dramas Include: Trauma, Parenthood and New Reality Series Include: My RONA Home, Biggest Loser, Supernanny and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Returning Series Pickups Include: 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Chuck, Ugly Betty, Less Than Kind and NFL
(Toronto – June 2, 2009) Citytv is appointment television this Fall with a bold new schedule featuring some of the most anticipated and buzzed about scripted comedy, drama and reality series of the season.
“Citytv’s line up this Fall is unprecedented with over 16 hours of US network simulcasts in prime time”, commented Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice President, Programming, Rogers Media Television. “We’ve taken our star-driven strategy with hits like 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, and we’ve created an impressive prime time schedule with the hottest new shows like Modern Family, The Jay Leno Show, Parenthood, Trauma and Cougar Town. It’s a good mixture of comedy, drama and reality”.
"We are really pleased with the quality of the network's development for the upcoming 2009/2010 season and we are thrilled that Rogers/Citytv appreciated it as well," says Ron Suter, EVP, NBC Universal TV Distribution. "We look forward to launching both 'Trauma' and 'Parenthood' with them this Fall."
NEW PRIMETIME PROGRAMS THIS FALL:
ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE – (s/CBS)
Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg) stars in Accidentally on Purpose as Billie, a woman who finds herself "accidentally" pregnant after a one night stand with a much younger guy, and decides to keep the baby… and the guy. A newspaper film critic, Billie is barely surviving a humiliating break up with her jet-setting, charming boss who's still trying to resume their relationship. Suddenly expecting a child with her "boy toy," Zack (Jon Foster, Judging Amy) the pair make an arrangement: to live together platonically. Billie's party girl best friend Olivia (Ashley Jensen, Ugly Betty), and Abby (Lennon Parham, Confessions of a Shopaholic), her conventional, younger married sister, eagerly look forward to the new addition and offer their own brands of advice and encouragement. But when Zack and his freeloading friends turn her place into a frat house, Billie isn't sure if she's living with a boyfriend, a roommate, or if she just has another child to raise.
THE BIGGEST LOSER – Season 8 (s/NBC)
Not your average make-over show, The Biggest Loser – hosted by Alison Sweeney (Days of Our Lives)focuses on exercising the right way, losing weight naturally and promoting positive and healthy living. After years of failed diets and unsuccessful exercising, sixteen overweight people will begin a journey together under the supervision of trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, in hopes of reaching their goal of weight loss, getting in-shape and being healthy. Through thirteen episodes, this cast of diverse and dynamic individuals will get the chance to compete for a grand prize of $250,000, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and most importantly, their opportunity to be self-confident about their accomplishments and physical appearance.
From Emmy Award-winning directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Arrested Development) comes Community, a smart comedy series about higher education -- and lower expectations. The student body at Greendale Community College is made up of high-school losers, newly divorced housewives, and old people who want to keep their minds active. Within these not-so-hallowed halls, Community focuses on a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin’ lawyer whose degree has been revoked (Joel McHale, The Soup), who form a study group and end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work. In addition to McHale, the series also stars: Gillian Jacobs (The Book of Daniel); Yvette Nicole Brown (Rules of Engagement); Danny Pudi (Greek); Alison Brie (Mad Men); and comedy legend Chevy Chase ("Saturday Night Live"). Community is a Krasnoff Foster Entertainment, Harmonious Claptrap and Russo Brothers production in association with Sony Pictures Television and Universal Media Studios. Russ Krasnoff (The Soloist), Dan Harmon (The Sarah Silverman Program), Joe Russo (Arrested Development), Anthony Russo (Arrested Development) and Gary Foster (The Soloist) serve as executive producers. Joe and Anthony Russo directed the pilot that was written by Dan Harmon.
CONVICTION KITCHEN – A Citytv Original Production
World-renowned executive chef, Marc Thuet, and his wife and business partner, Biana Zorich, put their reputations on the line with a high-stakes challenge that will push them – and their charges – to the limit In Conviction Kitchen, Marc and Biana have just three weeks to train a staff of former bank robbers, thieves and minor offenders, completely outfit a brand new business, and create an Italian menu around fresh and seasonal ingredients… But the real challenge will be making it beyond opening night — Because once the eatery opens, the restaurant’s motley crew have only three months to turn a profit - or their bosses will pull the plug, and they’ll lose their second, and for many - the last chance to turn their lives around.
COUGAR TOWN (s/ABC)
Co-executive produced by Courteney Cox and Bill Lawrence (Scrubs), Cougar Town is a single-camera comedy that dares to tell the truth about dating after divorce. In a small Florida town, the center of high society is the Cougars high school football team…which is wildly appropriate since this town is the natural habitat for over-tanned, under-dressed divorcees prowling for younger men. Jules (Courteney Cox, Friends) doesn’t want to be one of them, but with an ugly divorce behind her and 40 staring right back at her, she’s longing for a little more action in her life. The available men her own age, like her silver fox of a neighbor, Grayson Ellis (Josh, Grayson, Private Practice), only seem interested in dating barely legal hotties. Egged on by her very married and very irreverent best friend Elle (Christa Miller, Scrubs) and her determined assistant Laurie (Busy Phillips, ER), Jules reluctantly dips her toe back into the dating pool. To her surprise, she hits it off with a nice young guy named Bobby (Brian Van Holt, John from Cincinnati) – emphasis on the young – and discovers this gal still has the goods.
EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION – Season 7 (s/ABC)
Put together one very run-down house, a deserving family, several opinionated designers, seven days and what do you get? The answer is Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Each episode of the award winning unscripted program is a self-contained race against time on a project that would ordinarily take at least four months to achieve, involving one lucky and deserving family along with a team of designers, contractors and several hundred workers who have just seven days to totally rebuild an entire house every single room, plus the exterior and landscaping. The design team includes team leader Ty Pennington, with designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders, Tracy Hutson, Eduardo Xol, John Littlefield, Rib Hillis and Didiayer Snyder.
FORD MODELS SUPERMODEL OF THE WORLD CANADA – A Citytv Original Production
Hosted by Dina Pugliese of Breakfast Television Toronto and Laura Lanktree, Editor of Teenflare.com, the nationwide search for the next face in fashion will air this September on Citytv. Ford Models Supermodel of the World Canada is a four part series including the exciting live broadcast finale from Citytv’s new state-of-the-art production facility in the heart of downtown Toronto. The winner will represent Canada in the global final of FORD Models Supermodel of the World competition.
GLENN MARTIN DDS
Glenn Martin, DDS is the first television series produced by Michael Eisner’s Tornante Animation. It is a primetime animated series that follows the adventures of Glenn Martin and his family as they leave suburbia behind and embark on a cross-country adventure in their toothbrush-topped mobile dental RV. Glenn and his family discover that life on the road has more twists and turns than they bargained for. Their endless adventure will take them from Amish country to Sin City, from the back lots of Hollywood studios to the halls of the White house and everywhere in between. Buckle up for this hilarious road trip that the whole family will enjoy.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER – Season 5 (s/CBS)
How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted (Josh Radnor, Judging Amy) and how he fell in love. It all started when Ted’s best friend, Marshall (Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), dropped the bombshell that he was going to propose to his long-time girlfriend, and now wife, Lily (Alyson Hannigan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), a kindergarten teacher. At that moment, Ted realized that he had better get a move on if he too hopes to find true love. Helping him in his quest is Barney (Neil Patrick Harris, Stark Raving Mad), a friend with endless, sometimes outrageous opinions, a penchant for suits and a foolproof way to meet women. When Ted met Robin (Cobie Smulders, The L Word), it was love at first sight, but when things didn’t work out, Ted realized destiny must have something else in store. The series is narrated through flashbacks from the future.
THE JAY LENO SHOW (s/NBC)
The Jay Leno Show will be the first-ever entertainment program to be stripped across primetime on broadcast network television and will showcase many of the features that have made Leno America's late-night leader for more than a dozen years.
MODERN FAMILY (s/FOX)
This engaging new comedy offers a 'mockumentary' view into the complicated, messy, loving life of three unique families. Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill, John from Cincinnati) met the stunning Columbian Gloria (Sofa Vergara, Dirty Sexy Money) when she bartended in a bikini at the pool party he threw for himself the day his wife left him. Now married, Jay tries hard to keep up with his much younger and hotter wife and her passionate teenage son, Manny (Rico Rodriguez, Navy NCIS: Naval Crime Investigative Service). Claire Delgado (Julie Bowen, Boston Legal) is having a hard time raising her own family. Her husband Phil (Ty Burrell, Back to You) is great, except for the fact that he thinks he's "down" with their teenage kids, much to their embarrassment. Mitchell Dunphy (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Do Not Disturb) and his enthusiastic partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) have just adopted Lily, a precious little baby girl from Vietnam.
MY RONA HOME – A Citytv Original Production
Hosted by Elissa Lansdell, My RONA Home, follows two families as they compete to design, construct and decorate brand new homes over the course of just ten weeks. With the help of a team of experts and friends, each family must complete one room per episode and the public votes on who did the best job each week. After the intensity and stress of fierce competition and the back breaking labour of building the homes, the family that receives the most votes per episode wins their home, with everything inside.
From the executive producers of the box-office hit Parenthood -- Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Oscar winners for A Beautiful Mind), and writer/executive producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) -- this contemporary re-imagining of the blockbuster film depicts the colorful and imperfect Braverman family -- four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and joy of being parents. The star-studded cast includes Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Sarah Ramos. When Sarah Braverman (Tierney, ER), a financially strapped single mother, returns home to her parents and siblings in Berkeley, Calif. after packing up her Fresno apartment and uprooting her two inconvenienced kids, Amber (Mae Whitman, In Treatment) and Drew (Miles Heizer, ER), she is greeted by her opinionated father, Zeek (Nelson, Family Stone, Coach), and strong mother, Camille (Bedelia, Heart Like a Wheel), who are privately dealing with their own marital issues. As Sarah is reunited with her siblings -- sister, Julia (Christensen, Traffic), and brothers Crosby (Shepard, Baby Mama) and Adam (Krause, Six Feet Under) -- all struggling with issues of their own, it’s clear that the Braverman reunion is just what they need to face the everyday challenges of modern family life. Parenthood is a production from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. Emmy winner Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) directs the pilot.
SUPERNANNY - Season 6 (s/ABC)
Supernanny Jo Frost can tame the wildest toddler, soothe the savage six-year-old and get the most difficult child to overcome problems with behavior, sleep, mealtime, potty training and other challenges that have vexed parents around the world for centuries. Jo’s practical, no-nonsense backed by over 20 years of nannying experience has kept audiences of frustrated parents on the edge of their seats since 2005 as an international phenomenon.
Executive producer Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) delivers Trauma, the first high-octane medical drama series to live exclusively in the field where the real action is. Like an adrenaline shot to the heart, Trauma is an intense, action-packed look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco General is first on the scene, traveling by land, by sea or by air to reach their victims in time. From the heights of the city’s Transamerica Pyramid to the depths of the San Francisco Bay, these heroes must face the most extreme conditions to save lives -- and give meaning to their own existence in the process. Starring in Trauma are Derek Luke (Notorious), Cliff Curtis (10,000 B.C), Anastasia Griffith (Damages), Aimee Garcia (George Lopez), Kevin Rankin (Friday Night Lights) and Jamey Sheridan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent). "Trauma" is a production of Universal Media Studios and Film 44. Berg, Sarah Aubrey (Bad Santa, Friday Night Lights), Dario Scardapane and Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) serve as executive producers. The pilot was written by Scardapane and directed by Reiner.
RETURNING PRIMETIME PROGRAMS THIS FALL:
30 ROCK – Season 4 (s/NBC)
Multiple award-winning comedy series 30 Rock is told through the comedic voice of Emmy and Golden Globe winner Tina Fey (SNL) as variety show producer Liz Lemon and features Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin (The Departed) as top network executive Jack Donaghy and Tracy Morgan (The Tracy Morgan Show) as Tracy Jordan, the unpredictable star of Lemon’s hit variety show, "TGS with Tracy Jordan." Lemon constantly has her hands full, juggling corporate interference from Donaghy and off-the-handle star antics from Jordan, all while attempting to salvage her own personal life.
LESS THAN KIND – Season 2 – A Citytv Original Production
Picking up where season one left off - Sam Blecher (Maury Chaykin, Blindness) is knocking on Death's door. Anne's (Wendel Meldrum, Queen of the Lot) anxiety is ratcheted up as she tries to be matriarch, nurse, entrepreneur and housewife. Josh (Benjamin Arthur, That One Night) is torn between his duties to his family, himself, his girlfriend – but mostly himself. Clara (Nancy Sorel, Cashing In) is the only somewhat sober, somewhat sane family member holding it together. Sheldon (Jesse Camacho, 12 and Holding) deals with further changes at school as his best friend Miriam (Brooke Palsson) is becoming more than just a friend. Sheldon and Miriam inherit a feral new partner to navigate the baffling maze of adolescence: Danny Lubbe (Tyler Johnston, Smallville).
The NFL returns on Sundays at 4pm with another action-packed season of gridiron football. Thirty-two teams challenge each other week after week through grueling schedules for their shot at glory. Don’t miss a second of incredible passing, amazing catches, unbelievable kicks and pesky interceptions that lead to the thrilling victories and heartbreaking losses.
PARKS AND RECREATION – Season 2 (s/NBC)
Parks and Recreation is a hilarious mockumentary series set in the ever exciting world of local Government - from the Emmy Award-winning producers of The Office. The cameras follow Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live), a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana as she attempts to beautify her town and advance her career. Leslie’s job is to help local nurse Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones, The Office) take on defensive bureaucrats, selfish neighbors, real estate developers, and single-issue fanatics - whose weapons are lawsuits, the jumble of city codes, and the very democratic process that Leslie loves so much. Leslie is alternately helped and undermined by her colleague, Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari, Scrubs), and thwarted by her boss. Leslie hopes to inspire her uninterested college intern April (Aubrey Plaza, Mayne Street) all the while moving one step closer to her ultimate goal: becoming the first female president of the United States.
UGLY BETTY - Season 4 (s/ABC)
Start spreading the news! The fashion world's beloved and terminally style-challenged not "it" girl, Betty Suarez (America Ferrera, The Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants 2), is back! The award winning series returns for a fabulous fourth season this fall. This season expect more fashionista rivalries and romance, confidences and betrayals, grudges and alliances broken, while secrets are unraveled through the eyes and ears of Mode's best buds -- receptionist Amanda (Becki Newton, Law & Order: SVU), and Willie's loyal assistant, Marc St. James (Michael Urie, WTC View). The "besties" are always keeping tabs on everyone's moves, often finding themselves in the middle of the drama and always fabulously dressed, of course. With a little help from her co-worker and friend, Christina (Ashley Jensen, Extras), Betty must prove to her family and the catty ego-centric fashionistas who await her every misstep that she's all grown up and not the naïve young girl from Queens anymore.
NEW MID SEASON PROGRAMMING LINE UP:
100 QUESTIONS (s/NBC)
Emmy winner James Burrows (Will & Grace, Friends) directs 100 Questions, a new comedy series written and executive-produced by Christopher Moynihan (For Your Consideration) that provides hilarious answers to 100 questions about love. Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman, Peep Show) is looking for love and has rejected multiple marriage proposals -- but she has yet to meet Mr. Right. When she joins a popular online dating site, she gets a little help from her dating counselor Ravi (Amir Talai, The Ex List) – who requires her to take a 100-question compatibility test. The questions aren’t easy for Charlotte to answer, and each one requires her to recount a poignant and humorous time in her life with friends Leslie (Elizabeth Ho, Women’s Murder Club), Jill (Joy Suprano, Law & Order), Mike (Christopher Moynihan, For Your Consideration) and Wayne (David Walton Quarterlife). The test becomes a journey of self-discovery for Charlotte who begins to realize what she truly wants in a relationship. Ron West (Psych), Kelly Kulchak (Psych) and Michelle Nader (King of Queens) join Moynihan as executive producers. The series is produced by Universal Media Studios and Tagline.
BETTER OFF TED – Season 2 (s/ABC)
Better Off Ted is a satirical office comedy about a successful good guy, Ted (Jay Harrington, Private Practice) who runs research and development at the morally questionable Veridian Dynamics. A single dad to his seven-year-old daughter, Ted loves his job, but he’s starting to take a closer look at the company’s extremely dubious practices. Ted’s also fighting an attraction to co-worker Linda (Andrea Anders, The Class) but he holds back about his true feelings. He’s already had his self-imposed “one office affair” with überboss Veronica (Portia De Rossi, Arrested Development). Veronica lets nothing get in her way when it comes to serving Veridian’s needs... even if it means doing something like cryogenically freezing an employee for testing purposes. And after all, the employee, research scientist Phil, survived…after he thawed out.
Mercy, a new medical drama with a unique point of view, portrays the lives of the staff at Mercy Hospital as seen through the eyes of those who know it best -- its nurses. Nurse Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling, Dark Matter) returns to Mercy from a military tour in Iraq -- and she knows more about medicine than all of the residents combined. Together with fellow nurses Sonia Jimenez (Jamie Lee Kirchner, Rescue Me) and Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl), Callahan navigates through the daily traumas and social landmines of life and love both inside the hospital and out in the real world. The cast also includes: James Tupper (Men in Trees) as Dr. Chris Sands, a new doctor at the hospital who complicates Veronica's life; Diego Klattenhoff (Supernatural) as Mike Callahan, Veronica’s husband; and Guillermo Diaz (Weeds) as Nurse Angel Lopez. "Mercy" is a production from Universal Media Studios and Berman Braun. Joining writer/executive producers Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights) and Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts (Pushing Daisies, Pepper Dennis) are executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. Emmy Award winner Adam Bernstein (30 Rock, Rescue Me) is the director.
RETURNING MID SEASON PROGRAMMING:
THE BACHELOR – Season 14
One lucky man gets the opportunity to find the woman of his dreams--and hopefully his bride-to-be--in this one-hour prime time reality series. Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor embarks on a romantic journey meeting 25 women, then selecting 15 as potential mates. After getting to know each one, he continues to narrow the field, from 10 to 5, then 6, and ultimately, the 1 woman to whom he propose marriage in the series' dramatic finale. At the end of the journey, he will have had an unforgettable experience and, quite possibly, found true love. But the big mystery is: If he pops the question, will she accept?
CHUCK – Season 3 (s/NBC)
Created by Josh Schwartz (The O.C.) and Chris Fedak, this high-concept action comedy follows a regular 26-year-old everyman whose life is thrown into disarray after his friend, a CIA agent, sends him an e-mail that results in the world's secrets becoming embedded in his mind. Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi, Less Than Perfect) is just an ordinary guy who spends his days solving problems at an electronics store with a band of nerdy cohorts and longing to find a woman who can appreciate him. He never asked to become the government's most powerful weapon -- but suddenly the fate of the country lies in his unlikely hands!
MURDOCH MYSTERIES – Season 3 - A Citytv Original Production
Set in 1895 Toronto, Murdoch Mysteries explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson, Sue Thomas F.B. Eye), a handsome young detective using radical forensic techniques, like fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders. Though his unconventional approach elicits ridicule from fellow officers and scepticism from his boss, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Coronation Street), Murdoch is often the only one who can crack the case. Murdoch’s small circle of confidantes includes pathologist Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy, Durham County), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination with forensic science, and Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching and Dispatching), Murdoch’s eager but inexperienced right-hand man. Both are valuable allies who help Murdoch solve his varied cases and traverse the many stratums of Victorian society.
SCRUBS – Season 9 (s/ABC)
Scrubs focuses on the strange experiences of Dr. John Dorian, or "J.D." (Zach Braff, Garden State), a medical attending, as he continues on his healing career in a surreal hospital crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients -- where humor and tragedy can collide at any time. Joining the rumpled J.D. at Sacred Heart Hospital are fellow attendings Chris Turk (Donald Faison, Saturday Night Live) -- J.D.'s college buddy who is part of the elite surgical group -- and the beautiful but socially awkward Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke, How I Met Your Mother). Former chief of medicine Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins, The X Files) has taken up residence at the hospital coffee shop, where he can keep a watchful eye on the attendings and Turk's wife and no-nonsense head nurse, Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes, Law & Order). Meanwhile, the caring Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley, Spiderman) struggles with an identity crisis as he reevaluates his career, and the hospital janitor -- J.D.'s nemesis -- never seems to miss an opportunity to harass his target.
Citytv, with stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, broadcasts intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television in its own unique, interactive style. With its strong local voice, Citytv offers a distinct alternative to other conventional television offerings. Its instantly recognizable 'look' and 'sound' are the product of refreshingly different on-air personalities, unique program formats and high television style. Citytv is a division of Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company.
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