Upfronts ’20: Rogers Sports & Media reveals 2020/21 slate

Rogers kicked off a busy week for Canada's private broadcasters, unveiling a roster of 21 returning series and four new acquisitions.
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Rogers Sports & Media kicked off a busy week for Canada’s private broadcasters with the unveiling of its 2020/21 Citytv schedule, featuring 21 returning series and four new acquisitions.

Among the new titles joining Citytv’s roster are Young Rock, a half-hour single-camera comedy focusing on the formative years of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Law & Order: SVU spin-off Law & Order: Organized CrimeThe Rogers-owned network also acquired Mr. Mayor, a comedy starring Ted Danson as a wealthy businessman who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons, and animated sitcom The Great North, about a father struggling to keep his family together.

Citytv will continue to be the Canadian broadcast home for The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Chicago franchises. Meanwhile, returning comedies include black-ish, Bless the Harts, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Duncanville, Family Guy and The Simpsons, while the drama slate includes Manifest and A Million Little Things.

Last week, Citytv announced its renewal of Shaftesbury-produced police procedural Hudson & Rex. No other Canadian series have been announced as part of Citytv’s 2020/21 lineup thus far.

Elsewhere, on FX and FX Now, returning series include dramas American Crime Story, American Horror Story, Fargo, Mayans M.C., Pose and Snowfall, and comedies Atlanta, Better Things, Breeders, Dave, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mr Inbetween, and What We Do in the Shadows. New series landing on FX in Canada are The Old Man, A Teacher and Y: The Last Man.

According to Numeris data provided by Rogers, between the middle of March and late May, viewership on Citytv was up 37% in prime time compared with the same time period the year before.

“We’ve all seen that more and more Canadians have turned to their screens over the past several months to find a little distraction during COVID, and our Citytv 2020/21 schedule delivers on our commitment to continue being a source of comfort and entertainment for Canadian TV fans, whether it’s live or on-demand, and across all major platforms,” said Julie Adam SVP of TV and radio.

Monday nights will be led by two hours of Dancing with the Stars, starting at 8 p.m., and followed by the new season of Manifest at 10 p.m., while Tuesdays will see The Bachelorette air for two hours in prime time, starting at 8 p.m.

Wednesdays will once again feature three hours of the Chicago franchise, with Chicago Med at 8 p.m., Chicago Fire (pictured) at 9 p.m. and Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. Thursdays kick off with Mom at 8 p.m., followed by Brooklyn Nine-Nine at 8:30 p.m., A Million Little Things at 9 p.m. and Law & Order: Organized Crime at 10 p.m.

Friday nights will see Citytv air romance movies from 8 p.m. as part of its Fall in Love Fridays programming block. Saturdays will see the return of Hockey Night in Canada, assuming the NHL season resumes by the fall, and Sunday nights will continue to be dedicated to adult animation, with season 32 of The Simpsons at 8 p.m., Bless the Harts starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph at 8:30 p.m., Bob’s Burgers at 9 p.m. and Family Guy at 9:30 p.m.

Corus Entertainment and Bell Media will deliver their 2020 upfront presentations tomorrow.