Upfronts 2022: Citytv adds two new dramas and one new comedy

The network is also bringing Dateline and Jimmy Kimmel Live to Canadian audiences.
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Rogers Sports & Media has announced the new, returning and original programs Canadians will see on Citytv this fall ahead of the company’s full Upfront presentation Tuesday afternoon

On the drama front, Citytv will be airing the Quantum Leap reboot starring Raymond Lee on Mondays at 10 p.m. The series takes place 30 years after the end of the original, featuring a new team picking up the Quantum Leap project where it left off.

The rest of Citytv’s dramas will be familiar to franchise fans, with the Wednesday lineup of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, and the Thursday lineup of Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime. Citytv original Hudson & Rex rounds out the drama lineup, airing Sundays at 8 p.m.

Coming to Citytv at mid-season will be Wong & Winchester, an original drama currently in production in Montreal. The show stars Grace Lynn Kung (Transplant, Fahrenheit 451) and Sofia Banzhaf (Closet Monster, Splinters) in what the network describes as a “light and fun female-driven buddy detective procedural.”

Citytv will have one new comedy with George Lopez’s new series Lopez vs. Lopez, a multi-camera effort also featuring his daughter Mayan Lopez. It will air Fridays at 8 p.m., leading into a returning Young Rock, beginning this fall after the conclusion of the second edition of game show Capital One College Bowl.

On the unscripted front, Bachelor in Paradise will begin a new season this fall, airing back-to-back two hour broadcasts on Monday and Tuesday. Other unscripted favourites American Idol, The Bachelor and Citytv original Bachelor in Paradise Canada will return over the course of mid-season and summer 2023. Original production Canada’s Got Talent will also return in mid-season, after its return brought in an average of 1.4 million viewers, becoming Citytv’s most-viewed original series in over a decade.

Game shows Press Your Luck and Celebrity Family Feud, as well as unscripted shows The Bachelorette, America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance are already debuting new seasons this July.

Rogers is also bringing two long-running U.S. shows to Canadian audiences: Dateline, which will be in its 31st season when the news magazine debuts this fall in the 9 p.m. Friday slot; and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which will be airing in the 11:35 p.m. slot on weeknights. Kimmel previously aired on Citytv from 2012 to 2014, before moving to CTV Comedy and then CMT Canada until 2018. It has not aired on a Canadian network since.

As a result of Kimmel joining the lineup, the CityNews Tonight newscast, which currently airs from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m., will be shortened to 35 minutes.

“The CityNews team will continue to deliver its award-winning local news coverage from 11 p.m. to 11:35 p.m., each weeknight,” said Hayden Mindell, VP of programming and acquisition, news and entertainment, at Rogers Sports & Media, in an emailed statement. “The addition of Jimmy Kimmel Live! presents CityNews Tonight an opportunity to grow its audiences as the lead-in for the popular late night talk show. We’re confident that this schedule change will help our outstanding local journalism to reach even more audiences.”

Finally, Citytv will be adding The Jennifer Hudson Show to its daytime broadcasts when it begins this fall, joining a lineup that already includes The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Rogers also announced one new series coming to FX Canada: The Old Man, starring Jeff Bridges as a former CIA operative on the run from assassins and the FBI.