Upfronts 2014 | Rogers Upfront CanCon News

I’ll give a more detailed account of the Rogers upfront presentation later in the week. For now, here are the pertinent moves leading up to, and on the date of, the Rogers 2014 upfront.

NHL on Rogers
Jim Hughson, Dave Randorf, Paul Romanuk and Bob Cole are NHL on Rogers’ play-by-play announcing team for 2014-15, with Hughson as lead play-by-play announcer. (June 3, 2014)

City
City’s 2014-15 programming strategy is to strip Modern Family Monday to Friday at 7:00 and 7:30 PM ET/PT, 2 Broke Girls Monday to Friday at 10:00 PM ET/PT, and Two and a Half Men Monday to Friday at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Effectively, weekday primetime for City is from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Saturday and Sunday are NHL nights, with City’s Hockey Night in Canada game airing on Saturday, and Hometown Hockey airing on Sunday. The lone drama returning with new episodes in the 10:00 PM ET/PT hour is ABC’s Revenge, which will air after Hometown Hockey. (June 3, 2014)
Mr. D will debut on City on a second-window basis, as part of a co-production agreement between Rogers Media and CBC. The fourth season will debut on CBC first, then air on City. (June 3, 2014)
Package Deal and The Bachelor Canada are the two returning Canadian shows on City’s fall 2014 schedule. Meet the Family’s second season, according to TV Guide Canada, “will be scattered throughout the schedule when needed”, essentially making it filler. Seed’s third-season hopes are contingent on its performance on American program service The CW. (June 3, 2014)

OLN
Illusions of Grandeur and Close Up Kings (both working titles – suffice it to say, the shows are about magic) will debut on OLN in 2015. (May 30, 2014)
Storage Wars Canada has been renewed for thirty-six new episodes. (June 3, 2014; announced at upfront presentation)

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