Citytv’s new shows

A look at Citytv's new shows - and their odds against the competition.

The Event (NBC)
Mondays 9-10 p.m.
Set to fill the void left by Lost and 24, at least according to Rogers EVP programming Malcolm Dunlop, The Event is a conspiracy thriller starring Jason Ritter (son of the late John Ritter). He plays a man looking for his missing fiancée who unearths a massive U.S. government cover-up. Also starring Blair Underwood (The New Adventures of Old Christine) as the President, Laura Innes (ER) and Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls), it’s backed by the producing power of Evan Katz (24) and Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights). Up against prime-time soap Lonestar on Global, The Event will likely fill the void indeed.

Chase (NBC)
Mondays 10-11 p.m.
Adrenaline junkies are sure to get a kick out of Jerry Bruckheimer’s action drama about a team of U.S. Marshals hunting down fugitives. Starring Kelli Giddish (Past Life), who manages to stay beautiful as she leaps off buildings, the series has everything you’d expect from an hour of Bruckheimer, but could face a tough battle against the much-anticipated Hawaii Five-0 on Global.

Undercovers (NBC)
Wednesdays 8-9 p.m.
Bringing a little sexiness to the fall schedule is J.J. Abrams with this new spy drama. It stars Boris Kodjoe (Surrogates) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Doctor Who) as a seemingly normal couple (besides their extreme attractiveness) who happen to double as spies for the CIA. They take their Mr. and Mrs. Smith act all over the world, or at least to the most visually interesting locales. It may benefit from audiences with Survivor fatigue, and stands a good chance against the less exotically premised newcomer The Defenders.

The Whole Truth (ABC)
Wednesdays 10-11 p.m.
City has another Jerry Bruckheimer drama up its sleeve with this legal offering that shows both sides of a hot case, the defence and the prosecution, equally. It stars Rob Morrow (Numb3rs) as one of the legal eagles. (Joely Richardson was also slated to star, but backed out of the show. At press time, Maura Tierney was said to be in talks to replace her.) The Whole Truth will go head-to-head with another legal series, Law & Order: Los Angeles, and psych drama Lie to Me. It will be a tough battle to win the case for viewers in this timeslot.

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