As announced at yesterday’s CBC LIVE AT MASSEY HALL Unveiling, THE CASE AGAINST COSBY will be airing on CBC in January 2023!
Of the sixty-three women who have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, only one was able to gain a conviction. This is her story.
With intimate access to Andrea Constand and her family, Cosby’s prosecutors, journalists in the courtroom, and experts on predation, pedophilia, and trauma, we are taken on a journey that will leave us shocked, informed, and deeply changed.
Woven throughout the stunning legal story are the first-person accounts of five Cosby survivors as they confront the impact of sexual trauma with world-renowned physician and best-selling author Gabor Maté. We will bear witness to the power of healing as these women find strength in one other.
A heroine’s journey, The Case Against Cosby is a feature length documentary that reveals how one woman’s unstoppable courage and search for justice helped raise the voice of an entire generation of women seeking lasting change.
The Documentary will air on CBC and CBC Gem on Sunday, January 8th, 2023.
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CBC presented what is an exciting 2023 programming line-up at their LIVE AT MASSEY HALL unveiling today. On-hand were some of their biggest stars and personalities from their diverse and inclusive upcoming slate. It was such a pleasure getting to chat with the stars of their hits series RUN THIS TOWN, SON OF A CRITCH and upcoming Docu-Series STAY TOONED. Additional announcements made today here.
Based on the Memoir of the same name but multi-Canadian Screen Award winner Mark Critch, the Series in its second season once again takes us back on a comedic and heartfelt journey to the ’80s in Newfoundland. We witness young Mark (played by Disney’s PINOCCHIO star Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) go through some firsts like his first heartbreak, while his father Mike (Critch) fights to get a raise at work, and mother Mary (Claire Rankin) tries to keep the men of the house in order.
In this his first ever visit to Toronto, Ainsworth tells us he has plans to attend a Toronto Maple Leafs game and also got to visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in his brief stay here. On his character Mark‘s story arc this season, he tells us “He goes back to school, expecting it all to be great and how he left off. And he realizes quickly that it’s not. And he has to deal with that the first couple episodes. In this season, the writing’s great. Each character gets to grow their branch on the Critch Tree and expand their stories. I’m very excited for everyone to watch it.”.
Critch tells us, “Mike is the type of person who lets life happen to him. He is a stone and the world passes by him. The river of life goes around him. He’s pushed a bit when his son young Mike (Colton Gobbo) starts to work at the station, becomes a colleague and he’s got very mixed emotions about that because he really wanted him to be the first Critch to go off the university. His thing is not really seeing his own value, his own worth and taking himself for something he’s less than.”. Critch adds, “He does see his value a later in the season when he gets offered another job. That sort of thing when your child is becoming a young man and the worry of that. And he also takes Mary’s love for granted a bit and it’s good for him to realize that the fire does need to be fanned a little bit. There’s some lovely moments together this season.”.
Season 2 of Son of a Critch premieres Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC TV and the free CBC Gem streaming service.
Our favourite Vietnamese-South Asian-Canadian TV family are back for a second season! RUN THE BURBS is set to take us a layer deeper in The Phams’ family dynamics as we see them deal with some very real issues ahead, but with that signature humour and lightness so many fans came to love of the first season. Stars Andrew Phung (Andrew) and Rakhee Morzaria (Camille) sat down to chat with us about what to expect this upcoming season.
Morzaria says, “There’s a lot of exploration of trying and failure, friendships and cultural identity that comes through a lot. A lot of inter-generational family dynamics and it’s really beautiful seeing Camille and her relationship to her family begin to grow with her father and some other surprises that we’ll see. But also her relationship to her entrepreneurship and how so many people during the Pandemic were doing their side-hustle job and that became their ‘job-job’. Camille is experiencing that and I think it’s really fun to play and watch, and I think a lot of people will connect with it.”.
Phung tells us, “For us, the second season was about giving every Pham member an arc of them taking on the world. So for Andrew, it was going back into the workforce and trying to get a job. Andrew was following his own passion in a space he coulnd’t get into. But no matter what, this family’s got eachother’s back and I wanted to showcase that. Life isn’t easy but for The Phams, they’ve got eachother. As long as they’ve got eachother, that’s all that matters.”.
Season 2 of Run the Burbs premieres Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC TV and the free CBC Gem streaming service.
Having voiced so many characters in the Looney Tunes franchise and beyond, Scarborough’s own Eric Bauza continues to make a splash on the world stage. He brings it back home in new limited Docu-Series STAY TOONED, exploring some of the most iconic Animated Series and Films they have defined a generation. But what’s unique about this Seris is that with subject matter experts and notables like Ben Schwartz, Ken Jeong, Tara Strong, Bobby Moynihan and more, he explores these classics through a fresh lens of today, looking at their cultural impact and how the narrative has changed since.
But which is his favourite of all to voice we wonder? He tells us, it’s Marvin the Martian.
Bauza explains what he hopes his viewers will take away from this Series. “We definitely had an entire list of things we could’ve talked about, but the six episodes we have are the hot ones. Let’s get them out and then we can continue and do a continuation of them. 22 mintues isn’t a long time, but it’s a great time to punch you with subject, have you think about it and move onto the next one. I really do hope it drives conversation and hope that it gives people hope when they thought maybe there was none.”.
All six episodes of Stay Tooned premiere Friday, December 2, 2022 on CBC Gem.
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CBC unveiled their upcoming programming slate for 2023 at todays LIVE AT MASSEY HALL Presentation. Musical acts, stars, CBC personalities from their upcoming slate were on-hand to ring-in the Festivities!
CBC viewers in 2023 can expect an exciting lineup comprised of live broadcasts like the JUNOs, plus fiction and non-fiction programming, plus an exciting new streaming option including:
After doing a bang-up job in Toronto hosting the 2022 JUNO Awards, Shang-Chi star Simu Liu will be returning as host at next year’s Awards in Edmonton.
“I am truly ecstatic to be back again this year hosting The 2023 JUNO Awards,” said Simu Liu. “There are no words to describe the incredible energy that took over Toronto last spring and I can’t wait to help bring that to Edmonton. If you thought my rendition of ‘Complicated’ was good, just wait until you hear my Nickelback cover.”
The 2023 JUNO Awards land in Edmonton for the 52nd annual celebration of Canadian music on Monday, March 13, 2023. Produced by Insight Productions, the show will broadcast and stream live across Canada at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, CBC Listen, and globally at CBCMusic.ca/junos and CBC Music’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages.
CBC NEWS EXPLORE
This is a free 24/7 ad-supported streaming (FAST) channel offering audiences a new way to discover CBC News. The new channel features video journalism that takes a step away from breaking news to explain and explore beyond the headlines, alongside a curated selection of local, national and current affairs features. Original programs include ABOUT THAT hosted by Andrew Chang, a daily half-hour show that takes a closer look at the biggest stories of the day.
Platforms include CBC Gem, the CBC News App, CBCNews.ca and The Roku Channel (channel 105 in Canada),
PUSH (8×30 Fenix Film & Television and Small Army Entertainment)
Starring Benveet “Bean” Gill, PUSH is a new original unscripted series that takes audiences into the inner world of the “Wheelie Peeps,” an unlikely group of friends and wheelchair users, bonded by their shared experience of navigating life on wheels. They are self-proclaimed rednecks, former exotic dancers, mothers, concert pianists and more. Whether it’s growing a family, fighting social stigma, or jumping back into the dating pool, this determined group of friends is working together to prove that even though their mobility may be limited, their lives and dreams are most certainly not.
“This show is what I needed when I was first paralyzed,” said Gill. “To see that having a disability doesn’t define you. We’re regular people, striving like everyone else to live our kickass lives to the fullest. But Push is not simply a show about lives. It’s about really seeing and hearing us as people, just as we are.”
PUSH premieres Friday, February 24 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem. Shot in summer and fall 2022 in Edmonton, Alberta, PUSH is executive produced by Sean De Vries and produced by Kaitlan Stewart, with consulting producer Gill.
Q WITH TOM POWER will continue to dive deeper into fascinating and real conversations with the most important entertainers of our time, and new and emerging artists who are shaking up their art form. Q recently took home the 2021 gold medal for Best Interview at the New York Festivals Radio Awards for a chat with iconic Canadian Michael J. Fox, and was granted the only Canadian sit-down interview with singer Adele for her new album. Tom Power’s impactful discussions with top talent have included Bruce Sprinsteen, Bono, Guillermo Del Toro, Harry Styles, Avril Lavigne, Denzel Washington, Neil Patrick Harris, John C Reilly, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Judd Apatow, Lisa Loeb, Simu Liu, Shawn Mendes, Zach Galifianakis and more.
COMMOTION WITH ELAMIN ABDELMAHMOUD will tap into the national arts and culture conversation of the moment, presenting and elevating multiple perspectives from guest columnists, experts, superfans, reviewers and more. Hosted by Elamin Abdelmahmoud, the new show will respond to pop culture trends and provide insightful discussion around the impact of art in its various forms.
Beginning January 30, Q WITH TOM POWER will air weekdays at 10 a.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen, and will also be available as a CBC Podcast each morning on CBC Listen and everywhere podcasts are available, followed by COMMOTION WITH ELAMIN ABDELMAHMOUD at 11 a.m. (11:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen.
The #1 Canadian podcaster, CBC Podcasts’ winter lineup can be found on CBC Listen and everywhere podcasts are available. In addition to the return of PLAY ME (Friday, January 6) and SECRET LIFE OF CANADA (Tuesday, March 28), new original series debuting in the coming months include:
LOVE, JANESSA (7 episodes)
Launching Monday, January 23
The face that launched a thousand scams.
Who is Janessa? Host Hannah Ajala embarks on a wild search for an adult entertainment star whose images are being used in global catfishing schemes. The investigation takes listeners from the UK to Italy, West Africa and the U.S., uncovering a criminal network of scammers using Janessa’s image to lure victims into financial and emotional duress. This eight-part true crime series is an original podcast from the BBC World Service and CBC Podcasts, produced by Antica and Telltale Productions.
THE AFRICAS VS. AMERICA (7 episodes)
Launching Monday, February 6
How Philadelphia became the first city in U.S. history to drop a bomb on an American family.
In 1985, at the height of the Black Power era, police dropped a bomb in a Philadelphia neighborhood. Their target? A family of Black radicals known as ‘MOVE,’ who found themselves ensnared in a city’s — and nation’s — domestic war on Black Liberation. Over seven episodes, host Matthew Amha investigates the events that culminated in the MOVE bombing, and the long afterlife of a forgotten American tragedy.
THE HEART: SISTERS (10 episodes)
Launching Tuesday, February 14
Natalie and Kaitlin are *those* kind of sisters: they dress up in matching outfits. They sing duets. They hold hands walking down the street. Their relationship is put to the test when they decide to work together. Sibling rivalry, a mental health diagnosis, and the ugliness that only comes out around family: Can they overcome the patterns they learned in childhood and live in harmony as adults?
THE HEART, a longstanding darling of the podcast industry, was founded in 2014. The show is a multi-award winning audio art project about love and power. Created by Kaitlin Prest – in community with her friends and collaborators – this all-new season is a production of CBC Podcasts, Radiotopia and Mermaid Palace.
LET’S MAKE A ROM-COM (8 episodes)
Launching Tuesday, February 14
Can three comedians write a winning Rom-Com screenplay?
The team that brought you Let’s Make a Sci-Fi is back! Ryan Beil, Maddy Kelly, and Mark Chavez are busy in their writers’ room—but this time they’re doing things Maddy’s way. All Maddy has ever wanted is to write a rom-com, and with Mark and Ryan in tow, the three comedians will explore what makes a romantic comedy a romantic comedy, the cultural impact of rom-coms, and whether three people with very different lived experiences can write a fresh, contemporary, and funny love story.
THE NO-GOOD, TERRIBLY KIND, WONDERFUL LIVES AND TRAGIC DEATHS OF BARRY AND HONEY SHERMAN (8 episodes)
Launching Monday, February 20
2017: Billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman are found dead in their Toronto home – their necks fastened with belts. As CEO of a major pharma company, Barry Sherman was one of Canada’s richest people, and the pair’s extraordinary demise is a mystery to this day.
THE NO-GOOD, TERRIBLY KIND, WONDERFUL LIVES AND TRAGIC DEATHS OF BARRY AND HONEY SHERMAN is an eight-part investigation into the Shermans’ incredible rise and mysterious end. The podcast shines a light on what extreme wealth does to people and their families. It’s a peek into the lives of Toronto’s rich and powerful, reported and narrated by veteran podcaster Kathleen Goldhar. Each episode unveils a theory about their deaths, pulling the audience into a dark puzzle of murder and intrigue. Along the way, listeners will get inside the mind of an enigmatic man — Barry Sherman, voiced by actor Saul Rubinek (Hunters).
New original live-action preschool series MITTENS AND PANTS, featuring best friends Mittens the kitten and Pants the puppy as they embark on adventures in the all-animal town of Kibble Corners, launches Monday, February 6 on CBC Gem and Monday, February 13 on CBC TV. Episodes of new preschool animated series GISELE’S MASHUP ADVENTURES launch Wednesday, February 1 on CBC Gem and Monday, February 6 on CBC TV, inspired by the creative ideas of children ages six to nine from across Canada which are turned into hilarious adventures for animated versions of each child and host Gisele.
CBC SPORTS will continue to keep Canadians connected to the world of high-performance sport through its weekend broadcasts CBC SPORTS PRESENTS, hosted by Scott Russell and Andi Petrillo and available on CBC TV and CBC Gem, as well as live streams of key competitions on cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app. Upcoming events include: FIS World Alpine Ski Championships (February 8 – 19), FIS Freestyle Skiing World Championships (February 19 – March 4) and FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (February 23 – 26).
CBC’s winter broadcast and streaming schedule launches Monday, January 2 on CBC TV and the free CBC Gem streaming service.
*All following times local with the exception of Newfoundland, please add half an hour to all times.
CBC have announced an slate of outstanding Canadian Feature Films which will premiere on the Network from now through the end of the year!
See some of the titles set to premiere:
Saturday, July 2 at 9 p.m. (10 AT, 10:30 NT, 11 PT) – FALLS AROUND HER (2018, drama, directed by Darlene Naponse) *Canadian Network Premiere*
FALLS AROUND HER follows Mary Birchbark (Tantoo Cardinal), a legendary singer who returns to the vast wilderness of her reserve to reconnect with the land and her community. Mary begins to sense that someone might be watching her. Unsure of what is real and what is imagined, Mary embraces isolation as she explores the psychological impact of her past and present.
Saturday, July 23 at 9 p.m. (10 AT, 10:30 NT, 3 a.m. PT (July 24)) – AKILLA’S ESCAPE (2020, drama, directed by Charles Officer) *Exclusive Canadian Broadcast Premiere*
When a routine deal goes bad, a drug trader tries to set things right while unexpected circumstances force him to confront his traumatic origins. During what is supposed to be a simple, routine handoff, 40-year-old drug trader Akilla Brown (Saul Williams) is suddenly caught in the middle of a violent robbery. Narrowly making it out alive, he captures one of the thieves, a teenaged Jamaican boy named Sheppard. Under the pressure of the criminals who hired him, Akilla must set things right and retrieve the stolen goods over the course of one arduous night. When Akilla discovers that Sheppard’s gang has ties to the Garrison Army, the same crime organization he fell into as a child, he has to confront his own traumatic origins and becomes compelled to help the boy survive — and possibly even make the escape that he never could.
Saturday, July 30 at 9 p.m. (10 AT, 10:30 NT, 11 PT) – THE SONG OF NAMES (2019, drama, directed by François Girard) *Canadian Network Premiere*
Martin Simmonds (Tim Roth) has been haunted throughout his life by the mysterious disappearance of his “brother” and extraordinary best friend, a Polish Jewish virtuoso violinist, Dovidl Rapaport, who vanished shortly before the 1951 London debut concert that would have launched his brilliant career. Thirty-five years later, Martin discovers that Dovidl (Clive Owen) may still be alive, and sets out on an obsessive intercontinental search to find him and learn why he left.
Saturday, August 6 at 9 p.m. (10 AT, 10:30 NT, 11 PT) – GIANT LITTLE ONES (2018, drama, directed by Keith Behrman) *Canadian Network TV Premiere* *Available now on CBC Gem*
Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) have been best friends since childhood. They are high school royalty: handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls. They live a perfect teenage life – until the night of Franky’s epic 17th birthday party, when Franky and Ballas are involved in an unexpected incident that changes their lives forever.
Saturday, August 13 at 9 p.m. (10 AT, 10:30 NT, 11 PT) – MONKEY BEACH (2020, drama, directed by Loretta Todd)
Lisa Hill (Grace Dove) has supernatural powers that foretell death and allow her to see mythical creatures and talk to dead people. But of course, she’d rather be “normal” so tries to party the visions away. At Monkey Beach, Lisa goes on a journey to the Land of the Dead where she realizes her powers are actually a gift. This is a story of both joy and tragedy, grief and survival, and a family on the edge of heartbreak. It is a rich celebration of life in the Native settlement of Kitamaat, on the coast of British Columbia.
Saturday, September 3 at 9 p.m. (10 AT, 10:30 NT, 11 PT) – SLEEPING GIANT (2015, drama, directed by Andrew Cividino) *Canadian Network TV Premiere* *Available now on CBC Gem*
Teenager Adam Hudson (Jackson Martin) is spending his summer vacation with his parents on rugged Lake Superior. His dull routine is shattered when he befriends Riley and Nate, smart aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with debauchery and reckless cliff jumping. The revelation of a hurtful secret triggers Adam to set in motion a series of irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and change the boys forever.
The full schedule of Canadian feature films available on CBC TV and CBC Gem in the coming months is as follows:
*Schedule is subject to change
CBC have announced their upcoming 2022-2023 programming slate with 40 new Series and Specials from Canadian Storytellers!
Included in the Lineup are:
New Original Comedy Series
• COMEDY NIGHT WITH RICK MERCER (Premieres Fall 2022; 8×60; Just For Laughs TV and Counterfeit Pictures) is a Canadian comedy event to remember, composed of eight unforgettable one-hour specials presented by legendary comedy icon and TV personality, Rick Mercer. Featuring an incredible lineup of the country’s new and notable comedians, including stand-up performances from Mercer himself, the series will also feature never-before-seen conversations between Mercer and some of today’s most impressive Canadian comedy talent, including Sophie Buddle, D.J. Demers, Dakota Ray Hebert and Dave Merheje, among others.
• FAKES (Premieres Fall 2022 on CBC Gem; 10×30; Reality Distortion Field), created by David Turko and a co-production with Netflix, follows two best friends who accidentally build one of the largest fake ID empires in North America. Before they even graduate high school, Zoe and Rebecca move into a sick penthouse, earn more cash than they know what to do with, and then get raided by the feds. This is the story of their ultimate betrayal, told from each of their unreliable POVs as they compete for the last word. Starring Emilija Baranac (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), Jennifer Tong (Grand Army), and Richard Harmon (The 100).
Returning Original Comedies & Festivals
• SORT OF (Season 2 premieres Fall 2022; 8×30; Sphere Media’s Sienna Films)
• STRAYS (Season 2 premieres Fall 2022; 10×30; Thunderbird Entertainment)
• THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (Season 30 premieres Fall 2022; 24×30; IoM Media) celebrating its 30th anniversary season.
• THE NEW WAVE OF STANDUP (Season 2 premieres Winter 2023; 4×30; Just For Laughs TV)
• RUN THE BURBS (Season 2 premieres Winter 2023; 13×30; Pier 21 Films)
• SON OF A CRITCH (Season 2 premieres Winter 2023; 13×30; Project 10 Productions)
• WORKIN’ MOMS (Season 7 premieres Winter 2023; 13×30; Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment)
ORIGINAL DRAMA SLATE
This summer brings the adventure of new medical drama SKYMED, while the fall sees the return of audience favourites HEARTLAND and MURDOCH MYSTERIES, and east coast tales MOONSHINE and DIGGSTOWN, as well as a treacherous journey to the Arctic in THE NORTH WATER. New family drama ESSEX COUNTY joins the winter lineup alongside a new English-language adaptation of Radio-Canada series PLAN B; and critically acclaimed female-driven procedural PRETTY HARD CASES returns for a third season.
New Original Drama Series
• SKYMED (Premieres in Canada beginning Sunday, July 10 at 9 p.m. [9:30 NT] on CBC and CBC Gem; 9×60; Piazza Entertainment) Life, death, and drama at 20,000 feet, SKYMED is a drama wrapped in high-stakes medical adventure. The series weaves compelling stories around a diverse ensemble of young First Responders in the remote North, where help – and survival – are literally thousands of miles away. Over the course of the season, the trials, triumphs, hookups and heartbreaks of a perilous job in an unforgiving setting will challenge each of them to face their fears and grow up. Created by Julie Puckrin (X Company, Transplant, Nurses, Killjoys, Mad Men), the one-hour drama features an ensemble cast of young Canadian talent including Natasha Calis (Nurses), Morgan Holmstrom (Siberia), Ace (Aason) Nadjiwon (Batwoman), Praneet Akilla (Nancy Drew), Mercedes Morris (Between), Thomas Elms (The Order), Kheon Clarke (Riverdale), and Rebecca Kwan (Taken).
• THE NORTH WATER (Premieres Fall 2022; 6×60; Rhombus Media and See-Saw Films) In 1859, Patrick Sumner (BAFTA winner Jack O’Connell, Seberg, Godless) joins The Volunteer as a ship’s surgeon, hoping to lose himself in the tough physicality of an Arctic whaling trip. But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crew mates, with harpooner Drax (Golden Globe™ winner Colin Farrell, In Bruges, The Batman) a distinctly brutal force of nature. As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, confrontation between the two men erupts, taking them on a journey far from solid ground and way beyond the safe moorings of civilization.
• ESSEX COUNTY (Premieres Winter 2023; 5×60; First Generation Films) is a five-part limited series based on the brilliant graphic novel trilogy by Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Moon Knight). A redemptive tale of family, ESSEX COUNTY tells the story of four disparate characters linked together through bloodlines. From old Uncle Lou, to young Lester, to Anne the country nurse and Ken, the stoic farmer, the four lead characters ebb and flow into each other’s lives, slowly weaving connections between them that ultimately save and redeem them.
• PLAN B (Premieres Winter 2023; 6×60; KOTV) Adapted from the Radio-Canada French-language drama created by Jean-François Asselin and Jacques Drolet and set in Montreal, this high-concept, gripping and intimate psychological drama from Asselin, Drolet and Lynne Kamm follows a man on a desperate and relentless quest to save his relationship – and by extension, his whole world. Who has not at one time wanted to go back and change the course of events? And what if you were given a second chance, a Plan B? The day when Philip (Patrick J. Adams, Suits) discovers the possibility of going back in time, he does not hesitate. Since Evelyn (Karine Vanasse, Cardinal), the love of his life and companion for the past six years, has left him, his life has lost its meaning. With the tremendous power he wields thanks to Plan B, he attempts to save his relationship, his law firm and his dysfunctional family. But Philip soon realizes that even the smallest choice has repercussions – as uncontrollable as they are unexpected – on his life and the lives of others. And even though he can stop tragic events before they happen, Philip cannot erase the memories and the emotions associated with them. Nothing will ever be without consequence again.
• BONES OF CROWS (Premieres 2023-24; 5×60; Marie Clements Media, Screen Siren Pictures and Grana Productions) is a five-part hour-long drama told through the eyes of Cree Matriarch, Aline Spears (played throughout her life by Summer Testawich; Grace Dove, Monkey Beach; and Carla Rae, Rutherford Falls), as she survives Canada’s residential school system to continue her family’s generational fight in the face of systemic starvation, racism, and sexual abuse. The series is an expanded story from the feature film version; a truly epic tale that spans over a hundred years and multiple generations of the Spears family, the series connects and deepens the events of the past with a cumulative force that propels us into the future with power. Commissioned by CBC/Radio-Canada in association with APTN and created by Marie Clements (Red Snow), BONES OF CROWS the series will debut on CBC and Radio-Canada in 2023-24. BONES OF CROWS the feature film, which focuses specifically on Aline Spears as she confronts her traumatic past, will be released theatrically in 2022-23.
Returning Original Dramas
• DIGGSTOWN (Season 4 premieres Fall 2022; 6×60; Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films Inc. and Waterstar Entertainment Inc.)
• HEARTLAND (Season 16 premieres Fall 2022; 15×60; Dynamo Films and SEVEN24 Films)
• MOONSHINE (Season 2 premieres Fall 2022; 8×60, Six Eleven Media and eOne)
• MURDOCH MYSTERIES (Season 16 premieres Fall 2022; 24×60; Shaftesbury)
• PRETTY HARD CASES (Season 3 premieres Winter 2023; 10×60; Cameron Pictures)
CBC’s factual entertainment slate features even more people and places across the country this year including Canadians and communities in pursuit of their personal best, with RACE AGAINST THE TIDE with host Maestro Fresh Wes making waves this summer, favourites DRAGONS’ DEN, FAMILY FEUD CANADA and THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW returning this fall, and BEST IN MINIATURE and STILL STANDING with Jonny Harris warming up the winter schedule. Joining the lineup is BOLLYWED featuring the Singh family of Toronto’s Little India, thrilling competition series CANADA’S ULTIMATE CHALLENGE; and podcast adaptation STUFF THE BRITISH STOLE. The fall also brings the inaugural edition of THE LEGACY AWARDS from The Black Academy, as well as a variety show like no other – CBC Gem original LIDO TV hosted by Colombian-Canadian musician and artist Lido Pimienta.
New Original Factual Series & Specials
• THE LEGACY AWARDS (September 25, 2022 at 8 p.m. (9 AT/9:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem; Insight Productions (a Boat Rocker Company) and Bay Mills Studios)
The inaugural edition of The Black Academy’s award show, The Legacy Awards, is the first major Canadian award show to celebrate and showcase Black talent and will be broadcast from Live Nation Canada’s newest entertainment venue HISTORY, in Toronto’s east end. The live 90-minute telecast will feature performances, award presentations, and tributes honouring both established and emerging Black Canadian talent. The Black Academy is co-founded by Scarborough natives Shamier Anderson (John Wick: Chapter 4) and Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk).
• LIDO TV (Premieres Fall 2022 on CBC Gem; 6×20; Lido Pimienta TV/Visitor Media) is a variety show with a mission: to help people cope with life in a world that sometimes feels like it’s falling apart, filled with hilarious sketches, inspiring interviews, immersive documentaries, surreal animations, and puppets. At the centre of it all is host Lido Pimienta, the award-winning Colombian-Canadian musician, artist and mother whose hilarious, curious, and tender personality drives the action. The series tackles themes ranging from feminism and privilege to colonialism and success, and features appearances by Nelly Furtado; musicians Shad and Kittie; writer Sarah Hagi; NorBlack NorWhite co-founder Mriga Kapadiya; and artists jes sachse and Jessica Karuhanga.
• BOLLYWED (Premieres Winter 2023; 10×30; HeartHat Entertainment) is a heartwarming factual series centred around the Singh family, who have been operating the iconic bridal shop, Chandan Fashion, in Toronto’s Little India for the last 37 years. The series shines a fascinating light on the booming and glamorous world of Bollywood culture and fashion, and offers an authentic glimpse into an intergenerationally run business lead by patriarch Cookie Singh, his wife Sarah, and their two children Chandan and Chandni. There’s plenty of old-school-meets-new-school drama and laughs as two generations take on the ever-changing and extravagant world of Indian weddings.
• CANADA’S ULTIMATE CHALLENGE (Premieres Winter 2023; 8×60; Insight Productions (a Boat Rocker Company) and The Gurin Company) is a competition reality format that turns the entire country into a giant obstacle course. Six extraordinary coaches will guide and mentor teams of everyday Canadians at site-specific physical and mental challenges in a unique competition structure. The coaches include: sprinting legend and two-time Olympic champion, Donovan Bailey; Mohawk Olympian in water polo and advocate for Indigenous sport, Waneek Horn-Miller; six-time Olympic medallist in cycling and speed skating, Clara Hughes; three-time Olympic speed skater Gilmore Junio; former captain of Canada’s Olympic bronze medal-winning rugby sevens team, Jen Kish; and NFL Super Bowl Champion and competitive cyclist, Luke Willson.
Each episode will take place at an iconic Canadian location where the teams will compete in spectacular Solo, Tandem or Team challenges that test them physically and mentally. Throughout the eight-episode series, the superstar Canadian coaches will make strategic decisions and motivate their players to victory. In the end, only one team will win CANADA’S ULTIMATE CHALLENGE.
• STUFF THE BRITISH STOLE (Premieres Winter 2023; 6×30; Wooden Horse, WildBear Entertainment and Cream Productions) is a new six-part series for the ABC and CBC based on award-winning journalist Marc Fennell’s acclaimed, chart-topping ABC Podcast, also launched by CBC Podcasts in fall 2021. Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today those objects are housed in genteel institutions across the U.K. and the world. They usually come with polite plaques. This is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects.
Returning Factual Formats & Series:
• RACE AGAINST THE TIDE (Season 2 premieres Sunday, July 10 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem; 10×30; marblemedia) with new host Maestro Fresh Wes
• DRAGONS’ DEN (Season 17 premieres Fall 2022; 10×60) featuring returning Dragon Robert Herjavec after a decade away from The Den.
• FAMILY FEUD CANADA (Season 4 premieres Fall 2022; 104×30; Zone 3/Fremantle)
• THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW (Season 6 premieres Fall 2022; 9×60; Proper Television/Love Productions)
• BEST IN MINIATURE (Season 2 premieres Winter 2023; 8×60; marblemedia)
• STILL STANDING (Season 8 premieres Winter 2023; 10×30; Frantic Films)
CBC commissions an average of 80 documentaries each year for CBC, CBC Gem and documentary Channel, with CBC Gem now offering a library of over 800 documentaries, available to stream for free anytime. THE PASSIONATE EYE returns this fall with a new slate of original documentaries that drop audiences into a broad range of cultural conversations, from our fascination with word puzzles, to what it means to be Indigenous, and to a new generation of stock market disruptors.
THE PASSIONATE EYE’s two-hour season premiere will feature Hot Docs 2022 Opening Night selection, INTO THE WEEDS, telling the powerful story of Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a former Bay Area groundskeeper who takes on a multinational agrochemical corporation after a terminal cancer diagnosis. Directed by celebrated filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, Long Time Running), the film follows Johnson through his battle, setting his personal journey against a global environmental crisis.
New original doc series this upcoming year include:
• SUMMIT ‘72 (Premieres Fall 2022; 4×60; Mercury Films and Impossible Objects) This timely documentary series will tell the definitive story of the legendary 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series of Hockey upon its 50th anniversary, and through a modern lens explore its legacy and lasting influence on Canadian national identity, framing it against the political and cultural climate of the times in both countries, and around the world. With never-before-seen 16mm archival footage restored in stunning 4k, and exclusive interviews with key players, SUMMIT ‘72 will bring an unforgettable moment in Canadian history to life on screen as never seen before. Audiences will relive—or experience for the first time—the adrenaline-fuelled, edge-of-your-seat drama of one of the most monumental cultural proxy battles of the Cold War, and trace its many reverberations in the zeitgeist right up to the present day.
• STAY TOONED (Premieres Winter 2023 on CBC Gem; 6×22; Fathom Film Group) Eric Bauza – the Canadian who voices legendary characters from Bugs Bunny to Luke Skywalker – takes us on a deep dive through our favourite cartoons to see how they shaped us into who we are today. In each episode, he meets with friends and experts to explore villains, race, sexuality, and so much more. Featuring Ben Schwartz, Lake Bell, Ken Jeong, Bobby Moynihan, Tara Strong, Lamorne Morris, Cree Summer, and James Adomian, among others.
Returning Documentary Formats & Series:
• THE PASSIONATE EYE (Premieres Fall 2022; 9×60 (+1×120 premiere))
• THE NATURE OF THINGS (Season 62 premieres Winter 2023; 13×60)
Building on CBC’s ongoing commitment to inspire, entertain and inform young audiences, CBC Kids will continue to share new programming for kids and tweens across all platforms this upcoming year, including over 500 hours of ad-free programming on CBC Gem. New titles for preschoolers include JEREMY AND JAZZY (Fall 2022; 27×2 and 1×11; Vérité Films Inc.), an animated musical adventure series about song and story creation, starring award-winning musicians Jeremy Fisher (as Jeremy) and Aiza Ntibarikure (as Jazzy), plus celebrity musical guests. MITTENS AND PANTS (Fall 2022; 39×7, Windy Isle Productions and Thunderbird Entertainment) is cuteness overload for preschoolers, featuring the town of Kibble Corners with real puppies, kittens, chicks, piglets and more, voiced by kids.
Coming off of an unprecedented year featuring two Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, CBC SPORTS will continue to keep Canadians connected to the world of high-performance sport through coverage on CBC TV and CBC Gem, as well as live streams of key competitions on cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app. Upcoming featured events include: 2022 World Athletics Championships (USA, July 15 – 24); Commonwealth Games (England, July 28 – Aug. 8); FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship (Location TBC, Aug. 26 – Sept. 11); Rugby Sevens World Cup (South Africa, Sept. 9-11); FIG Rhythmic World Championship (Bulgaria, Sept. 14 – 18); and FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship (Poland and The Netherlands, Sept. 23 – Oct. 15). As Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Network for the next decade, CBC will continue to offer high-quality storytelling that allows audiences to follow the journey of the athletes between Games, all the way to the podium.
CBC and CBC Gem will continue to offer audiences a curated selection of acclaimed series from around the world, including a new season of WAR OF THE WORLDS this fall.
• RIDLEY ROAD (Premieres Fall 2022; 4×60; RED Production Company) is a riveting four-episode drama set in 1962 London, a colourful but tumultuous time, based on Jo Bloom’s acclaimed novel. Inspired by true events, RIDLEY ROAD stars newcomer Agnes O’Casey as Vivien Epstein, a young Jewish hairdresser who fits right into London’s mod scene, while secretly infiltrating the British neo-Nazi hierarchy on behalf of Jewish antifascists; Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful) as Colin Jordan, the real-life leader of Britain’s post-World War II Nazi movement; and Tom Varey (Ackley Bridge) as Jack, Vivien’s true love.
• TRAVEL MAN (Premieres Fall 2022; 8×30; North One Television)
• WAR OF THE WORLDS (Season 3 premieres Fall 2022; 8×60; Urban Myth Films in association with StudioCanal and Fox Networks Group)
CBC NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS
From breaking stories to in-depth coverage, CBC News delivers trusted 24-hour news and information on CBC News Network, CBCNews.ca and the CBC News App. CBC News continues to bring audiences the latest news from across Canada and around the world, in addition to an award-winning slate of current affairs, investigative and primetime and weekend news programs, including the 50th anniversary of MARKETPLACE, celebrating five decades as Canada’s investigative consumer watchdog.
• THE FIFTH ESTATE (Season 48 premieres Fall 2022; 16×60)
• MARKETPLACE (Season 50 premieres Fall 2022; 23×30) celebrating its 50th anniversary season
• THE NATIONAL (Weeknights and Sundays on CBC TV and CBC News Network)
• POWER & POLITICS WITH VASSY KAPELOS (Weeknights on CBC News Network)
• CBC RUNDOWN (Weeknights on CBC News Network)
• CANADA TONIGHT WITH GINELLA MASSA (Weeknights on CBC News Network)
• ROSEMARY BARTON LIVE (Sundays on CBC TV and CBC News Network)
FALL 2022 SCHEDULE – CBC TV and CBC GEM
For Newfoundland and Labrador, please add a half hour for all times
7 PM – CORONATION STREET (weekdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)
7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA Season 4
8 PM – MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 16
9 PM – THE NORTH WATER New Series / RIDLEY ROAD New Series
10 PM – THE NATIONAL
7 PM – CORONATION STREET
7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA
8 PM – THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES Season 30
8:30 PM – STRAYS Season 2
9 PM – COMEDY NIGHT WITH RICK MERCER New Series / SORT OF Season 2
9:30 PM – SORT OF Season 2
10 PM – THE NATIONAL
7 PM – CORONATION STREET
7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA
8 PM – SUMMIT ‘72 New Series / DIGGSTOWN Season 4
9 PM – WAR OF THE WORLDS Season 3
10 PM – THE NATIONAL
7 PM – CORONATION STREET
7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA
8 PM – DRAGONS’ DEN Season 17
9 PM – THE FIFTH ESTATE Season 48
10 PM – THE NATIONAL
7:30 PM – CORONATION STREET (weekdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)
8 PM – MARKETPLACE Season 50
8:30 PM – TRAVEL MAN
9 PM – THE PASSIONATE EYE
10 PM – THE NATIONAL
Afternoon – CBC SPORTS
Afternoon – CBC SPORTS
7 PM – HEARTLAND Season 16
8 PM – THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW Season 6
9 PM – MOONSHINE Season 2
10 PM – THE NATIONAL
CBC have got you covered for all your Holiday programming with a mix of originals and favourites! Note, times are subject to change.
NEW ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIES:
Leslie (Glenda Braganza) has done everything right in her life except find Mr. Right. That is… until the spirit of Christmas leads her there in an unusual way.
Boston children’s book author Margot is heartbroken. She and her siblings have to sell their late parents’ Cape Cod house. Every Christmas was spent there – and this last one will be so special, it might even prevent the sale! When Margot runs into Chris, her childhood sweetheart, she has an idea.
When perfectionist event planner, Amy, takes on rising pop star’s ten year family reunion as her latest project, disagreements within the family threaten disaster unless a plan can be made to satisfy everyone including handsome yet stubborn family member, Calvin.
A successful jingle writer is cajoled into returning to her hometown to write a song for the 50th anniversary of the annual Christmas Eve concert.
When Sam, an interior designer, returns home during the holidays to help renovate the Bell Harbor Inn, she gets paired with Coop as her contractor. The only problem – he’s the guy who broke her heart and she’s the one who got away.
Global acts and stars of the West End are brought together for one night only to showcase the best of entertainment on one single stage.
*Exclusive Canadian Broadcast Premiere*
The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure — everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect.
NEW HOLIDAY-THEMED EPISODES:
Nonnatus House and the surrounding area is evacuated when an unexploded bomb is found nearby. Meanwhile, Shelagh has doubts about her wedding to Patrick, and Jenny and Trixie help a man who is suffering from shell shock.
Four bakers from seasons past return to The Great Canadian Baking Show Tent for the chance to become the Holiday Star Baker.
If you loved Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minute Meals, then you’re likely to fall in love with this one-off Christmas cooking segment. In this one-hour episode, Jamie shows us how to create the ultimate Christmas dinner spread with the minimum of fuss, as the dad-of-five applies his quick and easy principles to cooking at Christmas.
The story of one of the Street’s most iconic landladies, Liz McDonald, revisiting her most memorable moments and finding out just what Beverley Callard thinks of her character’s style icon status.
A collection of bloopers from Coronation Street (1960), with reflections from members of the cast.
Albert seeks the Christmastime joy of his youth; Victoria is threatened by a relative; romantic tension surrounds the palace.
The Great New Year’s Baking Show sees Noel, Matt, Prue and Paul reunited after Christmas and back in the tent. Joining them are Helena and Henry from 2019, Nancy from 2014, and 2018 winner Rahul, all hoping to impress the judges with their skills and creativity and take home the coveted Festive Star Baker title. Together they’ll see in the New Year with a cosy sing-song round the piano.
NEW YEAR’S EVE:
Join host and Canadian comedy icon Rick Mercer for a truly Canadian New Year’s Eve countdown featuring musical performances and fireworks displays from celebrations all across Canada.
HOLIDAY MOVIES AND SPECIALS:
ANIMATED HOLIDAY CLASSICS:
TELEVISION HOLIDAY SPECIALS:
CBC KIDS HOLIDAY SPECIALS:
Paddington has accidentally sent Jonathan’s Santa letter to Peru by mistake. He tries to find out what Jonathan’s wish list is. He sends Pigeonton to The North Pole with a new list but now he’s missing. A storm causes a power cut in Windsor gardens which means Christmas will be ruined for everyone. Mr. Curry ever the Eagle Ranger is always prepared so comes to the rescue and its turkey for all at the town hall. But what was Jonathan’s Christmas wish?
Mandy must deliver a load of late Christmas letters to the North Pole, then all the trains join in to help Santa deliver the presents during a big storm.
Everyone in Rainbow Kingdom is gathered to celebrate Winter Wishfest, but when Forever Frost escapes the Ice Kingdom, the day might be ruined. Can True and the Wishes set everything right?
In order to seize Santa Claus’ mysterious technologies, Tiberius tries to take over the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
When the conveyor belt Santa uses to load gifts from his workshop into his gigantic toy bag breaks, Rusty, Ruby, and Liam head to the North Pole to fix it. Frankie stows away to find the present he really wants for Christmas.
CBC RADIO ONE AND CBC MUSIC:
Back for another year, CBC Music will air the annual JOY TO THE WORLD: Euro-Radio Christmas Music Day on Sunday, Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. (9:30 NT) until 5 p.m. (5:30 NT). Hosted by Julie Nesrallah, this year’s radio special will feature traditional holiday music from Germany, Bulgaria, Estonia, England and Vancouver, BC.
From the Producer of Schitt’s Creek, Andrew Barnsley and Project 10 comes SON OF A CRITCH, based on the Best-Selling Memoir by Mark Critch. The Series, filming now in Newfoundland, will star Critch, Malcolm McDowell and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth!
“Son of a Critch” is the hilarious and very real story of 11-year-old Mark coming of age in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the 80’s. It’s a heartfelt window into the life of a child – much older inside than his 11 years – using comedy and self-deprecation to win friends and connect with the small collection of people in his limited world. With production starting today in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the comedy stars Mark Critch as his father and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Pinocchio) as young Mark. Ainsworth can currently be seen as one of the leads in the limited series “The Haunting of Bly Manor” for director Mike Flanagan on Netflix, and stars as Pinocchio opposite Tom Hanks in Walt Disney Pictures’ upcoming live action remake of Pinocchio for director Robert Zemeckis. Additionally, Claire Rankin (Molly’s Game) has been cast as Mark’s mother, Mary, alongside newcomers Sophia Powers and Mark Rivera, who are cast as classmates of young Mark. Golden Globe nominee Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) to star as Pop.
The Series arrives in Canada on CBC January 2022. Lionsgate will handle global distribution.
(Photo/video credit: CBC)
FEAR OF DANCING explores the global fear of many to dance! It is coming soon to CBC Gem.
FEAR OF DANCING is a documentary Channel original film chronicling director Michael Allcock’s global quest to understand why he and so many others on this planet are terrified by the simple act of dancing – what science calls chorophobia. Along the way, he encounters a celebrity chorophobe, dancing robots, virtual reality and a mysterious dancing plague.
See the Trailer:
FEAR OF DANCING arrives on CBC GEM Friday, November 27, 2020.
(Photo/video credit: CBC)
In 2013, a man was killed for a fisherman for poaching lobster, sending shockwaves through an entire community in Nova Scotia.
The Killing of Phillip Boudreau, a new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Megan Wennberg, Tell Tale Productions, and CBC Docs POV, tells the story of a death that tore apart the Nova Scotia community of Isle Madame. On June 1, 2013, halfway through the spring lobster season, the crew of the lobster fishing vessel the ‘Twin Maggies’ killed notorious local poacher Phillip Boudreau. The gruesome crime shook the close-knit community to its core, with repercussions that are still felt today. The homicide underscored the glaring and complex social issues within a remote Maritime community wrought with hardened ideals of masculinity, pride, and history. The crime was dubbed ‘Murder for Lobster,’ and while this made a clickable headline, it ignored the larger problems at play, causing harm that is still felt throughout the community seven years later.
See the Trailer:
THE KILLING OF PHILLIP BOUDREAU airs on CBC DOCS POV. Coming soon.
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The Internet is something we cannot live without, but has our obsession now led to feelings of dread against it? Filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores what is known as a “Techlash” in his latest Documentary, airing on CBC DOCS POV, THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING.
The Internet of Everything directed by award-winning filmmaker Brett Gaylor (Rip! A Remix Manifesto, Do Not Track) is a documentary that examines the hype and hubris hurtling towards the next frontier in the Internet’s evolution. Using the never-ending list of devices we are told we want, the film provides a landscape for a broader discussion about whether the Internet has indeed been a democratizing force or, instead, a fertile ground for the formation of new empires.
Kristina is developing a device that transmits fertility data to the cloud from inside a woman’s private parts; Nellie Bowles, a journalist for the New York Times, introduces a survivor of domestic abuse who was terrorized by her partner’s “smart home.” China’s smart city vision reward citizens for behaviour conforming to social norms, as well as Alphabet’s vision for a corporate neighbourhood built “from the Internet up.” In Barcelona, we grasp a new potential for the Internet to allow for the copying of physical goods, turning the material world of atoms into digital bits that can be transmitted at zero cost anywhere on earth.
See the Trailer:
THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING airs Sunday, March 22, 2020 on CBC DOCS POV 9:00 PM EST. It will also stream on CBC GEM.
(Photo/video credit: CBC)
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