Posted: May 25, 2017

It's always an exciting time of year...

When networks confirm returning favourites and announce fresh new shows for their upcoming season.

On Wednesday, May 24th - Canada's national broadcaster CBC did just that.

Previously announced, but wonderful to see confirmed - THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES  and MR.D will return this fall.  They both star oodles of East Coast folks and film right here in Nova Scotia. And while were talking 22 MINUTES - co-star and Nova Scotia native Meredith MacNeill will also return for a 2nd season of the BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW.

Confirmed for  Seasons #3 and #11 respectively - STILL STANDING and MUROCH MYSTERIES both starring Corner Brook, NL fella Jonny Harris, and St.John's own Rick Mercer will return for a 15th season of the RICK MERCER REPORT this fall. The funny continues with a 22nd edition of the HAL!FAX COMEDY FEST airing the winter of 2018.

As for new shows on the go - we're very pleased to see NL's Joel Thomas Hynes (CAST NO SHADOW) in the mix.  His LITTLE DOG is set to premiere in 2018 and will have him once again teaming up again with award winning NL writer Sherry White (MAUDIE). The order calls for 7 - 30 minute episodes of the comedy that "tells the story of lightweight Newfoundland boxer Donny 'Little Dog' Ross and his haphazard quest for redemption after quitting a fight."

It's also awesome to see CAUGHT included.  After getting the greenlight back in October of 2014 (watch our interview here). Allan Hawco will finally go to camera this spring and see the 5  part series premiere early 2018. 

Hawco shared plenty of casting news with his fans via social media - posing with his co-star Tori Anderson (OPEN HEART) at the launch, and RT'ing tweets from other excited cast members including Greg Bryk (FRONTIER) and Eric Johnson (THE KNICK).  And it goes without saying - we loved when he confirmed Cape Breton's Billy MacLellan will join the CAUGHT cast too!

Filming is set to begin this spring, with Newfoundland and Ontario being noted as locations thus far.

And you know LIVING WITH E’s will be a riot, starring the oh so funny Newfoundland duo of Mary Walsh and Cathy Jones. The show is part of CBC's digital programming and features their 80-something characters from 22 MINUTES Mrs. Eulalia (Mary Walsh) and Mrs. Enid (Cathy Jones) "as they inadvertently give frank advice to young people".

Two shows noticeably absent and sadly so - BELLEVUE and PURE

We were huge fans of BELLEVUE - the gripping drama co-created by Newfoundland native Jane Maggs.  With amazing writing and a stellar cast that included Oscar™ Winner Anna Paquin and Labrador native Shawn Doyle, its cancellation is a bit of head-scratcher - but something tells me we've not seen the last of BELLEVUE.  We've got our fingers crossed and we'll be sure to keep you posted. #SaveBELLEVUE

And truth be told we felt a real kinship with the crowd on PURE.  SABStv was lucky enough to visit the Windsor, Nova Scotia set last fall for a Behind the Scenes Special and truth be told we were treated like gold!

As we understand it - ratings for the 6 part series about a Mennonite drug cartel were very impressive - no surprise given the totally talented cast and riveting script.  Surprising for sure to see it dropped from the CBC schedule.

Both shows are available to watch on the CBC player - BELLEVUE here and PURE here.  Watch for yourself and you'll see why we were so surprised at their cancellation.  We wish the cast and crew of both productions all the very best.

What follows is the official press release as issued by CBC - Happy viewing! SABS


Television slate includes 17 new series and 25 returning titles.

New Canadian original series include legal drama BURDEN OF PROOF starring Kristin Kreuk; CAUGHT starring Allan Hawco and Paul Gross; true crime series THE DETECTIVES; comedy LITTLE DOG from Joel Thomas Hynes and showrunner Sherry White; and THE STATS OF LIFE, revealing surprising truths about how Canadians live today.

CBC expands investment in original digital content with largest offer ever spanning 15 series and new slate of CBC SHORT DOCS

With more than 100 million downloads over the past year, CBC RADIO builds on podcasting success with new original series THE FRIDGE LIGHT hosted by food writer Chris Nuttall-Smith; weekly talk show SEAT AT THE TABLE with Isabelle Racicot and Martine St-Victor; and fresh cold cases from SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING.

May 24, 2017 - CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster and the number-one media brand in Canada*, today announced its 2017-18 programming lineup showcasing a wide-ranging, uniquely Canadian slate of new and returning original drama, comedy, factual, arts, kids, sports, news and documentary content from the country's leading artists, creators and commentators across television, radio and digital platforms.

"Our 2017-18 slate is a tribute to the talent and authenticity of Canada's top creators, who are choosing CBC as the destination to share the stories they want to tell, including compelling new drama, comedy, factual, arts and documentary series," said Heather Conway, executive-vice president, English Services, CBC. "By launching one of our largest programming lineups to date reflecting the diversity of perspectives and voices in this country, CBC continues to reach, connect with and entertain Canadians across all platforms, guided by how audiences choose to engage with us."

New CBC original television series announced today for the 2017-18 season include:

BURDEN OF PROOF (winter 2018, 10x60, ICF Films, Entertainment One (eOne) and Eagle Vision), a legal drama starring Kristin Kreuk as a big city lawyer passed over for partnership who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case, only to find herself in a fight for justice for a group of sick girls.

CAUGHT (winter 2018, 5x60, Take The Shot Productions), Allan Hawco's new drama set in 1978, adapted from Lisa Moore’s acclaimed novel. Locked up after a drug deal goes wrong, David Slaney (Hawco; Republic of Doyle; The Book of Negroes) makes a daring break from a New Brunswick prison to attempt one more deal with his former partner (Eric Johnson, Fifty Shades Darker, The Knick, Smallville) - all this with a dogmatic police officer, Patterson (Paul Gross, Alias Grace, Hyena Road, Passchendaele), at his heels.

THE DETECTIVES (fall 2017, 8x60, WAM Media GRP Inc.), a true crime series that brings to life the real cases of Canadian detectives by blending first-person interviews with scripted drama.

LITTLE DOG (winter 2018, 7x30, Cameron Pictures and Elemental Pictures), a comedy from author, musician and actor Joel Thomas Hynes (Mary Kills People, Orphan Black) and showrunner Sherry White (Rookie Blue, Saving Hope) that tells the story of lightweight Newfoundland boxer Donny "Little Dog" Ross and his haphazard quest for redemption after quitting a fight.

THE STATS OF LIFE (fall 2017, 1x60, 4x30, Frantic Films), a factual series that reveals surprising truths about how Canadians are living today based on recent population statistics.

- New CBC KIDS titles include animated series ADDISON (fall 2017, 20x11, Six Eleven Media) chronicling the adventures of a young girl who loves to solve mysteries; BEAT BUGS (winter 2018, 52x11, Thunderbird Entertainment, Grace Films, Beyond Films and Atomic Cartoons), following five charming bugs and featuring songs from The Beatles; and preschool series BECCA’S BUNCH (fall 2017, 52x11, Jam Media), which merges live action and puppetry with 2D and 3D animation.

These titles join previously announced new CBC original television series for 2017-18 including:

21 THUNDER (summer 2017, 8x60, PMA Productions and Generic Productions), a fast-paced drama that follows the players and coaches of an elite under-21 Montreal soccer team both on and off the field, premiering July 31.

ALIAS GRACE (fall 2017, 6x60, Halfire Entertainment), the highly anticipated miniseries written and produced by Sarah Polley, directed by Mary Harron and starring Sarah Gadon, based on the award-winning Margaret Atwood novel and inspired by true events, premiering September 25.

CRAWFORD (winter 2018, 12x30, Rabbit Square Productions), Mike Clattenburg’s (Trailer Park Boys) unconventional family comedy about a young man who, after a run of bad luck, moves back in with his parents and turns his natural ability to relate to racoons into a successful business, all while navigating life with his eccentric family. Starring Jill Hennessy (Shots Fired, Crossing Jordan), John Carroll Lynch (The Founder, American Horror Story) and Kyle Mac (Miss Sloane, 21 Thunder).

FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES (fall 2017, 11x60, Shaftesbury) from the producers of Murdoch Mysteries, following Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s (Lauren Lee Smith; The Listener, This Life) and her colleague Trudy (Chantel Riley; The Lion King) as they take on the cases that the police don’t want or can’t handle.

THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW (fall 2017, 8x60, Proper Television), based on the hit British format, which will bring together 10 amateur bakers from across Canada to compete in a series of themed culinary challenges. The most recent season of the British series, THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, will also air on CBC beginning August 23 to warm up audiences ahead of the premiere of the Canadian version.

TAKEN (summer 2017, 8x30, Eagle Vision), a true crime documentary series that explores the search for answers and justice for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women.

This fall, CBC will broadcast the Canadian premiere of the next instalment of Jane Campion’s Emmy and Golden Globe® nominated  TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL (2017, 7x50, See-Saw Films, BBC Worldwide), which will see Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale, Mad Men) reprise her Golden Globe® winning role as Detective Robin Griffin. She will be joined by Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). The first season of TOP OF THE LAKE (2013) will stream on cbc.ca/watch ahead of the Season 2 premiere. Season 1 of the BAFTA-nominated, feel-good British series THE DURRELLS (2016, 6x60, Sid Gentle Films Ltd., BBC Worldwide) will also air in fall 2017, based on Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of novels about a family’s adventures on a Greek island after leaving their English home in hopes of a better life.

Returning drama, comedy, factual and arts series include BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW (summer 2017 starting June 27, Season 2); CORONATION STREET (fall 2017, Season 19); DRAGONS’ DEN (fall 2017, Season 12) featuring Arlene Dickinson’s return to the Den; EXHIBITIONISTS (Season 3, fall 2017); weekday daytime series THE GOODS (fall 2017, Season 2); HA!IFAX COMEDY FEST (winter 2018, Season 22); HEARTLAND (fall 2017, Season 11); HELLO GOODBYE (winter 2018, Season 3); INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM (fall 2017, Season 3); JUST FOR LAUGHS: GALAS (fall 2017); KIM’S CONVENIENCE (fall 2017, Season 2); MR. D (fall 2017, Season 7); MURDOCH MYSTERIES (fall 2017, Season 11); RICK MERCER REPORT (fall 2017, Season 15); SCHITT’S CREEK (winter 2018, Season 4); STILL STANDING (summer 2017 starting June 27, Season 3); THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (fall 2017, Season 25); WHEN CALLS THE HEART (summer 2017 starting June 18, Season 3); THE WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL (winter 2018, Season 16); and WORKIN’ MOMS (winter 2018, Season 2).

CBC's award-winning news and documentary programming returning this fall includes flagship daily news program THE NATIONAL, MARKETPLACE (Season 45) and THE FIFTH ESTATE (Season 43). Moving to Sunday nights are acclaimed documentary series FIRSTHAND (Season 3) and David Suzuki’s THE NATURE OF THINGS (Season 57), which will launch its new season with THE WILD CANADIAN YEAR (5x60, River Road Films), showcasing Canada’s extraordinary wildlife.

Furthering CBC’s commitment to Canadian music, THE JUNO AWARDS return to Canada’s public broadcaster in 2018, with the 47th annual awards to be broadcast live on CBC from Vancouver's Rogers Arena on Sunday, March 25 (produced by Insight Productions). CBC MUSIC will also launch new music programming initiatives and special events in partnership with CARAS, including covering a more diverse range of genres and musicians and investing in educational initiatives to support the next generation of artists. The JUNO Awards join CBC’s annual line-up of awards programming celebrating Canadian creators, artists and storytellers, including the CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS (winter 2018); CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS (September 10); GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS (June 29 & 30); POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE GALA (September 18); and SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE (fall 2017).

CBC continues to expand its investment in original digital content with its largest slate ever spanning 15 new and returning series streaming at cbc.ca/watch  and on the CBC app in 2017-18, including new seasons of award-winning comedies MY 90 YEAR OLD ROOMMATE and THE AMAZING GAYL PILE. New arts, comedy and factual series include ART WORKS! (working title), a subversively surreal series profiling Canadian artists; BUT I’M CHRIS JERICHO, based on the fictionalized, funny life of the pro wrestler; HOW TO BUY A BABY, following a couple’s darkly funny struggle with infertility; KIDS THAT ARE KIND OF AMAZING AT STUFF…WITH GERRY DEE, following the comedian as he meets Canadian kids with exceptional talent; LIVING WITH E’s, featuring 80-somethings Mrs. Eulalia (Mary Walsh) and Mrs. Enid (Cathy Jones) as they inadvertently give frank advice to young people; STAY CALM AND DECOLONIZE, profiling Indigenous artists who are embracing Buffy Sainte-Marie's call to decolonize following Canada 150; and TEN X TEN, featuring 10 LGBTQ+ artists who tell their stories while finger-painting a self-portrait.

CBC’s award-winning CBC SHORT DOCS will also launch an extensive new slate of immersive and intimate original digital docs in 2017-18 including CALL ME OLLY (Jordan Molaro and Tyson Anderson), capturing the power that a name can hold over an individual striving to be uninhibited; DECLUTTER (Madison Thomas), exploring the filmmaker’s revelation about her mother and why she is always cleaning; and TWILIGHT DANCERS (Theola Ross and Paola Marino), focusing on how young people from Pimicikamak Cree Nation use square dancing to cope with the youth suicide epidemic in their community.

With more than 100 million downloads over the past year**, CBC RADIO builds on its podcasting success with a slate of new original series including ALONE: A LOVE STORY (fall 2017), a memoir about love and the fallout of cheating; THE FRIDGE LIGHT (September 2017), a deeply nerdy and fascinating look at the hidden stories of food, hosted by food critic and writer Chris Nuttall-Smith; ON DRUGS (June 2017), exploring our complicated relationship with drugs; and SEAT AT THE TABLE (June 2017), a weekly talk show hosted by Montrealers Isabelle Racicot and Martine St-Victor as they tackle what’s brewing in media, politics and pop culture. David Ridgen, the host of CBC’s breakout hit podcast SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING with more than 20 million downloads to date, also returns in fall 2017 with SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING CASE FILES: MISSISSIPI COLD CASE and GREAVETTE CASE, focusing on two new cold cases. Podcast series will launch at cbc.ca/podcasts and also air concurrently on CBC Radio One.

Additional new CBC RADIO programming includes RECLAIMED (July 2017 on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2) hosted by Cree/Dene artist and storyteller Jarrett Marrineau, who will explore the many worlds of contemporary Indigenous music; and ROAD TRIP RADIO (June 2017 on CBC Radio One), a new series from the This Is That team mixing comedy and documentaries, with each episode focusing on one province or territory. NEW FIRE also returns this summer (June 2017 on CBC Radio One), featuring host Lisa Charleyboy as she travels from remote reserves to bustling cities, going to the heart of conversations that are important to Indigenous youth.​

As Canada's Olympic Network, CBC will provide the compelling coverage and storytelling that Canadians have come to expect leading up to, during and after the OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018 across all platforms from February 9-25, 2018. In addition to Olympic Games coverage, CBC SPORTS will continue to connect Canadians with high-performance athletes each week through ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES on CBC, cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app. Some of the major international events on the CBC Sports schedule in 2017-18 include the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto July 16-23, the FINA World Aquatics Championships July 14-30, the IAAF World Track & Field Championships August 4-13, and the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Montreal October 2-8.

The CBC 2017 fall primetime television schedule is as follows:

8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - Murdoch Mysteries *NEW SEASON*
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - Alias Grace *NEW SERIES*(Sept)/Frankie Drake *NEW SERIES*(Nov)

8 p.m. (8:30 NT)- Rick Mercer Report *NEW SEASON*
8:30 p.m. (9 NT) - This Hour Has 22 Minutes *NEW SEASON*
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - Kim’s Convenience *NEW SEASON*
9:30 p.m. (10 NT) - Mr. D *NEW SEASON*

8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – The Great British Baking Show/The Great Canadian Baking Show *NEW SERIES*
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - The Durrells *NEW SERIES*(Sept)/Top of the Lake: China Girl *NEW SERIES*(Oct)

8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - Dragons’ Den *NEW SEASON, NEW NIGHT*
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - The Detectives *NEW SERIES*

8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - Marketplace *NEW SEASON*
8:30 p.m. (9 NT) - Interrupt This Program *NEW SEASON*(Oct)/The Stats of Life *NEW SERIES* (Nov)
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - the fifth estate *NEW SEASON*

Daytime: Road to the Olympic Games
6:30 p.m. ET - Hockey Night in Canada

Daytime: Road to the Olympic Games
7 p.m. (7:30 NT) - Heartland *NEW SEASON*
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - The Nature of Things *NEW SEASON, NEW NIGHT*
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – Firsthand *NEW SEASON, NEW NIGHT*

*Source: Ipsos The Most Influential Brands in Canada 2017
**Source: Sumo Logic (Apr 16-Apr 17)

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