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CBC Television Shines This Fall with Top-Notch Original Programming, Proven Acclaimed Formats and Big Canadian Stars

CBC TELEVISION SHINES THIS FALL WITH TOP-NOTCH ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING, PROVEN ACCLAIMED FORMATS AND BIG CANADIAN STARS

Kicking-off on September 14, CBC-TV's 2012 Fall Schedule Delivers a Compelling Slate of New and Returning Hit Series

September 12, 2012 - From captivating dramas and engaging live series, to biting comedies and award-winning news and investigative programs, CBC Television offers Canadians a diverse range of entertaining programming this fall. The new schedule features the anticipated premieres of OVER THE RAINBOW, TITANIC: BLOOD & STEEL and MURDOCH MYSTERIES, as well as new seasons of established viewer-favourites DRAGONS' DEN, RICK MERCER REPORT, THE BIG DECISION, GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT and more. It all starts Friday, September 14 with the season premieres of MARKETPLACE and the fifth estate.

DRAGONS' DEN - Canada's #1 Unscripted program - returns and welcomes Canada's best known personal finance author, David Chilton, to the Den

• Anticipation rises as young hopefuls vie for the coveted role of Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new Canadian production of The Wizard of Oz in OVER THE RAINBOW

GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT makes the move from late-night to primetime, airing in a new 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) timeslot

TITANIC: BLOOD & STEEL, the epic limited series event starring Canadian actors Neve Campbell and Kevin Zegers, premieres

• A special 30-minute edition of THE LANG & O'LEARY EXCHANGE heads to CBC-TV, joining the primetime schedule at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT)

• One of Canada's best-loved dramas, MURDOCH MYSTERIES, makes its official debut on CBC

• Family-favourite HEARTLAND returns for its sixth season with the introduction of a fiery new character

• Starting September 17, iconic series CORONATION STREET moves to an all-new 7:30 p.m. (8 NT) timeslot

• This fall marks a milestone for several renowned CBC programs: the 60th season of HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA; the 40th anniversary of MARKETPLACE; the 20th anniversary of 22 MINUTES; and a decade of the RICK MERCER REPORT.

CBC-TV FALL 2012 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE:

MONDAY

6 p.m. (6:30 NT) - CBC News at 6
6:30 p.m. (7 NT) - The Lang & O'Leary Exchange
7 p.m. (7:30 NT) - George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
7:30 p.m. (8 NT) - Coronation Street
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - Over the Rainbow LIVE Results Show
8:30 p.m. (9 NT) - Who Do You Think You Are?
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - Murdoch Mysteries
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - The National

TUESDAY

6 p.m. (6:30 NT) - CBC News at 6
6:30 p.m. (7 NT) - The Lang & O'Leary Exchange
7 p.m. (7:30 NT) - George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
7:30 p.m. (8 NT) - Coronation Street
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - Rick Mercer Report
8:30 p.m. (9 NT) - 22 Minutes
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - The Big Decision
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - The National

WEDNESDAY

6 p.m. (6:30 NT) - CBC News at 6
6:30 p.m. (7 NT) - The Lang & O'Leary Exchange
7 p.m. (7:30 NT) - George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
7:30 p.m. (8 NT) - Coronation Street
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - Dragons' Den
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - Titanic: Blood & Steel
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - The National

THURSDAY

6 p.m. (6:30 NT) - CBC News at 6
6:30 p.m. (7 NT) - The Lang & O'Leary Exchange
7 p.m. (7:30 NT) - George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
7:30 p.m. (8 NT) - Coronation Street
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - The Nature of Things
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - Doc Zone
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - The National

FRIDAY

6 p.m. (6:30 NT) - CBC News at 6
6:30 p.m. (7 NT) - The Lang & O'Leary Exchange
7 p.m. (7:30 NT) - George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
7:30 p.m. (8 NT) - Coronation Street
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - Marketplace
8:30 p.m. (9 NT) - Rick Mercer Report (Encore)
9:00 p.m. (9:30 NT) - the fifth estate
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - The National

SATURDAY

6 p.m. (6:30 NT) - Local News
6:30 p.m. (7 NT) - Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. (7:30 NT) - CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, Game 1
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, Game 2

SUNDAY

7 p.m. (7:30 NT) - Heartland
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - Over the Rainbow LIVE Performance Show
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - Dragons' Den (Encore)
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - The National

CBC-TV FALL 2012 PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:

DRAGONS' DEN, Canada's number one Unscripted program, returns for its anticipated seventh season on September 17 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), and welcomes Canada's best-known personal finance author, David Chilton, to the Den. Chilton is a former stock broker and bestselling author of the personal finance book The Wealthy Barber, ranked as Canada's all-time bestselling book. The year of the Dragon has the country's fiercest financiers digging deep into their wallets to support some of Canada's keenest entrepreneurs.

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GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT is packing up its signature red chairs and making the trip to primetime starting Monday, September 17, airing weeknights at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) and 11:30 p.m. (12 NT). Building on the success of the past eight seasons, George connects his audience to the world's most influential and fascinating actors, musicians, and newsmakers through his signature interview style. Award-winning interviews continue to serve as the focal point for the show, with the addition of unique and engaging new elements.

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CBC Television's most popular family drama, HEARTLAND, continues its sixth season Sundays at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT). The season premiere sees the introduction of fiery newcomer, Georgie (Alisha Newton) - a funny, smart-mouthed, and adventurous 11-year-old who has a penchant for drawing the main characters into situations they wouldn't normally find themselves in. Meanwhile, Amy struggles to understand why Ty hasn't said a word about the engagement ring she discovered, while learning to deal with Ty's acceptance to vet school and the new friends who take him away from her. But, as always, the family faces challenges together, sometimes with exasperation, sometimes with love and always with a healthy sense of humour.

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New to CBC Television, the live weekly competition series, OVER THE RAINBOW, chronicles untapped musical theatre talent as they vie for the coveted role of Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber's upcoming stage adaptation of the popular 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, opening this December at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. Thousands took to the stage during the cross-country audition process, but only 20 hopefuls were chosen to audition for the Lord himself, who whittled the talented group down to ten. Hosted by popular media personality, Daryn Jones, the eight-week series features live one-hour performance shows on Sunday nights (beginning September 16 at 8 p.m. / 8:30 NT), followed by live half-hour results shows on Monday nights (beginning September 17 at 8 p.m. / 8:30 NT). Each Monday, the bottom two Dorothys (as determined by an online public vote) will perform head-to-head, and only one participant will be saved from elimination by the judges. The competition will culminate in a showdown between the final three, with Lord Lloyd Webber himself in attendance, and Canada choosing the winner.

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TITANIC: BLOOD AND STEEL is a 12-part period drama chronicling the story of the Titanic, which gives viewers the chance to watch the legend unfold. While everyone knows the story of the tragic sinking of the infamous ship on April 15, 1912, the story of the creation and the building of the world's biggest boat are often forgotten. The cast is composed of high caliber Canadian talent, with Neve Campbell (Party of Five, The Craft) playing the role of Joanna Yaeger, and Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl) playing the series star, Mark Muir. The series also stars the infamous Chris Noth (The Good Wife, Sex and the City, Law and Order) as JP Morgan and Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, The King's Speech) as Lord William Pirrie. From the creative team behind Camelot and The Tudors, this star-studded series portrays the epic process of building the great ship from the ground up and the people who gave life to its creation.

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Outside of the primetime schedule, CBC Television's powerhouse Daytime line-up returns with all-new seasons of STEVEN AND CHRIS, BEST RECIPES EVER, and IN THE KITCHEN WITH STEFANO FAITA, beginning Monday, September 17.

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For more information including series synopses, biographies and high-resolution images, please visit the CBC Media Centre at https://mediacentre.cbc.ca.

About CBC/Radio-Canada CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus five languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

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Cathleen Saville, Publicist, CBC
Cathleen.Saville@cbc.ca 416.205.7976 (Office)/416.986.9355 (Mobile)