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LAUGH OUT LOUD WITH CBC'S RETURNING COMEDIES

CBC's hit comedies have been renewed for 2016-17, with brand new seasons of SCHITT'S CREEK, MR. D and THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES. Also returning for its 14th season is Canada's RICK MERCER REPORT. The four original productions currently air back-to-back on Tuesday nights.

CBC recently led the way with 164 nominations for the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, receiving 15 nods for SCHITT'S CREEK, the most nominated TV series of 2016, 12 for MR. D, six for THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES and four for RICK MERCER REPORT.

"We're so pleased to announce that four of the finest comedic programs in the country are returning to the CBC," says Sally Catto, general manager, programming at CBC Television. "While each is unique and brings its own distinct humour, together they have made Tuesdays on CBC a destination comedy night for Canadians from coast to coast." 

SCHITT'S CREEK - Season 3 premieres winter 2017 on CBC Television
SCHITT'S CREEK centres around a wealthy family that suddenly finds itself broke and forced to live in Schitt's Creek, a small, depressing town they once bought as a joke. The half-hour single-camera comedy is co-created by Eugene and Daniel Levy, who also star in the show alongside celebrated actress Catherine O'Hara, rising star Annie Murphy and funnyman Chris Elliott.

MR. D - Season 6 premieres fall 2016 on CBC Television
MR. D follows an under-qualified teacher trying to fake his way through a teaching job, just as he fakes his way through life. The show stars stand-up comedian Gerry Dee as the inexperienced and overconfident Mr. Duncan (Mr. D) and an all-star ensemble cast including Jonathan Torrens, Bette MacDonald, Wes Williams, Lauren Hammersley, Naomi Snieckus, Mark Little, Suresh John, Darrin Rose, Bill Wood and Kathleen Phillips.

THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES - Season 24 premieres fall 2016 on CBC Television
An award-winning and record-breaking Canadian comedy institution, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES features cast members Mark Critch, Cathy Jones, Shaun Majumder and Susan Kent as they savagely satirize Canadian politics and world events. It was recently announced that the sketch/variety show will be honoured with the Academy Icon Award, to be presented during the Canadian Screen Awards in March.

RICK MERCER REPORT - Season 14 premieres fall 2016 on CBC Television
This fall, RICK MERCER REPORT returns to CBC-TV for a 14th season. Rick Mercer's highly anticipated topical rants, funny takes on the week's top stories and Canada-wide adventures have made him a longtime audience favourite.

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About Not A Real Company Productions Inc.
SCHITT'S CREEK is commissioned by CBC, produced by Not A Real Company Productions Inc. and created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy. The executive producers are Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Kevin White, Fred Levy, and Ben Feigin. SCHITT'S CREEK is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Topsail Productions
MR. D is a co-production of Topsail Productions and Gerard ADHD Entertainment in association with CBC ‎and is distributed by eOne Television International.

DHX Media
DHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com), is a leading broadcaster, creator, producer and
marketer of entertainment programming, including THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES. The company markets and distributes its library of more than 11,000 episodes of programs worldwide, and licenses its owned properties through its dedicated consumer products business. DHX Media Ltd. is owner of the Family suite of channels, operated as DHX Television. With offices in 15 cities worldwide, including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Amsterdam and Beijing, DHXMedia Ltd. is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol DHXM, and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols DHX.A and DHX.B.

Island Edge Inc.
The RICK MERCER REPORT is a production of Island Edge Inc. in association with CBC Television. The show was created by Gerald Lunz and Rick Mercer. It is produced by Rick Mercer and the executive producer is Gerald Lunz.

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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada's new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre.

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Reid
publicist, CBC-TV, CBC Radio 2 & CBC Music
416.205.2665 (o) / 647.981.7059 (m)
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