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SEASON FINALE WEEK ON CBC TELEVISION

After debuting to record high audiences this winter season, CBC Television's winter lineup wraps up next week with several finale episodes.

On Monday, it is the season finale of CBC-TV's funny and fresh new comedy MR. D. The show attracted 1.23 million viewers for its season premiere, making MR. D the most-watched show on a Canadian network in the timeslot. DRAGONS' DEN, Canada's top-rated entertainment program, reached 2 in 5 Canadians over the course of this season. Its finale airs on Wednesday, followed by REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, which had its best season yet, with more than 1.3 million viewers for the season premiere. And on Friday, MARKETPLACE wraps up another strong season--it averaged 1.157 million viewers, a 31 per cent increase over last year--while the fifth estate caps a season that featured episodes that garnered the show's largest audience numbers in more than a decade.


SEASON FINALE WEEK SCHEDULE


MR.D

Monday, April 2 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)
Gerry decides to use a boxing match at the school's annual Charity Day to settle his competition with Mr. Dwyer for the title of Mr. D once and for all.

LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE

Monday, April 2 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)
In its final episode ever, Amaar prepares for the grand opening of the town of Mercy's new Mosque, while trying to get Baber to end his boycott.  Charles returns to Mercy with a plan to win Ann. Sarah reaffirms her Muslim faith.

THE BIG DECISION

Monday, April 2 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
Hardy Buoys, a family-own fish processing plant in Port Hardy, B.C., and Tashodi, an eco-friendly bath and body care company based in Toronto, both look to Arlene Dickinson to help save them.

RICK MERCER REPORT
Tuesday, April 3 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)
Rick attends celebration festivities at the winning schools in the annual Mercer Report Spread the Net Student Challenge.  Highlights include an extreme dodgeball game with students at an elementary school in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, African drumming at a high school in Peterborough, Ontario, and at Montreal's McGill University Rick drives a 'Baja' off-road car on campus.

22 MINUTES

Tuesday, April 3 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)
Shaun Majumder heads to the Junos with some musical advice for award nominees. The cast travels to Peggy's Cove to look into the sale of an iconic lighthouse, and - after weeks of trash-talking - Mark Critch brings us the outcome of the Trudeau/Brazeau boxing match.

DRAGONS' DEN
Wednesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)
In this finale, Dragons Jim Treliving, Kevin O'Leary, Arlene Dickinson, Bruce Croxon and Robert Herjavec sit with DRAGONS' DEN host Dianne Buckner and "tell all" about what makes them spend, what sets them off, what moves them and what they really think about each other.

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE

Wednesday, April 4 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
The Doyles struggle to prove Mal's innocence when he's accused of murder but end up digging a deeper hole; Kathleen gets some brotherly help with the George situation; Tinny discovers the identity of her father.

MARKETPLACE
Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

MARKETPLACE expands on its popular "Busted" segment with an hour-long special, The Busted Edition. Co-hosts Erica Johnson (@cbcerica) and Tom Harrington (@cbctom) report on shocking claims and shoddy services that drive Canadians crazy. Anti-viral tissue claims, bank fees, outrageous markups at a national car service chain, cable and phone service charges, fast-food marketing spin, extended warranty fine print--even charities and government watchdogs get "busted" by MARKETPLACE in this wide-ranging exposé.

the fifth estate
Friday, April 6 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
In an unprecedented television event, Bob McKeown hosts a live and interactive special edition of the fifth estate. The show recreates a real-life kidnapping, and lets viewers decide what to do to catch the perpetrators, each step of the way. Weigh in via FacebookandTwitter as the true-life drama unfolds. And beginning April 4, at CBCNews.ca/kidnapped, join the investigation online. Follow the facts, and see the case unfold as you uncover evidence in our online simulation of the police investigation.

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Renee Weekes
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