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CBC Television Announces 21 Renewals, Expanded Seasons of Hit Shows, and New Titles for 2013-14

CBC Television, currently in year two of a three-year plan to manage funding cuts, today confirmed a number of new and returning shows for 2013-14, including a brand new season of BATTLE OF THE BLADES, expanded (full) seasons of MURDOCH MYSTERIES and REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, a mini-series based on the award-winning Canadian novel THE BEST LAID PLANS (PDM Entertainment), and a television movie adaptation of THE BOOK OF NEGROES (Conquering Lion Pictures).

"We are very proud that, despite a very challenging financial climate, CBC continues to deliver a television schedule that features strong, proven Canadian programming along with some new made-in-Canada titles," said Christine Wilson, Executive Director, Content for CBC English Services. "With a lineup that will also feature the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and a full season of Hockey Night In Canada, it is shaping up to be another great year for CBC Television."

The following favorites have been renewed and will return to the programming schedule:  

22 Minutes
Arctic Air 
Battle of the Blades
Best Recipes Ever
Cracked
Coronation Street
Doc Zone
Dragons' Den
the fifth estate
George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
Heartland
In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita
Just for Laughs
Mr. D
Marketplace
Murdoch Mysteries (full season - 18 episodes)
The Nature of Things
Republic of Doyle (full season - 16 episodes)
The Rick Mercer Report
The Ron James Show 
Steven & Chris

Further information about the 2013-14 season will be announced at a later date. 

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About CBC's New In-House Publicity Team
CBC's new team of in-house publicists are delivering a comprehensive publicity service for all CBC programming and events.  For a complete list of publicity contacts and for more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the new CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. 

For further information, or to request interviews, contact:
Renee Weekes, Senior Publicist, CBC
416.205.2053 (Office)/416.729.7945 (Mobile)