CBC TV Launches Its Winter Season

Edge-of-your-seat drama and adventure set in the clear, cold skies and stunning natural beauty of Canada's new North; one of Hollywood's greatest stars kicks off the new season of the adventures of Canada's sexiest sleuth; and the crusty cut-throat of Canadian business literally goes to jail for his search to find the country's next great new entrepreneurs.

These are just a few of the highlights in store for CBC Television's 2012 Winter Season.

The excitement just doesn't soar any higher - on the map or the altimeter - than it does on ARCTIC AIR, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) beginning January 10. Strap yourself in as Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens, Flags of our Fathers, Law & Order: SVU) stars in this blockbuster action-adventure drama anchored around a group of renegade pilots based in Yellowknife, who battle the elements - and, at times, each other - as they struggle to complete their missions and keep the dysfunctional family business they all depend on from crashing, in every sense of the word.

He's one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and a Best Actor Academy Award® winner; now Russell Crowe comes to CBC Television to kick off the third season of REPUBLIC OF DOYLE. Crowe joins series star Allan Hawco and the rest of the cast of Newfoundland's most famous crime fighters in the season premiere January 11th (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m./9:30 NT).

One of Canada's favourite comedians, Gerry Dee, brings his gift for laughs - and his own life experience - to the new half-hour comedy MR. D (Mondays at 8 p.m./8:30 NT, beginning January 9). Before making his mark in standup comedy, Dee worked for nine years as a private school teacher. So he's especially well-suited to play Gerry Duncan, a would-be gym teacher who gets a job at a prestigious private school only to find himself giving lessons on a subject he knows nothing about - and deciding he has no alternative but to fake his way through it.

New this season is REDEMPTION INC. (Mondays at 9 p.m./9:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 9). The prime-time series follows a group of 10 ex-cons as they are given the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to set up their own business under the guidance of Dragon and multi-millionaire businessman, Kevin O'Leary. Kevin sees the business potential in giving these people a second chance, and he recognizes that these ex-cons paid their debt to society. At the end of the series, one of them will earn both Kevin's support and $100,000 of his own money, to start a legitimate business. This is not a handout or charity scheme; this is business.

Arlene Dickinson and Jim Treliving from Canada's top-rated entertainment program, DRAGONS' DEN, are hitting the road to help struggling companies get back on track by offering their expertise - and their own money. In each one-hour episode, new series, THE BIG DECISION features two separate businesses that are facing tough times. A Dragon will visit each company, roll up their sleeves, and put their expertise to work. If the Dragons think they can help turn things around, they will invest their own money - and change the fortunes of good companies that have fallen on hard times.

"We are equal parts proud, thrilled and excited to present this amazing lineup of new shows, top stars and the finest made-in-Canada television available anywhere," said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Executive Vice-President, English Services. "The winter season will set a new standard for excellence for CBC Television."

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