Sep 10, 2020

Hosted by Gavin Crawford, a new TV adaptation of CBC Radio’s hit news quiz show BECAUSE NEWS joins the fall lineup on October 18


Season 2 of acclaimed comedy PEN15 to premiere exclusively in Canada on CBC Gem on October 16  

September 10, 2020 - CBC today announced broadcast and streaming premiere dates for its fall 2020 slate of new and returning original programming, spanning 1300 new hours and 24 series that showcase distinct perspectives and voices Canadian audiences won’t find anywhere else. The new fall primetime schedule launches Monday, October 5 on CBC TV and the free CBC Gem streaming service.




  • Mondays: Beginning October 5, new thriller THE SOUNDS kicks off the Monday night drama lineup, followed by Season 2 of acclaimed drama series PURE.
  • Tuesdays: Beginning October 6, CBC’s hit Tuesday night comedy lineup returns with the final season of BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW, followed by new seasons of STILL STANDINGTHIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES and CATASTROPHE.
  • Wednesdays: Beginning October 7, highly anticipated drama TRICKSTER debuts after making its World Premiere at TIFF 2020, preceded by the Canadian premiere of the new international version of WAR OF THE WORLDS.
  • Thursdays: Beginning October 15, BATTLE OF THE BLADES returns to the ice, followed by the 15th season of DRAGONS’ DEN in a reinvented Den as entrepreneurs deal with COVID-19 challenges, launching October 22. 
  • Fridays: Beginning October 9, new seasons of MARKETPLACE and YOU CAN’T ASK THAT premiere followed by LANDSCAPE ARTIST OF THE YEAR CANADA, hosted by Sook-Yin Lee and featuring top Canadian artists in a battle of the brushesThe landmark 60th anniversary season of THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki begins November 6.
  • Sundays: Beginning October 18, the groundbreaking documentary series ENSLAVED led by Samuel L. Jackson debuts, following the premiere of a new TV adaptation of CBC Radio’s BECAUSE NEWS hosted by Gavin Crawford.
  • Weeknights: Beginning Thanksgiving Monday, October 12, FAMILY FEUD CANADA returns for an all-new season with Canadian families and host Gerry Dee.
  • CBC Gem Exclusives this fall include acclaimed Radio-Canada original series C’EST COMME ÇA QUE JE T’AIME (HAPPILY MARRIED) on Wednesday, September 16, and the exclusive Canadian premiere of Season 2 of Emmy™-nominated comedy series PEN15 on Friday, October 16. The complete list of new titles streaming on CBC Gem in September is available here
  • Reflecting and reframing a range of perspectives at the heart of the Canadian experience, original CBC Films premiering on CBC Gem this fall include THE DISAPPEARANCE AT CLIFTON HILL directed by Albert Shin (October 2); AMERICAN WOMAN directed by Semi Chellas (October 16), and RED SNOW directed by Marie Clements (October 23).



  • With a new fall lineup launching this week, CBC continues to entertain and inform young Canadians with trusted original programming including THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON, a new version of a familiar bear featuring the voice of Ben Whishaw (Mary Poppins Returns); heartwarming CBC/Radio-Canada original series REMY & BOO about a girl and her robot; and quirky comedy LOVE MONSTER based on the bestselling series of books by Rachel Bright.



CBC will feature the following award celebrations this fall, showcasing Canadian creators, musical artists and storytellers:


  • POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORTLIST CELEBRATION AND WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT streaming on CBC Gem, on CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts, and around the world at CBCMusic.ca/polaris on October 19 
  • SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE broadcast live on CBC, CBC Radio One and streaming on CBC Gem and CBC.ca/books/gillerprize on November 9


CBC’s Fall 2020 Primetime Schedule launching Monday, October 5:

All following times local. For Newfoundland and Labrador, please add half an hour to all times.



7 PM - CORONATION STREET (weekdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)

7:30 PM - FAMILY FEUD CANADA Season 2 (104x30) Mondays to Thursdays; premieres the week of October 12

8 PM - THE SOUNDS (8x60) premieres October 5

9 PM - PURE Season 2 (6x60) premieres October 5




7 PM - CORONATION STREET (weekdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)

7:30 PM - FAMILY FEUD CANADA Season 2 (104x30) Mondays to Thursdays; premieres the week of October 12

8 PM - STILL STANDING Season 6 (10x30) premieres October 6

8:30 PM - THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES Season 28 (19x30) premieres October 6

9 PM - BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW Season 5 (8x30) premieres October 6

9:30 PM - CATASTROPHE Season 3 (6x30) premieres October 6




7 PM - CORONATION STREET (weekdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)

7:30 PM - FAMILY FEUD CANADA Season 2 (104x30) Mondays to Thursdays; premieres the week of October 12

8 PM - WAR OF THE WORLDS (8x60) premieres October 7

9 PM - TRICKSTER Season 1 (6x60) premieres October 7



7 PM - CORONATION STREET (weekdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)

7:30 PM - FAMILY FEUD CANADA Season 2 (104x30) Mondays to Thursdays; premieres the week of October 12

8 PM (7 AT, 7:30 NT) - BATTLE OF THE BLADES Season 6 (1x120, 6x60) premieres with a two-hour special October 15 

9 PM - DRAGONS’ DEN Season 15 (10x60) premieres October 22




7 PM - CORONATION STREET (weekdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)

7:30 PM - CORONATION STREET (weekdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)

8 PM - MARKETPLACE Season 47 (22x30) premieres October 9

8:30 PM - YOU CAN’T ASK THAT Season 2 (8x30) premieres October 9 *CBC Gem-first premiere, with all episodes available to stream beginning October 2*

9 PM - LANDSCAPE ARTIST OF THE YEAR CANADA (4x60) premieres October 9

9 PM - THE NATURE OF THINGS Season 60 (17x60) premieres November 6




Afternoons – ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES Season 6

7 PM - SHORT FILM FACE OFF (4x60) premieres October 3

7 PM - ABSOLUTELY CANADIAN (6x60) premieres October 31

9 PM and 11 PM - MOVIE NIGHT IN CANADA returns October 3



7 PM - BECAUSE NEWS (6x30) premieres October 18

7:30 PM - THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW Season 10 (10x90) premieres October 11

9 PM - ENSLAVED (6x60) premieres October 18





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