Nov 21, 2019


November 21, 2019 – CBC today announced premiere dates for its winter 2020 lineup of new and returning Canadian series, featuring original programming that reflects contemporary Canada. With a new winter schedule launching Sunday, January 5each series will be available on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service. 

New original series premiering this winter include:


  • Hosted by Gerry Dee, FAMILY FEUD CANADA will introduce audiences to Canadian families from across the country four nights a week, beginning Monday, December 16 at a special time of 8PM (8:30 NT), before moving into its regular time slot at 7:30PM (8 NT) on Monday, December 23
  • New original factual series HIGH ARCTIC HAULERS, a high-stakes journey at sea that offers a look at Canada’s resilient, vibrant northern communities, premieres Sunday, January 5 at 8PM (8:30 NT) 
  • Starring Kari Matchett (Covert Affairs), Darren Mann (Giant Little Ones) and Stephen Moyer (True Blood) and set in the social and political chaos of 1968, new spy drama   FORTUNATE SON  premieres Wednesday January 8 at 9PM (9:30 NT)
  • In a new take on the popular factual entertainment format, BACK IN TIME FOR WINTER follows one modern Canadian family on a winter time-travelling adventure beginning Thursday, January 9 at 8PM (8:30NT)
  • Epic sci-fi adventure series ENDLINGS produced in partnership with Hulu, follows four foster kids who make a startling discovery that affects the entire universe, and premieres Sunday, January 5 at 6PM (6:30 NT) with weekly back-to-back episodes 
  • New culinary competition series and original Canadian format, FRIDGE WARS, premieres Thursday, February 27 at 8PM (8:30 NT)
  • New CBC Docs original series THE OLAND MURDER premieres Thursday, March 5 at 9PM (9:30 NT) 

Returning titles include:


  • Last season’s most-watched new Canadian series* CORONER, starring Serinda Swan, returns for Season 2 Monday, January 6 at 9PM (9:30 NT) 
  • CBC’s popular Tuesday night comedy lineup returns with the fourth season of KIM’S CONVENIENCE at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) and the sixth and final season of SCHITT’S CREEK at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) beginning Tuesday, January 7, with WORKIN’ MOMS returning for a fourth season Tuesday, February 18 at 9:30PM (10 NT)
  • The Kristin Kreuk-led legal drama BURDEN OF TRUTH returns for Season 3 Wednesday, January 8 at 8PM (8:30 NT) 
  • Gripping Canadian true crime series THE DETECTIVES returns for Season 3 Thursday, January 9 at 9PM (9:30 NT) 
  • CBC DOCS POV  returns with a new series of documentaries from some of Canada’s most talented documentary filmmakers beginning Sunday, February 9 at 9PM (9:30 NT)
  • Halifax legal aid drama DIGGSTOWN starring Vinessa Antoine and Natasha Henstridge returns for Season 2 Wednesday, March 4 at 8PM (8:30 NT) 


Offering more than 4000 hours of live and on-demand content including original Canadian series and a curated selection of acclaimed programming from around the world, CBC Gem will feature the following streaming premieres this winter:  


  • HEY LADY! (8x8), written by Morris Panych and directed by Adriana Maggs, Sarah Polley and Will Bowes, this original comedy stars Jayne Eastwood as a mean-spirited senior with no intention of ageing gracefully, premiering February 14
  • GOOD PEOPLE (5X20), a factual series that takes a hard look at Canada’s problems and scours the planet for the places and solutions that offer hope. Exploring homelessness, gun violence outbreaks, veteran welfare, a world-worst record on garbage and the opioid crisis, host Mark Sakamoto focuses the issues and connects with the people most affected, premieres March


  • WISTING (10x60), based on Jorn Lier Horst’s best selling novels, this  Norweigan crime drama follows a former New York-based FBI agent (Carrie-Anne Moss) working with homicide detective William Wisting (Sven Nordin) to catch a serial killer, begins streaming January 17.
  • SAFE HARBOUR (4x60), a psychological thriller set in Brisbane about a group of friends whose sailing holiday to Indonesia alters their lives forever after they come across a boat overloaded with asylum seeker,s begins streaming January 24.
  • BRITANNIA (8x60, 1x90), a historical fantasy drama set in AD 43 that follows ancient Rome’s conquest of the Celts in the British Isles starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) and Kelly Reilly (True Detective) from award-winning writer Jez Butterworth (Spectre, Jerusalem), begins streaming February 7
  • THE LONG SONG (3x75), an adaptation of the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Andrea Levy, that follows the trials, tribulations and survival of plantation slave July and her odious mistress Caroline, begins streaming February 7
  • BRASSIC (6x60), an authentic and edgy comedy series written by BAFTA® winner Danny Brocklehurst following a group of working-class friends who find unconventional ways to win at life, begins streaming February 21.
  • BARRACUDA (4x60), a drama series based on the 2013 novel from acclaimed Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, explores a brutal clash of cultures, dreams and expectations and the relentless demands that are placed upon young athletes, their families, friends, schools and coaches, begins streaming March 27


CBC will also feature the following award celebrations this winter, recognizing the best in Canadian music, television, film and books:

CBC’s winter 2020 schedule, launching Sunday, January 5 on CBC and CBC Gem:
All following times local with the exception of Newfoundland, please add half an hour to all times.

6 PM - ENDLINGS (12x30) a new sci-fi adventure series beginning January 5 with back-to-back episodes weekly
8 PM - HIGH ARCTIC HAULERS (7x60) new series premieres January 5
9 PM - THE FIFTH ESTATE Season 45 (14x60) continues January 5
9 PM - CBC DOCS POV Season 5 (6x60) premieres February 9
10 PM - THE NATIONAL CBC News’ flagship program continues Sunday to Friday each week

7 PM - CORONATION STREET continues Mondays to Fridays at a new time of 7 p.m.
7:30 PM FAMILY FEUD CANADA (60x30) continues Mondays to Thursdays beginning January 6
8 PM - MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 13 (18x60) continues January 6
9 PM - CORONER Season 2 (8x60) premieres January 6
9 PM - WILD BILL (6x60) new UK drama series premieres March 2

7:30 PM FAMILY FEUD CANADA (60x30) Mondays to Thursdays 
8 PM - KIM’S CONVENIENCE Season 4 (13x30) premieres  January 7
8:30 PM - THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES Season 27 (19x30, 1x60) continues January 7
9 PM - SCHITT’S CREEK Season 6 (14x30) premieres January 7
9:30 PM - CATASTROPHE Season 2 (6x30) premieres January 7
9:30 PM - WORKIN’ MOMS Season 4 (8x30) premieres February 18

7 PM - CORONATION STREET (weekdays at a new time 7 PM) 
7:30 PM FAMILY FEUD CANADA (60x30) Mondays to Thursdays 
8 PM - BURDEN OF TRUTH Season 3 (8x60) premieres January 8
8 PM - DIGGSTOWN Season 2 (6x60) premieres March 4
9 PM - FORTUNATE SON (8x60) a new spy drama inspired by a true story premieres January 8

7 PM - CORONATION STREET (weekdays at 7 PM) 
7:30 PM FAMILY FEUD CANADA (60x30) Mondays to Thursdays 
8 PM - BACK IN TIME FOR WINTER (7x60) premieres January 9
8 PM - FRIDGE WARS (6x60) new culinary competition series premieres February 27
9 PM - THE DETECTIVES Season 3 (8x60) premieres January 9
9 PM - THE OLAND MURDER (4x60) new CBC Docs original series premieres March 5

7 PM - CORONATION STREET (back-to-back episodes every Friday)
7:30 PM - CORONATION STREET (back-to-back episodes every Friday)
8 PM -  MARKETPLACE Season 46 continues January 10
8:30 PM - YOU CAN’T ASK THAT Season 1 (8x30) premieres January 10
9 PM - THE NATURE OF THINGS Season 59 (18x60) continues January 10

9 AM - KINGDOM FORCE (26x22) premieres December 7 and continues 
10 AM - MOLLY OF DENALI (38x30) continues
6:30 PM -  HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues
Afternoon - ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES Season 5 continues 

*Source: Numeris TV Meter, Total Canada, Total TV English, Ind.2+ AMA, Sept. 17, 2018 - June 2, 2019, English Language Programming Only, Mon-Sun 2a-2a, generated by InfoSys+TV


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