CBC UNVEILS 2022-23 PROGRAMMING SLATE FEATURING OVER 40 ORIGINAL SERIES AND SPECIALS FROM CANADIAN STORYTELLERS

Jun 01, 2022

Distinct new Canadian dramas include ESSEX COUNTY based on Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed graphic novel trilogy; Arctic thriller THE NORTH WATER; time travel drama PLAN B starring Patrick J. Adams and Karine Vanasse; and Northern medical adventure SKYMED joining renewed series DIGGSTOWN, HEARTLAND, MOONSHINE, MURDOCH MYSTERIES and PRETTY HARD CASES

New reality competition CANADA’S ULTIMATE CHALLENGE will turn the nation into a cross-country obstacle course, featuring Canadians mentored by six superstar coaches: Donovan Bailey, Waneek Horn-Miller, Clara Hughes, Gilmore Junio, Jen Kish and Luke Willson

Reflecting more people and places across the country than ever before, CBC’s factual entertainment includes vibrant new series BOLLYWED set in Toronto’s Little India and THE LEGACY AWARDS from The Black Academy plus new seasons of DRAGONS’ DEN with returning Dragon Robert Herjavec, FAMILY FEUD CANADA, THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW, RACE AGAINST THE TIDE and STILL STANDING 

CBC builds on its best-in-class original comedy lineup with COMEDY NIGHT WITH RICK MERCER and CBC Gem original FAKES alongside new seasons of RUN THE BURBS, SON OF A CRITCH, SORT OF, STRAYS, WORKIN’ MOMS and the 30th anniversary of THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES

Filmmaker Marie Clements’ five-part Indigenous drama series BONES OF CROWS, giving voice to the residential school experience and its impact on multiple generations, to premiere in 2023-24 following the theatrical release of its film version

Original documentary programming includes SUMMIT ‘72 commemorating the 1972 Canada-Russia hockey summit, and new seasons of THE PASSIONATE EYE featuring Jennifer Baichwal’s INTO THE WEEDS, and THE NATURE OF THINGS

CBC News’ trusted and essential slate of news, current affairs and investigative programming continues with THE FIFTH ESTATE, THE NATIONAL, POWER & POLITICS WITH VASSY KAPELOS, CBC RUNDOWN, CANADA TONIGHT WITH GINELLA MASSA, ROSEMARY BARTON LIVE and the landmark 50th season of consumer watchdog MARKETPLACE
 

 

CBC today announced its 2022-23 programming slate for CBC TV and CBC Gem, featuring over 40 new and returning original series and specials from Canadian creators, producers and storytellers across all genres.

"As Canada’s national public broadcaster, we’re proud to be number-one in what matters most - and that’s being Canadian. No other media company in Canada offers the remarkable range of homegrown storytelling that we do, fulfilling the opportunity for people in communities across the country to see themselves represented in new ways. No one else does and no one else will tell the stories that we tell, reaching an audience that is inclusive and reflective of the changing face of Canada. - Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, CBC

**Images from new CBC series are available here**

 

ENTERTAINMENT, FACTUAL AND SPORTS
 

ORIGINAL COMEDY SLATE

CBC and CBC Gem will continue to offer the best original comedy in Canada, including the second seasons of authentic comedies SORT OF, STRAYS, RUN THE BURBS, and SON OF A CRITCH - alongside returning favourite WORKIN’ MOMS and the 30th anniversary of THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES. New shows include COMEDY NIGHT WITH RICK MERCER and CBC Gem original FAKES, offering an unconventional rollercoaster ride of teen drama.

New Original Comedy Series

  • COMEDY NIGHT WITH RICK MERCER (Premieres Fall 2022; 8x60; Just For Laughs TV and Counterfeit Pictures) is a Canadian comedy event to remember, composed of eight unforgettable one-hour specials presented by legendary comedy icon and TV personality, Rick Mercer. Featuring an incredible lineup of the country’s new and notable comedians, including stand-up performances from Mercer himself, the series will also feature never-before-seen conversations between Mercer and some of today’s most impressive Canadian comedy talent, including Sophie Buddle, D.J. Demers, Dakota Ray Hebert and Dave Merheje, among others.  
  • FAKES (Premieres Fall 2022 on CBC Gem; 10x30; Reality Distortion Field), created by David Turko and a co-production with Netflix, follows two best friends who accidentally build one of the largest fake ID empires in North America. Before they even graduate high school, Zoe and Rebecca move into a sick penthouse, earn more cash than they know what to do with, and then get raided by the feds. This is the story of their ultimate betrayal, told from each of their unreliable POVs as they compete for the last word. Starring Emilija Baranac (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), Jennifer Tong (Grand Army), and Richard Harmon (The 100)

Returning Original Comedies & Festivals

  • SORT OF (Season 2 premieres Fall 2022; 8x30; Sphere Media’s Sienna Films)
  • STRAYS (Season 2 premieres Fall 2022; 10x30; Thunderbird Entertainment)
  • THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (Season 30 premieres Fall 2022; 24x30; IoM Media) celebrating its 30th anniversary season. 
  • THE NEW WAVE OF STANDUP (Season 2 premieres Winter 2023; 4x30; Just For Laughs TV)
  • RUN THE BURBS (Season 2 premieres Winter 2023; 13x30; Pier 21 Films) 
  • SON OF A CRITCH (Season 2 premieres Winter 2023; 13x30; Project 10 Productions) 
  • WORKIN’ MOMS (Season 7 premieres Winter 2023; 13x30; Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment) 

ORIGINAL DRAMA SLATE

This summer brings the adventure of new medical drama SKYMED, while the fall sees the return of audience favourites HEARTLAND and MURDOCH MYSTERIES, and east coast tales MOONSHINE and DIGGSTOWN, as well as a treacherous journey to the Arctic in THE NORTH WATER. New family drama ESSEX COUNTY joins the winter lineup alongside a new English-language adaptation of Radio-Canada series PLAN B; and critically acclaimed female-driven procedural PRETTY HARD CASES returns for a third season.

New Original Drama Series 

  • SKYMED (Premieres in Canada beginning Sunday, July 10 at 9 p.m. [9:30 NT] on CBC and CBC Gem; 9x60; Piazza Entertainment) Life, death, and drama at 20,000 feet, SKYMED is a drama wrapped in high-stakes medical adventure. The series weaves compelling stories around a diverse ensemble of young First Responders in the remote North, where help – and survival – are literally thousands of miles away. Over the course of the season, the trials, triumphs, hookups and heartbreaks of a perilous job in an unforgiving setting will challenge each of them to face their fears and grow up. Created by Julie Puckrin (X Company, Transplant, Nurses, Killjoys, Mad Men), the one-hour drama features an ensemble cast of young Canadian talent including Natasha Calis (Nurses), Morgan Holmstrom (Siberia), Ace (Aason) Nadjiwon (Batwoman), Praneet Akilla (Nancy Drew), Mercedes Morris (Between), Thomas Elms (The Order), Kheon Clarke (Riverdale), and Rebecca Kwan (Taken).
  • THE NORTH WATER (Premieres Fall 2022; 6x60; Rhombus Media and See-Saw Films) In 1859, Patrick Sumner (BAFTA winner Jack O’Connell, Seberg, Godless) joins The Volunteer as a ship’s surgeon, hoping to lose himself in the tough physicality of an Arctic whaling trip. But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crew mates, with harpooner Drax (Golden Globe™ winner Colin Farrell, In Bruges, The Batman) a distinctly brutal force of nature. As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, confrontation between the two men erupts, taking them on a journey far from solid ground and way beyond the safe moorings of civilization. 
  • ESSEX COUNTY (Premieres Winter 2023; 5x60; First Generation Films) is a five-part limited series based on the brilliant graphic novel trilogy by Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Moon Knight). A redemptive tale of family, ESSEX COUNTY tells the story of four disparate characters linked together through bloodlines. From old Uncle Lou, to young Lester, to Anne the country nurse and Ken, the stoic farmer, the four lead characters ebb and flow into each other’s lives, slowly weaving connections between them that ultimately save and redeem them.
  • PLAN B (Premieres Winter 2023; 6x60; KOTV) Adapted from the Radio-Canada French-language drama created by Jean-François Asselin and Jacques Drolet and set in Montreal, this high-concept, gripping and intimate psychological drama from Asselin, Drolet and Lynne Kamm follows a man on a desperate and relentless quest to save his relationship - and by extension, his whole world. Who has not at one time wanted to go back and change the course of events? And what if you were given a second chance, a Plan B? The day when Philip (Patrick J. Adams, Suits) discovers the possibility of going back in time, he does not hesitate. Since Evelyn (Karine Vanasse, Cardinal), the love of his life and companion for the past six years, has left him, his life has lost its meaning. With the tremendous power he wields thanks to Plan B, he attempts to save his relationship, his law firm and his dysfunctional family. But Philip soon realizes that even the smallest choice has repercussions - as uncontrollable as they are unexpected - on his life and the lives of others. And even though he can stop tragic events before they happen, Philip cannot erase the memories and the emotions associated with them. Nothing will ever be without consequence again.
  • BONES OF CROWS (Premieres 2023-24; 5x60; Marie Clements Media, Screen Siren Pictures and Grana Productions) is a five-part hour-long drama told through the eyes of Cree Matriarch, Aline Spears (played throughout her life by Summer Testawich; Grace Dove, Monkey Beach; and Carla Rae, Rutherford Falls), as she survives Canada’s residential school system to continue her family’s generational fight in the face of systemic starvation, racism, and sexual abuse. The series is an expanded story from the feature film version; a truly epic tale that spans over a hundred years and multiple generations of the Spears family, the series connects and deepens the events of the past with a cumulative force that propels us into the future with power. Commissioned by CBC/Radio-Canada in association with APTN and created by Marie Clements (Red Snow), BONES OF CROWS the series will debut on CBC and Radio-Canada in 2023-24. BONES OF CROWS the feature film, which focuses specifically on Aline Spears as she confronts her traumatic past, will be released theatrically in 2022-23. 

Returning Original Dramas

  • DIGGSTOWN (Season 4 premieres Fall 2022; 6x60; Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films Inc. and Waterstar Entertainment Inc.) 
  • HEARTLAND (Season 16 premieres Fall 2022; 15x60; Dynamo Films and SEVEN24 Films)
  • MOONSHINE (Season 2 premieres Fall 2022; 8x60, Six Eleven Media and eOne) 
  • MURDOCH MYSTERIES (Season 16 premieres Fall 2022; 24x60; Shaftesbury)
  • PRETTY HARD CASES (Season 3 premieres Winter 2023; 10x60; Cameron Pictures)

FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT 

CBC’s factual entertainment slate features even more people and places across the country this year including Canadians and communities in pursuit of their personal best, with RACE AGAINST THE TIDE with host Maestro Fresh Wes making waves this summer, favourites DRAGONS’ DEN, FAMILY FEUD CANADA and THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW returning this fall, and BEST IN MINIATURE and STILL STANDING with Jonny Harris warming up the winter schedule. Joining the lineup is BOLLYWED featuring the Singh family of Toronto’s Little India, thrilling competition series CANADA’S ULTIMATE CHALLENGE; and podcast adaptation STUFF THE BRITISH STOLE. The fall also brings the inaugural edition of THE LEGACY AWARDS from The Black Academy, as well as a variety show like no other - CBC Gem original LIDO TV hosted by Colombian-Canadian musician and artist Lido Pimienta. 

New Original Factual Series & Specials 

  • THE LEGACY AWARDS (September 25, 2022 at 8 p.m. (9 AT/9:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem; Insight Productions (a Boat Rocker Company) and Bay Mills Studios) The inaugural edition of The Black Academy’s award show, The Legacy Awards, is the first major Canadian award show to celebrate and showcase Black talent and will be broadcast from Live Nation Canada’s newest entertainment venue HISTORY, in Toronto’s east end.  The live 90-minute telecast will feature performances, award presentations, and tributes honouring both established and emerging Black Canadian talent. The Black Academy is co-founded by Scarborough natives Shamier Anderson (John Wick: Chapter 4) and Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk). 
  • LIDO TV (Premieres Fall 2022 on CBC Gem; 6x20; Lido Pimienta TV/Visitor Media) is a variety show with a mission: to help people cope with life in a world that sometimes feels like it’s falling apart, filled with hilarious sketches, inspiring interviews, immersive documentaries, surreal animations, and puppets. At the centre of it all is host Lido Pimienta, the award-winning Colombian-Canadian musician, artist and mother whose hilarious, curious, and tender personality drives the action. The series tackles themes ranging from feminism and privilege to colonialism and success, and features appearances by Nelly Furtado; musicians Shad and Kittie; writer Sarah Hagi; NorBlack NorWhite co-founder Mriga Kapadiya; and artists jes sachse and Jessica Karuhanga.
  • BOLLYWED (Premieres Winter 2023; 10x30; HeartHat Entertainment) is a heartwarming factual series centred around the Singh family, who have been operating the iconic bridal shop, Chandan Fashion, in Toronto’s Little India for the last 37 years. The series shines a fascinating light on the booming and glamorous world of Bollywood culture and fashion, and offers an authentic glimpse into an intergenerationally run business lead by patriarch Cookie Singh, his wife Sarah, and their two children Chandan and Chandni. There’s plenty of old-school-meets-new-school drama and laughs as two generations take on the ever-changing and extravagant world of Indian weddings.
  • CANADA’S ULTIMATE CHALLENGE (Premieres Winter 2023; 8x60; Insight Productions (a Boat Rocker Company) and The Gurin Company) is a competition reality format that turns the entire country into a giant obstacle course. Six extraordinary coaches will guide and mentor teams of everyday Canadians at site-specific physical and mental challenges in a unique competition structure. The coaches include: sprinting legend and two-time Olympic champion, Donovan Bailey; Mohawk Olympian in water polo and advocate for Indigenous sport, Waneek Horn-Miller; six-time Olympic medallist in cycling and speed skating, Clara Hughes; three-time Olympic speed skater Gilmore Junio; former captain of Canada’s Olympic bronze medal-winning rugby sevens team, Jen Kish; and NFL Super Bowl Champion and competitive cyclist, Luke Willson. Each episode will take place at an iconic Canadian location where the teams will compete in spectacular Solo, Tandem or Team challenges that test them physically and mentally. Throughout the eight-episode series, the superstar Canadian coaches will make strategic decisions and motivate their players to victory. In the end, only one team will win CANADA’S ULTIMATE CHALLENGE.
  • STUFF THE BRITISH STOLE (Premieres Winter 2023; 6x30; Wooden Horse, WildBear Entertainment and Cream Productions) is a new six-part series for the ABC and CBC based on award-winning journalist Marc Fennell’s acclaimed, chart-topping ABC Podcast, also launched by CBC Podcasts in fall 2021. Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today those objects are housed in genteel institutions across the U.K. and the world. They usually come with polite plaques. This is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects. 

Returning Factual Formats & Series:

 

DOCUMENTARIES 

CBC commissions an average of 80 documentaries each year for CBC, CBC Gem and documentary Channel, with CBC Gem now offering  a library of over 800 documentaries, available to stream for free anytime. THE PASSIONATE EYE returns this fall with a new slate of original documentaries that drop audiences into a broad range of cultural conversations, from our fascination with word puzzles, to what it means to be Indigenous, and to a new generation of stock market disruptors.

THE PASSIONATE EYE’s two-hour season premiere will feature Hot Docs 2022 Opening Night selection, INTO THE WEEDS, telling the powerful story of Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a former Bay Area groundskeeper who takes on a multinational agrochemical corporation after a terminal cancer diagnosis. Directed by celebrated filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, Long Time Running), the film follows Johnson through his battle, setting his personal journey against a global environmental crisis.

New original doc series this upcoming year include:

  • SUMMIT ‘72 (Premieres Fall 2022; 4x60; Mercury Films and Impossible Objects) This timely documentary series will tell the definitive story of the legendary 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series of Hockey upon its 50th anniversary, and through a modern lens explore its legacy and lasting influence on Canadian national identity, framing it against the political and cultural climate of the times in both countries, and around the world. With never-before-seen 16mm archival footage restored in stunning 4k, and exclusive interviews with key players, SUMMIT ‘72 will bring an unforgettable moment in Canadian history to life on screen as never seen before. Audiences will relive—or experience for the first time—the adrenaline-fuelled, edge-of-your-seat drama of one of the most monumental cultural proxy battles of the Cold War, and trace its many reverberations in the zeitgeist right up to the present day.
  • STAY TOONED (Premieres Winter 2023 on CBC Gem; 6x22; Fathom Film Group) Eric Bauza – the Canadian who voices legendary characters from Bugs Bunny to Luke Skywalker – takes us on a deep dive through our favourite cartoons to see how they shaped us into who we are today. In each episode, he meets with friends and experts to explore villains, race, sexuality, and so much more. Featuring Ben Schwartz, Lake Bell, Ken Jeong, Bobby Moynihan, Tara Strong, Lamorne Morris, Cree Summer, and James Adomian, among others.

Returning Documentary Formats & Series: 

 

CBC KIDS

Building on CBC’s ongoing commitment to inspire, entertain and inform young audiences, CBC Kids will continue to share new programming for kids and tweens across all platforms this upcoming year, including over 500 hours of ad-free programming on CBC Gem. New titles for preschoolers include JEREMY AND JAZZY (Fall 2022; 27x2 and 1x11; Vérité Films Inc.), an animated musical adventure series about song and story creation, starring award-winning musicians Jeremy Fisher (as Jeremy) and Aiza Ntibarikure (as Jazzy), plus celebrity musical guests. MITTENS AND PANTS (Fall 2022; 39x7, Windy Isle Productions and Thunderbird Entertainment) is cuteness overload for preschoolers, featuring the town of Kibble Corners with real puppies, kittens, chicks, piglets and more, voiced by kids. 

CBC SPORTS

Coming off of an unprecedented year featuring two Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, CBC SPORTS will continue to keep Canadians connected to the world of high-performance sport through coverage on CBC TV and CBC Gem, as well as live streams of key competitions on cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app. Upcoming featured events include: 2022 World Athletics Championships (USA, July 15 - 24); Commonwealth Games (England, July 28 - Aug. 8); FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship (Location TBC, Aug. 26 - Sept. 11); Rugby Sevens World Cup (South Africa, Sept. 9-11); FIG Rhythmic World Championship (Bulgaria, Sept. 14 - 18); and FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship (Poland and The Netherlands, Sept. 23 - Oct. 15). As Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Network for the next decade, CBC will continue to offer high-quality storytelling that allows audiences to follow the journey of the athletes between Games, all the way to the podium. 

INTERNATIONAL SERIES

CBC and CBC Gem will continue to offer audiences a curated selection of acclaimed series from around the world, including a new season of WAR OF THE WORLDS this fall.

  • RIDLEY ROAD (Premieres Fall 2022; 4x60; RED Production Company) is a riveting four-episode drama set in 1962 London, a colourful but tumultuous time, based on Jo Bloom’s acclaimed novel. Inspired by true events, RIDLEY ROAD stars newcomer Agnes O’Casey as Vivien Epstein, a young Jewish hairdresser who fits right into London’s mod scene, while secretly infiltrating the British neo-Nazi hierarchy on behalf of Jewish antifascists; Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful) as Colin Jordan, the real-life leader of Britain’s post-World War II Nazi movement; and Tom Varey (Ackley Bridge) as Jack, Vivien’s true love.
  • TRAVEL MAN (Premieres Fall 2022; 8x30; North One Television) 
  • WAR OF THE WORLDS (Season 3 premieres Fall 2022; 8x60; Urban Myth Films in association with StudioCanal and Fox Networks Group)

 

CBC NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS

From breaking stories to in-depth coverage, CBC News delivers trusted 24-hour news and information on CBC News Network, CBCNews.ca and the CBC News App. CBC News continues to bring audiences the latest news from across Canada and around the world, in addition to an award-winning slate of current affairs, investigative and primetime and weekend news programs, including the 50th anniversary of MARKETPLACE, celebrating five decades as Canada's investigative consumer watchdog.

 

FALL 2022 SCHEDULE - CBC TV and CBC GEM

For Newfoundland and Labrador, please add a half hour for all times
 

MONDAYS

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

7:30 PM - FAMILY FEUD CANADA *Season 4*

8 PM - MURDOCH MYSTERIES *Season 16*

9 PM - THE NORTH WATER *New Series* / RIDLEY ROAD *New Series*

10 PM - THE NATIONAL

 

TUESDAYS

7 PM - CORONATION STREET 

7:30 PM - FAMILY FEUD CANADA 

8 PM - THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES *Season 30*

8:30 PM - STRAYS *Season 2*

9 PM - COMEDY NIGHT WITH RICK MERCER *New Series* / SORT OF *Season 2*

9:30 PM - SORT OF *Season 2*

10 PM - THE NATIONAL

 

WEDNESDAYS

7 PM - CORONATION STREET 

7:30 PM - FAMILY FEUD CANADA 

8 PM - SUMMIT ‘72 *New Series* / DIGGSTOWN *Season 4*

9 PM - WAR OF THE WORLDS *Season 3*

10 PM - THE NATIONAL

 

THURSDAYS

7 PM - CORONATION STREET 

7:30 PM - FAMILY FEUD CANADA

8 PM - DRAGONS’ DEN *Season 17*

9 PM - THE FIFTH ESTATE *Season 48*

10 PM - THE NATIONAL

 

FRIDAYS

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

8 PM - MARKETPLACE *Season 50*

8:30 PM - TRAVEL MAN 

9 PM - THE PASSIONATE EYE  

10 PM - THE NATIONAL

 

SATURDAYS

Afternoon - CBC SPORTS

 

SUNDAYS

Afternoon - CBC SPORTS

7 PM - HEARTLAND *Season 16*

8 PM - THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW *Season 6*

9 PM - MOONSHINE *Season 2*

10 PM - THE NATIONAL

 

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