CrackedBrand new Canadian crime series Cracked is a more genuine than other crime shows according to one of its executive producers.

Peter Raymont, of White Pine Pictures, believes the CBC series has an edge to it that has not been seen on similar TV shows in the past.

“I think it’s not like anything people have seen on television before,” he said.

He points to the fact that co-creator Calum de Hertog is also an active police officer and a member of Toronto’s elite Emergency Task Force.

“He would take David [Sutcliffe] out on ride-alongs and help give him of a feel of what it’s like to be a police officer, to be there, as he often says, at some of the worst moments of people’s lives.” Continue reading »

Premiering tonight on CBC is Cracked, the brand new hour-long crime drama inspired by real-life experiences of frontline police officers and mental health workers.

The Canadian series, which kicks off on CBC at 9pm (9.30pm NT), features David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls, Private Practice) as Detective Adian Black, alongside his new partner, psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley, played by Stefanie von Pfetten (NCIS, Battlestar Galactica).

Other cast members include Luisa d’Oliveira (The Good Wife, Supernatural) as Detective Poppy Wisnefski, Dayo Ade (Lost, NCIS Los Angeles) as psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett and Karen LeBlanc (Shattered, ReGenesis) as Inspector Diane Caligra. Continue reading »

CBC today announced its 2013 winter broadcast season, showcasing a brand new Canadian one-hour crime drama and a roster of home grown hits.

With buzz-worthy new programming and some fresh new faces, combined with and a strong slate of established Canadian favourites, CBC Television offers a dynamic and entertaining line-up this winter season.

New this season is the hour-long crime procedural drama, Cracked. Inspired by real life experiences of frontline police officers and mental-health workers, Cracked premieres Tuesday, January 8 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television. Continue reading »

Three more Canadians have joined the all-Canadian cast for new CBC police drama Cracked.

Luisa d’Oliveira, Dayo Ade and Karen LeBlanc will join the likes of Stefanie von Pefetten and David Sutcliffe on the series, which is produced by White Pines Pictures.

The 13-part procedural focusses on cops and psychiatric nurses pursuing criminals among the emotionally disturbed.

The pilot episode is written by Tracey Forbes (Flashpoint, The Bridge) and directed by Tim Southam. Continue reading »

Building on one of its most successful seasons ever, CBC today unveiled its 2012-13 broadcast season.

Anchored by a roster of strong, proven, made-in-Canada programs across all platforms, the public broadcaster is celebrating its successes while continuing to move forward on its strategic plan to serve Canadians in dynamic new ways.

New this season:

Fans of GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT are getting an extra chance to spend quality time with their “boyfriend,” as Canada’s late night talk show adds an early airing at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) weeknights starting in September, in addition to his regular 11:05 p.m. (11:35 NT) slot.

Among the new entries, OVER THE RAINBOW recaptures the competitive and theatrical magic from our previous venture with the Mirvish Productions. This time, dozens of young hopefuls will vie for the coveted role of Dorothy in the Canadian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz.

TITANIC: BLOOD AND STEEL is an epic mini-series from the producers of CAMELOT and THE TUDORS, taking us inside the stories behind the nautical disaster that still haunts us 100 years later.

And CRACKED is a slick new crime hour-long drama with a psychological twist, inspired by the real life experiences of front-line police officers and mental-health workers.

CBC-TV’s prime time lineup is a stellar schedule of proven Canadian successes. ARCTIC AIR, the hit show which debuted to the largest audience for a drama in 15 years, will fly high again; MR D., the smash hit from comedian Gerry Dee will be back in class for a second season; REPUBLIC OF DOYLE keeps the action hot on the rock, and DRAGONS’ DEN will continue to roar its way through the ratings, welcoming Wealthy Barber author David Chilton into the den; and family favourite HEARTLAND remains a Sunday night staple.

MARKETPLACE and the fifth estate consistently drew some of their largest audiences ever last season and, with THE NATURE OF THINGS and DOC ZONE, they will continue to raise the bar for CBC’s public affairs programming in 2012-13.

This is a milestone season for several treasured CBC programs: the 60th anniversary of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA; the 40th anniversary of MARKETPLACE; the 30th anniversary of the JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy festival; and we celebrate 20 years of laughter on 22 MINUTES and a decade of THE RICK MERCER REPORT.

In keeping with CBC’s 2015 plan to better connect communities in new and innovative ways, CBC is proud to announce the imminent launch of a new local news service for the city of Hamilton. CBC’s first entirely digital station, and its team of reporters and writers will provide Hamilton and area residents with the finest in local news coverage, connecting them with their neighbourhood, their city and their country in a new and innovative way. It’s a bold, cutting-edge approach to local news in a city that is transforming itself in the same ways. More new local digital services are being planned to connect other communities across Canada.

Quality, engaging, entertaining television. Radio voices that connect Canadians to their neighbourhoods and to each other from coast to coast to coast. Digital services that enhance and inspire. News and current affairs of unparalleled depth, and the greatest coverage of our national sport and countless other special events. That’s what a modern public broadcaster offers – that’s the CBC in 2012-13.