TSN, official broadcaster of the CFL, announced today the network has commissioned a series of original documentaries to celebrate the 100th Grey Cup. Approximately six to eight television documentaries of various lengths are being created for TSN in advance of the 100th edition of the CFL’s championship game. The 100th Grey Cup will be played next November in Toronto and broadcast on TSN.
Bell Media’s Independent Production team has already begun development with several producers and filmmakers to tell Grey Cup-themed stories that capture the cultural significance of the annual celebration to Canadians.
“The Grey Cup is one of those rare events that transcends sports and has become an important part of our cultural fabric. Through political crises, national celebrations, world wars and a country’s coming of age, the Grey Cup has become an intrinsic part of our national identity,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming, TSN. “We are looking forward to bringing Canadians Grey Cup stories that showcase some of the memorable and historic moments that surround the game and make it such an important part of our national culture.”
“Nothing is more Canadian than the Grey Cup and Bell Media is thrilled to be working with Canadian producers in telling the fascinating stories that have surrounded the game over the past century,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Canadian football provides a wonderful backdrop for storytelling that is sure to resonate with all viewers.”
In advance of the 99th GREY CUP, TSN has also created the original 30-minute documentary JOHN CANDY: TRUE DOUBLE BLUE, about beloved Canadian movie star and former part-owner of the Toronto Argonauts, John Candy, and his life-long passion for the CFL and the Argos. The original TSN production premieres Friday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on TSN (encores on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 1:15 p.m. ET on TSN and on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 12:30 p.m. ET on CTV – visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
TSN and RDS are the exclusive broadcasters for the 100th GREY CUP.