MurdochMysteries2CBC has confirmed a number of new and returning shows for the 2013-14 season.

“We are very proud that, despite a very challenging financial climate, CBC continues to deliver a television schedule that features strong, proven Canadian programming along with some new made-in-Canada titles,” said Christine Wilson, Executive Director, Content for CBC English Services. “With a lineup that will also feature the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and a full season of Hockey Night In Canada, it is shaping up to be another great year for CBC Television.” Continue reading »

HeartlandlogoCBC Heartland will notch up its 100th episode this Sunday.

The popular family drama will celebrate the milestone at 7pm on March 3.

CBC’s successful, multi-generational family saga Heartland marks a broadcasting milestone, celebrating its 100th episode on Sunday, March 3 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC-TV. Canada’s most popular family drama, Heartland has remained a staple of CBC’s powerhouse Sunday night line-up for six seasons and boasts an actively engaged and ever-growing fan-base of viewers. Continue reading »

Heartland, CBC-TV’s most popular family drama, wraps its fifth season Sunday, March 25 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) with a gripping finale that sees several main characters’ relationships take some surprising turns.

When a mystery horse arrives at Heartland, Amy and Ty are sent down a path that will alter their lives.

Meanwhile, Tim and Miranda realize they have to take their son Shane’s wishes into consideration, so they decide to spend some quality time together with surprising results.

Peter drives Lou crazy when he takes over the plans for their second anniversary celebration but she is almost speechless when he reveals his surprise.

HEARTLAND is a sprawling multi-generational saga about a family getting through life together in both happy and trying times. Against the glorious backdrop and stunning vistas of the foothills of Alberta, HEARTLAND tells real stories about real people, people who Canadians from across the country have grown to love and welcome into their homes.

Fans of the show are encouraged to follow along with the finale drama on Twitter using the hashtag: #iloveheartland. They can also enhance their experience with Heartland Ranch – a branded Facebook social game that lets fans run their own virtual horse ranch, tending to injured horses and expanding their operation with the main characters from the show. The game is available as a Facebook App.

CBC Television is celebrating its most successful season premiere week ever, with a number of new and returning CBC comedy, drama, unscripted and current affairs programs winning their time blocks – and several with audiences of more than one million viewers.

“This record-setting week is a testament to great programming made for – and made by – Canadians,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Executive Vice-President, English Services. “At CBC, we’d like to thank our partners for creating such amazing hit shows, and we thank Canadians for choosing to watch them.”

On four different occasions, CBC’s Canadian programs won their time blocks over U.S.-produced content (MARKETPLACE, the fifth estate, MR. D and DRAGONS’ DEN). REPUBLIC OF DOYLE placed second in its time block just behind the People’s Choice Awards while HEARTLAND came behind only the NFL Playoffs.


Among the ratings highlights:


CBC’s new action/adventure drama ARCTIC AIR won the largest audience for the premiere of a new drama series in 20 years, with total viewership of 1.05 million.

New comedy MR. D premiered to 1.23 million viewers – the largest for a comedy since the debut of LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE in January, 2007.

Five shows captured audiences well over the one million mark – MARKETPLACE, MR. D, ARCTIC AIR, DRAGONS’ DEN and REPUBLIC OF DOYLE – while four others notched audiences of more than three-quarters of a million (the fifth estate, HEARTLAND, REDEMPTION INC and THE RICK MERCER REPORT.)

(All data from Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM)).

Edge-of-your-seat drama and adventure set in the clear, cold skies and stunning natural beauty of Canada’s new North; one of Hollywood’s greatest stars kicks off the new season of the adventures of Canada’s sexiest sleuth; and the crusty cut-throat of Canadian business literally goes to jail for his search to find the country’s next great new entrepreneurs.

These are just a few of the highlights in store for CBC Television’s 2012 Winter Season.

The excitement just doesn’t soar any higher – on the map or the altimeter – than it does on ARCTIC AIR, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) beginning January 10. Strap yourself in as Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens, Flags of our Fathers, Law & Order: SVU) stars in this blockbuster action-adventure drama anchored around a group of renegade pilots based in Yellowknife, who battle the elements – and, at times, each other – as they struggle to complete their missions and keep the dysfunctional family business they all depend on from crashing, in every sense of the word.

He’s one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and a Best Actor Academy Award® winner; now Russell Crowe comes to CBC Television to kick off the third season of REPUBLIC OF DOYLE. Crowe joins series star Allan Hawco and the rest of the cast of Newfoundland’s most famous crime fighters in the season premiere January 11th (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m./9:30 NT). Season 3 promises another wild round of life on the edge for private investigator Jake Doyle, his father Malachy and the rest of the St. John’s crew of characters who have made this action-drama such a runaway hit, averaging over a million viewers an episode.

One of Canada’s favourite comedians, Gerry Dee, brings his gift for laughs – and his own life experience – to the new half-hour comedy MR. D (Mondays at 8 p.m./8:30 NT, beginning January 9). Before making his mark in standup comedy, Dee worked for nine years as a private school teacher. So he’s especially well-suited to play Gerry Duncan, a would-be gym teacher who gets a job at a prestigious private school only to find himself giving lessons on a subject he knows nothing about – and deciding he has no alternative but to fake his way through it.

New this season is REDEMPTION INC. (Mondays at 9 p.m./9:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 9). The prime-time series follows a group of 10 ex-cons as they are given the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to set up their own business under the guidance of Dragon and multi-millionaire businessman, Kevin O’Leary. Kevin sees the business potential in giving these people a second chance, and he recognizes that these ex-cons paid their debt to society. At the end of the series, one of them will earn both Kevin’s support and $100,000 of his own money, to start a legitimate business. This is not a handout or charity scheme; this is business.

Dragons Arlene Dickinson and Jim Treliving from Canada’s top-rated entertainment program, DRAGONS’ DEN, are hitting the road to help struggling companies get back on track by offering their expertise – and their own money. In each one-hour episode, new series, THE BIG DECISION features two separate businesses that are facing tough times. A Dragon will visit each company, roll up their sleeves, and put their expertise to work. If the Dragons think they can help turn things around, they will invest their own money – and change the fortunes of good companies that have fallen on hard times.

“We are equal parts proud, thrilled and excited to present this amazing lineup of new shows, top stars and the finest made-in-Canada television available anywhere,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Executive Vice-President, English Services. “The winter season will set a new standard for excellence for CBC Television.”


Returning favourites include:

MARKETPLACE, Canada’s No. 1 investigative consumer show and winner of the 2011 Gemini Award for Best News Information Series, returns Fridays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 6. In the special hour-long season opener, the award-winning MARKETPLACE team brings you “Canada’s Worst Customer Service: The Store Edition,” investigating how bad the customer service really is in Canada’s major store chains, and revealing the chain with Canada’s worst service.

LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE (Mondays at 8:30 p.m./9 p.m. NT, beginning January 9) is back for its final season. Canadians can follow their favourite multi-denominational community for one last time. It’s a rapid-fire season jam-packed with competitive fasting, town audits, sacred chickens, and budding “bromances.” Celebrate LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE with the people of Mercy, as the show that broke new ground for Canadian Comedy comes to a conclusion.



The action continues as Canada’s favourite sports program follows the NHL’s march to the Stanley Cup. Highlights of early 2012 programming include: Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, traveling to Prince Edward Island for the annual celebration of our national sport (Saturday, February 11 at noon ET); the NHL Winter Classic: New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers (Monday, January 2 at 12:30 p.m. ET), an outdoor game that promises to become the must-watch sporting event of the New Year, and the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game, live from Ottawa (Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m. ET).


RICK MERCER REPORT (Tuesdays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 10)

More than one million Canadians tune into the country’s favourite commentator on the foibles and the folly of modern life every week on the RICK MERCER REPORT.


DRAGONS’ DEN (Wednesdays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 11)

Maybe you think they’ve seen it all, and this season they’ve already seen ideas for everything from pet fashion to motorcycle hearse services. But there’s plenty more to come in the second half of DRAGONS’ DEN Season 6, as Dragons Jim Treliving, Bruce Croxon, Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary search for Canada’s next great entrepreneur – with their own money on the line.


HEARTLAND (Sundays at 7 p.m./7:30 NT, beginning January 8)

Friends – and secrets – have arisen from the past to make this season of the multigenerational family saga HEARTLAND a continued hit with families across the country. The real stories about real people will continue, played out in all their drama, romance and comedy under the big skies of the Canadian West.


the fifth estate

The multi-award-wining the fifth estate returns with new episodes of original and provocative journalism. Bob McKeown tells the story of Canadian teenagers dreaming of making it in the National Basketball Association, only to find the reality south of the border is vastly different than anything they ever imagined. Gillian Findlay explores the dubious science around “Shaken Baby Syndrome”, which has been used to unjustly convict parents. And Linden MacIntyre shows how certain prescription drugs have ruined entire communities.


THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki

CBC Television’s long-running and multi-award-winning series, THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki, continues its extraordinary 51st season with more thought-provoking television. Highlights include: Smarty Plants – new research is now exploding the myth of an inactive, passive plant world and revealing instead a landscape pulsing with sex, movement, communication and social interaction; Programmed to be Fat? – what if there’s another reason for skyrocketing obesity rates; Surviving the Teen Brain – new research reveals the brain is most creative and productive during the turbulent teen years; and Japan 3-11 – David Suzuki travels to Japan to see if the cataclysmic Tsunami can be a blueprint for sustainable change.


22 MINUTES (Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m./9 NT, beginning January 10)

22 MINUTES continues its 19th rabble-rousing, no-holds-barred season of political comedy and commentary. Always on top of any breaking news (and sometimes doing the breaking), 22 Minutes features cast members Mark Critch, Geri Hall, Shaun Majumder and Cathy Jones. No story is off-limits, and no personality is too big for the 22 Minutes team to tackle.




8TH FIRE (Premieres Thursday, January 12 at 9 p.m./9:30 NT on CBC-TV’s Doc Zone)

A provocative, high-energy four-part journey through Aboriginal Canada showing why we urgently need to build new relationships with our First Nations and fix Canada’s 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples, now mired in colonialism, conflict and denial. With an energetic pace and stunning HD landscapes, 8TH FIRE propels you past prejudice, stereotypes and misunderstandings straight on to meetings with a surprising new generation of Aboriginal Canadians who are claiming both their culture and their confidence. They are the fastest growing population in Canada. More than half of them live in cities and those stills struggling on reserves in Third World conditions, are demanding a share of the vast mineral and energy resources in their midst.



It’s the much anticipated sequel to 2010’s blockbuster television movie event Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry StorY, which drew more than 1.3 million viewers. PART 2 is an exploration of Don’s latter years and his evolution into becoming an icon of Canada’s cultural media, starring Jared Keeso reprising his Gemini-winning performance as the co-host of Coach’s Corner.



A television movie event, based on the life and writings of Canada’s first and foremost humourist, Stephen Leacock. Airing on the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Leacock’s beloved book of the same name, the movie features a veritable Who’s Who of Canada’s top actors and comedic talent. Stars include Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), Donal Logue (Terriers), Peter Keleghan (18 to Life), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Caroline Rhea (The Caroline Rhea Show), Debra McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Patrick McKenna (The Red Green Show), Leah Pinsent (ReGenesis), Sean Cullen (Mulroney: The Opera), Eric Peterson (Corner Gas), Ron James (The Ron James Show), Rick Roberts (Republic of Doyle), Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her), as Stephen Leacock, among others.


32nd ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS (Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT)

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1980, the GENIE AWARDS are an annual celebration honouring the biggest achievements in Canada’s film industry. Host details, musical performers and nominees will be announced in the coming months.


BREAKAWAY ( Broadcast Date TBA)

A hockey enthusiast since 12 years of age, Toronto-based Rajvinder Singh (Vinay Virmani), even went to the extent of trimming his hair, discarding his Pagri/turban, did not complete his education, incurred the wrath of his father, Darvesh (Anupam Kher), who wanted him to be involved in the family business as well as confirm and respect Sikh religion principles and values. Hoping to play professional hockey, Rajvinder, along with other fellow Sikh players, instead finds himself treated as the object of ridicule, referred to as a ‘joker’, by mainstream Caucasian players. Even his friends tease him and ask him to take up ‘Guli Danda’ and Kabaddi’, while his father makes him work for Uncle Sammy (Gurpreet Guggi) as a truck driver. He is attracted to stunning law student Melissa Winters (Camilla Belle) while her brother, Dan (Rob Lowe), offers to coach Rajvinder and his team. Unable to get themselves included in any team, they form their own…



It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s not your typical spelling bee. It’s SPELLING NIGHT IN CANADA – a one-hour prime-time event that will celebrate the country’s youth and keep viewers on the edge of their seats. SPELLING NIGHT IN CANADA takes the spelling bee format to the next level – with a fast-paced game-show style, and celebrity hosts and commentators.



A groundbreaking and entertaining new television special, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will redefine what it means to be smart. This two hour prime-time event draws upon the latest research to show that there is more to intelligence than having a high IQ score, or being a whiz at math or trivia. Using this cutting-edge research in intelligence, four participants will be challenged with fun and spectacular tests in each of the following six categories: Math and Logic; Visual and Spatial; Body and Kinesthetic; Linguistic; Musical; and Interpersonal. It’s up to the contestants to prove that they have the most versatile smarts in the country in order to earn the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, while audiences get to play along at home.


ROMEOS & JULIETS (Spring 2012)

Set to the beloved score by Sergei Prokofiev, and the artistic direction of the National Ballet of Canada’s Karen Kain, ROMEOS & JULIETS is a one-hour exploration of the process by which a remarkable new ballet production winds its way from rehearsals to opening night. Newly choreographed by world-renowned Alexei Ratmansky, ROMEOS & JULIETS heralds the arrival of two new dance stars as they take on Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of love and loss. Cast members include Guillaume Côté (Principal Dancer), Elena Lobsanova (First Soloist) and many more. The film is produced by Shaftsbury Films with Christina Jennings and Peter Meyboom producing, and Moze Mossanen as a producer and a director.


LOVE LIES BLEEDING (Monday, April 9 at 9 p.m./9:30 NT)

An extraordinary one-hour television adaptation of the contemporary ballet performed by the Alberta Ballet and adapted for CBC. Through brilliant choreography and music, the film explores the psyche of one of the most famous composers and performers of our time – Sir Elton John. LOVE LIES BLEEDING is introduced by Sir Elton John and is structured into five distinct acts, each of which explores, through choreography and Elton John’s music, the emotional arc of a superstar’s life. Starring principal dancer Yukichi Hattori, LOVE LIES BLEEDING is directed by renowned director Moze Mossanen, choreographed by Jean Grand-Maître, and produced by White Iron Inc.


CBC Television’s Winter 2011 Schedule

(all times local; thirty minutes later in Newfoundland)


SUNDAYS (beginning January 8)



MONDAYS (beginning January 9)

8 p.m. Mr. D




TUESDAYS (beginning January 10)


8:30 p.m. 22 MINUTES



WEDNESDAYS (beginning January 11)




THURSDAYS (beginning January 5)


9 p.m. DOC ZONE


FRIDAYS (beginning January 6)


9 p.m. the fifth estate







10 p.m. THE NATIONAL, with Peter Mansbridge





7 a.m. KIDS’CBC



3:30 p.m. In the kitchen with Stefano FAITA

CBC, in partnership with OverInteractive Media Inc. (OMI), SEVEN24 Films, Dynamo Films, and the Bell New Media Fund, launches Heartland Ranch – a branded Facebook social game that lets fans run their own virtual horse ranch. The new game is available today at http://apps.facebook.com/heartlandranch/ .

Inspired by the popular CBC series Heartland – kicking off its 5th season on Sunday, September 18, 2011 – Heartland Ranch allows players to tend to injured horses and expand their operation with the main characters from the popular show.

Building on game mechanics found in contemporary Facebook games, Heartland Ranch also incorporates themes and characters from the series to deliver a rich, engaging offering for both social gamers and viewers alike.

Throughout the season, Heartland episodes will feature unique codes within the broadcast that will unlock special offers in the game, from virtual items to coupons redeemable for real-world offers.

Special missions will be released the Monday following the broadcast with story elements from the most recently aired episode, allowing fans to enjoy a more connected Heartland experience. This innovative concept is expected to create greater user retention between episodes along with fan chatter around the storyline itself.

Heartland Ranch is not only expected to attract loyal fans of the Gemini Award-winning series, but also fans of social games and horse-lovers spurred on by viral activity such as peer recommendation, invites and gifting.

B.C. fan will get the chance to meet a swag of Canadian TV personalities when they come out to Burnaby in support of LiveRightNow.ca.

Well-known personalities including George Stroumboulopoulos, Heartland’s Graham Wardle and Dragons’ Den’s Brett Wilson will be on hand to entertain the crowd at Burnaby’s Metropolis at Metrotown with a range of activities planned.

The event takes place on Saturday January 29 at the shopping centre, beginning at 11am and running through to 5pm.

Others scheduled to appear include cast members of the likes of 18 to Life, Little Mosque on the Prairie, InSecurity, Steven and Chris, Marketplace, Republic of Doyle, CBc News Vancouver and CBC News Network.

A rough schedule is as follows:

11 a.m. Meet the stars of CBC News and CBC News Vancouver

1 p.m. Steven and Chris Live!

2 p.m. Pitching to a dragon, with Brett Wilson (to be confirmed)

2:30 p.m. An interview with George Stroumboulopoulos (to be confirmed)

3 p.m. Meet stars such as Graham Wardle (Heartland), Stacey Farber and Micheal Seater (18 to Life), Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle) and more.

Source: RoyalCityRecord.com

CBC-TV’s prime time shows drew impressive ratings in the first week of the new Fall season, with several programs posting significant increases over last year’s audience numbers, the network reported today.

“CBC has debuted its Fall season to growing numbers, proving that once again our network is the destination for people who want great Canadian programs,” said Kirstine Stewart, Interim Executive Vice-President, English Services. “We’re thrilled that audiences are tuning in to support the talented actors, writers and production crews of the Canadian television industry.”

Among the week one highlights:

Anticipation was clearly high for the season two premiere of Battle of the Blades, a special Game On episode, with an audience of more than 1.5 million Canadians, with a total reach of 3.4 million – roughly one in ten Canadians – tuning in.

Dragons’ Den premiered to an audience of almost 1.6 million, an increase of 18% over last season’s premiere.

Despite going up against the strong premiere of Glee on Global, the Rick Mercer Report premiered with an audience of 1.22 million, up 12% over last year’s season average of 1.09 million. 

Drama series Heartland and The Tudors both premiered to audiences of almost one million viewers.

22 Minutes premiered to an audience of 818,000, 30% above the 2009/10 season average of 630,000. 

The fifth estate also posted a major increase over last year’s premiere, with the season opener (“Above Suspicion”) earning an audience of 641,000 – up 38% from the 2009 Fall premiere.

CBC Television has this season’s winning line-up for Sunday nights—as CBC’s SUPER SUNDAYS debut on Sept. 26.  

It’s three hours of drama, action and surprises in prime time—and it will get families all across Canada making the end of the weekend a date to keep with CBC. One night, one stellar line-up, it all starts with HEARTLAND at 7 p.m., followed by BATTLE OF THE BLADES at 8 p.m. and wraps with ALL FOR ONE WITH DEBBIE TRAVIS at 9 p.m.

SUPER SUNDAYS kick off at 7 p.m. with the season premiere of HEARTLAND, the sprawling family drama that’s riding back into Sunday nights for its fourth season on CBC. Last season, it attracted more than a million weekly viewers. In the dramatic season premiere, Amy tries to pretend that nothing has changed when Ty returns to Heartland with a surprise guest.

At 8 p.m., BATTLE OF THE BLADES returns, pairing elite female figure skaters with ex-National Hockey League stars in an on-ice showdown that will leave Canadians on the edge of their seats.  The season begins with a behind-the-scenes look at the 16 contestants as they meet each other for the first time as competitors, lace up their skates, hit the ice for boot camp training and eagerly discover who the pairs will be for the fierce competition ahead. 

And at 9 p.m., it’s the world television premiere of ALL FOR ONE WITH DEBBIE TRAVIS. Canada’s beloved TV icon and best-selling author visits Canadian towns and cities to surprise the locals with plans for a stunning home construction project as a reward for an unsuspecting community hero. What the community doesn’t know is that Debbie is on her own—and they have to step up and pitch in. In the series debut Debbie needs to convince Montreal’s Italian community to leave their TV sets and the World Cup behind to come together and complete a huge home renovation for a local unsung hero in only five days.

Note that Episode 1 of ALL FOR ONE WITH DEBBIE TRAVIS airs Sunday, September 26 followed by the Full Series Premiere Sunday, October 17.  Debbie Travis will be interacting with fans during every show: visit www.cbc.ca/debbietravis.

It’s all on CBC’s SUPER SUNDAYS, starting on Sept. 26.

Sunday, October 5 on CBC-TV

Amy has always known she has a gift with horses – and carrying her mother’s legacy on the Heartland Ranch is something special that only those close to her truly understand. But in the dramatic opening of season three, Amy rescues a trapped horse and her powerful abilities are captured on video, causing an online sensation for the world to see. HEARTLAND returns to CBC Television on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. for 18 new one-hour episodes, as Amy learns to deal with the internet frenzy and her newfound fame as a miraculous horse whisperer.

With solid ratings throughout its first two seasons and a strong fan base nationwide, HEARTLAND has become a Sunday night family favourite. Having faced the loss of their mother, the Fleming sisters are building their own lives. Amy and Ty are finally a couple, and Lou and Grandpa Jack have also found their matches – although not without complication. Estranged father Tim is sticking close to his family, and Ty is learning what it takes to become a veterinarian with Scott’s guidance.

“Canadian families look forward to their Sunday nights with HEARTLAND. This season, viewers will enjoy the dynamics on the ranch as Amy comes out of her shell to learn more about her gift and herself,” said Kirstine Stewart, general manager, CBC Television.

HEARTLAND stars Amber Marshall as Amy Fleming (The Elizabeth Smart Story), Graham Wardle (In the Land of Women) as Ty, Chris Potter (Silk Stalkings) as Tim, and Michelle Morgan (Diary of the Dead) as Lou Fleming. Shaun Johnston (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) is also featured as Grandpa Jack, Jessica Amlee (My Life Without Me) is Mallory, Nathaniel Arcand (Moose TV) is Scott and Kerry James (The Boy Who Cried Werewolf) is back as Caleb.