Miniseries

A Two-Part Television Event Premieres On March 28 & 29 at 8 p.m. on CBC-TV

Premiering Sunday, March 28 and Monday, March 29 at 8 p.m. on CBC Television, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY is a two-part, four-hour television event depicting the tumultuous and triumphant life journey of Canada’s most outspoken hockey icon, Don Cherry (played by Jared Keeso, I Love You Beth Cooper).

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY tells of the career minor league defenseman’s journey from obscurity to becoming one of the most recognized faces in the country. It is the behind-the-scenes story of his professional and personal life with his young family and beloved late wife Rose, who became his lifelong confidante, supporter and stabilizing influence. From criss-crossing North America during his 16 years in the minor leagues, to facing both financial and family health crises, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY unfolds as a distinctively Canadian human drama and love story.

Supporting cast includes Sarah Manninen (aka Albert Walker) as Rose Cherry, Ty Wood (The Haunting in Connecticut) as Tim Cherry and Paige Bannister (Something Beneath) as Cindy Cherry.

Love him or hate him, Don Cherry’s popularity in Canada cannot be denied.  For thirty years, hockey fans and media from across the country have tuned into CBC’S Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner to hear what “Grapes” is going to say. A towering figure in hockey, his sphere of influence extends past the traditional sports arena and in 2004, he was voted seventh in the CBC’s Greatest Canadian nation-wide contest.

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY is the brainchild of Cherry’s son Tim Cherry, who is the writer and executive producer.  Directed by Jeff Woolnough, produced by Shawn Watson and executive produced by Laszlo Barna, Wayne Thompson and Jamie Brown. It is an E1 Entertainment, 5 for Fighting and Frantic Films production in association with CBC Television.

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Sunday, Sept. 6 And Monday, Sept. 7, At 8 P.M.

GUNS is the story behind the headlines of Canada’s mounting gun problem and the lives touched by violence. The two-part, four-hour miniseries featuring an all-star cast telecasts on CBC Television on Labour Day weekend, Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m.

A gritty and explosive drama, the miniseries tells the story of four families caught up in illegal gun trafficking and the ripple effect this has on their lives. From the streets of Toronto to Dayton, Ohio, and all the way to the front lines of Uganda, GUNS examines the incendiary issues of illegal arms in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. This is the story of the people who traffic guns, the elite police force charged with catching them, and the lives caught in the crossfire.

GUNS follows a pair of Toronto detectives leading an investigation centering on a 23-year-old gun trafficker, Bobby Duguid (Gregory Smith: Everwood, Closing the Ring, The Dark is Rising). Detective Rick Merriweather (Shawn Doyle: 11th Hour, Big Love) and Detective Constable Ford Sanders (Lyriq Bent: Sophie, SAW II-IV) are two dedicated officers from the Weapons Enforcement Unit who struggle to balance family life with an investigation growing in complexity and danger.

Duguid traffics guns from the U.S. and sells them to street thugs. His father, Paul Duguid (Colm Feore: Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Chicago), is the man pulling the strings behind a much larger organization. Paul is a legitimate arms dealer accredited by many governments to sell weapons internationally, but he sells weapons illegally too. Paul comes under increased police scrutiny when Bobby mistakenly shows up at a street level gun dealer’s house that happens to be under surveillance. Trouble deepens for Bobby after he engages his girlfriend Frances’ (Elisha Cuthbert: 24, Captivity, Love Actually) help and the police begin tracking her movements as well.

GUNS also stars Cle Bennett (How She Move, Odyssey 5) as Conrad Shannon, KC Collins (Doomstown, Poor Boy’s Game) as Derek Wilson, and Stephen McHattie (Diamonds, 300, The Rocket) as Detective Sgt. Clay.

GUNS is written and co-created by Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland. It is directed by Sudz Sutherland and produced by Jennifer Holness. It is a Hungry Eyes Film & Television in association with CBC Television.

August 9 and 16 at 8 p.m. on CBC Television

China-Canada co-production directed by David Wu

A love story set against the building of the railroad through the Rocky Mountains, IRON ROAD is a romantic action-adventure shot in China and British Columbia. The two-part miniseries telecasts on CBC Television, Sunday, Aug. 9 and 16, at 8 p.m.

The story begins when James Nichol, the privileged son of a railroad tycoon, goes to China in the 1880s to recruit cheap workers to finish his father’s railroad and save him from bankruptcy.  There he meets a Chinese street orphan nicknamed Little Tiger who has disguised herself as a boy in order to survive. Little Tiger yearns to leave her job at a fireworks factory to pursue her dream—a better life across the sea in “Gold Mountain”—and her quest for the truth about her father’s death. 

Little Tiger is in for some shocking surprises when she arrives at the railroad construction camp deep in the Rocky Mountains—treachery, racist prejudice, and a plot to kill her on the cliff face.  But the biggest surprise is that she falls in love with James! Their love defies the taboos of both their worlds and puts everything at stake for the feisty Little Tiger.

Chinese star Sun Li (Fearless, Jade Goddess of Mercy) plays Little Tiger, the intrepid street urchin; Peter O’Toole (Venus, Lawrence of Arabia) plays the alcoholic recruiting agent who teaches her English; Sam Neill (The Tudors, Jurassic Park) portrays the hard-driving railroad tycoon; Tony Leung Ka Fai (Lost in Beijing, The Lover) is Little Tiger’s demanding boss; and Luke MacFarlane (Brothers and Sisters, Kinsey) plays the tycoon’s irresponsible but engaging son. 

The supporting cast includes Canadian actors Ian Tracey, Kenneth Mitchell, Charlotte Sullivan, Serge Houde and Lisa Bunting and Chinese actor Gao Yunxiang.

IRON ROAD is written by Barry Pearson and Raymond Storey and directed by David Wu. It is based on a story idea from an opera by Chan Ka Nin and Mark Brownell. Producers are Raymond Massey, Anne Tait and Zhao Haicheng. Executive producers are Arnie Zipursky, Han Sanping and Tiger Hu. It is produced by Anne Tait Productions, CCI Entertainment and Massey Productions, in association with CBC Television.

9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT – Monday, August 3 on Space

In Part 3 of the mini-series, DG tries to free her mother, Cain settles his vendetta against Zero, and Glitch attempts to reclaim his brain. As the double eclipse of the O.Z.’s twin suns approaches, DG, Cain, Glitch and Raw must keep the O.Z. out of permanent darkness.

9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT – Sunday, August 2 on Space

After Cain, Glitch, Raw, and a mysterious dog rescue DG from Azkadellia, they travel to the O.Z.’s southern land in search of the emerald.

9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT – Saturday, August 1 on Space

DG is a waitress and student whose life takes a strange turn when a tornado whisks her to a dark magical realm called the O.Z. There she finds herself in the presence of some very strange company and has a chance to find her biological mother.

We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore when SPACE gets swept into another world with the thrilling, three-part mini-series TIN MAN.  A dark re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s children’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Emmy®-award winning TIN MAN airs over three consecutive nights beginning Saturday, August 1 at 9 p.m. ET and continuing with Episode 2 on Sunday, August 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The two episodes air again on Monday, August 3 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively, before TIN MAN concludes with Episode 3 at 10 p.m. ET.

TIN MAN is The Wizard of Oz for a new generation. Viewers familiar with Baum’s storyline will delight in the clever ways this new interpretation echoes the old. However, the Ozian realm portrayed in TIN MAN, a menacing world populated by wicked sisters, cowardly psychics, and brain-drained inventors, is much further over the rainbow than ever before.

In the premiere episode, a fierce tornado rips DG (Zooey Deschanel) from her life as a waitress in the Midwest and drops her in The O.Z. (The Outer Zone).   DG soon discovers that the new Oz is a bewitched, fantastical land that’s no place like home. Plunged into a decade-long night of fear by the sorceress Azkadellia (Kathleen Robertson), the O.Z. is oppressed by dark magic. Aided by her Longcoat storm troopers – led by Zero (Callum Keith Rennie) – and winged Mobat (“monkey bat”) spies, Azkadellia has seized power from her mother, the rightful queen, and neutralized powerful Ozian leaders like the Mystic Man (Richard Dreyfuss). 

As she searches desperately for a way home, DG collects a group of ragged but loyal companions: Glitch (Alan Cumming) who lost his brain in Azkadellia’s torture chamber, Wyatt Cain (Neal McDonough) a heartbroken ex-cop (or “Tin Man”), and the fearful Raw (Raoul Trujillo), one of the half-wolverine oracles used and discarded by Azkadellia.

Azkadellia’s sole purpose is to possess the Emerald of the Eclipse, end the royal family line and bring everlasting darkness to the O.Z. Standing in her way is DG, who has the map coordinates to the emerald’s location buried in her subconscious.  With every step down the famed brick road, emboldened by her own emerging memories, DG learns to shed her old identity and embrace her true destiny.

TIN MAN is directed by Nick Willing. The series was written by Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle, who also serve as executive producers along with Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.

Sunday April 5 and 12 at T 9pm on ON CBC-TV

NEW MINISERIES DIAMONDS REVEALS THE COMPLICATED WEB THAT LINKS ALL WHO SEEK THE PERFECT STONE

Following a trail of greed and obsession, DIAMONDS, a powerful two-part miniseries, traces the international web that brings us diamonds—the world’s purest and most dazzling gems. From the fashionable enclaves of London, to the icy Canadian Arctic, to the war-ravaged villages of Sierra Leone, DIAMONDS takes television viewers inside an industry that is among the world’s most glamorous, but which can also be dangerous—and illegal. DIAMONDS telecasts on CBC Television, on Sunday, April 5 and Sunday, April 12, at 9 p.m.

Developed and commissioned by CBC Television, DIAMONDS was acquired by ABC network for broadcast in the U.S. The multi-layered fictional stories of DIAMONDS take place across several continents and were filmed in South Africa, London and Churchill, Manitoba.

The once mighty Denmont Corporation with headquarters in South Africa is on the verge of collapse, threatened by upstart rivals and new competition in the Canadian Arctic, just beginning to emerge as a diamond-producing powerhouse. Usurping control of the company from his estranged father, Lucas Denmont (James Purefoy, Rome) seeks to restore the company’s fortunes—at any cost.

When American senator Joan Cameron’s (Judy Davis, The Starter Wife) daughter is murdered at a Congolese diamond mine, Cameron travels to Africa to find out why her daughter was killed. The search leads her to Piers Denmont (Sir Derek Jacobi, Gladiator), Lucas’ father, who fears his son may be behind the killing. Meanwhile, geologist Stephanie Dresser (Joanne Kelly, Vanished), who was in charge of the expedition and witnessed the young woman’s murder, tries to bury her grief in her work, travelling to the Canadian Arctic to hunt diamonds far from the bloodshed of the Congo. But once there, she is forced again to face her most challenging ethical dilemma—is finding a diamond worth the human cost?

DIAMONDS also stars Stephen McHattie (300) as Llewellyn Anderson, Louise Rose (Dream Team) as London-based model Luna Kormoma and Kris Holden-Ried (The Tudors) as Denver Beeston.

DIAMONDS is directed by Andy Wilson. The screenplay is written by David Vainola, inspired by the book Diamonds by Matthew Hart. It is produced by Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny with producers Liz Jarvis, Phyllis Laing, Philo Pieterse, Simon Vaughn and Nick Witkowski. Executive producers are Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny and Carrie Stein. It is a Sienna Films – Alchemy Television Production in co-production with Buffalo Gal Pictures and Love Reigns and made in association with CBC Television. It is a Canadian/United Kingdom/South African co-production.

Sunday, February 15 – 9pm ET/PT In Washington, Ex-Vice President Galbrain, President of the United States (JOHN BOURGEOIS) and republican nominee Governor Wally Sheridan (TED ATHERTON) reassure the American public and vow to find President Sally Sheridan’s assassin as voters prepare to head to the polls. Colonel Samuel Amos (GREG BRYK), appointed by the White House to head the investigation, theorizes that recent terror attacks and the assassination are linked. He suspects that whoever killed Sally Sheridan is trying to sway the votes to place their candidate in office. Bereft of memory and rich in skill, XIII realizes he’s an army man, trained for covert operations.

Sunday, February 8 – 9pm ET/PT

The political thriller opens with the assassination of the President of the United States during her Veterans Day speech. Three months later, with the case still unsolved, a young man (Stephen Dorff) is found unconscious in the woods. Suffering from amnesia, a tattoo of the Roman numeral “XIII” his only clue, he soon finds himself on the run, not only from government agents and the police, but also from the determined mercenary “The Mongoose” (Val Kilmer), and his men. Shocked to learn he is being accused of assassinating the President, a high stakes game of suspense, intrigue and action unfolds as XIII attempts to stay alive, uncover the real conspirators, and discover his true identity.