CBC Television today announced it has placed the production order for its 2004-2005 Arts and Entertainment CTF drama slate. The order is subject to financing and CBC’s standard contracting requirements.
With today’s announcement, CBC confirms the return of Da Vinci’s Inquest, This is Wonderland, The Newsroom, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Red Green Show, and the addition of Northern Town, What It’s Like Being Alone and The Tournament to the original series line-up, as well as three series pilots.
“CBC continues to demonstrate its tremendous commitment to the independent production community,” said Deborah Bernstein, executive director of network programming – arts and entertainment, CBC Television. “This slate shows once again how we depend on our partnerships with independent producers.”
Added CBC Television’s executive director of network programming, Slawko Klymkiw: “We’re excited about this roster. In combination with our documentary productions, CBC productions and other independent productions, it will give us a terrific season next year.”
Full details can be found below.
CBC DRAMA AND COMEDY SERIES, MOVIES AND MINI-SERIES AND LIMITED SERIES
Northern Town is a half-hour dramatic comedy series set in a small Yukon town. A meteorite crashes to earth nearby. The series follows a young man’s quest to find it and the unusual characters and situations he encounters along the way. The series is written by Yukon writer Daniel Janke and Bob Martin.
What It’s Like Being Alone
This six-episode stop motion animated half-hour series is about an orphanage full of freak orphans who have no hope of ever getting adopted. It’s a show that reflects filmmaker Brad Peyton’s unique vision – combining social issues, pop culture references and dark humor with a high-concept visual style and original yet accessible stories that celebrate our flaws.
This is Wonderland
About to enter its second season, the critically acclaimed series This is Wonderland has been described by its audience as a rare one-hour series that “can make you laugh and cry, jump for joy and squirm in your seat all in the span of an hour”. The first season’s cast, led by Cara Pifko and Michael Riley returns to make sense of a world gone mad – if they can.
Writer-producer Ken Finkleman returns to the newsroom once more with 6 new installments.
Da Vinci’s Inquest
Canada’s best dramatic series, DaVinci’s Inquest returns for a seventh season. Vancouver coroner, Dominic DaVinci is back minding the streets of Vancouver’s downtown east side.
Writer David Adams Richards’s profound love for the poor and afflicted denizens of the Miramichi Valley in New Brunswick, where he grew up, has never been more touchingly rendered that in this story of a rag-tag group of kids who won’t let a few little things like no money and no talent get in the way of acting out their dreams of NHL stardom.
A Bear Called Winnie
When veterinarian Harry Colbourn adopts a black bear cub just as he’s going off to serve in World War I, he has no idea how important that bear will become to him and to many others.
If his son Wayne is The Great One (one of the greatest hockey players who ever lived), Walter Gretzky is unassailably “The Greatest Hockey Dad Who Ever Lived.” Imagine then the ironic tragedy of emerging from a sudden, post-retirement stroke to discover you’ve been robbed of the passion for the game that defined your life. Imagine, too, the burden on family and friends as they labour with you to reconstruct your life. This is the story of Walter Gretzky.
This two-hour film-for-television tells the story of a Canadian bride of East Indian origins, the victim of a ‘dowry murder’ by her family.
Shania, a two-hour film-for-television, chronicles the struggles of the Timmins, Ont. schoolgirl who triumphed over poverty and adversity to become one of the world’s most popular entertainers and an inspiration to young people around the world.
The Beachcombers Christmas Movie
Gibsons comes together to help citizens in need with a charity old-timers hockey game. Look for hockey greats to share ice time and screen time with returning regulars Dave Thomas, Deanna Milligan, Graham Greene and Jackson Davies.
Above and Beyond
One of Canada’s greatest war stories still to be told: when England was desperate, Canada delivered. This is the story of the birth of the Ferry Command – the brainchild of Churchill’s Canadian-born Minister of Aircraft Production, Lord Beaverbrook, and of the role that Gander, Newfoundland played in the hazardous delivery by air of the thousands of warplanes that were needed to turn the tide of the Battle of Britain.
This is the story of one of the most important and controversial Canadian political figures of the 20th century. Tracing his career from television journalist to Liberal Minister and, as founder of the Parti Quebecois, future Premier of Quebec, the mini-series presents a complex portrait of a man, private and public, whose true dimensions are perhaps as little understood within Quebec as without.
Few Canadians over the age of 40 can forget where they were or what they felt when Henderson shot that fabled goal into the Russian net that fateful day when Canada regained world supremacy in hockey. Shot in a kinetic documentary style, the mini-series takes us behind the scenes with the politicians, hockey executives and businessmen who created the series and onto the ice with the players who lived the legend. Voted by Canadians as one of the 10 most important stories in national history.
An enthusiastic and brave general is sent to far-off Rwanda to enforce a difficult peace, with neither the tools nor the power to do the job. When he does take decisive action, he is undercut and betrayed by his own superiors, who have their own political motives. Powerless to prevent the country descending into hell, he is ordered home. He disobeys. He insists on staying and saving those that he can from the genocide, and in the end saves thousands, but at what personal cost? Shot in Canada and Africa, this is a story of a Canadian soldier torn between his duty and his conscience.
Tommy Douglas is a four-hour mini-series that chronicles the life of one of Canada’s most influential political leaders, widely recognized as the father of medicare. The series will be produced by Minds Eye Entertainment, directed by John N. Smith and written by Bruce Smith. Shirley Douglas is consulting.
A documentary crew has been sent in to follow the fortunes of three 10-year-old hockey players and their suburban families in their quest for a cup of some sort in the world of minor league hockey. The pressure is intense…yet these kids have something even worse to deal with, something worse that they have to live with every day of their lives …hockey parents! Series created by Marty Putz, Howard Busgang and Wendy Hopkins.
A comedy-drama set in the world and mind of syndicated newspaper cartoonist Walter Davis. Walter is the hub at the centre of a cluster of friends, colleagues and relatives who make Walter’s life interesting and, sometimes provide the fodder for his weekly strip. Starring Peter Keleghan, written by David Cole.
The Red Green Show
Red “if the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy” Green, played by series co-creator and star Steve Smith, is back at Possum Lodge for another season.
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
The multi-award winning series supplies a regular hit of biting satire and hilarity to Canada’s slightly twisted news junkies. The show’s volatile mix of news parody, sketch comedy, editorial commentary entertains.
This Hour Has 22 Minutes New Year’s Eve Special
A hilarious look back at the news events of the year with the 22 Minutes gang.
Getting Along Famously
Set in the early ’60s, Getting Along Famously is a one-hour comedy pilot featuring real-life couple Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath as the temperamental darlings of CBC Variety television, with Robin Duke, Bob Martin and Patrick McKenna.
Hatching, Matching & Dispatching
Hatching, Matching & Dispatching, a one-hour comedy pilot starring Mary Walsh, is an off-the-wall saga inspired by the real-life Newfoundland family who operated a bar and dance hall, ambulance service and funeral parlour under the same roof.
An adaptation of the award winning play by Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre Society, The Score is a 90-minute dramatic film incorporating musical and dance elements, that tells the story of a doctor who ultimately must face moral and ethical questions in her field of work and her personal life as she discovers that she herself suffers from a genetic disorder, Huntington’s disease.