CBC unveiled today their fall schedule & highlights.
CBC Television today announced its 2004/2005 fall season of ‘must-watch’ Canadian television, with an emphasis on gripping high-impact drama and captivating specials. Among the many highlights are Sex Traffic, an explosive drama about two sisters who are betrayed by pimps, police and politicians as they are trafficked throughout Europe; H2O, a political thriller starring Paul Gross; The Tommy Douglas Project; a prequel to the blockbuster mini-series Trudeau; and two new reality-based programs: The Greatest Canadian, an exhilarating, interactive five-week series that will pit hero against leader, celebrity advocate against historian and Canadian against Canadian; and Making The Cut – Presented by Bell, which follows a nation-wide search for Canada’s best unsigned hockey players – six will have their dream come true with a chance to play in the NHL.
Returning this season are popular hits such as international favourite Coronation Street’s move to prime time; Da Vinci’s Inquest, CBC News: the fifth estate, Royal Canadian Air Farce, The Red Green Show, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, Life and Times, the prime-time commercial-free performing arts showcase Opening Night, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and the smash satirical series Rick Mercer’s Monday Report.
“This is great television,” said Slawko Klymkiw, executive director of Network Programming for CBC Television, of the new season’s schedule. “Our strategy to air high-impact dramas and specials to bring audiences to our roster of outstanding comedy, drama series and News and Current Affairs has definitely paid off and next season will be stronger than ever.
“We’ve gone on a remarkable journey over the past several years in transforming CBC Television as ‘Canada’s Own’ national public television broadcaster,” said Harold Redekopp, executive vice-president of CBC Television, “with Canadians telling us that we’re more distinctive, more relevant, more connected than ever before. I believe that the schedule we’re unveiling today is one of the strongest we’ve ever presented, and points the way to our network’s future as a valued and essential public broadcasting service.”
Also featured in CBC Television’s new season are:
- Diana Krall & Friends, a musical event starring Canada’s most celebrated jazz diva; an in-depth look at the art of laughter in the star-studded documentary Comedy Gold; the powerful drama Gun Powder, Treason and Plot – Mary, Queen of Scots, chronicling the daunting challenges faced by 19-year-old Mary who returns to her homeland to be queen; Forsyth Saga II, in which a new generation of Forsyths unwittingly repeats the errors of its elders in a story of obsession, power and betrayal; and the highly acclaimed feature film Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring;
- Four prime-time Coronation Street specials; a warm-hearted look at an Italian family in Ciao Bella; plus the Second World War drama Il Duce Canadese; Open Heart; and Distant Drumming: A North of 60 Mystery;
- A host of music, variety and comedy specials featuring Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones; The Chieftains Special; a celebration of the lives of artists resisting apartheid in Voices of Freedom; the Bette MacDonald Comedy Special; Makin’ Noise for Salome; and the debut of the much-anticipated Canadian Antiques Roadshow;
- Another exciting season of arts and performance programming that includes Drum!, a showcase of the powerful rhythms of Celtic, Acadian, Aboriginal and African-Canadian traditions; the Cirque du Soleil special La Nouba, a magical trip through a land of fantasy, colour, fable and mystery; and the return of Mary Walsh: Open Book;
- The best in Canadian documentaries and news and current affairs programming, including The Passionate Eye; CBC News: Canada Now; CBC News: Sunday and our new Sunday evening hour of news and information, CBC News: Sunday Night, both hosted by Evan Solomon and Carole MacNeil; and documentary specials such as The Take – a contemporary thriller that pits ordinary workers against the ruling elite in Argentina, by journalists Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein; and Francine Pelletier’s Sex, Truth and Videotape, which looks at how the cultural explosion of female sexuality translates in the lives of ordinary women; and a new season of CBC News: The National, with Peter Mansbridge, Canada’s flagship national evening news program for more than 50 years;
- Sensational action from the world of sports with Athens 2004 – The Olympic Games; World Cup of Hockey 2004, CFL on CBC and the 92nd Grey Cup Championship; championship Figure Skating; the Calgary Stampede; Championship Tennis; CBC’s Hockey Day In Canada; and the return of CBC Sports Saturday, as well as two additional weekends of doubleheader football (details about the 53rd season of CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada will be released once a new NHL-NHLPA agreement is in place);
- The finest in children’s and youth programs with program blocks specially set for pre-schoolers, elementary school kids and teens, including new programs such as Shoebox Zoo; Surprise! It’s Edible Incredible!; and Nerve.
“We have had tremendous success in bringing Canadians a powerhouse collection of must-watch dramas, comedies, children’s programs, sporting events, news and documentaries, investigative reports and performing arts specials,” adds Klymkiw. “Millions of Canadians join us every day, from every corner of the country, to share in the telling of our national stories. This season brings them more of what we do best, and more of what they enjoy the most.”