CBC Unveils 2014-2015 Lineup
CBC today announced its 2014â€“15 television broadcast schedule, featuring a season full of quality Canadian programming, including new series, returning hits, premiere cultural live events, sports, and award-winning news and investigative programs.
Some of Canadaâ€™s brightest talent is behind the slate of new dramas, comedies and factual entertainment, including:Â STRANGE EMPIRE, an incredible frontier story from Laurie Finstad, the creator ofÂ Durham County; a World War II spy series,Â CAMP X, from the creators ofÂ Flashpoint;Â PIRATEâ€™S PASSAGE, an animated tale starring Donald Sutherland, who is also on board as writer and producer; andÂ THE BOOK OF NEGROES, an international co-production based on the Giller Award-winning novel by Lawrence Hill.Â CANADAâ€™S SMARTEST PERSONÂ returns as a nine-partÂ Sunday-night series with host Jessi Cruickshank and co-host Jeff Douglas; andÂ Murdoch Mysteriesâ€™Â Jonny Harris takes audiences across Canada inÂ OF ALL PLACES. Also new to the schedule is theÂ character-driven, half-hour, single-camera comedyÂ SCHITTâ€™S CREEK,Â co-created by and starring Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, and alsoÂ starring comedy legend Catherine Oâ€™Hara.
CBC will bring Canadian audiences an impressive slate of international titles beginning this summer withÂ SECRETS AND LIES, a riveting Australian series; and, from the BBC,Â THE HONOURABLE WOMAN, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. Also this fall, CBC launches aÂ SundayÂ night programming series calledÂ CBC SELECTS, which will offerÂ some of the best programs from public broadcasters around the world.
CBCâ€™s tradition of first-rate storytelling and sports broadcasting continues in 2014â€“15 with comprehensive coverage of amateur sports and big events, including 2014Â FIFA World Cup Brazilâ„˘.Â CBC is committed to showcasing fresh, innovative programming and engaging Canadians across all platforms.
â€śI’m really impressed with the level of creativity brought to the new shows we’re rolling out next season â€“ weâ€™re trying different ideas in all of our content areas,â€ť saidÂ Heather Conway, executive vice-president,Â CBC English Services. â€śIâ€™m also optimistic about where CBC is headed, and excited about our prospects of what I believe can make for a compelling future.â€ť
NEW THIS SEASON â€” DRAMA
This fall, CBC welcomesÂ STRANGE EMPIREÂ to its primetime lineup.Â Set in 1869 Alberta-Montana border country,Â STRANGE EMPIREÂ is a Western whose heroes are women. With most of the men gone, and those who remain battling for control, the women struggle to survive, to find their independence, and to build a life in which to thrive and raise families.
CBC is happy to welcomeÂ CAMP XÂ to the 2015 winter schedule.Â CAMP XÂ is an emotionally driven character drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. It follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits â€“ Canadian, American and British â€“ torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents in an ultra-secret training facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. Inspired by remarkable true stories,Â CAMP XÂ is about a team catapulted into the field and forced to face the grim realities of war and its impact on their lives.
Airing this winter,Â PIRATEâ€™S PASSAGEÂ is an animated, made-for-television film based on William Gilkersonâ€™s critically acclaimed novel. Set in 1952 Grey Rocks, Nova Scotia â€” a centuries old town that was famous 250 years ago as a favoured port of pirates â€”Â PIRATEâ€™S PASSAGEÂ follows the friendship of 12-year-old Jim and Captain Johnson. While helping the lad with his school essay on pirates, the Captain shares lessons in self-reliance and determination, changing the course of Jim and his motherâ€™s lives. Produced and co-written by Canadian screen icon Donald Sutherland along with co-writer Brad Peyton,Â Sutherland also stars as the voice of the lead character, Captain Johnson.
Based on author Lawrence Hillâ€™s award-winning novel of the same name,Â THE BOOK OF NEGROESÂ is a six-part miniseries that follows the harrowing journey of Aminata Diallo and her return home after being forced into slavery as a child. Premiering in winter 2015,Â THE BOOK OF NEGROESÂ follows Aminataâ€™s journey from her childhood home in West Africa to a South Carolina indigo plantation to Canvas Town, an early Black settlement in lower Manhattan. Aminata draws upon her intelligence and strength of character to help find a way home and reunite with her long-lost daughter.Â Â THE BOOK OF NEGROESÂ stars Aunjanue Ellis, Shailyn Pierre-Dixon, Lyriq Bent and Allan Hawco, and features performances by Cuba Gooding Jr., Jane Alexander, Cara Ricketts, Sandra Caldwell, Ben Chaplin and Lou Gossett Jr.
THE HONOURABLE WOMANÂ tells the story of one womanâ€™s personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in the past, in the midst of government paranoia and espionage.Â
As a young girl, Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) witnessed the assassination of her father by the armed wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Now in her late thirties, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. When a business associate is killed suddenly, Nessa and her brother Ephra (Andrew Buchan) come under scrutiny of the Secret Intelligence Service. Part of CBC-TVâ€™s fall 2014 lineup,Â THE HONOURABLE WOMANÂ is set against a stunning visual backdrop as refined as the story that drives it.
A taut psychological thriller,Â SECRETS AND LIESÂ is a nerve-wracking view behind the curtains of suburbia. When everyday family man Ben (Martin Henderson) finds the body of a four-year-old boy, he quickly becomes the prime murder suspect.Â As his world splits apart, Ben finds himself with no choice but to clear his name. At stake are his marriage, his kids, his reputation and his sanity.Â But is he innocent or guilty?Â SECRETS AND LIESÂ is a six-part mini-series from BAFTA- and Emmy Award-winning production company Hoodlum.
CBC SELECTSÂ is a collection of some of the best programs from public broadcasters around the world, from drama to comedy to documentaries.Â CBC SELECTSÂ will introduce Canadians to captivating series and movies that â€Ždeliver insight, entertainment and diverse talent from all corners of the globe with titles such asÂ JANET KING. Launching in fall 2014, the political thriller follows Senior Crown Prosecutor Janet King as she returns from maternity leave to the Director of Public Prosecution office and a high-profile murder trial thatâ€™s shrouded in conspiracy.Â Janet soon finds herself navigating an intricate case with shocking ramifications throughout the judicial system that threatens all she holds dear.
NEW THIS SEASON â€“ COMEDY
When filthy-rich video store magnate Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy), his soap star wife Moira (Catherine Oâ€™Hara), and their two kids â€“ ĂĽber-hipster son David (Dan Levy) and socialite daughter Alexis (Annie Murphy) â€“ suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to live in Schitt’s Creek, a small, depressing town they once bought as a joke. With their pampered lives now abandoned, they must confront their new-found poverty and discover what it means to be a family, all within the rural city limits of their new home. Part of the 2015 winter schedule,Â SCHITTâ€™SÂ CREEKÂ is a character-driven, half-hour, single-camera comedy co-created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy.
FOOL CANADAÂ is a new hidden-camera comedy show featuring Canadaâ€™s best improv artists travelling across the nation in disguise and ready to prank an unsuspecting public. The series, launching in winter 2015, irreverently pokes fun at what it means to be Canadian and stretches our famous sense of humour to new limits, from our propensity for politeness to our acceptance of a multitude of taxes. Â FOOL CANADAâ€™s colourful band of characters and comedians will set out to shock, surprise and shine a light on the comedic state of the nation.
NEW THIS SEASON â€” FACTUAL
Hosted by beloved TV personality and former host of The Hills AfterÂ Show, Jessi Cruickshank, and co-hosted by CBC Radio Oneâ€™s As it Happens’ Jeff Douglas,Â CANADAâ€™S SMARTEST PERSONÂ is a one-hour unscripted television series thatÂ takes audiences on an inspiring journey to uncover a new definition ofÂ smart.Â Canadians from all walks of lifeÂ compete in revealing intelligence challengesÂ that go beyond your average IQ test or trivia quizÂ to earn the title of â€śCanadaâ€™s Smartest Person.â€ť Â During the broadcast, viewers can participate in all of the challenges from home in real-time using the ground-breaking Canadaâ€™s Smartest Person app. Audiences will discover more about their personal smarts and see how they compare to family members, friends and the rest of the country.Â Â Applications to compete are availableÂ onlineÂ untilÂ June 15.Â CANADAâ€™S SMARTEST PERSONÂ launches in fall 2014.
Comedian Jonny Harris is on a mission to find humour in the funniest places. New to CBC this winter,Â OF ALL PLACESÂ is a quirky, irreverent and affectionate adventure into small-town Canada, and a celebration of the people who proudly choose to call those towns home.Â The show follows Jonny as he visits small towns on the ropes, immersing himself in the lives of local townsfolk and mining enough material to put on an original stand-up comedy routine for the locals â€“ proving sometimes that the best comedy comes out of adversity.
BALLETLUJAHÂ is a film that celebrates the music of one of Canada`s most iconic artists, k.d. lang, and follows the creation of a ballet based on her work.Â Framed by intimate and revealing interviews woven through spectacular dance performance,Â BALLETLUJAHÂ
NEW THIS SEASON â€“ SPORTS
CBC invites Canadians to be a part ofÂ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilâ„˘.Â The beautiful game returns to CBC/Radio-Canada with multi-platform coverage running fromÂ June 12Â toÂ July 13. CBCâ€™s best-in-class production, working alongside FIFA, will provide viewers with a multi-feed viewing experience to give them a unique view of the games, the 12 cities in which the matches are played and the compelling storylines produced by the global event.
In the fall, CBC Sports continues to connect Canadians to the athletes who represent Canada on the national stage with coverage ofÂ ISU Figure Skating,Â FIS Alpine Skiing,Â ISU Long & Short Track Speed SkatingÂ among other sports as your Olympic network.
CBC-TVâ€™s primetime lineup is also stacked with new seasons of Canadiansâ€™ favourite homegrown series.Â DRAGONSâ€™ DENÂ shakes it up with two new Dragons joining its panel of multi-millionaire investors:Â restaurant magnate Vikram Vij, and the reigning rock star of Canadian finance, Michael Wekerle. Schoolâ€™s back in session for the fourth season ofÂ MR. D. Beloved period dramaÂ MURDOCH MYSTERIESÂ returns for an all-new eighth season, whileÂ REPUBLIC OF DOYLEÂ kicks off its sixth and final season filled with explosive drama as Jake prepares for his upcoming murder trial. Now entering its eighth season,Â HEARTLANDÂ marks its 125th episode making it the longest-running Canadian one-hour dramatic series in history.
Canadaâ€™s pre-eminent political satirist is back, with an all-new season of the award-winningÂ RICK MERCER REPORT.Â THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTESÂ celebrates its landmark 22nd season on the air this fall, savagely satirizing Canadian politics and daily events in every episode.
CBC News has a strong tradition of provocative and courageous journalism, holding people to account and exposing misdeeds.Â MARKETPLACE, hosted by Erica Johnson and Tom Harrington, continues as Canadaâ€™s number-one investigative consumer show.Â the fifth estateÂ marches into its 40th season, hosted by Gillian Findlay, Mark Kelley, Bob McKeown, as Canadaâ€™s premier investigative documentary program.
Hosted by David Suzuki,Â THE NATURE OF THINGSÂ launches its 54th season in the fall of 2014.
DOC ZONE,Â hosted byÂ Ann-Marie MacDonald, returnsÂ with new documentaries coming from the front lines of the worldâ€™s news and ranging across the ideas, forces and events that shape our world.
Led by CBC Chief News Correspondent Peter Mansbridge,Â THE NATIONALÂ continues to deliver exclusive interviews and stories that define the nightly news program, bringing intelligent conversation, commentary and analysis to Canadians.
A curator of Canadian culture, CBC brings some of the nationâ€™s premier cultural live events to its audiences, including theÂ SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE, theÂ CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDSÂ and theÂ CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.