Cathleen Saville – CBC
May 22, 2013 (ISN) – CBC today unveiled its 2013-2014 broadcast schedule, featuring a strong line-up of anticipated new series, returning and homegrown hits, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Hockey Night in Canada, leading cultural live events, and more.
CBC continues to be the home of the best Canadian programming and stars, and is strategically moving forward in dynamic ways to create and deliver meaningful local, digital, and Canadian content across all platforms.
“2013-14 is an exciting time for CBC, and we’re proud to move into the new season with strong content that Canadians truly care about,” said Neil McEneaney, interim executive vice-president, English Services, CBC. “As the official broadcaster of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Hockey Night in Canada, and a line-up full of new and returning primetime programs, CBC is the home of the hits this season.”
Click here for a season preview of CBC-TV’s 2013-2014 schedule.
NEW THIS SEASON:
CBC/Radio-Canada is proud to bring the Olympic Games home to Canadians as the country’s Official Broadcaster of Sochi 2014. With coverage across all platforms including TV, radio, online and mobile Canadians can connect with the biggest stories and latest content whenever and wherever they want. Through world-class stories, features and profiles, and the best performance coverage available, CBC/Radio-Canada will introduce viewers to Canadian athletes poised to take on the world leading up to and throughout the Games, ensuring Canadians will never meet an athlete for the first time on the podium. The athletes are at the heart of CBC/Radio-Canada’s Olympic broadcasts, whether Canadian or otherwise, viewers will experience the biggest Olympic triumphs and struggles involving athletes from every nation and every competition. CBC Olympic hosts Ron MacLean, Scott Russell, Diana Swain, and CBC News Network host Heather Hiscox will unite the country from coast-to-coast-to-coast introducing Canadians to the men and women representing the nation in Sochi. CBC’s full team of expert hosts, analysts, commentators and journalists will be announced in the coming months.
This fall, CBC Television welcomes back Sunday night-favourite BATTLE of the Blades for its 4th season – a dynamic show that combines athletes from two of Canada’s favourite sports: figure skating and hockey! Eight accomplished figure skaters pair up with eight rugged hockey players in the ultimate skating competition for charity. Ron MacLean and Kurt Browning will both return to host an exciting new season. The live performance episodes will be supported through integrated multi-platform technology, reintroducing the hit show to Canadian audiences. Battle of the Blades is big Sunday night entertainment where anything is possible.
Based on author Terry Fallis’ award-winning novel of the same name and 2011 Canada Reads winner, THE Best Laid Plans, is a humorous and satirical journey into the world of national politics and backroom maneuvering of Canadian government. Parliament is a secret and esoteric world with its own culture, customs and language. THE Best Laid Plans is a rollicking journey into this cosseted world. Our guide is the earnest, hopeful, English PhD, Daniel Addison, head speech writer for the Leader of the Opposition. When Daniel catches his girlfriend and her boss in flagrante delicto he decides to return to academe as assistant professor of English at the University of Ottawa. But you don’t just walk away from the Opposition Party — freedom has a price and in this case it’s finding a candidate in a riding 50 kilometres away and managing the campaign in the next election, scheduled in approximately eight weeks. THE BEST LAID PLANS, launches in winter 2014 on CBC-TV.
New to CBC this fall, CROSSING LINES is an action-packed crime drama about a police unit that specializes in cross-border crimes and brings global criminals to justice. Since globalization, some countries have opened barriers to ensure easy trade, travel and cultural diversity. But this openness has provided criminals with ways to exploit the system and threaten global safety. The series stars William Fichtner (Prison Break), Emmy and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games), Marc Lavoine (The Good Thief), Gabriella Pession (Wilfred), Moon Dailly (Black Heaven), Richard Flood (Titanic-Blood and Steel) and Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones).
FOUR ROOMS jumps into the reality space this winter as four of Canada’s leading art buyers vie for the prized possessions of Canadians. Four of Canada’s leading art, antiques and memorabilia dealers wait in four rooms, ready to spend big money on the right item. Canadians looking to sell their prized possessions come face-to-face with the four buyers, who will stop at nothing in their quest to purchase unique, stunning, iconic, unusual or macabre items. Each buyer makes the seller an offer. But there’s a catch. Would-be sellers must decide whether they want to accept the buyer’s offer or move on to the next buyer’s room. And once they reject a bid from a buyer, the offer is off the table forever. No teapots, musty old furniture or bits of pottery. It’s about morals and greed. It’s Antiques Roadshow meets Dragon’s Den. The FOUR ROOMS cross-Canada search for sellers is now underway. Apply online today at cbc.ca/fourrooms and audition in a city near you.
CBC is thrilled to welcome the successful series RECIPE TO RICHES to the 2014 winter schedule. It’s a competition-style reality series in which amateur Canadian cooks create and share their innovative favourite personal recipes with the country. In the week leading up to the finale, Canadians will be able to join the fun and vote for their favourite recipe! Auditions will take place this summer in select cities across Canada – additional information and updates to come in the coming weeks.
Launching this fall, STILL LIFE is a made for TV movie about a supposedly tranquil village in Quebec’s Eastern Townships that is about to be disturbed by the discovery that a much-loved member of the community lies dead in the woods. As investigators dig deeper, they uncover layers of deceit, rage and long-simmering resentments buried deep in a quaint village. Based on award-winning Canadian novelist Louise Penny’s first book, STILL LIFE is the first book in the Three Pines Mystery series. The film is set and was shot in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA is back for its 61st season with a full slate of games featuring the sport’s biggest stars and the best NHL match-ups and marquee events all season long and into the playoffs, including exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The Hockey Night in Canada team of highly knowledgeable and opinionated experts guide viewers from the pre-game to the final horn every Saturday night with in-depth reporting and a host of innovative features. The longest running sports program in television history, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA has been a Saturday night mainstay since 1952 and holds a special place in the hearts of generations of Canadians and an important place in Canada’s culture.
CBC-TV’s primetime lineup is full of proven, homegrown returning series: ARCTIC AIR returns for its third season of avalanche rescue missions, aerial bombing runs, and police chases; DRAGONS’ DEN, Canada’s highest-rated unscripted TV show, returns with 20 exciting new episodes in a brand new, ominous den; CRACKED’s Psych Crimes Unit is back; school’s in for MR. D; REPUBLIC OF DOYLE kicks into high gear on the rock; and HEARTLAND returns as the Sunday favourite; Canada’s No. 1 investigative consumer show, MARKETPLACE is back for its 41st season after consistently drawing more than 1 million viewers last year. Beloved fan-favourite drama MURDOCH MYSTERIES returns for an all-new seventh season. the fifth estate returns with its award-winning investigative journalism in its 39th season.
THE NATURE OF THINGS WITH DAVID SUZUKI returns as CBC Television’s longest- running multi-award-winning series, while DOC ZONE, CBC Television’s flagship documentary series, returns with documentaries from the front lines from around the world. CBC’s current affairs programming for 2013-2014 will deliver unparalleled depth and originality, and will continue to broadcast the best informative programming in Canada.
GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT is back as George celebrates his 10th season connecting his audience to the world’s most influential and fascinating characters. And Canada’s best comedic and satirical shows are back with new seasons of the RICK MERCER REPORT, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, and THE RON JAMES SHOW. In addition, the CBC is home to Canada’s top cultural live events, including the SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE, CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS, and the CCMAs.