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Poll: Which new Canadian TV shows will you watch this season?

Now that the Canadian Upfronts are wrapped, we’ve got a complete list of the new homegrown series set to debut during the 2016-17 television season. Some will be on the air this fall, while others will debut during midseason.

What we want to know is, which five have got you the most interested in checking out this season? If you’ve got more than five you’re planning to watch, put them in the comments at the bottom of the page. Can’t quite remember the synopses behind each? We’ve got you covered there too: a one-line description for each is listed below the poll.

Which five new Canadian TV shows are you planning to watch this coming season?

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Bad Blood: The Vito Rizzuto Story, City
Limited event drama telling the real-life story of underworld figure Vito Rizzuto.

Bryan, Inc., HGTV Canada
A behind-the-scenes peek at Bryan and Sarah Baeumler’s workdays at the office.

Cardinal, CTV
Based on the book Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt, a small-town cop chases a serial killer.

Frontier, Discovery
Historical drama telling the story of Canada’s growing fur trade.

Heavy Rescue: 401, Discovery
Highway Thru Hell spinoff about the police, firefighters and tow trucks who keep Ontario’s busiest highways safe.

Holmes and Holmes, HGTV Canada
Mike Sr. and Jr. renovate the latter’s bachelor bungalow into a two-storey home.

Kim’s Convenience, CBC
Television adaptation of Ins Choi, about a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store.

Mary Kills People, Global
An emergency room doctor helps the terminally ill end their lives.

Moving the McGillivrays, HGTV Canada
Cameras follow Scott and his family as they build and prepare to move into a new home.

Pure, CBC
A newly-elected Mennonite pastor finds himself drawn into the drug trade.

Ransom, Global
Hostage drama based on the life of negotiator Laurent Combalbert.

Real Housewives of Toronto, Slice
Reality cameras follow socialites around Canada’s biggest city.

Russell Peters is the Indian Detective, CraveTV
A Toronto cop of Indian heritage becomes embroiled in a local case when he visits his father in Mumbai.

Second Jen, City
A coming-of-age comedy about two second-generation Chinese and Filipino-Canadian millennials.

Shoot the Messenger, CBC
A young journalist is caught in a web of urban gangs, the political class and the police while working her first murder case.

The Beaverton, The Comedy Network
A spoof of TV news shows.

The Disappearance, CTV
A family is devastated when their son goes missing during a treasure hunt.

This is High School, CBC
Documentary series capturing the education system at a British Columbia high school.

Travelers, Showcase
Future humans go back in time to save the world from a horrible fate.

True North Calling, CBC
Documentary series following the lives of Canadians who call the North home.

Workin’ Moms, CBC
In this comedy, four urban moms juggle love, careers and parenthood.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and partner at TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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9 thoughts on “Poll: Which new Canadian TV shows will you watch this season?”

  1. I had a tough time choosing 5. Until I actually see some of the trailers it’ll be difficult to surmise which looks best. There are a lot of good-sounding shows coming to Canadian tv. Ultimately I chose Frontier, Pure, Shoot the Messenger, Workin’ Moms and Russell Peters is the Indian Detective. I also plan on checking out Second Jen, Kim’s Convenience, The Beaverton, This is High School and The Disappearance. Also, two shows which I realize may not air for another year that I really want to watch are The Council and Caught.

    1. Thanks for voting. I was going to ask folks to vote for three, but that seemed too little. I plan to check out all of the scripted stuff, but I’m excited about Frontier, Cardinal, Shoot the Messenger and Kim’s Convenience.

      1. I usually check out most Canadian scripted fare just because they are Canadian although I avoid procedurals like the plague–shows like Motive, Houdini & Doyle and Private Eyes I never once looked at.

  2. It was difficult narrowing down my choices to five. I plan to give a bunch of them a watch and see if the pilots catch my interest.

  3. Seems like nobody here likes Private Eyes. Why ? Stats say a lot are watching, we sure are, and we really like it.

    1. I don’t like procedurals so Private Eyes isnt for me. Also, it looks like one of those Cancon shows that try hard to look American and hide its Canadianess which is a big negative for me.

    2. Private Eyes didn’t make this list because it’s on the air now, and will be done Season 1 by the time September comes. I’m liking the show a lot!

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