CBC TELEVISION ANNOUNCES 21 RENEWALS, EXPANDED SEASONS OF HIT SHOWS, AND NEW TITLES FOR 2013-14
CBC Television, currently in year two of a three-year plan to manage funding cuts, today confirmed a number of new and returning shows for 2013-14, including a brand new season of BATTLE OF THE BLADES, expanded (full) seasons of MURDOCH MYSTERIES and REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, a mini-series based on the award-winning Canadian novel THE BEST LAID PLANS (PDM Entertainment), and a television movie adaptation of THE BOOK OF NEGROES (Conquering Lion Pictures).
The following favorites have been renewed and will return to the programming schedule:
- 22 Minutes
- Arctic Air
- Battle of the Blades
- Best Recipes Ever
- Coronation Street
- Doc Zone
- Dragons’ Den
- the fifth estate
- George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
- In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita
- Just for Laughs
- Mr. D
- Murdoch Mysteries (full season – 18 episodes)
- The Nature of Things
- Republic of Doyle (full season – 16 episodes)
- The Rick Mercer Report
- The Ron James Show
- Steven & Chris
Further information about the 2013-14 season will be announced at a later
Rogue, The Movie Network/Movie Central
Grace Travis (Newton) is a wife, mother of two, and Oakland’s best undercover detective. She’s adept at transitioning between suburban life and the docks where she’s been embedded for months with a criminal enterprise run by James “Jimmy” Laszlo (Marton Csokas) and his sons, Max (Matthew Beard) and Alec (Joshua Sasse). When Grace is abruptly pulled out of the field when her son is killed in a drive by shooting, her life is shattered. Four months later, the investigation into the death has gone cold and Grace, guilt-ridden and unable to accept the loss, has begun to search for answers. With the help of her mentor, Mitch (Ian Tracey), a link is uncovered between the death and Laszlo’s organization. Unable to convince her superiors that she is fit for duty, Grace goes rogue slipping back undercover as “Jackie Hays” in Laszlo’s gang.
Mr. D, CBC – “Culture Day”
It’s Culture Day at Xavier and Gerry wants what Dwyer already has. Leung admits to loving Lisa. Callaghan and Trudy work out a system to avoid Callaghan’s ex wife.
The Ron James Show, CBC
Knowing that the world has changed by leaps and bounds, Ron questions if things really are better? Exhausted medieval peasants are appalled when the King announces he has raised the age of retirement… to 27. Early adopters of a new invention called ‘the telephone’ learn the convenient new gadget can also dial up a huge amount of hassle. Meanwhile, when a mining company coal hole appears in L’il Ronnie’s backyard, it seems everyone wants a piece of the rock. Plus, in this week’s ‘Ode to the Road’, Ron breaks away from his usual poutine and learns to experience Montreal, QC in a whole new way. Featuring special guest stars, Sean Cullen, Cliff Saunders, Allana Harkin and Darren Frost.
Arctic Air, CBC – “Blood is Thicker Than Water”
Krista’s mother pays a visit to Yellowknife and throws Krista’s life into turmoil; and Bobby gets his first real chance to play “family” with Connor and Petra.
Mr. D, CBC – “Staff Retreat”
The staff are involved in an elaborate trust game that accidently reveals some of their darkest secrets. Robert’s trust exercise with his students fails miserably when he accidently locks himself in the closet. Callaghan and Malik compete in a friendly game of “who is the better athlete”.
The Ron James Show, CBC
Ron tees off on the crazed culture of consumerism, and what he has to say is not available in stores! Desperate for the latest iPhone, a man agrees to sell his soul to get his hands on the coveted technology, but if Satan figures out what he’s up to, there’ll be more than hell to pay. When Aunt Vivien is told she’ll require a motorized scooter after hip surgery, she quickly realizes there’s some heavy competition on the waiting list. Meanwhile, on Li’l Ronnie’s class field trip to Louisbourg, a single car-sick kid makes the whole bus sicker than an Irish fever ship. Plus, controversial, conservative radio host Buell Crawford wants nothing to do with “Buy Nothing Day”, as he remains steadfastly dedicated to his capitalist lifestyle. Featuring special guest stars, Kevin McDonald, Linda Kash, Jonas Chernick and Sam Kalilieh.
Arctic Air, CBC – “Skeletons in the Closet”
Bobby and Mel are stranded in an isolated community after their DC-3 is shot up on the airstrip; and Krista helps Loreen arrange a traditional burial for the bones of her great-great-grandfather.
From Steve Eramo of The Morton Report:
Interview with Arctic Air’s Stephen Lobo
Most people are familiar with the saying, “Better late than never.” For actor Stephen Lobo, that old adage is particularly meaningful when it comes to his professional life. “I got into it [acting] late,” he recalls. “I started theatre school when I was 27 and graduated when I was 30. I had dabbled in it maybe a couple of years before that and thought, ‘Okay, this is really something I want to do for a living. I need to develop my [acting] chops, though, so I should probably go to theatre school.’ Read more.
Mr. D, CBC – “Poker Night”
Gerry orchestrates a staff poker night. Robert’s mentor is brought in to substitute a class. While Dwyers’s music classroom is under renovation, he is forced to share Gerry’s classroom.
Ron James Show, CBC – “Consumerism”
Ron tees off on our culture of CONSUMERISM, and one thing’s for sure — what he has to say is not available in stores! Special Guests: Kevin McDonald, Linda Kash, Jonas Chernick, Sam Kalilieh.
Arctic Air, CBC – “Hell Hath No Fury”
Troubled rock star, Delilah Fury, embarks on the northern leg of her comeback tour, and Bobby must keep her – and the tour – from falling apart.