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
Lost Girl, Showcase – “Delinquents”
Bo, Dyson and Kenzi go undercover at an urban camp to catch a serial killer Fae who preys on at-risk youth. Meanwhile, a blast from Tamsin’s past makes an appearance, but the visit may not be purely social. Bo is given some hard to accept emotional news.
Heartland, CBC – “Born to Buck”
Amy is having trouble dealing with a roping horse that only wants to buck and Caleb, who isn’t sure he wants to ride broncs anymore.
Dragons’ Den, CBC
An entrepreneur serves up a snack fit for a king; an artist hopes her body of work will win over the Dragons; and a food entrepreneur hopes to bag a deal. Plus; a Guinness World Record holder attempts to escape the Den with investment.
Republic of Doyle, CBC – “Multitasking”
Jake finds himself juggling multiple cases while looking into attempts made on the life of his ex-girlfriend; Tinny’s relationship with her Uncle Jake is becoming strained due to her budding relationship with her father.
Guest stars: Michelle Nolden, Kristen Gutoskie, Genelle Williams, Shane Daly.
Lost Girl, Showcase – “There’s Bo Place Like Home”
Bo faces the daunting task of having to return to where it all started: down home on the farm. Accompanied by BFF Kenzi, Bo must face her old demons – and a new one – in order to clear the way for the path she will soon be forced to travel.
Motive, CTV – “Against All Odds”
A high-priced lawyer is discovered murdered in his home, the apparent victim of a burglary gone awry. A million dollar life insurance policy payout gives the victim’s wife motive, but Flynn (Kristin Lehman) is not biting. While she works the case, her son Manny (Cameron Bright) is arrested for vandalism, forcing her to apply some tough love on the home front.
Vikings, History – series premiere
While Vikings is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed – for these were extreme times – it is a family saga at heart. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel, The Beast), a curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. A young farmer and family man, Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment). Vikings charts Ragnar’s ambitions to discover civilizations across the great ocean to the west, as well as his inevitable conflicts along the way. With the help of his jester friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard, The Way Back), they build a new generation of boats – faster, sleeker and more beautifully crafted than anything else on the sea.
Heartland , CBC – “After All We’ve Been Through”
To clear his own name, Ty searches for damning evidence to prove Jeremy was behind Buckingham’s death.
Canadian Screen Awards, CBC
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) unites its film, television and digital media awards into one gala event with the Canadian Screen Awards. Hosting the inaugural live gala is Canada’s king of comedy, Martin Short. The Academy’s new awards are a true showcase of our country’s finest talent in all screen industries in this star-studded celebration.
From a media release:
HEARTLAND, CBC-TV’S ICONIC FAMILY DRAMA, CELEBRATES ITS 100TH EPISODE ON SUNDAY, MARCH 3 AT 7 P.M. (7:30 NT)
- Fans can enter for a chance to meet the cast and crew of HEARTLAND in Calgary, AB
CBC’s successful, multi-generational family saga HEARTLAND marks a broadcasting milestone, celebrating its 100th episode on Sunday, March 3 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC-TV. Canada’s most popular family drama, HEARTLAND has remained a staple of CBC’s powerhouse Sunday night line-up for six seasons and boasts an actively engaged and ever-growing fan-base of viewers. Each week, audiences continue to tune in to follow their favourite characters, Amy (Amber Marshall), Ty (Graham Wardle), Jack (Shaun Johnston), Tim (Chris Potter), Lou (Michelle Morgan), Peter (Gabriel Hogan) and Georgie (Alisha Newton) as they band together to get through life in both happy and trying times.
Set against the glorious backdrop of the foothills of Alberta, HEARTLAND continues to tell stories about characters that Canadians from across the country have grown to love and welcome into their homes. In its exciting 100th episode, After All We’ve Been Through, Ty searches for damning evidence to prove Jeremy was behind Buckingham’s death, so that he can clear his own name. Meanwhile, Amy attempts to find a way to get Spartan to face his extreme fear of the jumping pen – his life depends on it. Lou and Peter’s romantic weekend at the Dude Ranch is interrupted by a surprise visitor… Peter’s ex-wife, Eden. Meanwhile, Mallory goes against Tim’s advice and turns to the internet to find romance for Jack.
In celebration of the 100th episode, CBC and Alberta Films are giving one lucky fan and their family a chance to meet the cast and crew of HEARTLAND in Calgary, AB. The winner and their family will be provided with airfare, hotel accommodations and a special itinerary including a visit with the HEARTLAND cast. Starting Monday, February 24 fans can visit cbc.ca/heartland to enter for a chance to win. Over the course of the contest, fans will have to find the answer to three questions and each correct answer allows for an additional chance to enter. For more information on contest rules and regulations, visit cbc.ca/heartland.
Motive, CTV – “Out of the Past”
The execution-style murder of a news shop proprietor with high-level military training leads Detectives Flynn (Kristin Lehman) and Vega (Louis Ferreira) to a local gang who are terrorizing the community’s residents. Further investigation reveals that the news shop owner was stalking a respected paediatric doctor and her family, leading Angie to question the doctor’s credentials and to a motive that lies in a secret past that has returned to haunt her.
Lost Girl, Showcase – “The Kenzi Scale”
The gang is forced to stage an intervention against an increasingly erratic Bo. Bo believes the only way to save someone close to her is to accept help from the person she trusts the least.
Heartland, CBC – “Lost and Gone Forever”
Ty’s future as a vet is in serious jeopardy when he’s blamed for a shocking fatality at Scott’s clinic.
Dragons’ Den, CBC
A baby product prevents a big mess in the Den; an energy idea needs Dragon dollars to help it grow; and the Dragons are given a few words of encouragement. Plus; a handy entrepreneur hopes to lock in a deal.
Republic of Doyle, CBC – “The Common Wealth”
The Doyles are hot on the trail of an international art thief; Constable Hayward makes a grave mistake with career-impacting implications; Leslie struggles as she deals with an important family issue. Guest Stars: Scott Grimes, Alan Doyle, Roark Critchlow, Romina D’Ugo, Aleks Paunovic.