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Reaction: CBC’s slate of new programs for the 2018-19 broadcast season

I spent a couple of days in Ottawa this week, which meant I missed attending CBC’s presentation for its 2018-19 broadcast season. You can check out the full announcement here, which includes a list of the shows returning to the schedule, programs that are moving and even better news for Kim’s Convenience fans. (Not so for 21 Thunder and Hello Goodbye; the former has been cancelled and the latter is on hiatus.)

In no particular order, here are my thoughts on (almost) everything that CBC revealed on Thursday morning.

— A lot of folks, myself included, were scratching their heads over the decision to bring back Street Legal for another go-round. What more could be said about those characters over 20 years later? That all changed once I saw Bruce Smith named as showrunner. He’s the guy behind two of my favourite TV series in recent memory, Cracked and 19-2. Both were gritty, realistic portrayals of life, so I expect the same from Street Legal as well as catching up on what Olivia Novak is up to. And I can’t wait to have Cynthia Dale back on my TV screen.

— CBC does family drama, really, really, well. Just look at the success of Heartland for crying out loud. I’m expecting big things from Northern Rescue and all it offers: tragedy, redemption, starting a new life in an unfamiliar place and Kathleen Robertson.

— I was unaware of Floyd Kane until this week, though he’s been involved in several projects I’ve watched or admired, including writing for Continuum and Backstage and producing That’s So Weird and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. He’s a bona fide lawyer, so it makes sense he’d create a series about being one in Diggstown. I’m into this, especially after learning Diggstown marks the first original Canadian drama series to feature a black Canadian female in the lead role.

— I’m excited to see Back Alley Films—the folks behind the excellent Bellevue—working with the CBC on Coroner. Based on the best-selling book series by M.R. Hall and created for TV by Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope), it’s about former ER doctor Jenny Cooper who now investigates suspicious deaths.

— I’m over the moon that Kim’s Convenience, which just began production on Season 3, has been greenlit for Season 4. I’m equally jazzed that Paul Sun-Hyung Lee has been tagged to host Canada’s Smartest Person Junior.

— Banger Films are the folks behind must-see music documentaries like Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, Super Duper Alice Cooper and Rock Icons. I’m intrigued and excited by From the Vaults, which takes a look at Canadian history and music by utilizing the CBC’s archives.

— High Arctic Haulers. Remote northern communities relying on ships to bring them supplies? Right in my wheelhouse.

— Baroness Von Sketch Show and Still Standing both moving to the fall on CBC is a curious move, as is bumping Kim’s Convenience to the winter. Regardless, it gives the CBC a solid night of comedy on Tuesdays all year long.

— Heartland is back, but for only 11 episodes. That’s a little concerning and I can’t help but wonder if this might be the last season for the long-running Canadian drama. I have no evidence to back this up—it may be because some castmembers want to do other things—it’s just a gut feeling.

— Murdoch Mysteries is currently listed at 18 episodes, which would indicate to me there will be no holiday special this year. Again, I have nothing to go on other than the number.

What are you most looking forward to or excited about from CBC’s announcement? Let me know in the comments below.

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Link: Matt Embry’s documentary Living Proof big winner at AMPIAs

From Eric Volmers of the Edmonton Journal:

Link: Matt Embry’s documentary Living Proof big winner at AMPIAs
The 44th edition of the awards,  nicknamed the Rosies, were handed out at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Calgary to honour the best in Alberta film and television. Sixty trophies were handed out to Alberta-based productions and craftspeople who work in the industry …. CBC’s Heartland defeated Wynonna Earp for best dramatic series. Both shows are produced in Calgary by Seven24 films. Heartland also picked up a win for Ken Filewych, who won for best director for a drama over 30 minutes. Continue reading. 

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CBC Music provides the soundtrack to your favourite shows

Sometimes it’s not only the visuals and storylines that make a television series great. The right music can really make a scene shine. The CBC knows what makes a good show, and with that in mind, have created playlists for numerous primetime programs on their platform to connect us with the series and characters we love. Even if some of the shows are have come to an end, CBC Music wants you to keep the sweet memories and enjoy your favourite series through the music. Here a just a sample of the sweet playlists CBC Music has put together to accompany your faves.

The TV Show: Heartland

Key songs on the playlist: Matthew Barber, Distant Cousins, Ben Rector, Royal Wood

The mood: Heartland is full of heartwarming family moments. And the music is part of what makes it so special. This soundtrack is warm and sensitive. It is perfect for a family ride to the park or beach. Or even for a small family gathering in the backyard.


The TV Show: Frankie Drake Mysteries

Key songs on the playlist: Alabama Red Peppers, Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven, Read and Miff’s Stompers

The mood: Whether you’re cooking dinner or gathering for a family game night, this soundtrack is what you’re searching for. Light but full of harmony, jazz makes the mood bright. You won’t even notice how your body starts moving to the rhythm.


The TV Show: Burden of Truth

Key songs on the playlist: The Barr Brothers, Andreya Triana, Adam Baldwin

The mood:  You want to be as confident as Joanna Hanley? This music is gonna make you work hard. Perfect for your brain, but relaxing at the same time. Make your studying and working more enjoyable with The Weather Station or Etiquette.


The TV Show: Hello Goodbye

Key songs on the playlist: Stephanie Rainey, Andrew Simple, Samantha Watt

The mood: Hello Goodbye makes you cry with happiness. It is what brings you pleasure and lets you discover incredible stories. The music is great for a date or just a quiet night with yourself, to understand and remember how family, friends and your loved ones are important.


The TV Show: Workin’ Moms

Key songs on the playlist: The Black Eyed Peas, Kelis, She-Devils

The mood: Girl’s night out? You definitely know what songs you need to have on your playlist! Something like “Love Fool” by Tanika Charles will make that girly atmosphere. A few glasses of wine, a little talk, the most important people and energetic music.


 The TV Show: Caught

Key songs on the playlist: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foreigner, The Rolling Stones

The mood: Caught is a story about drug dealers and prison breakers set to the perfect 70s soundtrack. Whether you’re going on a long trip or just want to survive in the morning traffic jams, the smashing hits from your favourite bands are gonna rock you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 70s child or a freshman to the exciting world of free and unlimited self-expression, hits like “Tumbling Dice” by The Rolling Stones, “Crazy on You” by Heart and “Up Around the Bend” by Creedence Clearwater Revival will make you scream and sing along.

 

 

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Link: After Anne: Megan Follows talks about directing Heartland, playing grandmothers and the wonderful complexity of Queen Catherine

From Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald:

Link: After Anne: Megan Follows talks about directing Heartland, playing grandmothers and the wonderful complexity of Queen Catherine
There is no delicate way to bring up the question with an actress: So, how do you feel about playing a grandma?

But when talking to Megan Follows these days, it is an unavoidable topic.

Yes, the actress adored by Canadian audiences as the perky and youthful Anne of Green Gables is playing a grandmother in not one but two Calgary-shot series. Continue reading.

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Comments and queries for the week of March 2

I recently purchased Netflix and starting watching Heartland. I fell in love with it and have binge-watched up to Season 8 so far. I have such a sad feeling that I am coming to Season 9. It is such a wonderful show and I have my granddaughters now watching it (ages 14) and they love it. Please don’t end this heartwarming show. We need more of this type of TV in this scary world of ours right now. Thank you. —Phyllis


 

I thought the episode [of Murdoch Mysteries] was fabulous, I cannot count how many times I have replayed it. I only watch three shows here in the U.S. and I do not care if I miss an episode. BUT I would never miss a Murdoch Mysteries episode. The storylines, writers, set design and actors are the best, bar none. I am so glad I can get CBC. :-) —Jan

I really enjoyed the episode. I miss George’s humour and would like to see more of him. I really like Watts character as well … can’t wait for next episode. —Louise

I liked the episode but didn’t love it. I liked that Watts discovered something about himself, Higgins is a better police officer than he once was, and even John discovering love for the first time. But as characters, even with these new developments, they just don’t appeal to me. I didn’t love it because I didn’t learn anything new about the central characters: William, Julia, George or Brackenreid. —C

What a nice episode involving the Jewish population. I am not Jewish but have many friends that are, so much of the information that was imparted to Watts struck a chord. Very well written, but what else can come from the writers? They are superb. Wonderful show. —Sharon

Loved Murdoch Mysteries right from the start. Love finding out the real history. Enjoyed finding out a bit more about Watts. Love his addition. Still love George. And of course Julia and Murdoch. —Celeste

I love Murdoch Mysteries and this was a great way to get to know Watts a bit better. He is a great addition to the cast. Well done. —Sandi

 

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