Excerpts of a CBC media release:
NEW, RETURNING SERIES and SPECIALS
THE ADVENTURES OF BOB & DOUG MCKENZIE: STRANGE BREW and BOB & DOUG’S TWO-FOUR ANNIVERSARY – Sunday, May 20:
THE ADVENTURES OF BOB & DOUG MCKENZIE: STRANGE BREW tells the classic story of two beer-addled brothers (Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis) who thwart a sinister plot to rule the world via mind-controlling lager.
BOB & DOUG MCKENZIE’S TWO-FOUR ANNIVERSARY is a one-hour celebration of the McKenzie brothers-a 24-year enduring Canadian franchise credited with defining a national identity. This special reveals the fascinating stories of people whose lives were touched, affected or influenced by the McKenzie brothers; celebrates key milestones throughout the franchise’s history; and finally reveals the men behind it all-Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas.
THE SECOND CITY’S NEXT COMEDY LEGEND – begins Tuesday, July 10 at 9 p.m.
First-class sketch comedy, Canada’s hottest new comics, intense competition and ruthless ambition all come together in THE SECOND CITY’S NEXT COMEDY LEGEND-hosted by Trish Stratus, the most decorated Diva in WWE history. Sketch comedy performers from all over Canada compete and are judged by SCTV alumnus Joe Flaherty and comedians Elvira Kurt and Nick Napier. Comics vie for the chance to join the ranks of such legendary Canadian performers as John Candy, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd, Dave Thomas and Eugene Levy, all of whom got their start at The Second City.
THE NATURE OF THINGS WITH DAVID SUZUKI – begins Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m.
The multi-award-winning series returns for a new season of thought-provoking television. Suzuki, still the lithe and sprightly eco-warrior at 71, continues to make science relevant and full of wonder to his audiences as the network’s longest running series enters its 48th season. Kicking off the season in hair-raising fashion is Tarantula, which exposes the secret lives of these ancient crawlers. Also in the lineup is Wild Caribbean, a four-part series that reveals the beauty, the drama and the dark mysterious secrets of this island paradise.
THE HOUR continues all summer long with new material and highlights from the last season.
THE PHOENIX SESSIONS – begins Friday, June 1 at 9 p.m.
THE PHOENIX SESSIONS present live music performances by some of the hottest independent music acts in the country, as well as special guest appearances by legendary established acts. It’s the ultimate insider’s music show. Shot with multiple HD cameras, and recorded in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound, these compelling musical performances are enhanced with intimate behind-the-scenes interviews, jams and candid moments with the musicians. Kyle Riabko is the focal point of the first episode, endorsed by Randy Bachman. Other performers include Matt Mayes and el Torpedo, The Stills, Graph Noble, Ron Sexsmith and The Constantines.
EXPOSURE – begins Sunday, July 29 at 11 p.m.
Beginning June 17, cbc.ca/exposure invites the online community to go beyond the typical broadband video experience and share their short digital films to be featured online and on television in an interactive people’s choice competition. EXPOSURE gives digital filmmakers a new platform to post their work online. Each week, the most highly rated films as judged by industry experts will appear on CBC-TV for a chance to compete for a development deal worth up to $25,000.