From a media release:
CBC today announced the details of its 2015-16 schedule, highlighting a slate of new series, returning favourites, thought-provoking news and investigative content and marquee cultural events.
Included are 11 bold original productions, along with the renewal of 14 series. The schedule to date offers new premium dramas (THE ROMEO SECTION,Â THIS LIFE), compelling comedies (FOOL CANADAÂ with Will Sasso, Bruce McCullochâ€™sÂ YOUNG DRUNK PUNK), factual programming (KEEPING CANADA ALIVE,Â HELLO GOODBYEÂ andÂ STILL STANDINGÂ with Jonny Harris), and perennial hits. CBC will also bring Canadians acclaimed titles from abroad, includingÂ WHEN CALLS THE HEART;Â BANISHED;Â LOVE CHILD;Â PLEASE LIKE ME; RAISED BY WOLVESÂ andÂ JEKYLL AND HYDE.
CBC is excited to launch an innovative, cross-platform approach to covering the arts,Â CBC ARTS, which is set to launch this summer. This hub for the arts will be all-encompassing, bringing together content from across the network, with new material appearing on multiple platforms, includingÂ CANADA IN THE FRAME,Â THE RE-EDUCATION OF EDDY ROGOÂ andÂ THE COLLECTIVE, as well as TV seriesÂ EXHIBITIONISTSÂ andÂ INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM.
CBC is Canadaâ€™s Olympic Network and with its award-winning tradition of compelling storytelling in live sports broadcasting, Canadians will continue to enjoy a front row seat on our athletesâ€™ journey in 2015-16 with comprehensive coverage of big events including theÂ TorontoÂ 2015Â Pan Am/Parapan AmÂ Games,Â Rio 2016Â Olympic GamesÂ and much more both on TV and through the soon to be released CBC Sports App.
NEW THIS SEASON â€” DRAMA
WHEN CALLS THE HEART â€“ Premieres Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)
This is a family series based on the bestselling novel by Janette Oke following the story of young schoolteacher Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), who has just arrived in a 19th century coal mining town in the Western Frontier, worlds away from the wealthy, high-society life she grew up with. Elizabeth arrives in the aftermath of a mine explosion that claimed the lives of most of Coal Valleyâ€™s men, leaving behind their widows â€” including kind-hearted Abigail Stanton (Lori Loughlin) who befriends Mountie Bill Avery (Jack Wagner), a forensic specialist who has been called to the town to help investigate the mining explosion.Â As Elizabeth adapts to the frontier lifestyle, she also warms up to handsome Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing).
BANISHED â€“ PremieresÂ Monday, July 27, 2015 at 9 p.m.Â (9:30Â NT)
BAFTA-winning writer Jimmy McGovern (creator ofÂ Cracker) brings us thisÂ period dramaÂ set in 1787 when Britain banished its unwanted citizens â€” orphans, petty thieves, prostitutes and highwaymen â€” to Sydney, Australia. Among the first convicts to be exiled are close friends Elizabeth Quinn (MyAnna Buring), Tommy Barrett (Julian Rihind-Tutt) and James Freeman (Russell Tovey). In this combustible society, relationships between convicts are illicit, but that doesnâ€™t stop Elizabeth and Tommy from becoming entangled in a romance together. When their relationship is revealed to the soldiers in charge, it sets in motion a series of events that forces the pragmatic, idealistic Governor Phillip (David Wenham) into further opposition with his nemesis, Major Ross, a man who thinks the only chance of survival is to rule with an iron fist.
LOVE CHILD – Premieres Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10 p.m. (10:30Â NT)
Itâ€™s set in a Sydney boarding house and hospital in the 1960s, where young, unwed mothers are sent to live for the duration of their pregnancy. The series, written by award-winning writer Sarah Lambert, follows maverick midwife Joan Millar (Jessica Marais), who comes from London to work for the hospital during the throes of a cultural revolution. As rock-and-roll blasts through the streets, hemlines rise and social mores undergo radical change, viewers will follow the optimistic and hedonistic beautiful young things who drove the world out of the dark ages and into the psychedelic new frontier, where anything was possible.
THIS LIFE â€“ PremieresÂ Monday, October 5, 2015Â atÂ 9 p.m.Â (9:30Â NT)
Based on the original Radio-Canada hit,Â Nouvelle adresse, is set to begin production in Montreal in summer 2015.Â Set in contemporary Montreal, This LifeÂ is a family saga focusing on Natalie LawsonÂ (Torri Higginson), an accomplished columnist and single mother in her early fortiesÂ whose terminal cancer diagnosis sends her on a quest to prepare her teenage children for life without her. Her tight-knit family â€“ sisterÂ (Lauren Lee Smith), two brothersÂ (Rick Roberts, Kristopher Turner) and parentsÂ (Peter MacNeill, Janet Laine Green),Â do the best they can to help her, while coping with their own responses to this revelation.Â Produced by Sphere Media and showrun by Joseph Kay, with the involvement of Richard Blaimert, THIS LIFEÂ is a funny, honest, heartfelt series about a regular family whose world turns upside down overnight.
THE ROMEO SECTION â€“ PremieresÂ Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 9 p.m.Â (9:30Â NT)
From acclaimed showrunner Chris Haddock (Da Vinciâ€™s Inquest, Intelligence), the seriesÂ isÂ anÂ hour-longÂ serialized espionageÂ drama set in Vancouver. ItÂ follows spymasterÂ ProfessorÂ WolfgangÂ McGee,Â anÂ academicÂ who secretly managesÂ aÂ rosterÂ ofÂ espionageÂ assets.Â TheseÂ assets,Â referredÂ toÂ asÂ RomeoÂ orÂ JulietÂ spies,Â areÂ informantsÂ engagedÂ in intimateÂ relationsÂ withÂ intelligenceÂ targets. WolfgangÂ himselfÂ isÂ aÂ semi-retiredÂ RomeoÂ operator,Â havingÂ workedÂ hisÂ way upÂ inÂ anÂ officiallyÂ deniableÂ â€œserviceâ€Â underÂ theÂ umbrellaÂ ofÂ Canadaâ€™sÂ IntelligenceÂ Community. Â They operate in a seemingly serene cosmopolitan city whose undersideÂ acts as a haven for drug barons, fugitives and covert financiers. The series has Haddock reunited with fellow executive producer Laura Lightbown; director Stephen Surjik; producer Arvi Liimatainen; and writer/co-executive producer Jesse McKeown.
JEKYLL AND HYDEÂ – Premieres winter 2016
Robert Jekyll is a naive, sensitive young man finding his place in the world in London in the 1930â€™s and moving away from the protection of his loving foster parents. As he begins to feel himself coming under the power of a darkness he cannot control, he realises that all his life his parents were protecting him from his true self. Jekyll has inherited the curse of his grandfather, and when angered or in danger he undertakes a graphic and twisted transformation to become Hyde, a shadowy, brooding figure of incredible strength and agility, confident and fearless.Â The series stars Tom Bateman (Da Vinciâ€™s Demons), Richard E. Grant (Doctor Who,Â Downton Abbey) and Natalie Gumede (Doctor Who,Â Coronation Street).
NEW THIS SEASON â€” COMEDY
FOOL CANADA â€“Â PremieresÂ Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.Â (9 NT)
This series is aÂ fun and witty social experiment that puts Canadians’ notorious politeness to the test. Armed with hidden cameras, Will Sasso (MADtv) and a team of comedians travel across Canada toying with real people on subjects that divide and unite us, and poke fun at what it means to be Canadian.Â The series works to irreverently poke fun at what it means to be Canadian, stretching our famous sense of humour to new limits, from our propensity for politeness to our acceptance of a multitude of taxes. Produced by Shaftsbury Films,Â FOOL CANADAÂ showcases a colourful band of characters and comedians who will set out to shock, surprise, and shine a light on the comedic state of the nation.
PLEASE LIKE MEÂ â€“Â PremieresÂ Friday, July 31, 2015 at 9 p.m.Â (9:30Â NT)
ThisÂ comedy isÂ stars, and is written by, critically-acclaimed, young Australian comedian Josh Thomas, who has been likened toÂ Lena Dunham and Louis CK. This uniquelyÂ honest dramatic comedyÂ follows Josh as he approaches his birthday and his life finally seems to be coming together.Â TheÂ events of one day throw his world into chaos. Heâ€™s dumped by his girlfriend, Claire (Caitlin Stasey), and introduced to a decidedly odd but very attractive man, Geoffrey (Wade Briggs)Â â€”which leads him to realize he may be gay. And when his divorced mum, Rose (Debra Lawrance), overdoses on pain killers, Josh is forced to move back into the family home to keep an eye on her. If thatâ€™s not enough, he has to deal with his dad Alanâ€™s (David Roberts) guilt over his ex-wife, and clumsy attempts to hide his new, younger girlfriend. Itâ€™s all a bit more than Josh had planned for.
YOUNG DRUNK PUNKÂ â€“ PremieresÂ Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 9 p.m.Â (9:30Â NT)
A single-camera comedy about the trials and tragedy of growing up on the fringes of society, from the clever and caustic mind of Bruce McCulloch (who also stars), itâ€™s a rough and hilarious look back at simpler times and a complicated ageâ€” and at two young rebels determined to stay true to themselves, and fight against conformity.Tim Carlson (Gracepoint) and Atticus Mitchell (Fargo) co-star as two recent high school graduates searching for their destinies in the back alleys of Calgary, circa 1980.
RAISED BY WOLVESÂ â€“ PremieresÂ Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.Â (10 NT)
Loosely based on the Wolverhampton childhood of outspoken U.K. writer and social media darling, Caitlin Moran, the series follows six socially isolated, home-schooled siblings and their acerbic, highly capable mother Della Garry (Rebekah Staton).Â The Garry siblings, include eldestÂ Germaine (Helen Monks),Â an eccentric,distressingly oversharing and love-struckÂ teen; Aretha (Alexa Davies), an introverted, sarcastic George Orwell admirer who just wants to be left alone;Â YokoÂ (Molly Risker),Â a dreamy, aspiring paleontologist;Â and â€the babbies,â€ Wyatt (Caden Ellis Wall), Mariah (Erin Freeman) and toddler Cher (Violet and Daisy Maple). They also share their small house with Dellaâ€™sÂ feckless, acid-casualty dad, Grampy (Philip Jackson), who frequently seeks refugee from his ongoingÂ bad romance with ‘Shit Nan’.
DIGITAL PRODUCTIONS â€“ COMEDY
BODY BUDS â€“ PremieresÂ Monday June 1, 2015Â onÂ cbc.ca/punchline
The webseriesÂ features two former fitness personalities who previously hosted Canadaâ€™s most popular 90-second health and fitness segment on TV.Â They encouraged Canadians to eat sensibly, exercise mildly and occasionally eat doughnuts. Then, the fitness world shifted, it got faster, harder and crazier and Body Buds faded in obscurity.Â Now,Â Tyler and Taylor are back and they have only one goal: to reclaim their number one spot and make Body Buds the most popular fitness segment on TV.Â Lead actorsÂ Adam Cawley and Rob Baker are creators of the series and Canadian Comedy Award winners.
RIFTWORLD: CHRONICLESÂ – Premieres summer 2015 onÂ cbc.ca/punchline
This webseries isÂ based on the multiple-award-winning short filmÂ The Portal. The series is a unique blend of the sci-fi/fantasy/drama genres, focusing on a dimension travelling wizard who teams up with a struggling journalist in the big city.Â Hunted by a fantastical foe, they try to solve the mystery of what binds their worlds – and their fates – together.Â It stars Erin Karpluk (Being Erica) and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar GalacticaÂ andÂ Supernatural), and Munro Chambers (Degrassi: The Next Generation).
NEW THIS SEASON â€” FACTUAL
STILL STANDING â€“ PremieresÂ Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. (10 NT)
The show follows comedian Jonny Harris on a hilarious and heart-warming journey across Canada as he ventures to small towns on the ropes and immerses himself in the lives of the locals â€“ all while mining enough material to put on an original stand-up comedy routine for the residents about their community.Â The series is a quirky and affectionate adventure into small-town Canada, and a celebration of the people who proudly choose to call those towns home and learns what makes these places special.
KEEPING CANADA ALIVE â€“ Premieres Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 9 p.m. (9:30Â NT)
A high-profile, six-part series profiling the Canadian health care system, filmed in the spring of 2015 and shot over the course of one 24-hour period,Â 60 camera crews descended on hospitals, clinics, and trauma centres from coast to coast to coast, capturing intimate stories of patients and health care providers for a bold, breathtaking and dramatic look at a day in the life of health care in Canada. In a unique blend of medical mystery and real-life drama,Â capturingÂ powerful and poignant moments, the cameras rolled as people sought treatment, and medical professionals did everything they could to provide it.
HELLO GOODBYEÂ â€“ Premieres winterÂ 2016
Hosted by Dale Curd the series draws out touching stories from people in Canadaâ€™s busiest airport: Toronto Pearson International Airport. It reveals themes of love, family, bonds, friendships, immigration, grief and joyful reunion, and presents a window into our most emotional moments.
NEW THIS SEASON â€“ DOCS
FIRST HANDÂ â€“Â PremieresÂ Thursday, October 1, 2015Â atÂ 9 p.m.Â (9:30Â NT)
CBC-TVâ€™s new docs strand, will introduce Canadians toÂ content from some of Canadaâ€™s most talented documentary filmmakers. The films showcase unforgettable characters and their untold stories â€” making viewers think, feel, and see the world in a new way.
NEW THIS SEASON â€“ CBC ARTS
CRASH GALLERY â€“ PremieresÂ Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.Â (9 NT)
AÂ high-energy, gritty and immersive television series from Lark Productions that brings art to life through the thrill of competition, as four talented artists will compete against each other in a real-time creative arena, giving the audience a front-row seat to the creative process as it unfolds. The challenges cover everything from traditional paint and canvas to graffiti art, sculpture and any and all creative endeavors in between. The host must manage a boisterous and participatory crowd that gets the responsibility of choosing a winner. This is not an elimination show but a fun, fresh celebration of artists and creativity.
EXHIBITIONISTS â€“ Premieres Sunday, October 4, 2015
AÂ weekly, visually compelling, hosted 30-minute series about people who create and what motivates them to do it.Â It will feature Canadian artists, from the emerging to the established, and sometimes the most unexpected â€” everyday citizens making art in surprising places. Each weekÂ EXHIBITIONISTSÂ will bring you people, art and images that seek to inspire, provoke and delight the audience.
INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM â€“ Premieres Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)
This seriesÂ reveals the surprisingly vital cultural underbellies of global cities that have seen war and political unrest. It documentsÂ art with a very sharp purpose: as political protest, as a means of survival, as an agent of change, as a display of courage. Featuring cities likeÂ Beirut, Sarajevo, Tunis, Port-au-Prince, Kiev and the artists are Â DJs, Â street artists, writers, musicians, city bloggers, filmmakers â€” some of them practicing their art undercover.Â In every episode, four young locals â€” and one Canadian ex-pat â€” take us on an immersive journey into their world, giving us a portrait of their lives, their art and how it contributes to the distinct culture of these less explored parts of the world.
DIGITAL PRODUCTIONS â€“ CBC ARTS
CANADA IN THE FRAME â€“ Premieres fall 2015
This webseriesÂ brings viewers inside a pop-up art gallery experience as attendees provide their candid, spontaneous reactions to a wide variety of Canadian art, while being filmed with hidden cameras. This fall Canadians are invited to eavesdrop on this original, surprising social experiment.
THE COLLECTIVE â€“ Premieres fallÂ 2015
CBC teamed up withÂ EmmyÂ®Â Award winning interactive agencyÂ Secret Location to commission videos from artistsâ€™ collectives from across the country â€” from dance to street art to writing â€” and put the production of the videos in the hands of the artists themselves.
THE RE-EDUCATION OF EDDY ROGOÂ â€“ Premieres fall 2015
The webseriesÂ follows successful auctioneer and art collector Eddy Rogo, as he ventures outside his comfort zone – which is currently filled with well-to-do art collector clients – and into the studios of the artists themselves. Taken outside of his comfort zone and immersed in the work of emerging artists, Eddy will meet eight Canadian visual artists, from a sculptor who makes grenade art with a twist, to a taxidermist who makes art out of road kill, to an artist who uses coffee as her paint of choice.
NEW THIS SEASON â€” SPORTS
TORONTO 2015 PAN AM / PARAPAN AM GAMESÂ –Â AiringÂ Friday, July 10Â to 26, 2015 (PAN AM)Â andÂ Friday, August 7 to 15, 2015 (PARAPAN AM)
CBC/Radio-Canada is the official broadcaster for the largest multi-sport event ever hosted in Canada. Canadians will have access to more coverage of the Pan/Parapan Am Games than ever before, across multiple platforms, including daily TV coverage in English and French and more than 650 hours of live streaming coverage atÂ cbc.ca/panam,Â ici.radio-canada.ca/panamÂ and via the CBC Sports app.
In the coming season, CBC Sports continues to connect Canadians to the athletes who represent Canada on the national stage, with coverage ofÂ the Calgary Stampede,Â Spruce Meadows, the IAAF World Track and Field Championships, ISU Figure Skating and Championship Speed Skating, FIS Alpine Skiing,Â among other sports.
CBC-TVâ€™s primetime lineup is also stacked with new seasons of fan-favourite series.Â DRAGONSâ€™ DENÂ shakes things up for its tenth season with three new Dragons joining its panel of multi-millionaire investors:Â beer baronessÂ Manjit Minhas, brand builder and fashion mogulÂ Joe MimranÂ and the youngest woman in the history of the den, tech titanÂ Michele Romanow. Jessi Cruickshank is back to help lead the exciting search forÂ CANADAâ€™S SMARTEST PERSONÂ when it returns this fall.
CORONATION STREETÂ is back in a multi-year deal with ITV studios, continuing to provide fans with gossip and intrigue andÂ HEARTLANDÂ heads into new terrain now that the two leading characters are married and about to start a new life together. Beloved period dramaÂ MURDOCH MYSTERIESÂ returns for an all-new ninth season with a guest star appearance by William Shatner and a special two-hour holiday special.
This winter, instant hitÂ SCHITTâ€™S CREEKÂ will bring Canadians an entertaining look at how the Rose family is copingÂ with life in their new hometown; viewers will be back in the classroom for the fifth season ofÂ MR. D; andÂ X COMPANYÂ will transport the audience back in time toÂ the high-stakes world of WWII espionage. With their lifeline to Camp X cut off, the spies of X Company must fight the clock to prepare for an allied invasion.
Canadaâ€™s pre-eminent political satirist is back, with an all-new season of the award-winningÂ RICK MERCERÂ REPORT.Â THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTESÂ continues to push boundaries and parody Canadian politics, andÂ JUST FOR LAUGHSÂ comedy specials will also feature on the schedule, along with theÂ WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVALÂ andÂ HA!IFAX COMEDY FEST.
CBC News has a strong tradition of provocative, investigative journalism, bringing the public up to speed on current events and exposing important issues. Canadaâ€™s premier investigative documentary program,Â the fifth estate, marches into its 41st season, hosted by Gillian Findlay, Mark Kelley and Bob McKeown.Â MARKETPLACE, hosted by Erica Johnson, continues as Canadaâ€™s number-one investigative consumer show.
Led by CBC Chief News Correspondent Peter Mansbridge,Â THE NATIONALÂ continues to deliver exclusive interviews and stories that define the nightly news program, shedding light on important issues, engaging Canadians where and when they want it.
Hosted by David Suzuki,Â THE NATURE OF THINGSÂ launches its 55th season in the fall of 2015.
As a facilitator of Canadian culture, CBC brings some of the nationâ€™s premier live cultural events to its audiences, including theÂ SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE,Â CANADA READS, theÂ CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDSÂ and theÂ CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.
6 thoughts on “CBC announces 2015-16 schedule”
There’s a ton on CBC I want to watch. Their Aussie and Brit shows including Banished, Love Child, Jekyll & Hyde, Raised by Wolves and Please Like Me all sound worthwhile to me to check out. I’m really excited for This Life (happy for the name change by the way), When Calls the Heart and Romeo Section. I’m also interested in Keeping Canada Alive, Fool Canada and Still Standing. Plus of course there’s returning shows Heartland and X Company to look forward to.
In the fall, This Life is scheduled fairly well against falling reality shows (especially falling in Canada) The Voice and Dancing with the Stars, action dramas Minority and Scorpion, as well as non-competer, Jane the Virgin. The Romeo Section faces stiffer competition against the #1 key-demo-rated drama in the U.S. last season, Empire, as well as Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, Supernatural and Modern Family/Black-ish.
I’m glad to get this article but it’s odd that it listed the premiere dates of all the new series yet left the return dates of the returning series out.
Diane, no mention of Michaels, Tuesdays and Thursdays, eh? I bet you really wanted to know when that was coming back.
â€œPremium dramasâ€? What HaÃ¤gen-Dazs is to ice cream The Romeo Section is to Heartland?
This Life is a title that is already quite familiar to fans of premium drama. (Though, oddly, a quality writer of quality Canadian television whom I know had never heard of it.)
I’ve watched plenty of U.K. tv shows but I hadn’t even heard of this until you just brought it up and I had to google search to see what in sam hill you were talking about. Anyhow, that series was in 2005 and in the U.K. so enough time is passed for the title not to confuse people, hopefully. It’s a much better title than its previous title of New Address which didn’t translate well from French.
What’s the deal with all the Australian shows? Not complaining — I’m eager to see them, but wondering if this is some kind of new relationship between CBC and Australian broadcasters. Or if it’s an intentional move away from American fare?
We’re going to chat with CBC’s Sally Catto in the next little while and that will come up. If it’s not Canadian, it’s Australian or from the UK.
They were calling it CBC Selects – Heather Conway’s vision included shows from public broadcasters from around the world. It’s been a lot of UK and Australia so far. A way of padding the schedule after budget cuts without relying on US shows.
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