From a media release:
CBC today announced five new original programs to its 2016-17 lineup of Canadian hits, along with the renewal of another 10 returning titles. Among the new titles areÂ The CouncilÂ (working title), a crime drama set in an isolated arctic outpost; observational seriesÂ The SchoolÂ (working title); Northern-Canadian docu-seriesÂ True North Calling; comedy seriesÂ Four In The Morning; andÂ Caught, a dramatic miniseries based on Lisa Moore’s novel of the same name. Series renewed for new seasons as part of the CBC-TV lineup includeÂ Murdoch Mysteries,Â Heartland,Â The Romeo Section,Â Hello Goodbye,Â Canadaâ€™s Smartest Person,Â This Life,Â X Company,Â Exhibitionists,Â Interrupt This ProgramÂ andÂ Crash Gallery.
CAUGHT â€“Â New
6×60 (Winter 2017) â€“ Take the Shot Productions and Entertainment One Television (eOne Television)
Adapted from the book by acclaimed author Lisa Moore,Â CaughtÂ is a riveting tale of bravado and betrayal, of complex characters and treacherous seas, of love, loss and last chances. Allan Hawco stars as David Slaney, who after six years incarcerated in a Nova Scotia prison for smuggling marijuana, has escaped. Slaney sets off on an odyssey that takes him deep into Latin America to reconnect with his once best friend and partner-in-crime who left him holding the bag years earlier. Slaney tastes freedom, but trusts no one and sees cops everywhere he goes.
Â THE COUNCIL (working title)Â â€“Â New
10×60 (Fall 2016) â€“Â Lark Productions and Keston International Productions
The CouncilÂ begins on the edge of the Arctic frontier during the endless days of the polar summer when a young woman, a renowned environmentalist, is found ritualistically murdered near the Canadian hamlet of Resolute. An investigation is mounted by the local RCMP inspector Mickey Behrens, an outsider and new-comer to the north who is running from a derailed personal and professional life, and her partner, officer Jo Ullulaq. A soulful counterpoint to Mickey, Jo is torn between the duty to his job and loyalty to his Inuit culture. The pair quickly discovers that the mystery extends far beyond the borders of the town and toÂ the backrooms of Canadian parliament in Ottawa, the dark corridors of U.S. intelligence in Washington, D.C., theÂ committee rooms of the Arctic Council in Copenhagen, the airbases of world powers, and the migrant conflicts at the border of Norway and Russia.
FOURÂ INÂ THEÂ MORNINGÂ â€“Â New
8×30 (Summer 2016) â€“Â Serendipity Point Films
FourÂ In TheÂ MorningÂ is an edgy comedy that followsÂ fourÂ friendsÂ inÂ their twenties as they navigate life atÂ theÂ unpredictable, emotional and bewitching hour ofÂ 4Â a.m.Â Dealing with themes of life and death, love and heartbreak, friendship and betrayal, it’s a series about self-discovery, disappointment and clawing after dreams that always feel out of reach.
THEÂ SCHOOLÂ (working title)Â â€“Â New
6×60 (Fall 2016)Â â€“ Paperny Entertainment
The SchoolÂ is an intense, surprising and intimate series that, for the first time, looks deep into the incredible dynamic existing today between students and their teachers at a typical Canadian high school. Based on the award-winning UK format, The School offers unprecedented access into the day-to-day goings on at South Kamloops Secondary School in Kamloops, BC.Â Facing daily pressures at school, at home and in the world, todayâ€™s teens deal with seemingly insurmountable challenges.Â The School explores themes of teenage life and those all-important student-teacher relationships, which lie at the heart of everyone’s formative years.Â Fitting in, falling out, exam pressure, peer pressure, first love and last chancesâ€”The School uses warmth and humour to describe steps on the journey towards self-knowledge, at a time when both the present and the future remain uncertain.Â The School is distributed by Endemol Shine and will premiere on CBC in fall 2016.
TRUE NORTH CALLINGÂ â€“Â New
7×30 (Winter 2017) â€“ Proper Television
True North CallingÂ will reveal the north to audiencesÂ in an entirely new, modern and surprising way. The seriesÂ follows one season in the lives of severalÂ young, dynamic ArcticÂ dwellersÂ carving out a life for themselves and their families on the frozen tundra. We follow the daily dramas as each deals with unforgiving terrain, and unpredictable weather, hunting, guiding, fishingÂ and farming, travelling by snowmobile and dog sled, mixing traditional ways with modern technology, all while making a living in Canadaâ€™s most spectacular and treacherous environment.
These newly announced series will debut during the 2016-2017 season, along with previously announced new shows, including:Â Shoot The Messenger;Â Workinâ€™ Moms;Â Kimâ€™s Convenience; andÂ Baroness von Sketch Show.
CANADAâ€™S SMARTEST PERSONÂ â€“Â Season 3
6×60Â (Fall 2016) â€“ Media Headquarters
Canadaâ€™s Smartest PersonÂ is an original competition series that inspires and entertains Canadians. Each week, competitors go head-to-head in a series of mind-bending challenges that redefine what it means to be smart. Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligence, the series explores six categories of smarts including linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical.
CRASH GALLERYÂ â€“ Season 2
5×30Â (Winter 2017) â€“Â Lark Productions
Hosted by Sean O`Neill of theÂ Art Gallery of Ontario,Â Crash GalleryÂ is aÂ high energy, immersive television series that brings art to life.Â In each episode, three talented artists face-off in a real-time creative arena, giving the audience a front row seat and the opportunity to share in the creative process.
EXHIBITIONISTS â€“Â Season 2
26×30Â (Fall 2016)
ExhibitionistsÂ is a vibrant series that pulls back the curtain on people who create, and why they do it. Hosted by actor, writer and educator Amanda Parris, this weekly show features Canadian artists as they reshape our country’s artistic landscape. Topical, innovative and entertaining, Exhibitionists explores the most exciting cultural happenings across Canada through a passionate lens.
HEARTLANDÂ â€“ Season 10
18×60 (Fall 2016) â€“ Seven24 Films and Dynamo Films
HeartlandÂ continues the saga of a Western family as they chase big dreams and manage life’s setbacks, while holding on to what matters most: courage, love, family, and a home you can always come back to. Starring Amber Marshall, Graham Wardle, Alisha Newton, Michelle Morgan, Shaun Johnston and Chris Potter.
HELLO GOODBYEÂ â€“Â Season 2
13×30 (Fall 2016) â€“ Pivotal MediaÂ and Forte Entertainment
Bustling airport arrival and departure terminals see thousands of people every day, and each and every traveller has a unique story to tell. Host Dale Curd meets people from all walks of life who are in the midst of welcoming home or saying goodbye to their loved ones. He witnesses heartwarming, emotional moments that demonstrate the universal themes of love, loss, family, friendship, grief, and joy through each intimate story of arrival and departure.
INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM â€“Â Season 2
5×30Â (Winter 2017) â€“Â Noble Television and Storypark Inc.
Interrupt This ProgramÂ returns with new episodes revealing the surprisingly vital cultural underbellies of unsettled, global cities. In each compelling episode, passionate young artists display art as a form of protest, as a means of survival and as an agent of change. Viewers are guided through parts of the world they have most likely never seen and experience the creativity and vitality of some of the planet’s most intriguing, resilient cities.
THIS LIFE â€“ Season 2
10×60Â (Fall 2016) â€“ Sphere Media
Based on the original Radio-Canada hit,Â Nouvelle adresse,Â This LifeÂ is a family saga set in Montreal that focuses on Natalie Lawson (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 – sister (Lauren Lee Smith), two brothers (Rick Roberts, Kristopher Turner) and parents (Peter MacNeill, Janet Laine Green), do the best they can to help her, while coping with their own responses to this revelation.
MURDOCH MYSTERIESÂ â€“Â Season 10
18×60 (Fall 2016) â€“ Shaftesbury Films
Season 10 ofÂ Murdoch Mysteries, marking 150 episodes of the series, will continue to follow the heroes at the Toronto Constabulary as they solve crimes inspired by Canadian history and international celebrities of the early 20th century. Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) will continue to use his cutting-edge forensic methods and scientific inventions to catch criminals and find unexpected adventures in his home life with wife Doctor Ogden (HÃ©lÃ¨ne Joy) and his colleagues at Station House Four, while last seasonâ€™s newcomer Miss James (Mouna TraorÃ©) takes on more responsibilities at the morgue.
THE ROMEO SECTIONÂ â€“Â Season 2
10×60 (Fall 2016) â€“ Haddock Entertainment
Season 2 ofÂ The Romeo SectionÂ finds freelance intelligence agent Wolfgang McGee (Andrew Airlie) tasked with a covert investigation of a terrorist incident. The trail leads him forward into the dark side of intelligence services and backwards into his own past history of serving in that realm, and its tragic personal and social consequences.Â Meanwhile, Lily Song (Jemmy Chen) is now a recruit for the Intelligence Service and working her way up the ladder, while taking drastic action to prevent her discovery as a double agent. Up and coming drug gangster Rufus (Juan Riedinger) gets caught in an escalating city-wide turf war which upsets the gangster hierarchy and triggers an attempted coup dâ€™etat at the top of the heroin food chain.
X COMPANY â€“Â Season 3
10×60 (Winter 2017) â€“Â Temple Street Productions
Inspired by remarkable true events,Â X CompanyÂ is an emotionally driven character drama set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. During World War II, a real life spy training school existed on the shores of Lake Ontario. The series follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents at an ultra-secret training facility, Camp X.
These renewed titles join an impressive list of returning series that have already been announced, including:Â This Hour Has 22 MinutesÂ (Season 24);Â Rick Mercer ReportÂ (Season 14);Â Schittâ€™s CreekÂ (Season 3);Â Mr. DÂ (Season 6);Â Dragonsâ€™ DenÂ (Season 11);Â Still StandingÂ (Season 2);Â Michael: Tuesdays & ThursdaysÂ (Season 2), andÂ When Calls The HeartÂ (Season 2).