After two years, it finally feels like we are getting back to a sense of normalcy, that all is right in the world. Why? Because that Canadian TV summer staple is back on our screens.
Returning Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, The Amazing Race Canada is back with Jon Montgomery as its host and 10 new teams of two vying for two first-ever Chevrolet Silverado ZR2s, a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two around the world, a $250,000 cash prize and the coveted title of champions.
We spoke to Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery about the upcoming season.
It must be just so exciting just to be back talking about this show and being involved with this show again. Jon Montgomery: That’s the greatest treat that I could have been given at the end of this. I mean, if they were going to dangle the proverbial carrot in front of me, it was the show. It’s one of those reasons to get out of bed in the morning, when you get to connect, when you get to celebrate, when you get to be proud of what is ultimately home, then that is the framing that you need for perspective. And man, it helps when you get to be a part of something that is so celebratory.
What have you been doing until they hit the green light on another season? JM: It’s the reinvention of all of this. I’m now fairly seamlessly talking into a camera and connecting with you through time and space. But we’re still sharing. We’re still affected by each other’s energy, by the words that come through our little speakers here. It’s all vibration. And whether we’re in each other’s space or communicating this way, it’s been the ability to forge new pathways and areas that I myself wouldn’t have otherwise ventured down because of a technological aversion.
What I’ve been doing is figuring out what next? What do I want life to look like? What am I supposed to be doing with myself? And one of those things is celebrating Canada, and the power of connectivity and connection and each other. That’s what I can do, will do, and intend to do.
I know that some people may say that there isn’t a lot of heavy lifting that goes into hosting The Amazing Race Canada because it’s about all those teams. Still, you make the most out of your camera time and people love you for who you are, beginning with you winning Olympic gold and chugging beer from a pitcher. Is that something that just always come naturally? You haven’t had to create a Jon Montgomery character to host The Amazing Race Canada, have you? JM: No. And in fact, I was discouraged from trying to be anybody other than myself. Nobody ever said, ‘I really liked it when you went hell-bent for leather through corner 16, it was so cool.’ Nobody could relate to that at all. It might as well have not happened. I could have been a pole vaulter, could’ve been a shot putter. Nobody gives a shit what the medium was. But what everybody liked and appreciated was what was just authentically me, and that part of each of us that sees themselves celebrating an achievement.
Mine was tobogganing face-first down a frozen toilet chute, but everybody’s got their moment. But when you embrace somebody’s generosity, that’s the connective meat, that’s the connective tissue that everybody sees themselves at that moment, or at least a dude that they want to hang out with that would show the appreciation that way. And that’s what I try to do with this role that’s asked of me. It’s just about being authentic and not trying too hard to be anybody else, but taking what I do seriously, but not myself.
Were there COVID restrictions during the filming of the season? JM: No, we didn’t have anything. It was just going crazy. We will both take everybody’s individual health and wellness at the utmost of importance while respecting the law and whatever else was going on in our environment.
Did you go outside of Canada this season? JM: No, we didn’t. We got to stay home, once again, and explore more of Canada, and I think that’s what people have asked for.
The casting of The Amazing Race Canada is always a microcosm of the diversity and the inclusion that goes on in this country. Are there any teams that you think that people should be keeping an eye out for? JM: Well, obviously it’s that whole adage, you can’t judge a book by its cover. You could try, but then you’d be wrong. These teams, they’re for real. You always have to put a certain level of importance on familiarity, how well do you know one another. I look at that relationship as a starting point to do further investigation.
And you need luck too. You need luck on your side and you’ll create that, you’ll earn that. But as a starting point, that relationship is the foundation, that’s the hole you’re digging to build your skyscraper.
Are you constantly surprised by how the producers put together these challenges every season? JM: Big time. They surprise me, and I’m there year over year. Wherever they go for the 11 months of the year, they’re going to places to be inspired, to bring challenges that can be erected nearly anywhere while we pick a beautiful place in which to do a fun challenge or game. Some of them are geographically dependent. Some of them are specific to a culture within a region. So for all those bits and pieces, I’m always amazed. I shouldn’t be surprised anymore, but I am. I’m like, ‘What? This is here? We get to do this?’
The Amazing Race Canada airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.
CTV’s mega-hit original series THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is back. After crisscrossing the country and covering more than a quarter-million kilometres around the world during the past seven seasons, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA makes its triumphant return Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app, beginning July 5.
Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Jon Montgomery, Season 8 of Canada’s favourite summertime adventure continues as an all-new cast of racers head to the starting line to push themselves out of their comfort zones in a non-stop, action-packed expedition. Teams competing this season include an Olympian, a JUNO Award-winning singer, teachers, personal trainers, a firefighter, a comedian, entrepreneurs, a sales representative, a marketing expert, a motivational speaker, and Broadway performers.
Faced with the most intense race of their lives, the teams tackle various challenges with the hope of winning two first-ever Chevrolet Silverado ZR2’s, a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two around the world courtesy of GURU Organic Energy, a $250,000 cash prize, and the coveted title of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA champions.
The 10 teams poised at the starting line for Season 8 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are:
Beverley & Veronica Competitive best friends on a mission to be the second all-female team to win the Race.
Brendan & Connor Fun-loving, family-oriented small-town brothers who are the life of every party.
Cassie & Jahmeek Athletic and energetic engaged couple with big smiles and a competitive spirit.
Catherine & Craig Long-time best friends and Broadway performers who know what it takes to beat the odds.
Cedric & Tychon Father and son who are in the race for every Black father and son across the country – with the hope of being the first Montréal team to win.
Court & Ali Dating couple who want to be positive role models for Indigenous youth.
Dennis & Durrell Active and competitive uncle and nephew who are passionate about being positive role models in their community.
Franca & Nella Sisters, known as “Franella,” who are racing for the Filipino and immigrant community across Canada.
Jesse & Marika Competitive and accomplished siblings who want to represent the Inuit population of Canada
Jully & Kathy Close friends who are racing in memory of their late mothers.
For more information on the teams competing on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, including team videos, bios, and exclusive content, visit CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada. As the go-to resource for the series, CTV.ca also includes full episodes and sneak peeks throughout the season.
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is produced by Insight Productions Ltd. (a Boat Rocker Company) in association with CTV. John Brunton is Executive Producer and Mark Lysakowski is Executive Producer and Showrunner.
Bell Media confirmed today its most robust original content slate ever, with 973 hours and nearly 100 titles set to debut or begin production during the 2022/23 broadcast year. Fueling English and French-language services across Bell Media properties, and produced in partnership with independent production partners and Bell Media Studios, the new programming ordered bolsters an impressive and diverse roster of award-winning returning series, documentaries, and specials.
Among today’s announcements:
From Anthony Q. Farrell (THE OFFICE) and Counterfeit Pictures, new CTV Original single-camera workplace comedy, SHELVED, is centred around the lives of the employees and patrons at the Jameson Public Library in Parkdale. Mary Berg hosts CTV’s new competition series CROSS COUNTRY CAKE OFF, with casting currently underway. Recently announced new CTV drama SULLIVAN’S CROSSING begins production this summer in Nova Scotia, with Morgan Kohan, Chad Michael Murray, Scott Patterson, and Tom Jackson set to star; while previously announced unscripted dating series FARMING FOR LOVE goes into production this fall in British Columbia.
CTV confirms new instalments of award-winning returning hits including: a one-hour JANN holiday-themed special; Season 2 of MARY MAKES IT EASY for CTV Life; a new season of CTV Sci-Fi’s SURREALESTATE; Season 3 of ROAST BATTLE CANADA, which premieres its second season on June 13 on CTV Comedy Channel; along with three previously announced CTV favourites: Season 3 of TRANSPLANT; Season 8 of fan-favourite THE AMAZING RACE CANADA; and Season 2 of family comedy CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING.
A bevy of all-new series for the CTV Specialty lineup including: docuseries LISTING LARGE and DINE YOUR SIGN for CTV Life; “real life” ghost story series PARANORMAL REVENGE for CTV Sci-Fi; and previously announced comedy ACTING GOOD for CTV Comedy. Orders for four, new Crave Original scripted comedy series, including: BRIA MACK GETS A LIFE, created by Sasha Leigh Henry and from the producers of LETTERKENNY and SHORESY; ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD, based on Canadian culture writer Scaachi Koul’s critically acclaimed book of essays; LATE BLOOMER, created by and starring comedic sensation Jasmeet Raina, aka JusReign; and SISTERS, a dark comedy about family, culture, and life in your thirties. New unscripted content for Crave including: competition series CANADA’S DRAG RACE: CANADA VS THE WORLD, with judges Brooke Lynn Hytes, Brad Goreski, and Traci Melchor; factual comedy I HAVE NOTHING, starring Carolyn Taylor (BARONESS VON SKETCH); and a collection of new Crave Original documentaries.
Renewals for Crave series include: Season 3 of CANADA’S DRAG RACE; Season 12 of LETTERKENNY; Season 2 of docu-comedy series PILLOW TALK; and Season 2 of 1 QUEEN 5 QUEERS; while previously announced drama series LITTLE BIRD, and investigative series THUNDER BAY are currently in production.
New French Crave Original programming includes: DÉSOBÉIR : LE CHOIX DE CHANTALE DAIGLE, a project with Sophie Lorain and Alexis Durand-Brault, and BON MATIN CHUCK (OU L’ART DE RÉDUIRE LES MÉFAITS), Crave’s first collaboration with writer and director Jean-François Rivard.
New series for Noovo include: LE MAÎTRE DU JEU, an adaptation of popular British game show TASKMASTER; invigorating drama series CHOUCHOU, L’EMPEREUR and VIRAGE: DOUBLE FAUTE; and the return of hit series ENTRE DEUX DRAPS, OCCUPATION DOUBLE, and QUI SAIT CHANTER?.
Discovery Networks adds: car and truck restoration series BUSH WRECK RESCUE; AFTER THE STORM, a two-part documentary exploring the mechanics behind disaster; and previously announced competition series A CUT ABOVE; while MUD MOUNTAIN HAULERS, HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401 are all set to return for new seasons.
From Bell Media Studios: new six-part series THE MIGHTIEST for Discovery; as well as food, travel, and adventure series, EVOLVING VEGAN for CTV Life and Crave, featuring actor Mena Massoud; with CTV YOUR MORNING, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, ETALK, and THE SOCIAL returning for new seasons on CTV.
And from TSN and UNINTERRUPTED Canada impactful and insightful documentaries including a new profile of the Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher, in addition to previously announced WICK, BLACK ICE, and SINC: THE CHRISTINE SINCLAIR STORY.
Bell Media’s New English and French-Language Primetime Original Entertainment Productions Slate from Independent Producers Includes the Following, With Additional Titles To Be Announced In The Coming Months.
New English-Language Series:
ACTING GOOD – CTV Comedy *previously announced ACTING GOOD stars Rabliauskas as Paul, a witty but sensitive comic who returns home to the fictional Grouse Lake First Nation after a botched attempt to move to the big city. Inspired by Rabliauskas’ own isolated community of Poplar River First Nation, the half-hour comedy also stars actor, comedian, and series co-showrunner Pat Thornton, as Brady, the “only white guy on the rez.” The homegrown lineup of cast and crew also features Billy Merasty (Elijah) as voice of the rez and radio DJ, Roger Laughingstick, Roseanne Supernault (THE DRIVE) as reformed bad girl and band councillor, Jo. Gabriel Daniels (The Ice Road) joins the cast as big-hearted Dean, along with series producer Tina Keeper (NORTH OF 60) as the family matriarch Agnes. And in their debut acting roles, Avery Claudia Sutherland stars as Jo’s rebellious daughter Chickadee, comedian Cheyenna Sapp as Paul’s, on-again-off-again girlfriend, Rose, and writer, poet, and radio host Rosanna Deerchild as First Nation Grouse Lake chief, Deedee. (Buffalo Gal)
A CUT ABOVE – Discovery *previously announced Hosted by Golden Globe®-nominee Adam Beach, this competition series puts 12 of the best chainsaw carvers from across the world to the ultimate test of creativity, strength, and skills, as they turn ordinary logs into extraordinary works of art. Each episode, the carvers compete in weekly Quick and Master Carve challenges, while racing against the clock, in hopes of avoiding elimination. At the end of the grueling competition, the carver who out carves the rest, wins a cash prize and will be named “A Cut Above”. World-renowned Canadian chainsaw carver Ryan Cook and esteemed United Kingdom sculptor, Katharine Dowson serve as judges. (marblemedia)
BATTLE OF THE GENERATIONS – CTV BATTLE OF THE GENERATIONS is an exciting new 20-episode, 60-minute CTV Original quiz format that asks not only how well you know someone else’s generation – but how well you know your own. Each episode of this nostalgia-packed quiz show features four charismatic contestants, each representing a different generation (Baby Boomer, Gen X, Millennial, and Gen Z), who battle it out to discover who knows the most about ALL generations. Whoever triumphs in this unique game of time travelling trivia will enter The Vault for a chance to win big money. Fast and fun, tactical and tenacious, BATTLE OF THE GENERATIONS is the primetime game show that’s genuinely for everyone. (Bell Media Studios/Motion Content Group)
BRIA MACK GETS A LIFE – Crave A half-hour comedy series that follows Bria Mack, a 25-year-old Black woman, as she navigates adulthood in a predominantly white world – which is made all the more difficult, but also more tolerable – by Black Attack, her invisible hype girl. Created by Sasha Leigh Henry, the series is executive produced by Henry, Tania Thompson, and Mark Montefiore, with Angelique Knights and Tamar Bird serving as producers. (New Metric Media)
BUSH WRECK RESCUE – Discovery BUSH WRECK RESCUE is a new take on the ever-popular car and truck restoration genre, with a twist – all the projects begin as long-abandoned wrecks tracked down in farmers’ fields, barns, and ravines in the backcountry. BUSH WRECK RESCUE’s “gearheads” attempt to turn a profit by pulling vintage vans, muscle cars, and pick-up trucks out of the bush and transforming them into Instagram-worthy gems. (Omnifilm Entertainment)
CANADA’S DRAG RACE: CANADA VS THE WORLD – Crave After two wildly successful seasons of CANADA’S DRAG RACE, and a third on the horizon, the queens of the north have proven they can “sleigh” in every way. With Canada acting as host nation, CANADA’S DRAG RACE: CANADA VS THE WORLD is a six-episode battle that brings back fan-favourites from the international Drag Race family for an elite competition to crown the “Queen of the Mother-Pucking World.” At this level of competition, there are no weak links – just seasoned queens with a thirst for victory. Let the international games begin! (Blue Ant Studios, Saloon Media, World of Wonder)
CROSS COUNTRY CAKE OFF – CTV CROSS COUNTRY CAKE OFF is an original competition series that celebrates the unbridled creativity of Canada’s best cake-makers, and showcases the incredible stories of heart and humour that inspire them. A feel good national event, CROSS COUNTRY CAKE OFF connects the country through cake in 10 delightful episodes, including four Holiday specials. Buckle up for a wild and delicious ride! (Proper Television)
DINE YOUR SIGN – CTV Life *previously announced Hosted by Chef Siobhan Detkavich, DINE YOUR SIGN connects appetite with the astrological, with each episode featuring a menu designed around one of the 12 Zodiac signs. (Gusto TV)
EVOLVING VEGAN – CTV Life Channel and Crave EVOLVING VEGAN is an eight-part food, travel, and adventure series, starring, and based on Canadian actor Mena Massoud’s (Aladdin) cookbook, of the same name. Each one-hour episode features Massoud as he explores the exploding plant-based food scene across North America, visiting cities such as Los Angeles, Portland, Toronto, Vancouver and New York City to meet the trailblazing chefs and restaurateurs serving up the best vegan eats each city has to offer. He will also meet with exciting innovators within the plant-based food space and link up with celebrity friends and locals as they eat their way through each locales’ best vegan offerings. Massoud’s mission is to show people how incredibly delicious and accessible plant-based options are and encourage people to evolve vegan, to move in that direction, even if it’s for one night of the week in a judgement-free manner. EVOLVING VEGAN is set to premiere on CTV Life and Crave in 2023. (Bell Media Studios)
FARMING FOR LOVE – CTV *previously announced An adaptation of the hit international format THE FARMER WANTS A WIFE, FARMING FOR LOVE follows the journeys of rural Canadian singles on their quest for romance. In FARMING FOR LOVE, five Canadians searching for their soulmates open up their farms – and their hearts – to a select group of urban singles. As they live and work together, the daters must adjust to a new lifestyle, and immerse themselves in a series of challenges, group activities, and intimate one-on-one dates, with the goal of finding their one true love. The CTV Original series consists of 10, one-hour episodes. (Lark Productions in collaboration with Fremantle and in association with CTV)
I HAVE NOTHING – Crave I HAVE NOTHING is a factual comedy about amateur abilities and enormous ambitions and follows series creator and star Carolyn Taylor (BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW) on her eternal quest to escape the familiar and pursue her wildest dreams, even when she doesn’t have the talent, or skills (or basic knowledge) to realize them. The series follows Carolyn on a quixotic quest to choreograph the perfect full-length pairs figure skating routine to Whitney Houston’s 1992 hit song ‘I Have Nothing.’ What begins as a light-hearted, nostalgic comedy quickly morphs into a high-stakes, real-life mission – with a few wild detours along the way. (Content Catalyst Fund in association with Blue Ant Studios)
JUST FOR LAUGHS Specials – CTV Comedy Slated to be filmed at the 2022 Just for Laughs Festival in Montréal in July, four new stand-up comedy specials to feature the best in homegrown and international comedy talent. Hosted by Russell Peters, Chelsea Handler, Jo Koy, and Patton Oswalt. (Just For Laughs)
LATE BLOOMER – Crave LATE BLOOMER is a new comedy series created by and starring comedic sensation Jasmeet Raina, aka JusReign. The series is inspired by his real-life experiences navigating new-found internet fame, dating, spirituality, culture, and his dysfunctional (yet loving) family. (Pier 21 Films)
LISTING LARGE – CTV Life Odeen Eccleston and Lamont Wiltshire are building a real estate empire: buying, selling, renovating and flipping, all while juggling parenthood, friendship and love. Amidst luxury custom builds and multi-million dollar deals, this on-again off-again couple are determined not to let anything stand in the way of their wildly successful business partnership. (Proper Television)
LITTLE BIRD – Crave *previously announced Created by showrunner Jennifer Podemski and head writer Hannah Moscovitch, LITTLE BIRD follows an Indigenous woman on a journey to find her birth family, and uncover the hidden truth of her past. The series, a co-production with APTN, explores themes of resilience in the face of trauma and loss. Removed from her home in Long Pine Reserve in Saskatchewan, Bezhig Little Bird is adopted into a Montréal Jewish family at the age of five, becoming Esther Rosenblum. Now in her 20s, Bezhig longs for the family she lost and is willing to sacrifice everything to find them. Her quest lands her in the Canadian prairies, worlds apart from everything she knows. As she begins to track down her siblings, she unravels the mystery behind her adoption, and discovers that her apprehension was connected to a racist government policy now known as the Sixties Scoop. Bezhig’s sense of identity shatters and she is forced to reckon with who she is and who she wants to become. The character-driven drama features an extraordinary cast of Indigenous actors, including Darla Contois, Ellyn Jade, Osawa Muskwa, Joshua Odjick, Imajyn Cardinal, Braeden Clarke, Eric Schweig, and Michelle Thrush. Lisa Edelstein also stars. Award-winning filmmakers Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Zoe Hopkins each direct three episodes, while Hopkins writes three of the episodes. Executive producers are Christina Fon, Ernest Webb, Catherine Bainbridge, Linda Ludwick (Rezolution Pictures), Kim Todd, Nicholas Hirst (Original Pictures), Jeremy Podeswa, Jennifer Podemski, and Hannah Moskovitch, along with Christian Vesper and Dante Di Loreto (Fremantle). Producers are Tanya Brunel and Jessica Dunn (OP Little Bird), Claire MacKinnon and Philippe Chabot (Rezolution Pictures) and Lori Lozinski and Ellen Rutter. The series is currently in production in Manitoba and is set to premiere on Crave next year. (Rezolution Pictures, APTN, OP Little Bird)
THE MIGHTIEST – Discovery THE MIGHTIEST is a six-part series that zeros in on the most exciting and compelling stories from the MIGHTY franchise (MIGHTY TRAINS, MIGHTY SHIPS, MIGHTY PLANES, MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS), one of Discovery’s most successful series seen in more than 100 countries around the world. Each themed episode of THE MIGHTIEST goes a step further by embedding on new missions to highlight mind-blowing feats of science and engineering that are set to change the game once again, including an exclusive visit to the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford – the US Navy’s newest and largest aircraft carrier. Principal photography on THE MIGHTIEST is underway, and the series premieres on Discovery later this year. (Bell Media Studios)
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD – Crave Based on the critically acclaimed, national bestselling book by Scaachi Koul, One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter, this new half-hour comedy, created by Lakna Edilima and Koul, follows a first-generation Brown woman juggling her invasive family, her burgeoning journalism career, and her own strong-willed nature while processing her own grief. (First Generation Films)
PARANORMAL REVENGE – CTV Sci-Fi PARANORMAL REVENGE is a brand new, original series from the newly amalgamated, Sphere Media. Each hour explores two chilling stories of real-life paranormal encounters that intersect with one of the most powerful forces of darkness – revenge. Those who experience para-revenge often describe a strong feeling of possession. And in every encounter… violence and terror follow. Each story is unpacked by the witnesses who experienced these revenge hauntings. And whether it’s a person, place or object from the past seeking its victim, the history drives the horror. These are mystery filled camp-fire tales with twists and turns, driving toward a terrifying final revelation. (Sphere Media)
SHELVED – CTV Set in the Jameson Public Library in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood, SHELVED is a single-camera, workplace comedy that follows the employees and patrons as they go about their lives in this unassuming and extraordinary place. (Counterfeit)
SIGHT UNSEEN – CTV After losing her vision, former homicide detective Tess Burke is haunted by the unsolved cases she left behind. When she meets professional seeing-eye guide Sunny Patel through a visual assistance app, they decide to take action. Using a hidden camera and earpiece, Sunny steers Tess remotely around life’s obstacles — and crimes — as the two challenge preconceptions about ability, trust, and solving crime. (Sisters Troubetzoy Productions Inc. and Bl!nk49 Studios. Worldwide rights controlled by Bl!nk49)
SISTERS – Crave An Irish-Canadian co-production, SISTERS is a character-driven, half-hour, dark comedy about family, culture, and life in one’s 30s. It’s an exploration of how the absence of parents can influence adult life in unforeseen ways, and how that void can affect a woman’s relationship to alcohol, men, work, and motherhood (or lack thereof) – and the macabre humour that can come with trauma. In SISTERS, the two main characters born continents apart, in Canada and in Ireland, discover they are half-sisters and embark on a road trip to find their alcoholic father. Real life best friends, EMMY® Award-nominee Sarah Goldberg (BARRY) and Susan Stanley (Hotel Amenities), make their writing debuts and star. Emmy Award-nominee Declan Lowney (TED LASSO) is the establishing director and is set to direct the first three episodes of the six-episode series. (Peer Pressure and Shaftesbury, in association with Mermade and Gaze Pictures)
THE SPENCER SISTERS – CTV Darby Spencer is having a bad day. After being unjustly reprimanded by her boss, Darby impulsively quits her job as a police officer, and then finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her. With no other choice, she returns home to the one person she’s been avoiding for years: her overbearing, best-selling-mystery-novelist mother, Joan. But after the two are thrust into solving a crime together, Darby discovers a side to Joan she never knew, and ultimately takes the plunge on the unlikeliest of ventures: becoming her partner in a private detective agency. (eOne)
SPICE SECRETS – CTV Life *previously announced From seeds, roots, to bark, and fruits, SPICE SECRETS explores the unique and complex flavours that fill our spice racks. Hosted by Chefs Shahir Massoud and Jasmin Rose Ibrahim, the 10-episode series will feature a variety of spice applications, techniques and unexpected combinations. (Gusto TV)
SULLIVAN’S CROSSING – CTV *previously announced In SULLIVAN’S CROSSING, Neurosurgeon Maggie Sullivan (Kohan) has her world turned upside down when a scandalous incident throws both her personal and professional life into turmoil. She leaves her life in the city and returns to Sullivan’s Crossing, a rural campground and outpost nestled amongst the sweeping vistas and cliffs she once called home, where her estranged father, Sully Sullivan (Patterson), still looks after the day-to-day operations catering to hikers, bikers, and mountain climbers. The 10-episode, hour-long romantic drama sees Maggie navigating her complicated present and confronting her painful past as she attempts to reconnect with a side of herself she had long ago forgotten. Tackling issues including family, community, conflict, loss, and love in a realistic and purposeful way, SULLIVAN’S CROSSING is a series about healing, letting go, and ultimately, opening yourself up to a world of new opportunities. (Reel World Management in association with CTV and Fremantle, SULLIVAN’S CROSSING is being produced as an interprovincial coproduction with Nova Scotia based producer Mike Volpe and Ontario based producer Mark Gingras)
THUNDER BAY – Crave *previously announced THUNDER BAY is a four-part Crave Original documentary series based on the groundbreaking podcast from CANADALAND, Thunder Bay. The gripping investigative series is produced and also hosted by Anishinaabe journalist and award-winning writer, Ryan McMahon, who is on a quest to uncover the truth in the recent deaths of multiple Indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ontario – a city known as the homicide and hate crime capital of Canada. McMahon’s investigation sheds light on the history of racism in Thunder Bay, and examines the failings and the injustices of its social systems and institutions. The series unravels the country’s complicated relationship with colonialism, examining the consequences of the broken system in which some can thrive, while many others, disproportionally struggle to survive. Produced, written, and hosted by Ryan McMahon. The series is currently in production. (eOne)
URBAN LEGEND – CTV Sci-Fi URBAN LEGEND is a nightmarish anthology series showcasing classic urban legends like never before. Based on widely shared “true” stories that happened to a friend of a friend…of a friend, each episode is a mini-horror film cinematically crafted to deliver a hyper-suspenseful and tension-fuelled experience. Featuring lurking psychopaths, murderous mysteries, creepy creatures and twisting tales, these disturbing legends prey on our most deeply embedded fears to shock and terrify. (Cream Productions)
VEG HEADZ – CTV Life *previously announced Hosted by two-time MASTERCHEF CANADA winner Chef Pino Di Cerbo, VEG HEADZ reimagines what you can do with fresh produce, creating four tasty plant-based plates per episode. (Gusto TV)
New English-Language Documentaries and Specials:
AFTER THE STORM – Discovery Two-part documentary about the storm of the century, exploring the mechanics of the disaster, the impact on those affected, and the mammoth efforts to rebuild stronger and safer. (Great Pacific Media)
ANY OTHER WAY: THE JACKIE SHANE STORY – Crave Original Documentary This new documentary tells the tale of the extraordinary life and mysterious disappearance of pioneering soul singer and Black Transgender trailblazer, Jackie Shane. Her story is brought vibrantly to life through intimate recorded conversations with Jackie, and follows her family’s journey to discover her legacy, and the voices of those who were inspired by her tenacity to be herself. Executive produced by Elliot Page of Page Boy Productions. (Banger Films, National Film Board of Canada)
AUDIOPHILIA – ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF HI-FI – Crave Original Documentary From director Ron Mann, AUDIOPHILIA – ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF HI-FI is the story about the love of listening to music on the world’s best stereo equipment. The film profiles the inventors, designers, and major-league audiophiles, engaged in the never-ending quest to find audio nirvana. The film is a deep dive into the subculture of sonic obsessives around the world who seek out esoteric electronics that are often visually stunning, and turn their homes into audio sanctuaries. (Sphinx Productions)
BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SISTER NANCY – Crave Original Documentary *previously announced BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SISTER NANCY is a feature music documentary that explores the wild story behind how Sister Nancy’s hit song “Bam Bam” became the most sampled reggae vocal of all time. From Nancy’s unprecedented entry into the male-dominated 80s Dancehall scene in Kingston, Jamaica, to her courageous fight to control her music, Sister Nancy’s story is not only one of resilience, but also one of celebration. Ultimately, this is an inspirational music documentary about a woman dusting herself off after being held back by an industry known for silencing female artists, and hell-bent on empowering others with her music, and knowledge to make a difference. Proving to all that good music, no matter what can’t be stopped! Directed by Alison Duke. Produced by OYA Media Group with Ngardy Conteh George and Duke serving as producers. (OYA Media Group)
BUFFY SAINT MARIE: POWER IN THE BLOOD – CTV *previously announced For more than 50 years, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been a star. Her songs are legendary, her impact undeniable. One of Canada’s most-respected Indigenous leaders, she’s a pioneer of music and activism, and has left an indelible mark on the world. The film tells Buffy’s incredible story through exclusive access, rare archives, insightful interviews, and great music. The 90-min documentary BUFFY SAINT-MARIE: POWER IN THE BLOOD celebrates Buffy’s extraordinary achievements, dispels myths, sets the record straight, and illustrates that in a time of chaos and division, we’ve never needed Buffy more than now. (White Pine Pictures, Eagle Vision)
KINGS OF COKE – Crave Original Documentary *previously announced People often think about Miami when it comes to cocaine, but Montréal may have been the biggest drug kingdom of them all. By the 70s, Montréal, the infamous party town, was engulfed in mayhem. The city had become known as the bank robbery capital of North America with more heists than New York or Los Angeles. Then, a brazen group of thieves moved into the drug trade, smuggling cocaine on a global scale. This 90-minute, true crime documentary chronicles the path to power of one of Montréal’s most influential and violent gangs, the infamous West End Gang, and the cops and journalists who pursued its three leaders. It’s an unlikely rise and inevitable fall, but more importantly, it’s a largely forgotten and underreported story, even for the most seasoned of true crime fans. KINGS OF COKE is produced by Michael Kronish and directed by Julian Sher, and is set to premiere on Crave later this year. (Connect 3, Urbania Media)
COMING HOME – Crave Original Documentary COMING HOME is a feature-length documentary by director Erica Daniels taking viewers behind the scenes of the production of the much anticipated Crave Original drama series LITTLE BIRD, and the groundbreaking movement for Indigenous narrative sovereignty as experienced by the series’ creatives, crew and 60’s Scoop advisors. Intimate behind the scenes footage, interviews, and period archive interweave to trace and reveal the ongoing legacy of the 60s scoop and the power of narrative reclamation. (Rezolution Pictures, Logical Mayhem, APTN)
NAKED – Crave Original Documentary *previously announced A documentary feature film about the gender binary. What is it? How does it manifest itself in our minds and our lives? And how can we go beyond? NAKED follows individuals and communities, experts and artists around the globe who right now, are radically and joyfully redefining gender as we know it. Together, they explore their vision of a future beyond the gender binary. Directed by Stephanie Weimar. Executive Producer is Michael McMahon. Producers are Kevin McMahon and Michael McMahon. (Primitive Entertainment)
RESIDENT ORCA – Crave Original Documentary *previously announced In the summer of 2018, killer whale Tahlequah makes international news headlines, as she carries her dead calf for more than 17 days and 1,000 miles in an unprecedented show of mourning. Almost 50 years earlier, at the height of the capture era in the Pacific Northwest, four-year-old Lolita is taken in a deadly round-up that separates a mother from her calf, and seals Lolita’s and her wild relatives’ fate. Today, at 56, Lolita is the last remaining Southern Resident Orca in captivity, living in the same concrete tank, thousands of miles from home, where her endangered family struggles to survive. RESIDENT ORCA tells the story of an unlikely partnership between Indigenous elders, a billionaire, journalists, politicians, a whistle-blowing veterinarian, and an ex-Orca catcher as they take on the impossible task of freeing Lolita from captivity and returning her to the Salish Sea to be near her presumed 92 year old mother once again. Meanwhile, a team of scientists led by killer whale godfather, Ken Balcomb, tracks the wild whale’s decline towards extinction asking what it means for us to reconcile the past and fight for a future where we can all survive. Co-directed and executive produced by Simon Schneider and Sarah Sharkey Pearce. (Everyday Films)
ROCK & ROLL REVIVAL (wt) – Crave Original Documentary ROCK & ROLL REVIVAL (wt) tells the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how against all odds, a history-changing concert came together. This revealing documentary uncovers a series of interesting characters, murky deals, and broken promises, culminating in John Brower, a young struggling promoter, putting his life on the line (literally) in order to achieve his goal. Directed by Ron Chapman and produced by Trish Dolman, Sally Blake, and Ron Chapman. Written by Phyllis Ellis. (Screen Siren Pictures, Chapman Productions, and Films a Cinq)
“SINC”: THE CHRISTINE SINCLAIR STORY – TSN *previously announced An original documentary that charts the rise of Canada’s greatest soccer player, Christine Sinclair, through both an athletic lens and a tale of humanity, and compassion. (UNINTERRUPTED Canada)
SMOKE & GIFTS – Crave Original Documentary Filmmaker Stephen Chung pulls back the curtain on the community of musicians and friends of the trailblazing band Broken Social Scene. This stunning POV documentary features never before seen archival footage and pays tribute to the power of indie music and the artists who started out in Toronto bars before rocketing to global fame. (Fathom Film Group)
UNINTERRUPTED Canada: BLACK ICE – TSN *previously announced UNINTERRUPTED Canada: BLACK ICE explores the journey of Black hockey players from the creation of The Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes to the modern-day NHL, highlighting their often overlooked and marginalized contributions to the game. BLACK ICE elevates these individuals who passionately followed a dream to play a sport that continues to be plagued by racial inequity and their collective aspirations to change a sport’s culture. BLACK ICE is directed by OSCAR® and EMMY®-nominated Hubert Davis and produced by Vinay Virmani. Drake, Adele “Future” Nur, LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Scott Moore are Executive Producers. (UNINTERRUPTED Canada, DreamCrew Entertainment, and The SpringHill Company)
UNINTERRUPTED Canada: CHRIS BOUCHER – TSN From homeless on the streets of Montréal to NBA Champion, Chris Boucher’s story is one of the great, untold narratives in Canadian sport. (UNINTERRUPTED Canada)
UNINTERRUPTED Canada: THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH – TSN *previously announced The film explores the mysterious departure of the Vancouver Grizzlies NBA franchise through the eyes of director and superfan Kathleen S. Jayme. Her search, 25 years after the team left, explores the unique and remarkable untold story behind the franchise’s downfall and the impact it had on the community. Much more than a sports story, THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH is a blend of mystery, mixed with a comedy of errors and a true underdog epic that drives Jayme’s search for the truth about what happened to the franchise. (Grizz Films in partnership with UNINTERRUPTED Canada)
UNINTERRUPTED Canada: WICK – TSN *previously announced WICK is a triumphant, reflective, and inspiring story which provides audiences with an intimate and unfiltered snapshot into the world of Canadian icon Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser. The documentary takes viewers on a tour of Wickenheiser’s life journey: from growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, to teaching women in India and North Korea how to play hockey, to contributing to countless charitable causes and choosing to pursue a medical degree, all the while winning four Olympic hockey golds, seven world championships, and becoming the first female to ever play pro men’s hockey in Europe. (UNINTERRUPTED Canada)
WILFRED BUCK – Crave Original Documentary *previously announced WILFRED BUCK is a hybrid feature documentary centring on a Cree elder who’s dedicated his life to unearthing and sharing Indigenous star knowledge. Weaving together his harrowing past and his present life with sky stories, this cinematic film explores colonization’s attempts to extinguish Indigenous ways of knowing, the values of interrelationship that shape Indigenous science, and how this worldview paves a healthier path forward for our planet. Directed by Lisa Jackson. Producers are Lisa Jackson, Alicia Smith, and Lauren Grant. Executive producers are David Christensen, Nicholas de Pencier, and Jennifer Baichwal. (Door Number 3 in co-production with the National Film Board)
New French-Language Series:
The following new series will come to Noovo, Canal Vie, Z, Canal D, and Crave in Fall 2022 and early 2023, with additional titles to be announced for 2023 in the coming months.
AMOUR SANS LIMITE – Canal Vie *previously announced AMOUR SANS LIMITE follows the sincere quest of people living with disabilities, who are all looking for true love. Each story highlights an individual with a different obstacle as they gain the help of matchmakers from the Rencontre Adaptée agency, Vanessa, Émilie and Darlène. Will these singles manage to find a soulmate while navigating the unpredictable world of dating? (URBANIA)
AU CHALET DE RÉMI – Z *previously announced AU CHALET DE RÉMI opens the door to the world of Rémi-Pierre Paquin in his hometown of Mauricie. Each week, he receives visits from well-known friends at his chalet for activities with him and his family. His goal: to convince his guests to love Mauricie, and maybe even convince them to move there! (Sphère Média)
BÊTES DE FILM – Canal D In the Eastern Townships, a man and his son train animals for films. Much more than just a zoo, they have turned their land into a sanctuary where they educate people about animal respect. Invited to work on Québec and American film sets, the duo amazes audiences with their unique relationship with the animals. (Anémone Télé)
BON MATIN CHUCK (OU L’ART DE RÉDUIRE LES MÉFAITS) – Crave *previously announced Chuck is loved by the public, but when he finds himself on the front page of every newspaper and gossip magazine after a scandal, all of Québec is in shock. For those close to him, this incident is the last straw. With his reputation destroyed, he retires to a recovery home for people suffering from addictions, in order to persuade his spouse, his agent, and the public of his (relative) goodwill. The catch: Chuck doesn’t really think he needs help, and instead tells anyone who will listen that he’s just a party guy! (St-Laurent TV)
CHOUCHOU – Noovo *previously announced CHOUCHOU recounts the story of Chanelle Chouinard, a 37-year-old French teacher who falls for Sandrick, her new 17-year-old student who is confident and magnetic, but vulnerable. The series draws a nuanced profile of two people who fall head over heels for the illusion of a great love story. (Passez Go)
COEURS MIGRATOIRES – Canal Vie COEURS MIGRATOIRES is an observational documentary series that immerses the viewer in the daily lives of couples, where one spouse has just arrived in Canada, or is waiting for a visa abroad. By accompanying them on their journey of integrating into their new lives, the series portrays the pitfalls they encounter and the intensity that comes from a multicultural love relationship. (Anémone Télé)
DÉSOBÉIR : LE CHOIX DE CHANTALE DAIGLE – Crave *previously announced This mini-series tells the story of Chantale Daigle who, at the age of 21, falls in love and becomes pregnant with Jean-Guy Tremblay, a man who turns out to be manipulative and aggressive. After a stormy relationship, she leaves him and chooses to have an abortion, but Jean-Guy goes to the courts to prevent it. Against all odds, a judge rules in Jean-Guy’s favor, even though abortion had been decriminalized a year earlier. The case reopens the conversation of abortion on a national and international scale. Chantale becomes the centre of a media and political cyclone, and her life is changed forever. Will she find the strength to accept her choice until the end? (ALSO Productions)
J’AI FRÔLÉ LA MORT – Canal D The documentary series J’AI FRÔLÉ LA MORT offers gripping stories of ordinary men and women who have found themselves in perilous situations where their lives were at stake. The survivors re-tell their tragic stories, with testimonials from loved ones, experts, or caregivers that were present at the scene, and will once again experience strong emotions of how close they came to death. (Attraction images)
L’EMPEREUR – Noovo *previously announced After a drunken office party, Christian takes Manuela home where the end of the evening gets out of hand. Despite what seems like an accident, they continue to work together and Christian becomes President, while helping Manuela climb the corporate ladder. Flash forward 10 years later, a woman accuses Christian of sexual assault. Then another one comes forward, and several others after. By now, Christian is at the top, he is a father, a loving husband, his close guard benefits from his largesse, society idolizes him, and a generalized omertà reigns. What spark will give Manuela the strength to dive back into her trauma and speak out? Will Christian continue to dominate the world and reign terror? (Sovimage)
LE MAÎTRE DU JEU – Noovo *previously announced Louis Morissette takes charge in LE MAÎTRE DU JEU, the Québec adaptation of the popular British series, TASKMASTER. Along with his assistant, Antoine Vézina, they impose a series of playful challenges that test the creativity and ingenuity of a panel of five comedians, made up of Mehdi Bousaidan, Ève Côté, Christine Morency, Matthieu Pepper, and Jo Cormier. Throughout the season, they will try to impress their Taskmaster, and be crowned champion. (KOTV)
LES DÉBATTEURS DE NOOVO – Noovo *previously announced LES DÉBATTEURS DE NOOVO is the day’s hottest newsworthy topic, seasoned debaters and 30 minutes of hard-hitting exchanges! Host Michel Bherer is surrounded by a diverse, experienced and representative team of debaters who will take a frank look at current events. (Noovo Info/Bell Média)
LES JUSTICIERS – Noovo *previously announced Three lawyers, each with their own strong and unique personalities, settle small claims cases between ordinary citizens. At the end of their rope, these citizens want justice quickly, definitively… and free of charge! In each episode of this new unscripted series, the three lawyers hear three different cases, and following some debate, announce their verdict. In addition to hearing these unique cases, the lawyers offer unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the deliberations that led to the verdict. Because even when it comes to justice, nothing is ever black or white. (Avanti-Toast)
MA PREMIÈRE MAISON – Canal Vie *previously announced In the new renovation-design series MA PREMIÈRE MAISON, audiences follow singer Mélissa Bédard and her large family (husband Karl and their six children), who settle down in a new house in Saint -Emile, Que. Bédard’s quest is to create a family sanctuary where each member has their own space. Throughout this adventure, she is supported by an outstanding team of friends, including Joanie for construction, and designer Antoine Laurier. Moving and settling for the first time into a new and real home, audiences are set to find a part of their dreams in Melissa’s project! (IPROD Média)
PRÉSUMÉ INNOCENT : L’AFFAIRE FRANCE ALAIN – Crave and Canal D *previously announced In this new documentary series, Marie-Claude Savard and Sébastien Trudel examine one of Québec’s most infamous and sensational murder cases: the 1982 killing of France Alain, murdered at close range on Ste-Foy Street in Québec City, allegedly by radio host Benoît Proulx. On the 40th anniversary of the case, the series examines the case, from Proulx’s trial, to his appeal and eventual acquittal, and the ensuing civil lawsuit. (Trinôme)
PRIEZ POUR NOUS – Canal D This new documentary series explores sexual abuse by members of the clergy, and the victims who are breaking the silence and taking steps to seek justice. Their struggle, often spanning several years, is arduous and the outcome is uncertain. But despite the challenges encountered, their moving and – often shocking stories – will finally be heard. (Attraction images)
CHRISTINE MORENCY: SANS FILTRE – Z *previously announced Québec comedian Christine Morency quickly won over the public with her outspokenness, authenticity, and contagious laughter. This new documentary series offers audiences a glimpse into her personal and professional life as she prepares for her first one-woman show. (Avanti-Toast)
VIRAGE: DOUBLE FAUTE – Noovo *previously announced Starring Éric Bruneau and Louis Morissette, VIRAGE: DOUBLE FAUTE tells the story of Charles (Bruneau), a talented and devoted tennis player who is ranked #187 in the world, and continues to struggle with injuries, lack of funding, and anxiety. The series explores the quest that drives some athletes to persevere, even as they sacrifice time, money, and health in the shadow of glory. Morissette plays Sylvain, a coach at Tennis Canada, who tries to reach the top in a sport where families are extremely involved, ultimately dictating the future of a coach’s career. (KOTV)
Wapanatahk Media, founded and led by Indigenous producers Tania Koenig-Gauchier and Shirley Mclean, in partnership with Great Pacific Media, is excited to announce a development deal with Anthony Johnson and Dr. James Makokis, Season 7 winners of The Amazing Race Canada.
The couple made television history as the first Two-Spirit Indigenous couple to win the highly popular CTV Series. After receiving a cash prize of $250,000, Johnson and Makokis invested their winnings into their dream property, Nizhoni Acres. A new series featuring the couple and Nizhoni Acres is now in development, as they welcome some lucky Canadians into their home and take them on transformational journeys.
Wapanatahk Media and Great Pacific Media are already in discussion with multiple broadcasters about the series.
In addition to developing and pitching this new series with Johnson and Makokis, Wapanatahk Media is currently in principal photography on their first series this month, Dr. Savannah: Wild Rose Vet. That series has already been sold and will air on APTN and Cottage Life in 2022.
ABOUT WAPANATAHK MEDIA Wapanatahk Media, in partnership with Great Pacific Media, develops and produces top-quality unscripted, scripted, digital and animated content for broadcasters and streaming platforms, with a focus on telling original and authentic Indigenous stories and providing training and hiring opportunities for BIPOC employees in the television industry. Wapanatahk Media is co-owned and headed by Indigenous producers Tania Koenig-Gauchier and Shirley Mclean, in partnership with Great Pacific Media.
Bell Media confirmed today a robust Canadian content lineup of more than 75 titles for its 2021-22 season, featuring orders of new original series, documentaries, and specials. Fueling English and French-language services across Bell Media properties, and produced in partnership with independent production partners and Bell Media Studios, the new orders and series join a strong roster of award-winning returning shows, and canâ€™t-miss documentaries and specials.
Among todayâ€™s announcements:
Veena Sood (CORNER GAS ANIMATED), Dmitry Chepovetsky (KILLJOYS), and Lisa Codrington (LETTERKENNY) join previously announced cast of new CTV Original comedy CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING, created by EmmyÂ® Award-winner Kurt Smeaton (SCHITTâ€™S CREEK), and executive produced by Chuck Tatham (MODERN FAMILY) and Mark Montefiore (LETTERKENNY).
The CTV Original slate also includes a double season order of the English-language adaption ROAST BATTLE CANADA for CTV Comedy Channel, hosted by Ennis Esmer (CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING), and featuring Russell Peters (THE INDIAN DETECTIVE), Sabrina Jalees (CAROLâ€™S SECOND ACT), and K. Trevor Wilson (LETTERKENNY); Mary Bergâ€™s new previously confirmed culinary series MARY MAKES IT EASY for CTV Life Channel; new haunting drama SURREALESTATE starring Tim Rozon (WYNONNA EARP) and Sarah Levy (SCHITTâ€™S CREEK) for CTV Sci-Fi Channel; and previously confirmed new seasons of award-winning hits TRANSPLANT (Season 2) and JANN (Season 3) for CTV, and CORNER GAS ANIMATED (Season 4) for CTV Comedy Channel.
Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Canadaâ€™s most-watched summer series, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, is heading back on the road in 2022.
In addition to a strong roster of original documentaries, Crave confirmed orders for new and innovative scripted comedy DU ME A FAVOR starring 4YE Originalâ€™s Jermaine Richards and Trevaunn Richards; six-part, limited dramatic series LITTLE BIRD, created by Jennifer Podemski (UNSETTLED), who also serves as executive producer, and Hannah Moscovitch (X COMPANY), with Jeremy Podeswa (GAME OF THRONES) and Rezolution Pictures/Original Pictures as executive producers; and gripping investigative series THUNDER BAY, produced and hosted by Anishinaabe journalist and award-winning writer Ryan McMahon, who works to uncover the truth in the recent deaths of multiple Indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Crave also adds 10-part comedy PILLOW TALK, an adaptation of the French-language Noovo series, ENTRE DEUX DRAPS, set entirely in peopleâ€™s bedrooms; and drag queen and CANADAâ€™S DRAG RACE judge Brooke Lynn Hytes hosts new eight-part series 1 QUEEN 5 QUEERS, an update to MTV Canada hit 1 GIRL 5 GAYS, which ran from 2009 to 2014. Plus, as previously announced, CANADAâ€™S DRAG RACE returns for its sophomore season.
As production begins on Seasons 10 and 11 of acclaimed series LETTERKENNY, Crave confirms upcoming LETTERKENNY spin-off series SHORESY.
Discovery Networks adds MOTHER TRUCKERS about a female led trucking companyâ€™s treacherous hauls to the North; chainsaw-wielding competition series A CUT ABOVE; and unlocks centuries-old mysteries of hidden artifacts, infrastructure, and Underground Railroad and railroad routes in the new four-part series UNDERGROUND RAILROAD SECRETS (working title). MUD MOUNTAIN HAULERS, HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and HEAVY RESCUE: 401 are also set to return for new seasons.
Bell Media confirms new documentaries including OSCAR PETERSON about the jazz legend; a look at a Canadian rock-trio in TRIUMPH: ROCK & ROLL MACHINE; NAKED, a documentary that follows individuals and communities, experts and artists around the globe who are radically and joyfully redefining gender as we know it; and WILFRED BUCK, which follows one Cree elderâ€™s dedication to unearthing and sharing Indigenous star knowledge by weaving together his harrowing past and present life.
Bell Media Studios delivers new seasons of YOUR MORNING, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, THE SOCIAL, and ETALK â€“ which celebrates its milestone 20th season, and 11 years as Canadaâ€™s most-watched entertainment news program.
This fall, Noovo once again relies on top-quality Quebec programming, including new drama series VIRAGE, â€¦MOI NON PLUS!, and Lâ€™HOMME QUI AIMAIT TROP. Returning this fall are LA FAMILLE GROULX for Canal Vie, and hit series CORDE RAIDE for Z, with additional titles to be announced for 2022 in the coming months.
Bell Mediaâ€™s New English and French-Language Primetime Original Entertainment Productions Slate from Independent Producers Includes the Following.
New English-Language Series:
1 QUEEN 5 QUEERS â€“ Crave Drag queen and CANADAâ€™S DRAG RACE judge Brooke Lynn Hytes, our Queen of the North, is here and ready to lead fierce and fiery discussions about all things queer in the new eight-part series 1 QUEEN 5 QUEERS. The show, an update to MTV Canada hit 1 GIRL 5 GAYS that ran from 2009 to 2014, offers a platform for a broad range of queer voices and reflects the awareness and values of a new generation of viewers. Led by Brooke Lynn herself, each episode is focused on a single topic and brings together a panel of diverse voices to speak openly and honestly through fast-paced, no-holds-barred conversations. It is chaotic and raw, quick and unfiltered, engaging, possibly enragingâ€¦but always inspiring. (Bell Media Studios)
A CUT ABOVE â€“ Discovery From the producers of BLOWN AWAY, this brand new cutting-edge competition series features twelve of the best chainsaw wielding carvers form across North America turning ordinary logs into intricate works of art. In each episode, the carvers face two time sensitive challenges to test their skills and creativity: a Quick Carve that tests their technique and the functionality of the carved piece followed by an elaborate, high-stakes themed Main Challenge to help decide who advances and who goes home. Throughout the series, competitors are mentored and judged by a panel of highly respected Master Carvers. In the end, there can only be one winner who will take home the cash prize and be named A Cut Above the rest? (marblemedia)
CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING â€“ CTV Created by EmmyÂ® Award-winner Kurt Smeaton (SCHITTâ€™S CREEK), CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING follows a set of parents, as they raise their two young children and struggle to hold on to their pre-kid life. But can one be a parent and have the strong desire to live a beautiful, easy, cool, not-covered-in-snot life? In CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING, Astrid and James struggle with this paradox, as they try to maintain sanity in the face of their young children. The series chronicles their war of identity â€“ one conceded battle at a time â€“ that illustrates the hilarious and varied ways kids can wreck happiness, annihilate goals and dreams, and re-invent lives. It explores how sometimes, if parents are very lucky, their re-invented life is sort of okay, too. Nowhere near as good as that old, really great life. But still kinda nice. The eight-episode, half-hour series stars Meaghan Rath (HAWAII FIVE-0) and Aaron Abrams (HANNIBAL), with Ennis Esmer (BLINDSPOT), Nazneen Contractor (RANSOM), and introducing Logan Nicholson and Mikayla SwamiNathan. Veena Sood (CORNER GAS ANIMATED), Dmitry Chepovetsky (KILLJOYS), and Lisa Codrington (LETTERKENNY) join the cast in supporting roles. (New Metric Media in association with CTV)
DU ME A FAVOR â€“ Crave Jae and Treyâ€™s DU ME A FAVOR is a half-hour loosely scripted series following wannabe fashion moguls, Jermaine Richards and Trevaunn Richards. The durag, a thin headscarf that has been vilified and misunderstood for years, is now the focus of their mission of redemption, de-stigmatization, and monetization. Jermaine Richards and Trevaunn Richards serve as executive producers alongside Mark Montefiore. (New Metric Media)
LITTLE BIRD â€“ Crave LITTLE BIRD is a premium, six-part limited dramatic series about an Indigenous woman on a journey to find her birth family and uncover the hidden truth of her past. Bezhig Little Bird was adopted into a Jewish family at the age of five, becoming Esther Rosenblum. Now in her 20s, Bezhig longs for the family she lost and is willing to sacrifice everything to find them. Her quest lands her in the Canadian prairies, worlds apart from everything she knows, where she begins unravel the mystery behind her adoption forcing her to question everything she believed to be true. When she discovers that she was one of the generation of children forcibly apprehended by the Canadian government through a policy, later coined The 60s Scoop, Bezhigâ€™s pursuit to reconnect her family intensifies. This groundbreaking new series explores themes of trauma and loss while reminding us of the power and resilience of the human spirit, holding a mirror up to who we are and who we hope to become. Bell Media is in partnership with APTN for LITTLE BIRD. The series will launch simultaneously on Crave and APTN lumi. Further details to be announced. Created by Jennifer Podemski and Hannah Moscovitch. Directors include Zoe Hopkins. Executive producers are Podemski, Moskovitch, and Jeremy Podeswa. Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, and Ernest Webb serve as executive producers for Rezolution Pictures, and Kim Todd and Nicholas Hirst serve as executive producers for Original Pictures. (Rezolution Pictures, Original Pictures)
MARY MAKES IT EASY â€“ CTV Life Channel The kitchen is Mary Bergâ€™s happy place, and she wants it to be yours too â€“ whether youâ€™re bored of your repertoire, or scared to try something new. On MARY MAKES IT EASY, join Berg as she takes you step-by-step through recipes guaranteed to impress without the stress. Filmed in Toronto at her home kitchen, the series follows Berg as she shares tips, tricks, and recipes to solve every day cooking conundrums. From ideas on what to make with a fridge full of leftovers, to lackluster chicken emergencies, Bergâ€™s thoughtful solutions for viewers leaves them with a newfound confidence to overcome any challenges they encounter on their culinary journey. The series is hosted by Canadian Screen Award-winner Mary Berg (MARYâ€™S KITCHEN CRUSH). (Boat Rocker Studios, Unscripted through Proper Television)
MOTHER TRUCKERS â€“ Discovery The frozen north: home to dozens of remote communities that are inaccessible by conventional roads or railways. Above the tree line, lakes, rivers, and spongy, low-lying bogs, called muskeg, cover the landscape. For eight short weeks, from early February to late March, the ice is thick enough to support an 80,000-pound truck filled with supplies. The winter roads are the lifeblood for thousands of people living in the North. Building supplies and medical equipment, construction vehicles, fuel, and food all have a short window for delivery. It is simply too expensive to get heavy goods in by air. So the winter roads trucking season is essential. And slammed Geraldine Horbas runs the first trucking company to haul loads to the frozen North. Geraldine is calling on the legendary Lisa Kelly (Ice Road Truckers), and friends to haul double and triple the loads they normally carry on the most treacherous ice roads ever. These MOTHER TRUCKERS will do whatever it takes to bring communities the supplies they need to survive the winter and make it home alive. MOTHER TRUCKERS is produced by Prospero Pictures and Eagle Vision and represented in the US and globally by Rive Gauche Television, an Aftershock Media Company. (Prospero Pictures and Eagle Vision)
ROAST BATTLE CANADA â€“ CTV Comedy Channel The previously announced ROAST BATTLE CANADA has been renewed for a second season in advance of its series debut. Based on the format from ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution, the eight, half-hour episode series builds on the success of Bell Mediaâ€™s French-language version, ROAST BATTLE: LE GRAND DUEL, which is consistently a top-ranking series for Z. The English-language adaption, ROAST BATTLE CANADA, sees two pairs of Canadian comics faceoff in each episode, hurling ruthless jokes at each other in hopes of coming out unscathed and crowned the victor by a distinguished panel of judges. Presiding over each episode are megastar comedian Russell Peters; writer, producer, actor, and all-around funny person, Sabrina Jalees (CAROLâ€™S SECOND ACT); and Season 1 ROAST BATTLE semi-finalist K. Trevor Wilson (LETTERKENNY). Actor and comedian Ennis Esmer (CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING) serves as host. (Just For Laughs and Counterfeit Pictures)
SHORESY â€“ Crave From the team behind the smash-hit series LETTERKENNY comes its first official spin-off, SHORESY. Created by, written by, and starring Jared Keeso, directed by Jacob Tierney, and produced by New Metric Media in partnership with WildBrain and Play Fun Games, in this new series, Shoresy joins a senior triple hockey AAA team in Northern Ontario on a quest to never lose again. (New Metric Media)
SURREALESTATE â€“ CTV Sci-Fi Chanel One-hour drama SURREALESTATE is about a team of real estate specialists who investigate, discover, and correct unconventional problems that make certain properties difficult to sell. Tim Rozon (WYNONNA EARP) is Luke Roman, of The Roman Agency; an agency with the talent for flipping â€œmetaphysically engagedâ€ properties â€“ a.k.a haunted houses. (Blue Ice Pictures)
THUNDER BAY â€“ Crave THUNDER BAY is a four-part Crave Original documentary series based on the groundbreaking podcast from CANADALAND, Thunder Bay. The gripping investigative series is produced and also hosted by Anishinaabe journalist and award-winning writer, Ryan McMahon, who is on a quest to uncover the truth in the recent deaths of multiple Indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ontario â€“ a city known as the homicide and hate crime capital of Canada. McMahonâ€™s investigation sheds light on the history of racism in Thunder Bay, and examines the failings and the injustices of its social systems and institutions. The series unravels the countryâ€™s complicated relationship with colonialism, examining the consequences of the broken system in which some can thrive, while many others, disproportionally struggle to survive. Produced, written, and hosted by Ryan McMahon. Directed by Elle-MÃ¡ijÃ¡ Tailfeathers. (Series is also produced by eOne)
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD SECRETS (working title) â€“ Discovery UNDERGROUND RAILROAD SECRETS (working title) is a ground-breaking, four-part, factual documentary series using modern archeological tools, techniques, and innovative science to unlock centuries-old mysteries and immerse viewers deep within the secret Underground Railroad routes that spanned North America. (Attraction)
UP THE DISH â€“ CTV Life Channel UP THE DISH features multiple, high-caliber chefs reworking classic recipes and presenting a variation of each iconic dish. Each half-hour episode starts with a classic version of the featured dish, followed by an alternate version, a vegan or vegetarian option, and culminating in an over-the-top, show-stopping final version, such as a five-star presentation or a tasty dessert. (Gusto Worldwide Media)
WEâ€™RE ALL GONNA DIE! â€“ Crave Previously confirmed WEâ€™RE ALL GONNA DIE! is a smart, playful six-part documentary series about the end of the world. Drawing together science, psychology, pop culture, and philosophy, WEâ€™RE ALL GONNA DIE! meets our fascination with the apocalypse head-on. Stuart Henderson and Gordon Henderson are executive producers. (90th Parallel Productions)
New English-Language Documentaries and Specials:
A.RTIFICIAL I.MMORTALITY â€“ Crave Original Documentary Directed by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Ann Shin, A.RTIFICIAL I.MMORTALITY was selected as the Opening Night film at the 2021 Hot Docs Festival, and explores the latest technological advancements in AI, robotics, and biotech to pose the tempting question: if you could live forever through AI, would you? Inspired by the transhumanist movement and facing the reality of death as her father suffers from dementia, Shin begins an investigation into the complex world of digital cloning through AI. The film explores these questions with visionaries including: Nick Bostrom, author of Superintelligence; Hiroshi Ishiguro, developer of his own uncannily realistic clone Geminoid; Douglas Rushkoff, author of Team Human; Ben Goertzel, founder of Singularity.net who coined the term Artificial General Intelligence; and Deepak Chopra, who is creating his own A.I. mind twin. (Fathom Film Group)
BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SISTER NANCY â€“ Crave Original Documentary BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SISTER NANCY is a feature music documentary that explores the wild story behind how Sister Nancyâ€™s hit song â€œBam Bamâ€ became the most sampled reggae vocal of all time, and uncovers a decades-long deception. From Nancyâ€™s unprecedented entry into the male-dominated 80s Dancehall scene in Kingston, Jamaica, to her courageous fight to control her music, Sister Nancyâ€™s story is not only one of resilience but also one of celebration. Ultimately, this is an inspirational music documentary about a woman dusting herself off after being held back by an industry known for silencing female artists and hell-bent on empowering others â€“ with her music and knowledge to make a difference. Proving to all that good music, no matter what canâ€™t be stopped! Directed by Alison Duke. Produced by OYA Media with Ngardy Conteh George and Alison Duke serving as producers. Executive Producer is Moss Raxlen. (OYA Media Group)
THE BONES â€“ Crave Original Documentary THE BONES is a stunning, cinematic exploration of the high stakes business of dinosaur bone trading, where obsessive collectors compete with museums, scientists, and high-end auction houses to own a piece of the past. Itâ€™s a story of intrigue; an illicit caper at the collision of science and commerce. Directed by Jeremy Xido. Produced by Ina Fichman, Intuitive Pictures. Co-Producer, Stefan Pannen, Berlin Producers. Executive Producers are Ina Fichman, Thomas Campbell Jackson, and Jared Moshe. (Intuitive Pictures)
BUFFY SAINTE MARIE: POWER IN THE BLOOD â€“ CTV and Crave Original Documentary For more than 50 years, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been a star. Her songs are legendary, her impact undeniable. One of Canadaâ€™s most-respected Indigenous leaders, sheâ€™s a pioneer of music and activism, and has left an indelible mark on the world. The film tells Buffyâ€™s incredible story through exclusive access, rare archives, insightful interviews, and great music. The 90-min documentary BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: POWER IN THE BLOOD celebrates Buffyâ€™s extraordinary achievements, dispels myths, sets the record straight, and illustrates that in a time of chaos and division, weâ€™ve never needed Buffy more than now. (White Pine Pictures & Eagle Vision, developed in association with Wolfwalker)
FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK â€“ Crave Original Documentary Sometime in the 1960s, in sunny Sacramento, two Filipina-American sisters got together with other teenage girls to play music. Little did they know their garage band would evolve into the legendary rock group Fanny, the first all-women band to release an LP with a major record label (Warner/Reprise, 1970). Despite releasing five critically-acclaimed albums over five years, touring with famed bands from Slade to Chicago, and amassing a dedicated fan base of music legends including David Bowie, Fannyâ€™s groundbreaking impact in music was written out of historyâ€¦until bandmates reunite 50 years later with a new rock record deal. With incredible archival footage of the bandâ€™s rocking past intercut with its next chapter releasing a new LP today, the film includes interviews with a large cadre of music icons, including Def Leppardâ€™s Joe Elliott, Bonnie Raitt, The Go-Goâ€™s Kathy Valentine, Todd Rundgren, The Runawaysâ€™ Cherie Currie, Lovinâ€™ Spoonfulâ€™s John Sebastian, and The B52â€™s Kate Pierson. Fighting early barriers of race, gender, and sexuality in the music industry, and now ageism, the incredible women of Fanny are ready to claim their hallowed place in the halls of rock â€˜nâ€™ roll fame. FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK recently had its World Premiere at the 2021 Hot Docs Festival, where it took home the coveted Audience Choice Award. Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart. (Adobe Productions International Inc.)
THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH â€“ Crave Original Documentary From the team behind Finding Big Country and The Carter Effect, THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH follows basketball superfan (and the filmâ€™s director) Kat Jayme on a quest for truth and redemption for her hometown NBA team, the Vancouver Grizzliesâ€¦who mysteriously disappeared after just six seasons. Through Katâ€™s unwavering devotion, this documentary explores the unique and remarkable story of how Vancouver won an NBA franchise against all odds, only to lose the team in record time. This is the untold story of the gone, but far from forgotten, Vancouver Grizzlies. Full of heart and humour, THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH is much more than a sports story; itâ€™s a mystery, a comedy of errors, and an underdog epic. (Grizz Films in partnership with Uninterrupted)
NAKED â€“ Crave Original Documentary A documentary feature film about the gender binary. What is it, how does it manifest itself in our minds and our lives â€“ and how can we go beyond? NAKED follows individuals and communities, experts, and artists around the globe who right now are radically and joyfully redefining gender as we know it. Together, we explore their vision of a future beyond the gender binary. Directed by Stephanie Weimar. Executive Producer is Michael McMahon. Producers are Kevin McMahon and Felicity Justrabo. (Primitive Entertainment)
PAR-LAY â€“ THE FRED VANVLEET STORY â€“ TSN An original documentary profiling the inspiring story of the Toronto Raptors star, this feature biopic charts VanVleetâ€™s rise to prominence as a basketball star, and the unwavering belief in himself, as he blazes his own unique path to becoming an NBA Champion. Set to premiere on Canadaâ€™s Sports Leader TSN in the fall of 2021. (UNINTERRUPTED Canada, Par-Lay Content)
RESIDENT ORCA â€“ Crave Original Documentary In the summer of 2018 killer whale Tahlequah makes international news headlines, when she carries her dead calf for more than 17 days and 1000 miles in an unprecedented show of mourning. What would make a mother whale go to such lengths? RESIDENT ORCA tells the story of the mysterious decline of Tahlequahâ€™s clan, the Southern Resident Killer Whales, and the team of scientists working to uncover not only what is killing them, but also how to prevent their imminent extinction. Co-directed and co-produced by Simon Schneider and Sarah Sharkey Pearce. (Everyday Films)
TRIUMPH: ROCK & ROLL MACHINE â€“ CTV and Crave Original Documentary Known simply as Triumph, this rock-trio dominated radio and MTV in the 80s, and were the envy of the touring business with even Michael Jackson taking a page out of their live show book. But despite being one of the worldâ€™s biggest rock bands, the trio split at the height of their fame and seemingly disappeared without explanation to their fans or media. Set to a mesmerizing visual backdrop of spandex, 80s hair, and explosive pyro, TRIUMPH: ROCK & ROLL MACHINE reveals a deeper story about fame and the human condition as the band reunites for what might be the very last time they play music together. Directed by Sam Dunn and Marc Ricciardelli. (Banger Films in association with Revolver)
WILFRED BUCK â€“ Crave Original Documentary WILFRED BUCK is a hybrid feature documentary centering on a Cree elder whoâ€™s dedicated his life to unearthing and sharing Indigenous star knowledge. Weaving together his harrowing past and his present life with sky stories, this cinematic film explores colonizationâ€™s attempts to extinguish Indigenous ways of knowing, the values of interrelationship that shape Indigenous science, and how this worldview paves a healthier path forward for our planet. Directed by Lisa Jackson. Executive producers are David Christensen, Nicholas de Pencier, and Jennifer Baichwal. (Door Number 3 in association with the National Film Board)
New French-Language Series:
The following new series will come to Noovo, Canal Vie, Z, Canal D, Crave, and Vrak in Fall 2021 and early 2022, with additional titles to be announced for 2022 in the coming months.
ESCOUADE POILUE â€“ Canal Vie A few years ago, Anne-Caroline Coutu decided to quit her job as a sales clerk to pursue a career in animal entertainment for people who need it at schools, daycares, and long-term care centres. Her animals, including a miniature pony, all live in her home and help her bring joy to those around her. (Productions ToRoS)
LE JOUR J â€“ Canal Vie In this eye-opening magazine show, Julie Snyder offers a rare glimpse inside her private world. After raising her two kids in a huge hundred-year-old house, the host and producer is preparing to box up 15 years of her life. She has to renovate her large heritage house in Outremont, decorate her new condo to better suit her lifestyle, and dispose of treasures she has collected over the years. With the help of real estate agent Georges Bardagi and designers Jacinthe Piotte and Nicola Tardif-Bourdages, Julie will downsize from 10,000 to 2,500 square feet! (Productions ToRoS)
LES SÅ’URS DUFOUR-LAPOINTE: Dâ€™UN RÃŠVE Ã€ Lâ€™AUTRE â€“ Canal Vie This documentary series explores the daily lives of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters, three exceptional athletes dealing with the doubts and challenges that all of us have to face at some point. During the year of filming, the three women experienced some exciting developments that left them with some tough decisions to make. (KOTV)
PEUR DE RIEN! â€“ Z Accompanied by a celebrity guest, Babu heads for a town in Quebec in search of the provinceâ€™s greatest daredevils. Together, they identify three candidates, who will do everything in their power to impress the judges. However, only one will mount the top of the podium and be crowned â€œthe townâ€™s greatest daredevil!â€ (Attraction Images)
QUI SAIT CHANTER? â€“ Noovo Hosted by comedian Phil Roy, QUI SAIT CHANTER? is the Quebec version of the worldâ€™s most popular musical gameshow, I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE. Each week, Roy accompanies contestants through every round of this exciting, variety-style gameshow. QUI SAIT CHANTER? is the only show where you can win by discovering people with and without talent! Canadian singer Roxane Bruneau and Rita Baga (CANADAâ€™S DRAG RACE and BIG BROTHER CELEBRITÃ‰S) serve as regular panellists. The series has been adapted in 16 markets around the world. (Productions ToRoS)
SYNDICS â€“ Noovo This documentary series provides a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes of a fascinating but little-known profession: bankruptcy trustees. Each story of debt featured on the show shines a light on human nature and our relationship with money through the trustee offices and their advisors, the personal lives of the people involved, and the real-life situations that unfold. With its highly authentic and intimate approach, the show makes it impossible to remain indifferent to these deeply affecting accounts. (PIXCOM)