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CBC announces its 2017-18 primetime schedule

From a media release:

CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster and the number-one media brand in Canada,* today announced broadcast premiere dates for its fall 2017 television season, featuring a uniquely Canadian lineup of new and returning series including Canada’s most-watched homegrown drama and comedy series, MURDOCH MYSTERIES and KIM’S CONVENIENCE.**

New original series launching on CBC this fall include the highly anticipated miniseries ALIAS GRACE (6×60) premiering Mon.Sept. 25, written and produced by Sarah Polley, directed by Mary Harron and starring Sarah Gadon, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood; THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW (8×60), the homemade version of the popular British competition bringing together 10 amateur bakers from across Canada hosted by Dan Levy and Julia Chan, premiering Wed. Nov. 1; FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES (11×60) from the producers of Murdoch Mysteries, following Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s, premiering Mon. Nov. 6; and THE STATS OF LIFE (4×30); a factual series that humanizes a range of population statistics to reveal the surprising truths about how Canadians live today, premiering Fri. Nov. 24.

CBC will also offer the exclusive Canadian broadcast of Jane Campion’s acclaimed drama TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL (7×60) premiering on Wed. Oct. 25, starring Elizabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman. The BAFTA-nominated British series THE DURRELLS (6×60) will also premiere on Wed. Sept. 13.

Returning drama, comedy, factual and arts series include CORONATION STREET (Sept. 18), with six new episodes per week this fall including back-to-back episodes on Mondays; DRAGONS’ DEN (Sept. 28), featuring Arlene Dickinson’s return to the Den as the sixth Dragon; arts series EXHIBITIONISTS (Sept. 22); weekday daytime series THE GOODS (Sept. 18); HEARTLAND (Sept. 24); Emmy-nominated political arts series INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM (Oct. 13); KIM’S CONVENIENCE (Sept. 26); MR. D (Sept. 26); MURDOCH MYSTERIES (Sept. 25); RICK MERCER REPORT (Sept. 26); and THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (Sept. 26).

On Mon. Nov. 6, flagship news program THE NATIONAL launches with a new format hosted by Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing. CBC News’ investigative series MARKETPLACE, THE FIFTH ESTATE and THE INVESTIGATORS WITH DIANA SWAIN also return with new seasons on Fri. Sept. 15.

CBC’s award-winning documentary programming moves to Sundays starting Sept. 24 including David Suzuki’s THE NATURE OF THINGS, which will launch its new season with THE WILD CANADIAN YEAR (5×60), showcasing Canada’s extraordinary wildlife; and CBC DOCS POV (formerly FIRSTHAND), which launches with Bee Nation, a charming documentary following students as they prepare for the first-ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Canada.

Also this fall, CBC SPORTS will provide compelling coverage and storytelling leading up to the OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018 and connect Canadians with high-performance athletes each weekend with ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES, which launches its fall season on Sat. Oct. 21 with coverage of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating from Moscow, Russia.

CBC’s fall 2017 broadcast premiere dates and times are as follows –
All series will also be available to stream on the CBC TV app and at cbc.ca/watch (all times local with the exception of Newfoundland, please add half an hour to all times)

MONDAYS

  • 2 p.m. The Goods (Season 2 premieres Sept. 18)
  • 7 p.m. Coronation Street (fall premiere Sept. 18)
  • 8 p.m. Murdoch Mysteries (Season 11 premieres Sept. 25)
  • 9 p.m. Alias Grace (Miniseries premieres Sept. 25)
    [Frankie Drake Mysteries series premieres Nov. 6]
  • 10 p.m. The National (launches Nov. 6)

TUESDAYS

  • 8 p.m. Rick Mercer Report (Season 15 premieres Sept. 26)
  • 8:30 p.m. This Hour Has 22 Minutes (Season 25 premieres Sept. 26)
  • 9 p.m. Kim’s Convenience (Season 2 premieres Sept. 26)
  • 9:30 p.m. Mr. D (Season 7 premieres Sept. 26)

WEDNESDAYS

  • 8 p.m. The Great British Baking Show Season 7 premieres Aug. 23
    [The Great Canadian Baking Show premieres Nov. 1]

THURSDAYS

  • 8 p.m. Dragons’ Den (Season 12 premieres Sept. 28 with a two-hour special)

FRIDAYS

  • 8 p.m. Marketplace (Season 45 premieres Sept .15)
  • 8:30 p.m. The Investigators with Diana Swain (premieres Sept. 15)
    [Interrupt This Program Season 3 premieres Oct.13]
    [The Stats of Life series premieres Nov. 24]
  • 9 p.m. The Fifth Estate (Season 43 premieres Sept. 15)
  • 12:30 a.m. Exhibitionists (Season 3 premieres Sept. 22)

SATURDAYS

  • 6:30 p.m. ET Hockey Night in Canada

SUNDAYS

  • 7 p.m. Heartland (Season 11 premieres Sept. 24)
  • 8 p.m. The Nature of Things (Season 57 premieres Sept. 24)
  • 9 p.m. CBC Docs POV (Season 4 premieres Sept. 24)

 

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Link: Alberta-shot Heartland, Wynonna Earp and others up for Rosies nominations

From Eric Volmers of Postmedia:

Link: Alberta-shot Heartland, Wynonna Earp and others up for Rosies nominations
Alberta may have trouble competing with British Columbia and other jurisdictions when it comes to attracting higher-budget TV and film projects, but a roundup of nominees for this year’s film and television awards shows that our homegrown industry continues to soldier on, especially in Calgary. Continue reading.

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Heartland says goodbye to Season 10 with a new addition

If you’ve seen the teaser commercials for Heartland‘s season finale, you know Amy has the baby. But will “Greater Expectations” be a love-in all episode, with every character going goo-goo over the little sprite or would other storylines be featured? That was my big question before watching a screener.

Here’s what CBC had to say about “Greater Expectations,” written by showrunner Heather Conkie and directed by Dean Bennett:

Amy, Ty and the entire Heartland family are thrilled to welcome a new member into the fold. Meanwhile, the ghost horse returns and Amy disagrees with Georgie’s plan to capture and gentle him. Then, Lou changes her mind about a business deal but not before Mitch makes a surprising choice. 

And here are some more non-spoiler bits about Sunday…

A Ghostly appearance
Ghost, that mysterious horse with the black spots returns, and Amy and Georgie are transfixed. Is Ghost a good luck charm or a harbinger of bad things to come?

Caleb ties the knot … with help from Ty
Tim voices his concern, but Caleb is adamant: he and Cass are getting married and Ty is supposed to be his best man. The only issue is that Caleb is currently unemployed … and that’s where Tim comes in. Is Tim willing to hire Caleb as an instructor at the rodeo school, or will he send this cowboy packing?

Georgie + Jack = good times
It’s not often that Jack and Georgie have their own storyline, but they get a doozy on Sunday. It involves Ghost. That’s all I’ll say, except that I hope the pair get more screen time together in Season 11.

Lou makes a decision about the business
Did Lou listen to Lisa’s advice, or did she partner with Peter? You find out on Sunday. Her choice has a ripple effect on what Mitch does next.

Let me know what you think of Sunday’s finale by commenting below after you watch it!

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Comments and queries for the week of March 24

I have been watching Heartland for the past five years or so and I just LOVE it. It was on every morning on our Up channel, but isn’t on any longer except Sunday morning. It was advertised that new episodes would begin on Sundays, but they are still see of the reruns we’d been watching all this time. I love watching the reruns as much as if they were new episodes. But I would really love to see it every day again, and maybe see the new episodes as well. Is this on a different channel now, or just on Canadian TV? If you can shed a little light on this for me, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for such an inspirational and CLEAN family show. I will be getting the entire series hopefully. I am on disability, so have asked my kids to get me the different series. Still waiting. —Brenda

According to the Up’s website, Season 10 of Heartland begins on Sunday, April 23, with back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m. ET. Don’t miss it!

Sounds like [Season 11 of Murdoch Mysteries will be] a doozy! Can’t wait to see it. On the historical figures: bring back L.M. Montgomery!! Go to P.E.I. this time and have her help with a case. She loved ghost stories and wrote quite a few. In 1905, she finished writing Anne of Green Gables and started trying to get it published. George could help her with that. She won’t meet Ewen (her future husband) for another year. And 2018 will be the 110th anniversary of the publication of AoGG. I like the idea of bringing Helen Keller in. If we have Teddy again, could we please have a young Eleanor Roosevelt, too? They were close cousins. She got married to Franklin in 1905, so we could see him, too. —Hannah

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Heartland’s Alisha Newton discusses Georgie’s Season 10 journey

The folks at Heartland ranch have been through a lot this season. After being away for months Ty (Graham Wardle) returned to Canada a very sick man. Amy (Amber Marshall) is about to give birth. Lou (Michelle Morgan) is struggling to expand the business into New York City and Tim (Chris Potter) … well, Tim’s world is always in disarray.

Georgie’s life has been a roller coaster this past year too. She witnessed Lou and Peter (Gabriel Hogan) break up, then Mitch (Kevin McGarry) started dating Lou, she competed to land a spot on the Extreme Team and now she and Adam (Kataem O’Connor) have broken up. That’s a lot for someone to endure, so we landed a chat with Alisha Newton to discuss her character’s experiences in Season 10 and a hint as to what Sunday’s season finale of Heartland, “Greater Expectations,” is all about. (And, as most fans already know, Heartland has been renewed for Season 11.)

Congratulations on five seasons of being on Heartland.
Alisha Newton: Thanks! It’s been quite the journey.

You’re not filming now, are you?
No, we’re on a break between seasons and I’m just catching up on school. I’m in a program where I can attend school when I’m home but the rest of my courses can be done online. It can be really hard to focus on set sometimes because I’m in and out of the school trailer a lot. It’s hard to stay caught up when you’re given that must responsibility and you don’t have teachers making sure you’re doing your work.

Georgie has been through a lot over the past couple of seasons. Lou and Peter separated and Mitch has been dating Lou. Georgie then competed to be on the Extreme Team, helped out Bob and Ty at the animal sanctuary and now the situation with Adam. What have you thought about all of these different storylines?
I’ve really loved all of the storylines I’ve had these past few seasons. It’s been a lot of fun to play a character that’s grown so much over the years. I’m really grateful to have these really interesting storylines and a lot of teens can relate to them. I really love them.

Is it tough to play emotional scenes? 
Because I’ve been acting for so long it kind of comes naturally for me now to turn on the waterworks and get into it. It can be hard some days when I can’t seem to focus or if I’m dehydrated if can be really hard to cry sometimes.

That’s the secret to crying? Water?
Yup, drink lots of water. [Laughs.]

Heartland’s storylines have always been grounded in reality. It would have been so easy to have Georgie and Adam get back together, but instead, they’re just friends. I respect that.
It makes it a lot more interesting when the characters get rejected and it’s not always a happy ending. It’s a lot more realistic than having them get back together. It’s interesting to be able to play the relationship that isn’t always perfect and we’re not always doing the same thing. It is a little bit rocky.

The winter season finale was really dramatic. Tim had a concussion and the horse trailer tipped over with one trapped inside.
Personally, I love those scripts. I loved filming that episode because I love working with Chris [Potter] and Amber [Marshall] because they’re brilliant actors and the scenes for that episode were really well shot. I like it when everyone is on the edge of their seat and not sure what’s going to happen.

I’ve loved the scenes Georgie has had with Jade this season. How much fun have you and Madison Cheeatow had this year?
I love working with Madison. She is definitely one of my best friends on-set and we’re just as good friends off set. I like that Heartland shows a lot of the younger generation’s storylines as well. It’s really cool.

Do you have a favourite horse co-star?
This season my favourite horse was probably Morgan, the horse that survived the barn fire. At the beginning of shooting that episode, a lot of the male wranglers on set were complaining because Amber and I and the female wranglers were turning him into a girly horse. Before he was working with me he was this tough horse and the guy wranglers loved him. And now he’s a treat suck and loves snuggles. [Laughs.]

You own horses and train them in real life. Could you compete in a real Extreme Team?
Every once in awhile they’ll have me perform a bit of a little trick. In one of the last episodes, I was working with a horse named Tab and was trying to train him to be a trick riding horse and was doing these stunts where I would get half off the horse and then putting my leg back over. We were just doing that at a trot and it was so difficult. I don’t know if I would ever join the Extreme Team or do trick riding myself because it scares me so much.

What can you tell me about Sunday’s season finale?
I think it’s going to be a little bit of everything. It’s going to be very exciting and everyone will be on the edge of their seat for sure. The ending of the last episode is one of my favourite endings yet in the series and I’m really excited for fans to see it.

Heartland‘s season finale airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

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