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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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


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


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


  • 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)


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


  • 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)



Comments and queries for the week of October 21

Getting The Goods on fashion

I have seen a navy blue velvet bomber on a girl that they styled on The Goods this morning, but they did not mention where they got it. If it is possible, I would like to communicate with the hosts to get this info. Thank you. —Azita

You can direct your question to the series, either via their Twitter account (@cbcthegoods) or their Facebook page.

A division over Drew 
If you guys pick Drew as the next Bachelor there’s going to be an awful lot of people that I know who will not watch. Don’t spoil it by letting him be on your show. —Dora

Finally that tool is gone (Drew), Every time I watched him put on a show to be nice and sweet it made me want to vomit. He’s wrong, the ratings will go up because he’s finally gone! Good luck on any woman wanting to settle down with you now. You showed your true colours and how immature you really are. If you are the next Bachelor, the only women that would come on the show would be those who have the same intentions as you: boosting their ratings in real life for business and being recognized from being on a show. Sad it took Jasmine this long to realize how big of a loser he is. BTW, bullying is actually not cool, they should have thrown him off the show earlier! So many times I just wanted to switch the channel, seeing how disgusting he is. —Billie

I am relieved that Drew went home. He would not make a Bachelor Canadians could and should be proud of to watch. His behaviour throughout the show was disappointing, but his exit after being eliminated was such poor taste. I am sure there are many other eligible men who would represent our country in more positive light. —Samantha

It’s too bad—he’s a very nice guy!! He’s not at all like he’s portrayed, which is probably why she kept him on. He’s fun, sweet and kind. Jasmine’s loss. The other guys are not impressive AT ALL! —TeamDrew

I couldn’t stand the dude! So full of himself, so cocky. He thought that he was better than everyone else! It was strange that Jasmine didn’t see right through this at the beginning and kept him for so long! —Larry

I cringed every time Drew opened his mouth. What a scene stealer!
If he is the next Bachelor—I WILL NOT BE WATCHING THE SHOW! —JC

So glad to finally see that loser go. What an exit! Couldn’t have been happier that he showed his true colours, what an ass! But, so very sad to see Thomas go. He is such a sweetheart and possibly the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen! Can’t believe I live only an hour away from such a gorgeous creature. Oops … think I may have got off topic. Question was about that loser. What’s his name again? Ha! —Joleen

Kevin W. is in love with Jasmine (he said exactly that in a voiceover in a preview). He’s not acting entitled to a rose, he is hurting because he loves her and he is being kept away from her and when he does see her he has to watch her make out with every guy she can get her lips on. It’s unfortunate he used the rose as a symbol to express how he feels because Jasmine immediately blew a gasket and assumed it was all about the rose and winning the competition, a prejudice she already had because that’s what she grilled him about earlier. She was misunderstanding Kevin’s point, as he said. For example, he said she wanted them to open up so he was being open about being jealous, and she jumped down his throat about other guys opening up more than he did. She was the one who made a competition about opening up, not him. He was looking for reassurance and instead she slapped him down by telling him others were doing better than him. She got mad and never gave him a chance to explain, then hurt him so much he just wanted to go home. I know he signed up for competing with other guys but he himself said the problem was he didn’t expect to have such deep feelings for her. Such strong emotions as love and jealousy are difficult to contain, and the camera amplifies everything, and the producers are always revving up the drama behind the scenes, making sure Kevin sees her making out with other guys. So I don’t blame him for his emotional reaction, it proves he’s really there because he loves her, and far from being into the competition as Jasmine accused him of, he wants nothing to do with competing with the other guys. As he said to Jasmine he just wants it to be over and wants to be with her. Also, remember he said earlier he had been cheated on, which would explain why he’s having such a hard time with seeing her kiss other men. —Mica

Got a comment or question about Canadian TV? Email greg.david@tv-eh.com or via Twitter @tv_eh.


CBC delivers the goods in daytime with The Goods

You simply can’t fake chemistry on television. Viewers catch on when folks don’t click. It’s the reason networks recast roles during pilot season; if co-stars don’t connect with each other, they simply won’t with an audience.

The Goods explodes with chemistry and makes for a wild daytime ride. Debuting Monday on CBC and marking Steven Sabados’ return to television, The Goods combines lifestyle, food, relationships and home and design into a fun package. Yes, the daytime market is packed with such U.S. fare as The Chew, The View and The Talk while Canadian rival CTV offers The Social, but The Goods is a welcome addition thanks mainly to its cast.

Surrounding Sabados on the panel is style maven Jessi Cruickshank, relationship and wellness expert Andrea Bain and Levetto chef Shahir Massoud covering all things culinary. Earlier this week, I was invited down to watch a taping of The Goods and experienced a well-oiled machine despite having just seven episodes already in the can.

(l-r) Bain, Cruickshank, Sabados, Massoud
(l-r) Bain, Cruickshank, Sabados, Massoud

“You always feel, on some other shows, as if people are trying to take away airtime,” Sabados says after the three-hour taping in front of a studio audience of just over 100 concluded. “There is that battle of, ‘You said that, so I have to say this,’ … Shahir didn’t have a segment today, but it’s all good because he’s still part of the show. We’re all here, so it’s all good.” It’s true. While Massoud didn’t contribute content-wise, he was still front and centre in a comedic role both unintentionally during Sabados’ decor quiz when he asked how to spell “teak” and on purpose during Cruickshank’s style bit when he walked the runway decked out in overalls, a baseball cap propped rakishly on his head.

Massoud explains he and his co-hosts come up with what their individual segments will contain with their own producers. Once that’s decided, the producers and hosts compare notes and figure out who will be interacting with who. Yes, The Goods is scripted when it comes to what segments make up an episode, but the interaction itself is done on the fly. That came into play Tuesday when Cruickshank dashed off to the control room and requested a hula hoop challenge be re-cut and slowed down for broadcast. The result was a very funny replay of Bain’s facial expressions and body language as she owned the hula segment (“I will never Iive that down,” Bain says with a laugh.) Cruickshank set herself up for criticism during her style portion, suggesting that sometimes socks can be worn with sandals. She was met with a chorus of good-natured boos from the audience.

“Where else can you get an audience who feels comfortable enough to boo the host?” Cruickshank asks. “There is this feeling of being in the round and we make sure people know they’re supposed to yell. They’re part of the show.”

The Goods airs Monday to Friday at 2 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.