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Preview: CBC’s Wild Cards is a primetime delight

Watching the first episode of Wild Cards, I was immediately reminded of Private Eyes. Criminally cancelled too soon, the Jason Priestley/Cindy Sampson series had the same spunk and heart Wild Cards has. Turns out that makes sense, as many of the behind-the-scenes folks involved worked on Private Eyes too.

Debuting Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBC and CBC Gem, Wild Cards is charming, light and full of fun. Created by Michael Konyves (Bad Blood) Wild Cards features demoted big-city detective Cole Ellis (Giacomo Gianniotti, Murdoch Mysteries), who is paired with clever con woman Max Mitchell (Vanessa Morgan, Degrassi, Saving Hope), to solve crimes.

With a whos-who of producers in Private Eyes‘ James Genn, Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan and writers Alexandra Zarowny, James Thorpe—and Wynonna Earp‘s Noelle Carbone and Coroner‘s Morwyn Brebner—there is plenty to like writing-wise. And the casting and lead cast chemistry is spot-on.

When we first meet Max, she’s plotting to rob a rich woman of her fortune. Caught by the police, Max is hauled into the police station for questioning by Cole, who was called in from harbour duty—the bulk of his days are filled giving tickets to wayward boaters—when the third in a string of high-profile thefts take place. With all hands on deck to solve the crimes, Cole is relegated to handling Max. Overhearing the police chief (Terry Chen) describe the circumstances of the latest heist, Max divulges to Cole what she thinks the thief will do next. She’s right, and the City Commissioner teams the two up. Solve the case, and Cole is back on the beat he wants and Max gets probation. Win-win, right?

While Cole is by the book, Max’s unique set of skills is key to capturing the baddie. I wasn’t even halfway through Wednesday’s pilot, “The Infinity Thief,” and was already enjoying the back-and-forth repartee between Gianniotti and Morgan. Morgan’s Max is sassy and smart, going over the top with clothing, accents and charm to gather intel while Cole tries to keep up.

I won’t ruin the ending of the episode, but the storyline does involve twins, priceless art and one of many appearances by the aforementioned Jason Priestley, who checks in as Max’s dad, George. This new series is wild, and I’m loving it.

Wild Cards airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBC and CBC Gem.

Images courtesy of CBC.


CBC unveils winter 2024 streaming and broadcast slate featuring more than 20 series from Canadian storytellers

From a media release:

CBC today announced streaming and broadcast premiere dates for its winter 2024 slate of new and returning programming on CBC Gem and CBC TV, including more than 20 original series from Canadian creators, producers, and storytellers reflecting people, places and perspectives from across the country. The first episode of all series will be available to stream on CBC Gem starting at 9 a.m. ET on their premiere dates noted below, with a new episode available weekly at the same time unless otherwise specified. CBC TV local broadcast times are noted in parentheses (for Newfoundland and Labrador, please add half an hour to all times).

New Canadian Original Series

ONE MORE TIME New Comedy Series (13×30) – Premieres Tuesday, January 9 (9 p.m.)
Stand-up comedian D.J. Demers created and stars in new workplace comedy series ONE MORE TIME as the hard-of-hearing manager of a second-hand sporting goods store.

WILD CARDS New Drama Series (10×60) – Premieres Wednesday, January 10 (8 p.m.)
Comedic crime-solving drama WILD CARDS follows the unlikely duo of Ellis (Giacomo Gianniotti, Grey’s Anatomy), a gruff, sardonic cop and Max (Vanessa Morgan, Riverdale), a spirited, clever con woman, set against the backdrop of beautiful Vancouver. Acclaimed actor Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210) joins the cast as a recurring guest star, playing Max’s father and master con man, George.

GHOSTING WITH LUKE HUTCHIE AND MATTHEW FINLAN New Factual Entertainment Series (8×30) – All episodes available to stream on CBC Gem beginning Friday, January 26
Two actors known exclusively for their work in the horror genre step off script and into their own real-life thriller on their quest to decipher if Canada’s most ghostly places are truly haunted.

FOR THE CULTURE WITH AMANDA PARRIS (6×60) New Documentary Series – All episodes available to stream on CBC Gem beginning Tuesday, January 30
In this documentary series, award-winning writer, executive producer and host Amanda Parris leaves the wars raging on social media to create space for urgent and provocative conversations that centre Blackness and Black folks.

ALLEGIANCE New Drama Series (10×60) – Premieres Wednesday, February 7 (9 p.m.)
Supinder Wraich (Sort Of), Enrico Colantoni (Station Eleven), Stephen Lobo (Continuum), Adolyn H. Dar (Superman & Lois), Brian Markinson (A Million Little Things) and David Cubitt (Virgin River) star in new police procedural ALLEGIANCE, telling the story of a young woman caught between her allegiance to her flag, to her badge, and to her family.

THE GREAT CANADIAN POTTERY THROW DOWN New Factual Entertainment Series (8×60) – Premieres Thursday, February 8 (8 p.m.)
Jennifer Robertson (Schitt’s Creek) hosts this open-hearted competition series that sees ten talented Canadian potters face each other to be crowned Canada’s Top Potter, with help from guest judge Seth Rogen.

Returning Series

CORONATION STREET ongoing (weekdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)

FAMILY FEUD CANADA Season 5 (102×30) – Continues Monday – Thursday (7:30 p.m.)

BEST IN MINIATURE Season 3 (8×60) – All episodes available to stream on CBC Gem beginning Tuesday, December 26 (airing Tuesday, December 26 to Friday, December 29 at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on CBC TV)

MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 17 (24×60) – Continues Monday, January 1 (8 p.m.)

DRAGONS’ DEN Season 18 (16×60) – Continues Thursday, January 4 (8 p.m.)

THE NATURE OF THINGS Season 63 (14×60) – Premieres Thursday, January 4 (9 p.m.) The new season kicks off with A User’s Guide to the Voice (January 4) as host Anthony Morgan puts his own vocal chords to the test in a rollicking exploration of the human voice, and in Mystery of the Walking Whale (January 11), host Sarika Cullis-Suzuki unravels one of the greatest mysteries of evolution – how whales lost their legs!

Feature Documentaries (9×120) – Premieres Sunday, January 7 (8 p.m.)

CBC Docs will spotlight compelling feature-length documentaries, from Canada and around the world, including the following:

SATAN WANTS YOU (directed by Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams) premieres January 7

MALCOM IS MISSING (directed by Robert Osborne and Jari Osborne) premieres January 14

THE MAN WHO STOLE EINSTEIN’S BRAIN (directed by Michelle Shephard) premieres January 21

COVEN (directed by Rama Rau) premieres January 28

WITHOUT PRECEDENT: THE SUPREME LIFE OF ROSALIE ABELLA (directed by Barry Avrich) premieres February 4

CYNARA (directed by Sherien Barsoum) premieres February 18

SKYMASTER DOWN (directed by Andrew Gregg) premieres February 25

I AM SIRAT (directed by Deepa Mehta and Sirat Taneja) premieres March 3

THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES Season 31 (24×30) – Continues Tuesday, January 9 (8 p.m.)

SON OF A CRITCH Season 3 (13×30) – Premieres Tuesday, January 9 (8:30 p.m.)

RUN THE BURBS Season 3 (13×30) – Premieres Tuesday, January 9 (9:30 p.m.)

BOLLYWED Season 2 (10×30) – Premieres Sunday, January 14 (7 p.m.)

PUSH Season 2 (8×30) – Premieres Sunday, January 14 (7:30 p.m.)

CBC News

MARKETPLACE Season 51 (17×30) – Continues on Fridays (8 p.m.)

ABOUT THAT WITH ANDREW CHANG (14×30) – Premieres Friday, January 5 at 8:30 p.m. on CBC TV (Weekday mornings on CBC News Explore and available now on CBC Gem)

ABOUT THAT delves deeper into daily news by expanding our understanding of the stories everybody’s talking about, featuring a blend of frank conversation, explainers and feature interviews.

THE FIFTH ESTATE Season 49 (15×60) – Continues on Fridays (9 p.m.)

THE NATIONAL – ongoing (live at 10 p.m. weekdays and Sundays on CBC TV and CBC Gem)

CBC’s flagship national newscast with Chief Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault (Monday – Thursday) and Ian Hanomansing (Friday and Sunday)

CBC MORNING LIVE WITH HEATHER HISCOX (Weekday mornings on CBC TV and CBC News Network)

With new host Travis Dhanraj taking the helm on Monday, January 15, CANADA TONIGHT will continue to go beyond the headlines to bring context and diverse perspectives from across the country on top news stories that matter most to Canadians, with a recently expanded time slot of two hours from 7 to 9 p.m. ET.

POWER & POLITICS (Weeknights on CBC News Network)

ROSEMARY BARTON LIVE (Sundays on CBC TV and CBC News Network)

CBC Sports

CBC SPORTS PRESENTS – ongoing (live on Saturday and Sunday afternoons on CBC TV and CBC Gem)

CBC SPORTS brings audiences all the action from the world of high-performance sport with key competitions including: World Aquatics Championships (Doha, Qatar, Feb. 2 – 18), World Speed Skating Championships (Calgary, Feb. 15 – 18), Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Championships (Winterberg, Germany, Feb. 22 – Mar. 2), World Athletics Indoor Championships (Glasgow, Scotland, March 1 – 3), World Allround & Sprint Speed Skating Championships (Inzell, Germany, March 8 – 10) and World Figure Skating Championships (Montreal, March 18 – 24). Canada will also host international competitors at the following World Cup events: Freestyle Skiing Moguls World Cup (Val Saint-Côme, Que., Jan. 20 – 21), Freestyle Ski Cross World Cup (Nakiska, Alta., Jan. 20 – 21), Speed Skating World Cup (Quebec City, Feb. 2 – 4), Freestyle Skiing Aerials World Cup (Calgary, Feb. 10 – 11), Freestyle Skiing Halfpipe World Cup (Calgary, Feb. 17 – 18), World Aquatics Diving World Cup (Toronto, Feb. 26 – Mar. 3) and Snowboard Cross World Cup (Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que. Mar., 23 – 24). Visit cbcsports.ca for the full schedule.

CBC Kids

DINO RANCH Season 3 (26×22) – Premieres Saturday, January 6 on CBC Gem and CBC TV, with a new episode available weekly In a new season of the preschool animated series, the Dino Ranchers and their dinosaurs take care of their home and herds with creative problem-solving and the support of their family.

GANGNAM PROJECT New Series (10×30) – Premieres Friday, March 8 on CBC Gem, with a new episode available weekly
A new tween dramedy series set in the world of K-pop, GANGNAM PROJECT tells the story of Hannah Shin, a Canadian-Korean tween with dreams of becoming a K-pop star and connecting with her Korean heritage. One summer, she accepts a job as an English tutor at an elite K-pop training school and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.

THE NEXT STEP Season 6 (26×30) All episodes available to stream on CBC Gem beginning Friday, March 1
The Next Step has another shot at Regionals. This season, the dancers face some tough decisions as they decide whether their own aspirations are more important than that of A-Troupe as a whole.

THE NEXT STEP Season 8 (26×30) Two episodes available weekly on CBC Gem beginning Friday, March 8 (Season 7 available to stream now) Despite the odds being stacked against them, some dancers at The Next Step want nothing more than to continue on the road to Nationals, while others learn dreams can grow and change into something totally new and unexpected.


CBC competition series Best in Miniature returns for Season 3 on December 26

From a media release:

BEST IN MINIATURE (8×60) is back with 10 exceptionally talented miniaturists from Canada and abroad, promising a season of unrivaled creativity and innovation. Season 3 premieres Tuesday, December 26, with all episodes available to stream at 9 am ET on CBC Gem, followed by daily back-to-back episodes on CBC TV beginning Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 29 at 8 pm (8:30 NT) and 9 pm (9:30 NT).

This season, the 10 miniaturists will unleash their creative superpowers, crafting petite wonders in 1/12 scale, as time ticks away. In each episode, the judges will decide whose delicate dreams have come to an end, and who’s got what it takes to move forward for the chance to claim a prestigious residency and $10,000. The miniaturists better not get worked up over the minor details because if they survive the chopping block, they’ll score the ultimate prize.

Actor and stand-up comedian Aba Amuquandoh returns as host, alongside judges, UK miniature expert Emma Waddell, and esteemed Canadian interior designer and entrepreneur Micheal Lambie.

Meet the Season 3 competitors vying to be crowned Best in Miniature, including five Canadians:

Shelley Acker from Kentville, Nova Scotia has been making miniatures for almost 25 years and is the owner of Freedom Miniatures, a full-service miniatures and hobbies store. Shelley’s skills in miniatures were showcased as one of two Art Directors on the 2022 multi-award-winning documentary feature film Bernie Langille Wants to Know what Happened to Bernie Langille.

Jen Arnold from Winnipeg, Manitoba is a full-time social worker, who finds her strength in the time she spends building hand-held memories, and considers her art as her own form of self-care. Her work has been featured in The Winnipeg Free Press, Global News Morning Winnipeg, Winnipeg radio station 680 CJOB, CBC Radio Information Morning, as well as in the Lac Du Bonnet and Manitoba Clipper.

Lance Cardinal from Bigstone Cree Nation in Alberta is a First Nations 2-Spirit artist, designer and television personality, who has quickly become one of the province’s leading First Nation artists and entrepreneurs. His 30-year journey has allowed him to work with world-class organizations all over Canada, including The Edmonton Oilers, IKEA Edmonton, Kunitz Shoes, Rugby Canada, Unbelts, Telus World of Science, Rogers Place, Fort Edmonton Park, and Re/Max Field.

Tiffany Monk is originally from England and now lives in Sutton, Quebec. Tiffany is a versatile multidisciplinary artist with a background in prop making, sculpting and model making for film. She has worked on a number of diverse film and TV projects in both England and Canada including John Carter, The 100 and a number of independent stop-motion animation films and projects.

Arline Smith is from the UK and now lives in Port Hope, Ontario. She is a many-faceted artist and has spent the past fifty years creating everything from a pea to an elephant. After graduating from Liverpool College of Art, she joined The Royal Shakespeare Company as a costumier and worked alongside Sir Ben Kingsley and Dames Helen Mirren and Judy Dench.

In the lead up to the Season 3 premiere, Miniature enthusiasts can catch up on Seasons 1 & 2 on CBC Gem.

BEST IN MINIATURE is produced by marblemedia, a Blue Ant Media company, in association with CBC. Matt Hornburg, Mark Bishop, Diane Rankin and Donna Luke are executive producers; Erica Lenczner is series producer; the series is created by development producer Kelsey Espensen. 


Supinder Wraich and Enrico Colantoni to star in the new CBC original drama Allegiance

From a media release:

CBC and Lark Productions today announced casting and production details for Anar Ali’s (Transplant) character-driven police procedural ALLEGIANCE (10×60), now in production in Vancouver and BC’s lower mainland. A CBC Original series from the award-winning team at Lark Productions in association with Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, the series features an ensemble cast led by Supinder Wraich (Sort Of), Enrico Colantoni (Station Eleven), Stephen Lobo (Continuum), Adolyn H. Dar (Superman & Lois), Brian Markinson (A Million Little Things) and David Cubitt (Virgin River); with showrunners Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern (Flashpoint, X Company) at the helm. Greenlit by CBC in early 2023, ALLEGIANCE will premiere on the free CBC Gem streaming service and CBC TV in winter 2024.

ALLEGIANCE focuses on identity and belonging, policing and politics, and finding truth within the heart of a flawed justice system. The drama stars Wraich as Sabrina Sohal, a star rookie police officer who must grapple with the limits of the justice system as she fights to exonerate her politician father Ajeet Sohal (Lobo). Sohal serves her diverse hometown of Surrey alongside Vince Brambilla (Colantoni), a veteran training officer who sees her potential but doesn’t always agree with her forward-thinking methods. ALLEGIANCE is the story of a young woman caught between her allegiance to her flag, to her badge, and to her family.

A CBC Original Series ALLEGIANCE is produced by Lark Productions in association with CBC, with NBCUniversal Global Distribution handling the distribution of the series globally. Showrunners Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis also serve as Executive Producers with Series Creator Anar Ali, alongside Lark Productions’ Erin Haskett, Nicole Mendes, David Valleau and Tex Antonucci.