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CBC announces winter premiere dates

From a media release:

CBC today announced broadcast and streaming premiere dates for its winter 2022 slate of programming, including over 20 new and returning original series from Canadian creators, producers and storytellers across all genres. The new winter primetime schedule launches Sunday, January 2 on CBC TV and the free CBC Gem streaming service.

WINTER 2022 SCHEDULE – CBC TV & CBC GEM:

All following times local with the exception of Newfoundland, please add half an hour to all times.

MONDAYS
7:30PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA

8PM – MURDOCH MYSTERIES; Season 15 continues January 3

9PM – THE PORTER premieres February 21

TUESDAYS
8PM – THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES; Season 29 continues January 4

8:30PM – SON OF A CRITCH premieres January 4

9PM – WORKIN’ MOMS returns for Season 6 on January 4

9:30PM – The TALLBOYZ are back for a third season on January 25,

WEDNESDAYS
8PM – STILL STANDING returns for Season 7 on January 5

8:30PM – RUN THE BURBS premieres January 5

9PM – PRETTY HARD CASES returns for Season 2 on January 5

THURSDAYS
8PM – CORONER Season 4 premieres January 6

9PM – THE FIFTH ESTATE continues January 6

FRIDAYS
8PM – MARKETPLACE continues on January 7

8:30PM – ARCTIC VETS returns for a second season on January 7

9PM – THE NATURE OF THINGS continues on January 7

CBC GEM ORIGINAL SERIES:

Hosted by Madison Tevlin, WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? begins streaming Friday, January 7, featuring Maddie as she chats with guests one-on-one and connects with people who, like herself, are often misinterpreted and misperceived.

TRUE DATING STORIES returns with Season 3 on Friday, January 28. Whether it’s true romance or a night gone horribly wrong, this series offers the greatest real dating stories ever told, reenacted by performers with all the drama, romance and comedy they deserve.

BEST IN MINIATURE is a unique competition series premiering Friday, February 11. Hosted by Aba Amuquandoh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), the show follows 11 competitors from around the world as they build their dream homes in miniature form.

CBC SPORTS:

As Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Network, CBC will provide the compelling coverage and award-winning storytelling that audiences have come to expect, leading up to, during and after the OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES BEIJING 2022 (February 4 – 20) and PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES (March 4 – 13). In addition to Olympic coverage, CBC SPORTS will continue to keep Canadians connected to the world of high-performance sport through weekly staple ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES, available on CBC TV and CBC Gem, as well as live streams of key competitions on cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app. Upcoming events include: The Alpine Skiing World Cup, kicking off this weekend in Lake Louise; and the Canadian National Figure Skating Championships in January where Canada’s Olympic Team will be determined.

CBC KIDS:

Hosted by musician Melanie Doane and premiering Saturday, January 8, new original series UKULELE U encourages young viewers at home to sing, move, and learn along with a cast of kids known as the UKE TROUPE.

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Juno Rinaldi exits CBC’s Workin’ Moms after five seasons

There will be no Frankie in Season 6 of Workin’ Moms. Juno Rinaldi, who has played the role of real estate agent Frankie Coyne for five seasons, made the announcement on Instagram Thursday morning.

“To my dear cast, crew, friends, families and fans of the show. I have made the hard decision not to return to Workin’ Moms this season,” she wrote.

“As an artist I felt like it was time to pursue other creative opportunities as an actor and different opportunities in other mediums within the business (specifically, writing and producing). Frankie was a role of a lifetime. Deep gratitude goes out to @reitcatou for taking a chance on a nobody like me. I had 5 glorious seasons with truly incredible people and now I am so excited to see where Workin’ Moms goes next , I know it’s going to be fantastic!

All my love. Juno.”

Rinaldi’s post was quickly answered by her Workin’ Moms co-star, show co-creator, director and executive producer Catherine Reitman, who wrote:

“Telling these stories without Frankie this season was hard. Your spirit will be missed more than you know. But I speak for many when I say, we can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon for you ❤️ Sending you all the good stuff and more #teamfrankieforlife”

Earlier this summer, CBC announced that Season 6 of Workin’ Moms would return in the winter.

Image courtesy of CBC.

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CBC sets fall schedule and unveils 2021-22 programming slate, including over 35 original series from Canadian creators

From a media release:

CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, today announced its fall television and streaming schedule and 2021-22 programming slate for CBC TV and CBC Gem, featuring over 35 new and returning original series from Canadian creators, producers and storytellers across all genres.

ORIGINAL COMEDY SLATE

CBC is building on its award-winning comedy slate known for distinct, authentic points of view and heartfelt, inclusive values celebrating family and friendship, with four new original series joining returning favourites.

New Original Series
● SORT OF (Premieres Tues. Oct. 5 on CBC Gem and Tues. Nov. 9 on CBC TV; 8×30, Sphere Media’s Sienna Films) from creators Bilal Baig (Acha Bacha) and Fab Filippo (Save Me), is a big-hearted dramatic comedy about Sabi Mehboob (Baig), a fluid millennial who straddles various identities from sexy bartender at an LGBTQ bookstore/bar, to the youngest child in a large Pakistani family, to the de facto parent of a downtown hipster family. Sabi feels like they’re in transition in every aspect of their life, from gender to love to sexuality to family to career. When Sabi’s best friend 7ven (Amanda Cordner) presents them with an opportunity to live and find themself in the “queerest place in the galaxy,” Sabi instead makes the decision to stay and care for the kids they nanny after their mom has a serious bike accident. Do they regret it? Sort of. A coming-of-age story, Sort Of is a show about how each and every one of us is in transition.


● STRAYS (Premieres Tues. Sept. 14 on CBC TV and CBC Gem; 10×30, Thunderbird Entertainment) follows Shannon Ross (Nicole Power) from Kim’s Convenience as the new executive director of the Hamilton East Animal Shelter, where she is boss to an eclectic staff. Now in her 30s, Shannon is ready for a change and new challenges. She’s putting Toronto in the rearview to focus on her new job, new relationships, reuniting with family and learning more about herself. Shannon’s trademark positivity is put to the test as she manages an oddball team, including her apathetic cousin Nikki (Nikki Duval), her over-eager animal care manager Kristian (Frank Cox O’Connell), her overly sheltered office manager Joy (Tina Jung) and the building’s maintenance guy Paul (Tony Nappo), whose straight-faced prison humour keeps everyone on their toes.


● RUN THE BURBS (Winter 2022; 13×30, Pier 21 Films) is created by comedian, writer and actor Andrew Phung (Kim’s Convenience) and his best friend and collaborator, filmmaker Scott Townend (The Secret Marathon). The series follows a young, bold Canadian family taking a different approach to living life to the fullest in the suburbs, featuring Phung as a stay-at-home dad with an entrepreneur wife and two kids.


● SON OF A CRITCH (Winter 2022; 13×30, Project 10 Productions) is based on the award-winning, best-selling memoir from Mark Critch (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), created by Critch and Tim McAuliffe (The Office (U.S.), Last Man on Earth) and produced by Andrew Barnsley (Schitt’s Creek). This new original comedy is the hilarious and very real story of 11-year-old Mark coming of age in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the 80s. It’s a heartfelt window into the life of a child – much older inside than his 11 years – using comedy and self-deprecation to win friends and connect with the small collection of people in his limited world.

Returning Original Comedies & Festivals
● THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (Season 29 Premieres Tues. Sept. 14; 24×30; IoM Media)
● TALLBOYZ (Season 3 Premieres Winter 2022; 8×30, Accent Entertainment)
● WORKIN’ MOMS (Season 6 Premieres Winter 2022; 13×30; Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment)
● HA!IFAX COMEDY FEST (Season 25; 6×30; Pilot Light Productions)
● NEW WAVE OF STANDUP (Season 2, 4×30, Just For Laughs TV)
● WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL (Season 19, 5×60, Frantic Films)

ORIGINAL DRAMA SLATE

New east coast family dramedy MOONSHINE (formerly Feudal) premieres Sept. 14 as part of CBC’s Tuesday night comedy lineup, with 1920s drama THE PORTER set to premiere this winter.
Audience favourites renewed for fall include HEARTLAND (Oct. 17) and MURDOCH MYSTERIES (Sept. 13) returning for their 15th seasons, and Halifax legal aid series DIGGSTOWN (Oct. 6). CORONER and PRETTY HARD CASES both return this winter, offering unique, female-driven perspectives on the crime procedural.

New Original Dramas
● MOONSHINE (Premieres Tues. Sept. 14; 8×60; Six Eleven Media and eOne) from creator, showrunner and executive producer Sheri Elwood (Call Me Fitz), is a raucous, one-hour dramedy that tells the story of the Finley-Cullens, a dysfunctional clan of adult half-siblings battling for control of the ancestral business, The Moonshine, a ramshackle summer resort on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, two stars on a good day — and that day was in 1979. It’s an epic tale of lust, legacy and lobster, set against the backdrop of financial hardship, insane tourists, small-town intrigue and a long-buried secret that threatens to annihilate the Finley-Cullens once and for all. Featuring an ensemble cast including Jennifer Finnigan (Salvation), Anastasia Phillips (Reign), Emma Hunter (Mr. D), Tom Stevens (Wayward Pines), Alexander Nunez (Avocado Toast), Corrine Koslo (Anne with an E), Peter MacNeill (This Life), Erin Darke (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Farid Yazdani (Suits), Allegra Fulton (The Shape of Water) and Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie’s).


● THE PORTER (A CBC and BET+ original series; Winter 2022; 8×60; Inferno Pictures and Sphere Media’s Sienna Films) is set in the 1920s and inspired by real events. Co-starring Aml Ameen (I May Destroy You, Yardie), Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Star Trek: Discovery, Pretty Hard Cases) and Mouna Traoré (Self Made, The Umbrella Academy), the series follows the true story of railway workers from both Canada and the United States joining together in the fight to give birth to the world’s first Black union. In the midst of the struggle there are loves lives and friendships that suffer and thrive. Set primarily in Montreal, Chicago and Detroit as the world rebuilds after the First World War, The Porter focuses on the Black community in St. Antoine, Montreal – known, at the time, as the “Harlem of the North.” They’re young, gifted, and Black, from Canada, the Caribbean and the U.S., and they find themselves thrown together in an era that boasts anything is possible. If change isn’t coming for them, they will come for it. Originated and created by Arnold Pinnock (Altered Carbon, Travelers) and Bruce Ramsay (19-2, Cardinal), and led by showrunners and executive producers Annmarie Morais (Killjoys, Ransom, American Soul) and Marsha Greene (Private Eyes, Ten Days In The Valley, Mary Kills People), and directors and executive producers Charles Officer (Akilla’s Escape, Ransom, Coroner) and R.T. Thorne (Blindspot, Utopia Falls).


● THE RED (New greenlight, one-hour drama; Eagle Vision and Halfire Entertainment) is a fictional investigative series created and written by Canadian Métis director, writer and producer Marie Clements and inspired by real crimes. The Red follows Payton Thiso (Sarah Podemski) and Gia Jonsson (Sarah Gadon), two women from completely different backgrounds, who find themselves thrown together inside the newly formed Indigenous Task Force, looking for answers while unearthing the systemic racism within the criminal and social justice systems. Can these broken systems be fixed? Or do we need to build new systems from scratch?

Returning Original Dramas
● MURDOCH MYSTERIES (Season 15 premieres Mon. Sept. 13; 24×60; Shaftesbury)
● DIGGSTOWN (Season 3 premieres Wed. Oct. 6; 8×60; Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films Inc. and Waterstar Entertainment Inc.) – Antoinette Robertson (Dear White People), Crystle Lightning (Trickster) and Nicole Muñoz (Van Helsing) join the cast
● HEARTLAND (Season 15 premieres Sun. Oct. 17; 10×60; Dynamo Films and SEVEN24 Films)
● CORONER (Season 4 premieres Winter 2022; 12×60; Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films, Cineflix Studios)
● PRETTY HARD CASES (Season 2 premieres Winter 2022; 12×60; Cameron Pictures)

FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT

New Bay of Fundy sand sculpture series RACE AGAINST THE TIDE (Sept. 9) hosted by Shaun Majumder joins CBC’s factual entertainment slate featuring people and places across Canada and offering a strong sense of community, including returning hits FAMILY FEUD CANADA (Sept. 27) with Gerry Dee, DRAGONS’ DEN (Oct. 14) featuring new Dragon Wes Hall and THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW (Oct. 17), with ARCTIC VETS and STILL STANDING with Jonny Harris returning this winter.

● RACE AGAINST THE TIDE (Premieres Thurs. Sept. 9 with back-to-back episodes; 10×30; marblemedia) is an original competition series hosted by comedian Shaun Majumder, featuring 10 teams of two world-class, highly skilled sand sculptors competing to create extraordinary works of art made entirely out of sand while avoiding elimination. Not only are these best-in-show duos competing against each other, they are competing against Mother Nature’s unstoppable ticking clock and the world’s highest tide at New Brunswick’s iconic and beautiful Bay of Fundy. The stakes have never been higher in the world of sand sculpting as the competitors’ creations – no matter how impressive – are all destined to be washed away the same day by the tide. In the end, only one team whose skill, creativity and tenacity leaves a lasting impression will be crowned the Race Against the Tide “Champions.”

Returning Factual Formats & Series:
● FAMILY FEUD CANADA (Season 3 premieres Mon. Sept. 27; 102×30; Zone 3/Fremantle)
● DRAGONS’ DEN (Season 16 premieres Thurs. Oct. 14; 10×60) featuring new Dragon Wes Hall
● THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW (Season 5 premieres Sun. Oct. 17; 9×60; Proper Television/Love Productions)
● ARCTIC VETS (Season 2 premieres Winter 2022; 10×30; eOne)
● STILL STANDING (Season 7 premieres Winter 2022; 10×30; Frantic Films)

DOCUMENTARIES

CBC commissions an average of 80 documentaries each year for CBC, CBC Gem and documentary Channel and also acquires additional documentaries, and CBC Gem offers a library of over 800 documentaries, available to stream for free anytime. This upcoming year, CBC will both commission and acquire one-hour documentaries under the acclaimed banner of THE PASSIONATE EYE, which now moves to the CBC TV schedule this fall. CBC Docs POV documentaries will now be greenlit and broadcast under THE PASSIONATE EYE brand.

● THE PASSIONATE EYE (Premieres Fri. Sept. 17)
● THE NATURE OF THINGS (Season 61 premieres Fri. Oct. 22)
● HOT DOCS ON CBC (Returns Winter 2022)

New original docs this upcoming year include:
● HAROLD BALLARD: POWER PLAYER (Lone Eagle Entertainment, directed by Jason Priestley): Money, headlines and enemies; Harold Ballard made them all. For two decades, Ballard’s exploits put him on the front page of every Canadian newspaper. He led the Toronto Maple Leafs according to his own whims, drawing the ire of sports fans and non-sports fans alike, until his death in 1990. Ballard didn’t seem to care whether the team won or lost as long as the cash register was ringing. During his wild tenure he was convicted of fraud and continued to manage the team while he served his sentence at Millhaven prison in Ontario.


● SPIRIT TO SOAR (Antica Productions, directed by Tanya Talaga and Michelle Derosier)
Between 2000 and 2011, seven First Nations high school students in Thunder Bay died. Five were found in rivers surrounding Lake Superior. All were forced to leave their homes in order to attend school. Anishinaabe/Polish Canadian journalist Tanya Talaga brought international attention to this tragedy through her award-winning non-fiction book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City. She cannot separate their story from her own, acknowledging, “I cannot pretend to know what it is like for the parents of the seven to lose a child, but I know something about what it’s like to be a bit fractured.” In June 2016, a jury concluded its inquest into the deaths and put forward 145 recommendations. In the years following, Talaga returns to Thunder Bay and her ancestral roots to talk with the family members, Indigenous community leaders and youth whose resilience in the face of unjust colonial systems provide a path forward.


● SUPERFAN (Good Karma Studios, directed by Amar Wala) is the powerful story of how Sikh immigrant Nav Bhatia’s single-minded devotion for his favourite team the Toronto Raptors took him on an incredible personal journey from persecution to inclusion and helped integrate, assimilate and unite Canadians of all races, religions and colours to form the world’s most diverse fan base. Featuring exclusive interviews with Russell Peters, NBA superstar Cory Joseph, Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse, former Raptors legend and Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, and many more.

CBC SPORTS

As Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Network, CBC will provide the compelling coverage and award-winning storytelling that audiences have come to expect, leading up to, during and after the OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020 (July 23 – Aug 8), TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES (Aug 24 – Sept 5), OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES BEIJING 2022 (Feb 4 – 20, 2022) and PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES (Mar 4 – 13, 2022). In addition to the Olympic Games coverage, CBC SPORTS will continue to keep Canadians connected to the world of high-performance sport through weekly staple ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES, available on CBC TV and CBC Gem, as well as live streams of key competitions on cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app.

CBC KIDS

Building on CBC’s ongoing commitment to inspire, entertain and inform young audiences, CBC Kids will launch new programming for kids and tweens across all platforms this upcoming year, including a new season of award-winning tween series DETENTION ADVENTURE (Season 3; Fall 2021; LoCo Motion Pictures Inc./Broken Compass Films) and new original series UKULELE U (Winter 2022; 52×7; Wow Unlimited Media), developed with legendary Canadian music producer Bob Ezrin and inspired by the music of legendary jazz guitarist Les Paul. The series stars musician Melanie Doane along with a group of ukulele-playing kids who will perform “kidified” popular songs with celebrity guest stars. For the preschool audience, CBC Kids will launch GARY’S MAGIC FORT (Fall 2021; 13×11), a live-action puppet show starring Gary The Unicorn, helping kids navigate the world of emotions. CBC Kids will also offer the world premiere of animated series BIG BLUE (Fall 2021; 52×11; Guru Studio), created by Ghanaian Canadian animator Gyimah Gariba. The imaginative series for kids 5-9 follows sibling underwater adventurers Lettie and Lemo who lead a quirky submarine crew to unravel the mysterious secrets of an underwater universe.

CBC NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS

CBC News’ trusted, award-winning slate of current affairs, investigative and primetime and weekend news programs continues, including:

● THE FIFTH ESTATE (Season 47 premieres Thurs. Oct. 14; 14×60)
● MARKETPLACE (Season 49 premieres Fri. Oct. 1; 19×30)
● CANADA TONIGHT WITH GINELLA MASSA (Weeknights on CBC News Network)
● THE NATIONAL (Weeknights and Sundays on CBC TV and CBC News Network)
● POWER & POLITICS WITH VASSY KAPELOS (Weeknights on CBC News Network)
● ROSEMARY BARTON LIVE (Sundays on CBC TV and CBC News Network)

CBC GEM ORIGINAL SERIES

In addition to offering more than 6500 hours of original Canadian series, feature films and documentaries as well as a curated selection of best-in-class content from around the world,
CBC Gem will continue to offer an extensive, distinct slate of original short-form series this upcoming year that reflect younger audiences and a diversity of new creative voices, including the following:

● FRICK, I LOVE NATURE (YA Comedy; 8×15; Winter 2022; Zipline Productions) is a comedy/nature show hosted by Edmonton-based Filipino Canadian comedian Gordie Lucius. The show uses interviews with experts, beautiful scenery and stellar nature facts to educate, entertain and most importantly, get people STOKED ON NATURE.


● HELLO (AGAIN) (YA Drama; Winter 2022; 100 Dragons Media Inc.) is created by Nathalie Younglai (Coroner) and Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) and follows the complicated romance between chef Jayden and ER resident Avery. On a fateful day, Jayden and Avery bump into each other at a park and immediately fall hopelessly in love. Sparks fly… until they stop. Six months after their unceremonious breakup, a chance encounter will send Jayden back in time to the day that he and Avery met. Will Jayden learn to fix the mistakes of his past and win Avery back…or is history doomed to repeat itself?


● JENSPLAINING (Season 2; 10×10; Unscripted; 2021-22; Peacock Alley Entertainment) is Dr. Jennifer Gunter’s jam packed, bite-sized take down of the exploitative health and beauty myths that are constantly spewed at women (and men), from a culture that is obsessed with celebrity over science.


● NEXT STOP (Season 2; YA Comedy; 6×10, Fall 2021; Scarborough Pictures) is an anthology comedy series chronicling the lives of Black Torontonians struggling to stay sane and afloat in the sprawling city. Energetically paced and richly visual, the show charts a course through chaotic, surreal, and hilarious vignettes of Toronto ‘yutes’ confronting the challenges of life in a competitive, expensive, and rapidly changing city. Created by Jabbari Weekes, Tichaona Tapambwa and Phil Witmer and executive produced by Amar Wala.


● REVENGE OF THE BLACK BEST FRIEND (YA Comedy; 10-min episodes; Winter 2022; iThentic) is an episodic series created, co-written, and co-produced by Amanda Parris that follows Dr. Toni Shakur, a self-help guru whose singular mission is to cancel the entertainment industry’s reliance on token Black characters….before she gets canceled herself.


● TOPLINE (YA Drama; 10-min episodes; Winter 2022; Shaftesbury) is created by Romeo Candido and follows 16-year-old Tala, a reclusive singer/songwriter with an online alter ego: 18-year-old ‘Celestine.’ When she is discovered after one of her songs (as Celestine) goes viral, Tala is invited to join a world-renowned music production team that creates hits for superstars and is faced with presenting as either Celestine, the person she wishes she could be, or as herself. In the process, she just might learn how to find her own voice as well.


● TRUE DATING STORIES (Season 3; YA Comedy; 8×12; Winter 2022; LaRue Entertainment) Who doesn’t love a great dating story? Whether it’s true romance or a night gone horribly wrong, this series offers the greatest real dating stories ever told, reenacted by performers with all the drama, romance and comedy they deserve. These sexy, jaw-dropping comedic re-enactments will make you laugh, cry, and quite possibly swear off dating altogether.


● virgins! (YA Comedy; 10×10; Winter 2022; Miskeen Media Inc.) is created and written by Aden Abebe. Too modest for the big city (Toronto) and too provocative for the African homes they come from, virgins! is a comedic drama that follows four 20-something year-old women awkwardly navigating adulthood, love, and relationships as virgins, while dodging the all-seeing aunties along the way.


● WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? (YA Unscripted; 10×5; Fall 2021/Winter 2022; Canadian Content Studios) features Madison Tevlin, who has spent her whole life being judged at first glance. Maddie has Down syndrome but it has absolutely nothing to do with who she is. Maddie finds connection with other misinterpreted and misperceived people, as she chats one-on-one with extraordinary people misrepresented by their exterior. With every person on the planet, there is so much more to discover and Maddie gets to the heart of who they really are.

FALL 2021 SCHEDULE – CBC TV and CBC GEM

For Newfoundland and Labrador, please add a half hour for all times

MONDAYS
7 PM – CORONATION STREET (weekdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)
7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA Season 3 premieres September 27
8 PM – MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 15 premieres September 13
9 PM – VICTORIA Season 2 premieres September 13
10 PM – THE NATIONAL

TUESDAYS
7 PM – CORONATION STREET
7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA
8 PM – THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES Season 29 premieres September 14
8:30 PM – STRAYS Premieres September 14
9 PM – MOONSHINE Premieres September 14 / SORT OF * launches with back-to-back episodes November 9, following its premiere on CBC Gem on October 5
9:30 PM – SORT OF
10 PM – THE NATIONAL

WEDNESDAYS
7 PM – CORONATION STREET
7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA
8 PM – WAR OF THE WORLDS Season 2 premieres October 6
9 PM – DIGGSTOWN Season 3 premieres October 6
10 PM – THE NATIONAL

THURSDAYS
7 PM – CORONATION STREET
7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA
8 PM – RACE AGAINST THE TIDE Premieres September 9 with back-to-back episodes / DRAGONS’ DEN Season 16 premieres October 14
8:30 PM – RACE AGAINST THE TIDE
9 PM – THE FIFTH ESTATE Season 47 premieres October 14
10 PM – THE NATIONAL

FRIDAYS
7:30 PM – CORONATION STREET (weekdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)
8 PM – MARKETPLACE Season 49 premieres October 1
8:30 PM – TRAVEL MAN: 48 HOURS IN… Best of all seasons launches September 17
9 PM – THE PASSIONATE EYE CBC TV premiere September 17 / THE NATURE OF THINGS Season 61 premieres October 22
10 PM – THE NATIONAL

SATURDAYS
Afternoon – ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES

SUNDAYS
Afternoon – ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES
7 PM – HEARTLAND Season 15 premieres October 17
8 PM – THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW Season 5 premieres October 17
9 PM – A SUITABLE BOY Premieres October 17
10 PM – THE NATIONAL

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Canadian Screen Award nominees: Tamara Podemski and Ryan Belleville

It’s Canadian Screen Awards week and we’re celebrating all week long in a very special way. We’ll feature exclusive interviews with the actors and creative folks who are nominated in the television and web series categories.

Today, it’s Tamara Podemski, nominated for 2021 Best Supporting Actress, Drama for Coroner; and Ryan Belleville, nominated for 2021 Best Supporting Actor, Comedy for Workin’ Moms.

Tamara Podemski, nominated for 2021 Best Supporting Actress, Drama for Coroner

How do you feel the Canadian TV industry is faring during these pandemic times?
I think the Canadian TV Industry fared pretty well during the pandemic. I feel like the actor’s union, ACTRA, did a really good job at disseminating information about safety protocols, as well as support programs for people who needed access to health services, financial services, counselling services. If people don’t feel safe going to work, there is no industry. Based on my experience filming throughout the pandemic in Ontario, I can say that I did feel protected and very safe. There’s a lot of value in that. I also think streaming services did very well in the pandemic and CBC Gem offered this amazing, free opportunity for audiences to access so much more Canadian content and all of us storytellers and story makers have benefited greatly from those new viewers.

How have you fared during these pandemic times?
I feel very blessed. I have experienced some serious dry spells in my career and yet, at a time of such suffering and uncertainty, this pandemic has brought me some really exciting and fulfilling work. I feel like opportunity and luck have aligned in the strangest and most marvelous of ways for me right now. During the first lockdown, I was in the middle of shooting my sister’s new TV drama, Unsettled, in North Bay. We were able to resume, safely, in June and then wrapped in September. Then I got to return to Coroner for Season 3, which we shot in the fall. In January, I started filming my new TV show Outer Range in New Mexico. But as much as the work has been plentiful, the real saving grace has been FaceTime dates with friends and family, backyard distance visits, leaving the city and moving to Georgian Bay, and participating in as many virtual gatherings/events as possible. The pandemic has been very isolating and any way that I can stay connected to my larger community has been vital and necessary.

Do you think Canadian TV is stronger than ever when it comes to telling our stories?
Everyone is better and stronger and more impactful when they represent the truth and authenticity of who they are and where they come from. I think Canadian television has a long way to go, but we’re moving in the right direction. Canadians want to see their own communities and their own storytellers on the screen. I want that, too! Every role I take is an act of representation; an act of visibility and inclusion and making my voice heard. Our diversity in this country is more than just ‘quota fillers’ – we are the faces that make up this nation and we are ALWAYS better when we own that and celebrate it.

Does an award nomination/win serve as validation for you or is it just a nice nod that you’re on the right track, career or choice-wise?
Maybe I should answer the question this way … I’ve been acting in Canadian film and TV for almost 30 years and this is my first acting nomination from the Canadian Academy. So obviously, I’ve had to find many other sources of validation and encouragement to get me through those years! Awards are good feeling things, though, and it’s just nice to finally be invited to the party.

What will you wear during the Canadian Screen Awards?
I’m working that night, so I will probably be wearing a Sheriff’s uniform and a cowboy hat.

What will you eat/drink/snack on during the Canadian Screen Awards?
Probably craft services. Veggie cup with hummus is my go-to these days.

Is there someone who served as a mentor when you were starting out in this industry that you’d give a special shout-out to in your acceptance speech if given the chance?
I was lucky enough to follow in the footsteps of women like my sister, Jennifer Podemski, Michelle St. John, Jani Lauzon, Monique Mojica and Shirley Cheechoo. These powerhouses claimed their space on the stage, screen and behind the camera and taught me that community responsibility, cultural accountability and artistic practice are all interconnected. My earliest introduction to professional performance was through these women, so I’m always grateful for their influence and guidance when I was so young and impressionable.

Ryan Belleville, nominated for 2021 Best Supporting Actor, Comedy for Workin’ Moms

How do you feel the Canadian TV industry is faring during these pandemic times?
The Canadian film and TV industry is booming right now. While the U.S. was in the midst of the garbage fire that is COVID, Canadians were heading the PM’s advice and avoiding speaking mostly to each other. The payoff? Every studio in Toronto was slammed, while L.A. was a ghost town. As for actual Canadian content? More people have been watching it than ever. Millions of people around the world were binging Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience and Workin’ Moms, just to name a few. I just finished the most recent season of The Expanse which I know isn’t officially a Canadian show, but it’s full of Canadian talent.

How have you fared during these pandemic times?
My screen time is up so high that my last phone screen time report just read: You are phone now. Seriously though, thank god for technology to get us through this. Zoom, and video games, and streaming. I also live in California, which has completely turned things around, and it almost feels like normal life again … almost.

Do you think Canadian TV is stronger than ever when it comes to telling our stories?
Canadian TV is absolutely having its moment in the sun, and I really hope it continues. We are telling more varied stories, from more diverse viewpoints, and people are watching. Not just in Canada, but around the world. I feel as though we are finally shedding this overly Canadiana hokey point of reference that had to be shoehorned into every show. Don’t get me wrong, I love riding a snow machine in the backcountry, but the overwhelming majority of Canadians live in urban settings and have big-city modern-day problems.

Does an award nomination/win serve as validation for you or is it just a nice nod that you’re on the right track, career or choice-wise?
Ha! I don’t think I’ve ever been confident I’m on the right track. It’s just that this is all I’ve ever known how to do. It is nice to be recognized for the work in the show, especially with my buddy, and fellow Loose Moose Theatre Alumni, Calgarian Andrew Phung.

What will you wear during the Canadian Screen Awards?
Robe … maybe underwear. Wait … can people see me while I watch? In that case, I will wear a nice shirt and a tie … no pants … maybe underwear.

What will you eat/drink/snack on during the Canadian Screen Awards?
I’d like to say I’m going to order some expensive sushi, and drink champagne, but I’m a tired parent with kids who are home all the time, so it’ll probably be pizza flavoured goldfish and a juice box.

Is there someone who served as a mentor when you were starting out in this industry that you’d give a special shout-out to in your acceptance speech if given the chance?
My parents. They are both gifted artists, who taught me the importance of staying true to yourself. I remember watching them as a child when they were on stage and being hypnotized by how they could move an audience.

Stream the Canadian Screen Awards on the Academy websiteTwitter and YouTube.

Check out the list of nominees.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
7 p.m. ET: CTV presents the Canadian Screen Awards – Creative Arts & Performance (Narrator: Tyrone Edwards)

Thursday, May 20, 2021
7 p.m. ET: Canadian Screen Awards – Cinematic Arts, Presented by Telefilm Canada, Supported by Cineplex (Narrator: Nahéma Ricci)

8 p.m. ET: 2021 Canadian Screen Awards (Narrators: Stephan James and Karine Vanasse)

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Links: Workin’ Moms, Season 5

From Norman Wilner of NOW Toronto:

Link: Video: The stars of Workin’ Moms on season 5, Calgary and COVID
“Our writers room opened in February of 2020 when the virus was very much alive, but we didn’t really know about it. We broke to draft scripts in March, when the world shut down. The writers broke the same day that the world shut down.” Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Catherine Reitman and Dani Kind preview Season 5
“Season 5 definitely had its new challenges because of COVID. I joke that as producers you think the biggest challenge is ‘Wow, how am I going to make a season of a television show?’ You never think you’ll have the responsibility of people’s lives like we did this season. That was a new, complicated layer to add.” Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Workin’ Moms: What’s behind Anne’s new life in Cochrane
It came as a shock to all Workin’ Moms viewers when Anne (Dani Kind) told Kate (Catherine Reitman) at the end of last season she was going to go with Lionel (Ryan Belleville) as he pursued new career opportunities in Calgary. Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Workin’ Moms stars preview big changes for Frankie and Jenny
“Being on a show for 5 years, I’ve never experienced that before so the amount of growth and learning — personally and professionally — has been massive.” Continue reading.

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