CBC announced its 2018-19 programming lineup Thursday morning and if features one of its largest returning lineups to date. There are 17 new series as well as 36 renewed titles. “CBC is thrilled to present such a wide range of original programming produced by Canadian creators for audiences on all our platforms,” said Heather Conway, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC.
Some returning favorites making moves on the CBC schedule (which can be seen below) include Baroness Von Sketch Showand Still Standingmoving to Tuesdays this fall. Meanwhile, Kim’s Convenience, which has been renewed for two more seasons, moves to Tuesdays this winter. Family drama Heartlandwill also make the move to winter.
New CBC original television comedy and drama series announced today for the 2018-19 season include:
CAVENDISH(8×30, Winter 2019 – Temple Street) , from the minds of Picnicface comedy troupe founders Mark Little and Andrew Bush, along with Garry Campbell (Kim’s Convenience). Bush and Little star as two bickering brothers who return to their PEI hometown to take care of their grumpy and ailing father, only to collide with the eccentric townsfolk and their even stranger superstitions.
CORONER(8×60, Winter 2019 – Back Alley Films, Muse Entertainment) , a procedural drama created for television by Morwyn Brebner ( Saving Hope), based on the best-selling book series by M.R. Hall. The series follows Jenny Cooper, a former ER doctor and newly appointed coroner investigating suspicious deaths. Suffering from anxiety and recently widowed with a teenage son, Jenny is a woman of action driven by an intense desire for the truth.
DIGGSTOWN(6×60, Winter 2019 – Circle Blue Entertainment) , a legal drama created by Floyd Kane (Across the Line) and set in the gritty arena of legal aid, focusing on Marcie Diggs, a star corporate lawyer who reconsiders her priorities after her beloved aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution. Landing at a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Marcie is driven by one thing – to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system. DIGGSTOWN is the first original Canadian drama series featuring a black female lead character.
NORTHERN RESCUE(10×60, 2018/19 – Don Carmody Television for CBC and Netflix) , a heartwarming family drama starring William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money, Too Old To Die Young) and Kathleen Robertson ( Murder in the First, Bates Motel).After the death of his wife Sarah, John (Baldwin), a Search & Rescue officer, packs up his three children and moves from their hectic urban life to a small northern town, where they all struggle with their new surroundings, new friends, and accepting Sarah’s death.
STREET LEGAL(6×60, Winter 2019 – IGP and Broken Clown Productions) , the iconic character-driven legal drama returns with both familiar faces and new characters, and a focus on how the law is practised in Canada today, including contemporary themes and issues. Bringing STREET LEGAL into the 21st century, we pick up 25 years later with Olivia Novak (Cynthia Dale), now a named partner at a major Bay Street law firm.
UNSPEAKABLE(8×60, Winter 2019 – Mezo Entertainment) , a searing depiction of the tainted blood scandal that began in the early 1980s. The limited series is told through the stories of two families severely affected by the worst public health disaster in Canadian history, with a strong cast including Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead ), Shawn Doyle (Bellevue), Michael Shanks (Saving Hope) and Camille Sullivan (The Disappearance).
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