CBC announced Tuesday morning the renewal of four of its original comedy series for 2016-17. Schitt’s Creek, Mr. D, This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Rick Mercer Report will all be returning. “We’re so pleased to announce that four of the finest comedic programs in the country are returning to the CBC,” says Sally Catto, general manager, programming at CBC Television. “While each is unique and brings its own distinct humour, together they have made Tuesdays on CBC a destination comedy night for Canadians from coast to coast.”
Schitt’s Creek, the most nominated TV series of 2016 at the Canadian Screen Awards, receiving 15 nods, will return for Season 3 in the winter of 2017 to CBC. The half-hour single-camera comedy is co-created by Eugene and Daniel Levy, who also star in the show alongside celebrated actress Catherine O’Hara, rising star Annie Murphy and funnyman Chris Elliott.
Meanwhile, Season 6 of Mr. D, which follows an under-qualified teacher (Gerry Dee) trying to fake his way through a teaching job, will return for Season 6 in fall 2016 along with Season 24 of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. The comedy institution features Mark Critch, Cathy Jones, Shaun Majumder and Susan Kent as they savagely satirize Canadian politics and world events. It was recently announced that the sketch/variety show will be honoured with the Academy Icon Award, to be presented during the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
Also returning in fall 2016 will be the 14th season of Rick Mercer Report which features Rick Mercer’s topical rants and funny takes on the week’s top stories and Canada-wide adventures.
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All four comedies currently air back-to-back on Tuesday nights on CBC.
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