The CBC announced its plan for the 2017-18 television season last week (May 24).
Set debut this summer are 21 Thunder, which follows the players and coaches of an elite under-21 Montreal soccer team. Taken, a true crime doc series that explores the search for answers and justice for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women.
This fall, CBC will also broadcast the second season of the acclaimed BBC series Top of the Lake starring Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones). The first season of Top of the Lake will stream on CBC.ca ahead of the season two premiere. Also on tap from the BBC this fall, The Durrells, Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of novels about a family’s adventures on a Greek island after leaving their English home in hopes of a better life.
Sarah Polley’s Alias Grace, based on the award-winning Margaret Atwood novel, will premiere this fall and will star Sarah Gadon. The six-episode series is about an Irish immigrant and domestic servant who is convicted of the murder of her employer (Paul Gross) and housekeeper (Anna Paquin).
From the producers of Murdoch Mysteries, new series Frankie Drake Mysteries follows Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s (played by This Life’s Lauren Lee Smith). Chantel Riley will play Frankie’s colleague Trudy.
New factual shows The Detectives and The Stats of Life will also debut this fall, while The Great Canadian Baking Show will bring together 10 amateur bakers from across Canada to compete is a series of culinary challenges. CBC will also broadcast the most recent season of British hit The Great British Baking Show this summer.
Returning series include Coronation Street, The National, Marketplace, The Fifth Estate, Firsthand, The Nature of Things, The Goods, Baroness Von Sketch Show (summer), Still Standing (summer), When Calls the Heart (summer), Dragons’ Den (fall), Exhibitionists (fall), Heartland (fall), Interrupt This Program (fall), Just for Laughs: Galas (fall), Kim’s Convenience (fall), Mr. D. (fall), Murdoch Mysteries (fall), Rick Mercer Report (fall), This Hour Has 22 Minutes (fall), HA!IFAX Comedy Fest (winter), Schitt’s Creek (winter), The Winnipeg Comedy Festival (winter) and Workin’ Moms (winter).
On tap for winter, Burden Of Proof starring Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Edgemont) as a big city lawyer who gets passed over for partnership and then returns to her hometown to handle what she thinks will be a simple case, only to find herself in a fight of for justice for a group of sick girls.
Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle) is back with a new series for winter. Caught is a new drama set in 1978 and is adapted from the Lisa Moore novel. After a drug deal goes wrong, David (Hawk) makes a daring break from a New Brunswick prison to attempt one more deal with his former partner (Eric Johnson, Smallville & Rookie Blue) while a dogmatic police officer (played by Paul Gross) is at their heels. The 5-episode series will also star Rookie Blue’s Enuka Okuma, Charlotte Sullivan, Bitten’s Greg Bryk and Open Heart’s Tori Anderson.
New comedy series Little Dog will premiere this winter. It comes from author, musician and actor Joel Thomas Hynes (Mary Kills People and Orphan Black) which tells the story of a lightweight Newfoundland boxer Donny “Little Dog” Ross and his haphazard quest for redemption after quitting a fight.
Another new comedy this winter is Crawford, an unconventional family comedy about a young man who, after some bad luck, moves back in with his parents and turns his natural ability to relate to racoons into a successful business, all while navigating life with his eccentric family. Crawford stars Kyle Mac (Miss Sloane and 21 Thunder), Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan) and John Carroll Lynch (American Horror Story).
Anna Paquin’s Bellevue is still being developed for a second season according to executive producer Adrienne Mitchell. Meanwhile, CBC is still waiting to hear back from Netflix for the co-funded Anne.
Specials on tap for the upcoming television season include the return of The Juno Awards to CBC, The Canadian Screen Awards, The Canadian Country Music Awards, Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, Polaris Music Prize Gala and Scotiabank Giller Prize.
CBC’s Fall 2017 Schedule (all times in ET/PT):
8pm — Murdoch Mysteries
9pm — Alias Grace (September) / Frankie Drake Mysteries (November)
8pm — Rick Mercer Report
8:30 — This Hour Has 22 Minutes
9pm — Kim’s Convenience
9:30 — Mr. D
8pm — The Great Canadian Baking Show
9pm — The Durrell’s (September) / Top of the Lake: China Girl (October)
8pm — Dragons’ Den
9pm — The Detectives
8pm — Marketplace
8:30 — Interrupt This Program (October) / The Stats of Lie (November)
9pm — The Fifth Estate
6:30 — Hockey Night in Canada
7pm — Heartland
8pm — The Nature of Things
9pm — Firsthand