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For 75th fall season, CBC-TV unveils a hipper face

Gone are the days when CBC Television awkwardly trotted out its talent on stage as a means of introducing new and returning shows to the fall schedule.

This year, the network’s on-air personalities were merely introduced by a spotlight as they stood inconspicuously at the back of the room, watching as a local band, the Midways, kicked off the 2011-2012 prime-time fall show.

The CBC that presented itself yesterday was also hipper than in years past, with the indie band performing a version of Bryan Adams’s Run to You – which served as a segue into CBC’s marquee fall show Cover Me Canada. An elimination-style music competition coming to the Sunday 9 p.m. slot, it will pit homegrown talent from across the country against each other, performing songs by Canadian icons such as Adams, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Cochrane and Alannah Myles.

With viewership in news and entertainment up for the fifth consecutive year, CBC had relatively few holes to fill. However, new additions to its lineup include the steamy historical drama Camelot from the creators of The Tudors, and a brainy sitcom, Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, from Bob Martin and Don McKellar, the Tony-winning team who wrote the post-modern musical The Drowsy Chaperone.

Midseason will see newcomer Redemption Inc. Hosted by millionaire businessman and Dragons’ Den host Kevin O’Leary, the show will give ex-offenders a chance to set up their own businesses, then fund the winner’s start-up. Also on the CBC schedule this winter is the drama Arctic Air, about renegade bush pilots in Yellowknife, and Mr. D, starring Canadian comic Gerry Dee as a bumbling high-school teacher.

As for the first slate of shows, singer Nicole Appleton – who was part of the girls group All Saints – was all legs in a mini-dress to introduce her new reality series Cover Me Up. With an air date of Sept. 8, auditions have already started for unsigned musicians and groups (aged 12 and up) who will vie for a $100,000 cash prize.

McKellar, meanwhile, directs Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays, which debuts Sept. 14. It revolves around the complicated relationship between psychiatrist David (Martin) and his 15-year-old patient, Michael (Matt Watts), who discovers his trusted doctor has written a book about his neuroses.

The 10-part series Camelot – starring Canadians Peter Mooney as Arthur’s elder brother, Kay, and Lara Jean Chorostecki as Guinevere’s cousin – is a Canadian-Irish co-production that debuts Sept. 13.

As the CBC heads into its 75th year, Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president of English services, said the network is in “an extremely strong position.” It has five returning shows breaking the million-viewer mark: Hockey Night in Canada, Dragons’ Den, Battle of the Blades, Rick Mercer Report and Republic of Doyle.

And it will mark its birthday with fanfare: 75 days of specials, starting Aug. 21 with the documentary 1 Day (1 Jour), which captures one day in the life of Canada. Later will come John A: The Birth of a Country, starring Shawn Doyle; the Martin Short-hosted Long Story Short, a one-hour special celebrating CBC’s finest moments; and the Don Cherry biopic sequel Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story, Part 2.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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Front Page, Industry News

For 75th fall season, CBC-TV unveils a hipper face

Gone are the days when CBC Television awkwardly trotted out its talent on stage as a means of introducing new and returning shows to the fall schedule.

This year, the network’s on-air personalities were merely introduced by a spotlight as they stood inconspicuously at the back of the room, watching as a local band, the Midways, kicked off the 2011-2012 prime-time fall show.

The CBC that presented itself yesterday was also hipper than in years past, with the indie band performing a version of Bryan Adams’s Run to You – which served as a segue into CBC’s marquee fall show Cover Me Canada. An elimination-style music competition coming to the Sunday 9 p.m. slot, it will pit homegrown talent from across the country against each other, performing songs by Canadian icons such as Adams, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Cochrane and Alannah Myles.

With viewership in news and entertainment up for the fifth consecutive year, CBC had relatively few holes to fill. However, new additions to its lineup include the steamy historical drama Camelot from the creators of The Tudors, and a brainy sitcom, Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, from Bob Martin and Don McKellar, the Tony-winning team who wrote the post-modern musical The Drowsy Chaperone.

Midseason will see newcomer Redemption Inc. Hosted by millionaire businessman and Dragons’ Den host Kevin O’Leary, the show will give ex-offenders a chance to set up their own businesses, then fund the winner’s start-up. Also on the CBC schedule this winter is the drama Arctic Air, about renegade bush pilots in Yellowknife, and Mr. D, starring Canadian comic Gerry Dee as a bumbling high-school teacher.

As for the first slate of shows, singer Nicole Appleton – who was part of the girls group All Saints – was all legs in a mini-dress to introduce her new reality series Cover Me Up. With an air date of Sept. 8, auditions have already started for unsigned musicians and groups (aged 12 and up) who will vie for a $100,000 cash prize.

McKellar, meanwhile, directs Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays, which debuts Sept. 14. It revolves around the complicated relationship between psychiatrist David (Martin) and his 15-year-old patient, Michael (Matt Watts), who discovers his trusted doctor has written a book about his neuroses.

The 10-part series Camelot – starring Canadians Peter Mooney as Arthur’s elder brother, Kay, and Lara Jean Chorostecki as Guinevere’s cousin – is a Canadian-Irish co-production that debuts Sept. 13.

As the CBC heads into its 75th year, Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president of English services, said the network is in “an extremely strong position.” It has five returning shows breaking the million-viewer mark: Hockey Night in Canada, Dragons’ Den, Battle of the Blades, Rick Mercer Report and Republic of Doyle.

And it will mark its birthday with fanfare: 75 days of specials, starting Aug. 21 with the documentary 1 Day (1 Jour), which captures one day in the life of Canada. Later will come John A: The Birth of a Country, starring Shawn Doyle; the Martin Short-hosted Long Story Short, a one-hour special celebrating CBC’s finest moments; and the Don Cherry biopic sequel Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story, Part 2.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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Front Page, Industry News

For 75th fall season, CBC-TV unveils a hipper face

Gone are the days when CBC Television awkwardly trotted out its talent on stage as a means of introducing new and returning shows to the fall schedule.

This year, the network’s on-air personalities were merely introduced by a spotlight as they stood inconspicuously at the back of the room, watching as a local band, the Midways, kicked off the 2011-2012 prime-time fall show.

The CBC that presented itself yesterday was also hipper than in years past, with the indie band performing a version of Bryan Adams’s Run to You – which served as a segue into CBC’s marquee fall show Cover Me Canada. An elimination-style music competition coming to the Sunday 9 p.m. slot, it will pit homegrown talent from across the country against each other, performing songs by Canadian icons such as Adams, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Cochrane and Alannah Myles.

With viewership in news and entertainment up for the fifth consecutive year, CBC had relatively few holes to fill. However, new additions to its lineup include the steamy historical drama Camelot from the creators of The Tudors, and a brainy sitcom, Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, from Bob Martin and Don McKellar, the Tony-winning team who wrote the post-modern musical The Drowsy Chaperone.

Midseason will see newcomer Redemption Inc. Hosted by millionaire businessman and Dragons’ Den host Kevin O’Leary, the show will give ex-offenders a chance to set up their own businesses, then fund the winner’s start-up. Also on the CBC schedule this winter is the drama Arctic Air, about renegade bush pilots in Yellowknife, and Mr. D, starring Canadian comic Gerry Dee as a bumbling high-school teacher.

As for the first slate of shows, singer Nicole Appleton – who was part of the girls group All Saints – was all legs in a mini-dress to introduce her new reality series Cover Me Up. With an air date of Sept. 8, auditions have already started for unsigned musicians and groups (aged 12 and up) who will vie for a $100,000 cash prize.

McKellar, meanwhile, directs Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays, which debuts Sept. 14. It revolves around the complicated relationship between psychiatrist David (Martin) and his 15-year-old patient, Michael (Matt Watts), who discovers his trusted doctor has written a book about his neuroses.

The 10-part series Camelot – starring Canadians Peter Mooney as Arthur’s elder brother, Kay, and Lara Jean Chorostecki as Guinevere’s cousin – is a Canadian-Irish co-production that debuts Sept. 13.

As the CBC heads into its 75th year, Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president of English services, said the network is in “an extremely strong position.” It has five returning shows breaking the million-viewer mark: Hockey Night in Canada, Dragons’ Den, Battle of the Blades, Rick Mercer Report and Republic of Doyle.

And it will mark its birthday with fanfare: 75 days of specials, starting Aug. 21 with the documentary 1 Day (1 Jour), which captures one day in the life of Canada. Later will come John A: The Birth of a Country, starring Shawn Doyle; the Martin Short-hosted Long Story Short, a one-hour special celebrating CBC’s finest moments; and the Don Cherry biopic sequel Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story, Part 2.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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