CBC Upfronts: Canadian Stars and Homegrown Hits
by Chris Jancelewicz, posted May 31st 2010 4:00PM
It seems Canada's flagship channel, CBC, is sticking to its guns. Or roots. Or skates. The TV station announced its fall 2010 lineup last week, and there are a lot of familiar faces for Canadians to watch come autumn. Many fan faves are returning, and there are a few newbies showing up on the block.
Highlights include the highly-anticipated new season of 'Battle of the Blades', the debut of the as-yet-untitled Debbie Travis primetime show, and a new half-hour comedy based on the movie 'Men With Brooms'.
'Battle of the Blades' - Sundays, 8PM (Beginning September 26)
We don't know who the competitors are yet, but we know that season 2 launches with a behind-the-scenes special, which looks at the rigorous training needed to turn hockey players into graceful pairs skaters. This season will be hosted by Ron MacLean and Kurt Browning.
'The Debbie Travis Show' (working title) - Sundays, 9PM (Beginning September 26)
Home decoration guru Debbie Travis has a new home on CBC with a primetime original reality series. The show follows Travis as she travels from coast to coast, seeking out people who go above and beyond in their journey to make Canada an exceptional place to live.
'Men With Brooms' - Mondays, 8:30PM (Beginning September 20)
This is a brand spanking new half-hour comedy inspired by the popular movie. A group of friends in small-town Canada finds lots to laugh about on and off the ice at the local curling rink. 'Men With Brooms' celebrates Canadiana in a modern way and features an ensemble cast.
'Being Erica' - Tuesdays, 9PM (Beginning September 22)
The critically-acclaimed show returns for its third season. The central theme is transformation -- Erica embarks on a challenging new phase in her therapy and must make some major life-altering decisions. We've been told to tell you to keep your eyes open for new cast member Adam Fergus, though we're not sure why yet.
'The Rick Mercer Report' - Tuesdays, 8PM (Beginning September 21)
Political satirist Rick Mercer returns for the highly-anticipated eighth season. The comedian started off last season bungee-jumping with wheelchair-bound Rick Hansen, so who's to say what sorts of ridiculous antics this guy will go to this season?
'The Tudors' - Wednesdays, 9PM (Beginning September 22)
In the fourth and final season of this 16th-century romp, we get a close look at the final days of Henry VIII's kingdom. Sex, violence, and adultery reign supreme with the scandalous love affair of Henry's fifth wife, Katherine Howard. Here's hoping Jonathan Rhys-Meyers can leave rehab long enough to see this one through.
'Dragon's Den' - Wednesdays, 8PM (Beginning September 22)
The recession is over -- at least in the Den. This season, there's more money, more drama, and even higher stakes. Almost 20 million dollars in deals is forked over to inventor wannabes, who parade their sometimes-amazing wares in front of the business folk. All your favorite Dragons are back, too.
For more information on the complete fall schedule for CBC shows, visit CBC Television.