CBC Unveils 'Cover Me Canada,' 'Camelot' for Fall
by Annette Bourdeau, posted Jun 9th 2011 2:00PM
Can't get enough of those TV singing competitions, can you? If so, you're in luck. If 'American Idol,' 'Canadian Idol,' 'The Voice,' 'The X-Factor' and 'America's Got Talent' aren't whetting your whistle, you now have one more option. This fall, CBC is rolling out 'Cover Me Canada,' an elimination-style singing contest.
To separate itself from the rest of the singing contests out there (consider this its version of 'The Voice's swivel chairs), 'Cover Me Canada' will feature contestants singing only songs by Canadian artists. Nicole Appleton, former member of '90s girl group All Saints, will host. Judges haven't been announced yet. (I think Shania Twain would be an excellent choice to be "the nice one." Just sayin'.)
'Cover Me Canada' was the biggest news coming out of the CBC's 2011-2012 season preview earlier this week. George Stroumboulopoulos ran through the new line-up (and even threatened to sing at one point) while Ceeb luminaries like David Suzuki, Wendy Mesley and Rick Mercer waved from the sidelines.
New show 'Camelot' also generated a lot of buzz at the preview for the CBC's 75th season. The sexy historical fantasy from the creators of 'The Tudors' will debut on Tuesdays in the fall. It stars Joseph Fiennes ('Shakespeare in Love') as Merlin, as well as heartthrob Jamie Campbell Bower ('Harry Potter,' 'Twilight') and Tamsin Egerton (St. Trinian's School for Girls').
CBC will roll out a new Wednesday night sitcom beginning in mid-September called 'Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays.' The show follows the, um, unique relationship between workaholic psychiatrist David (Bob Martin, 'Slings & Arrows') and his most challenging patient, Michael (Matt Watts, 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'). Don McKellar ('Blindness') produces and directs.
'Michael' isn't the only new sitcom at CBC: 'Mr. D.' will debut in the winter. The show is based on comedian Gerry Dee's real-life experiences as a high-school gym teacher. Dee ('Last Comic Standing') stars as the fictionalized version of himself.
All of the CBC favorites are returning, including 'Heartland,' 'Battle of the Blades,' 'The Nature of Things,' 'Marketplace,' 'Rick Mercer Report,' '22 Minutes,' 'Being Erica' and 'Little Mosque on the Prairie.' Popular newbies 'Republic of Doyle' and 'InSecurity' are also coming back.
Kevin O'Leary fans are in for a treat: the popular 'Dragon's Den' panelist will star in three shows next season: 'Dragons,' 'The Lang & O'Leary Exchange' and new show 'Redemption,' which sounds kind of like 'The Apprentice' for ex-cons.
To celebrate its own milestone, CBC plans to air a one-hour tribute to itself called 'Long Story Short: CBC Turns 75,' starring Martin Short.