24 MAY 2024

CBC announces over 40 original series and specials for its 2024-2025 programming slate

Canadian public broadcaster has unveiled new content for CBC News, as well as original and returning entertainment, drama, and factual and kids series and a special coverage of 2024 Olympic Games.

24 MAY 2024


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Canadian public service CBC revealed its 2024-25 programming slate for CBC TV and CBC Gem, featuring over 40 new and returning original series from Canadian creators, producers and storytellers, and 14 CBC News local FAST channels. “Our wide-ranging slate of original Canadian programming for the coming year embodies our promise to reflect more people, places and perspectives from across the country in new ways,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, CBC. “As Canada's storyteller, we are continuing to step up and stand apart from other media choices by serving audiences with more local coverage and stories from their own communities, across both news and entertainment."

Expanding its local news offering, in the coming year, CBC News will launch 14 new free 24/7 ad-supported streaming (FAST) channels. Channels CBC NEWS BC and CBC NEWS Toronto are now live and available on CBC Gem, the CBC News App and the Roku Channel, as well as Samsung TV Plus and additional platforms in the coming weeks, and within a year, they will be joined by an additional 12 FAST channels.

On the other hand, CBC News continues to bring audiences the latest news from across Canada and around the world, in addition to an award-winning slate of current affairs, investigative and primetime and weekend news programs available to broadcast and stream, live and on-demand, across multiple CBC platforms. Premier investigative series "The Fifth Estate" celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall with a special project to address the troubling decline in local journalism across Canada. Another current affairs programs scheduled to air are "Marketplace"; "The National"; "Power & Politics"; "Canada Tonight"; "About That With Andrew Chang" and "Rosemary Barton Live."

This upcoming broadcast and streaming year, CBC and CBC Gem will continue to be the home for fresh original Canadian comedy with three new series spanning communities and perspectives across the country, including Nunavut-set "North of North" (8x30, Red Marrow Media and Northwood Entertainment) following a young Inuk mother as she tries to build a new future for herself in her small town; "Small Achievable Goals" (10x30, Sphere Media), an honest and hilarious look at menopause and middle age; and "Snotty Nose Rez Kids," (8x30, Snotty Nose Productions, Grand Scheme and Reality Distortion Field in association with Redcloud Studios) inspired by the chaotic journey of the Indigenous hip-hop duo. The series join long-running news satire comedy "This Hour Has 22 Minutes", including a U.S. election special, and authentic family comedy "Son of A Critch", which enters the ‘90s as Mark embarks on new adventures in high school.

"Saint-Pierre" (10x60, Hawco Productions) features the return of Allan Hawco to CBC, with a new police procedural set in picturesque Saint-Pierre et Miquelon that pairs him with Josephine Jobert to solve a wide range of cases. The series is globally distributed by Fifth Season. Time-travel anthology series and Radio-Canada adaptation "Plan B" (6x60, KOTV) returns this summer with Vinessa Antoine as a Montreal police officer who uses the mysterious agency to alter the outcome of crimes, with unexpected consequences. The drama continues with new seasons of west coast series "Allegiance", as Sabrina starts a new role with the Serious Crimes unit, and "Wild Cards" (represented by Fifth Season) in association with The CW, promises more high stakes crime and action mixed with juicy relationship intrigue, as well as audience favourites "Heartland, Murdoch Mysteries" and "Skymed."

CBC’s factual entertainment slate reflects people and experiences from all regions of Canada, with new factual series "Locals Welcome" (10x30, Artifactual Media) shining a spotlight on food as a conduit to sharing stories and building communities over delicious dishes. Returning series showcasing Canadians who are striving for personal excellence include "Family Feud Canada", kicking off a new season with Second Chance Week, "Canada’s Ultimate Challenge", "The Great Canadian Baking Show", "Still Standing" and "Dragons’ Den", which celebrates the Year of the Dragon with a celebrity guest Dragon. Actor, producer, author and ambassador Simu Liu will join the panel of industry titans for a multi-episode stay in the Den this fall. Winter brings the return of "Bollywed" and the Singh family as they embark on a journey overseas to where it all began, plus more impolite but necessary history in globe-trotting "Stuff The British Stole."

Last year, CBC commissioned more than 50 documentaries for CBC, CBC Gem and documentary Channel, with CBC Gem offering a library of over 800 documentaries, available to stream for free anytime. "The Passionate Eye" returns this fall with a new slate of original documentaries that drop audiences into a broad range of cultural conversations, from a fairytale exploring grief and the creative power of love with "Adrianne & the Castle", to the growing resistance of the Wet'suwet'en against forces intent on exploiting their land in recent Hot Docs Best Canadian Documentary and Audience Award winner, "Yintah". CBC’s flagship science and nature series "The Nature Of Things" heads into an awe-inspiring 64th season, as hosts Anthony Morgan and Sarika Cullis-Suzuki continue to encourage viewers’ curiosity and sense of wonder about the living world. New original doc series this upcoming year include “Paid In Full” (3x60, Supercollider, Green Door Pictures and Pink Towel in association with Catalyst); and "The Knowing" (4x60, Makwa Creative).

CBC Kids will continue to share new programming for kids and tweens across all platforms this upcoming year, including over 500 hours of ad-free programming on CBC Gem. New original preschool series "Go Togo" (Fall 2024, Gazelle Automations) will introduce preschoolers to early math concepts through the fun and excitement of big public transit vehicles in miniature scale. Animated series returning for a second season include CBC/Radio-Canada original "Mini-Jon And Mini-Maple" (Summer 2024; Happy Camper Media), based on the books by popular author and cartoonist Alex A. and a sibling series to "Super Agent Jon Le Bon!", and "Jeremy & Jazzy" (Fall 2024, Verite Films), the JUNO-nominated animated series about how feelings become songs and songs become stories.

PARIS 2024
CBC’s comprehensive coverage will feature live broadcasts from every venue and include every Canadian medal-winning moment, totalling more than 3000 hours of live content across the public boadcaster’s multiple platforms. In addition to live TV broadcasts, audiences will be able to watch events daily on the free CBC Gem streaming service, CBC’s Paris 2024 website and the CBC Paris 2024 app for Android and iOS devices. The website and app will also house full event schedules, results, athlete bios and features, daily updates and more. This commitment to bringing audiences all the top stories will continue with extensive coverage of the Paralympic Games Paris 2024 later this summer, running from Wednesday, August 28 to Sunday, September 8.

CBC and CBC Gem will continue to offer audiences a curated selection of acclaimed series from around the world. Premium titles coming to CBC Gem this summer include the exclusive Canadian premieres of comedy/drama "The Dry" Season 2, and lifestyle series "Big Zuu's 12 Meals In 12 Hours". This fall, two-part documentary "The Secrets of Prince Andrew" tells the inside story of Andrew’s scandal-plagued life.