The cancellation of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! was reportedly “the most shocking news” at CBC’s presentation of its fall 2012 programming. The scoop of Murdoch Mysteries from Rogers, Strombo doing the primetime shuffle and a Wizard of Oz reality show in conjunction with David Mirvish Productions of Toronto were other notable mentions. With Wheel of Fortune gone from the schedule, late-night talk show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight will take its place weeknights at 7 p.m. ET starting Sept. 17, with repeats at 11:05 p.m.
Murdoch Mysteries joins CBC’s lineup for Season 6 after Rogers passed on renewing the historical detective drama series featuring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a police detective working in Toronto, Ontario in the 1890s who pioneers radical forensic techniques for the time in his quest to solve the city’s crimes. Drama channel Alibi in the UK and
ITV Studios Global Entertainment will remain production partners with Shaftesbury the original producer ion the new season of the internationally successful series, which has been sold in more than 100 countries.
The midseason sees the return of CBC hits Dragons’ Den, Arctic Air, Mr. D and Republic of Doyle, and Heartland. As well, there are current events and documentary programs such as Marketplace (which celebrates its 40th anniversary), the fifth estate, The Nature of Things and Doc Zone. Also back this fall are Just for Laughs, The Rick Mercer Report, Season 20 of 22 Minutes and The Big Decision.
Returning to CBC after a brief hiatus is the Canadian version of Who Do You Think You Are?, a genealogy series in which seven well known Canadians set out to discover their family roots. The series combines the allure and appeal of celebrity with the intrigue of uncovering secret, tantalizing tales. Each half hour episode combines the intimacy of observational documentary, the revelation of a well told detective story, the fascination of biography and the excitement of big picture history. The individual journeys into family history reflect the sweep and drama of Canada’s past. Celebrities whose family stories will be told include Don Cherry, Steven Page, Margaret Trudeau. The series also has a strong web component enabling viewers to embark on a search of their own family histories.
Coronation Street, the long-running drama soap opera on the planet returns this fall. Watch classic clips, get the latest updates, order collectibles and memorabilia from Manchester’s most famous street at www.squidoo.com/coronationstreet.
New projects bowing this fall include Over the Rainbow, a reality competition series that documents the search to find the lead for Mirvish Productions’ upcoming The Wizard of Oz. CBC did a similar talent search a few seasons ago with How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, the hunt for the female lead in the Canadian theatrical production of The Sound of Music.
Also new and on tap for the fall are crime drama Cracked (debuting at midseason), which is a unique blend of a police and medical drama inspired by the real-life experiences of police officers and mental-health professionals. The hour-long series is a bold depiction of the psychological side of policing and the emotional impact on front-line workers. The series reflects the reality that an overwhelming percentage of police calls involve people with mental illnesses or psychiatric disorders – people who cross all ages, incomes and ethnicities. The Psych Crimes Unit struggles to achieve balance between protecting the public from harm and protecting the dignity of all citizens ¬ often at the expense of their own mental health.
Also new for the fall season is Titanic: Blood and Steel, an eight-part miniseries which delves into the stories behind the famous nautical disaster which celebrated its 100th anniversary this spring.
8 p.m. – Over the Rainbow
8:30 p.m. – Who Do You Think You Are?
9 p.m. – Murdoch Mysteries
8 p.m. – The Rick Mercer Report
8:30 p.m. – 22 Minutes
9 p.m. – The Big Decision
8 p.m. – Dragons’ Den
9 p.m. – Titanic: Blood and Steel
8 p.m. – The Nature of Things
8 p.m. – Marketplace
9 p.m. – the fifth estate
7 p.m. – Hockey Night in Canada
7 p.m. – Heartland
8 p.m. – Over the Rainbow
For more information on CBC’s Fall 2012 lineup see their program guide at www.cbc.ca