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May 24, 2018

Upfronts ’18: CBC unveils five new unscripted series


Regan Reid/ Realscreen 

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has revealed its 2018/2019 programming slate, with the pubcaster adding 17 new shows and renewing a whopping 36 series.

On the factual and arts front, CBC has greenlit five series, including From the Vaults (6 x 60 minutes, working title). Produced by Banger Films, the show explores Canadian music history using concert footage and interviews from CBC’s archives. It’s scheduled to air this fall.

As well, the pubcaster has commissioned High Arctic Haulers (8 x 60 minutes, working title), produced by Great Pacific Media. The project documents how men and women in Northern Canadian communities travel each year to the farthest reaches of the region to deliver food, clothing and supplies.

Also on the unscripted docket is Proper Television’s Under New Management (4 x 30 minutes, winter 2019), chronicling budding entrepreneurs as they shop for the business of their dreams, and White Pine Pictures’ In the Making (8 x 30 minutes, fall 2018), which follows host Sean O’Neill as he travels the globe with some of Canada’s brightest creators as they strive to bring their work to life.

CBC has also greenlit a junior version of the competition format Canada’s Smartest Person. Produced by Media Headquarters Film and Television, Canada’s Smartest Person Junior (6 x 60 minutes, fall 2018) sees 12 children pit their wits against each other across six categories of intelligence.

A spokesperson for CBC told realscreen‘s sister publication Playback Daily that Forte Entertainment’s adaptation of the Dutch format Hello Goodbye is on hiatus for the upcoming broadcast year.

(From Playback Daily)