Canada’s public broadcaster, the CBC, unveiled its 2022-23 programming slate on Wednesday (June 1) for both its linear channel and CBC Gem streaming platform, featuring more than 40 new and returning titles.
On the factual slate, LIDO TV is a variety show with a difference, combining documentaries along with sketch comedy, interviews, animation and puppets. Colombian-Canadian musician Lido Pimienta hosts the series, which aims to cover a range of topics such as feminism, privilege, colonialism and success and will feature appearances from musicians Nelly Furtado, Shad and Kittie, writer Sarah Hagi, NorBlack NorWhite co-founder Mriga Kapadiya, and artists jes sachse and Jessica Karuhanga. Lido Pimienta TV and Visitor Media are producing the series.
Bollywed, a factual series centered on the Singh family, who have operated the Chandan Fashion bridal shop in Toronto’s Little India for 37 years, is scheduled to premiere on the CBC this winter. The HeartHat Entertainment production highlights Bollywood culture and fashion through the lens of the intergenerational business led by Cookie Singh, his wife Sarah, and their children Chandan and Chandni.
Also scheduled for a winter 2023 premiere is Canada’s Ultimate Challenge, a 8 x 60-minute reality competition format from Insight Productions and The Gurin Company that features six coaches guiding teams of everyday Canadians through site-specific physical and mental challenges in locations across Canada. The all-star coaching team is comprised of Olympic champion sprinter Donovan Bailey; water polo Olympian and Indigenous sport advocate Waneek Horn-Miller; cycling and speed skating Olympic medalist Clara Hughes; Olympic speed skater Gilmore Junio; former Olympic rugby sevens captain Jen Kish; and NFL Super Bowl winner and competitive cyclist Luke Willson.
Rounding out the CBC’s factual entertainment slate is Stuff the British Stolea 6 x 30-minute series for ABC and CBC based on journalist Marc Fennell’s podcast that will premiere in winter 2023. Wooden Horse, WildBear Entertainment and Cream Productions are producing the series, which covers the history of objects housed inside institutions in the UK and around the world.
On the specials front, the pubcaster is presenting The Legacy Awards, scheduled for September 25. Produced by Insight Productions and Bay Mills Studio and broadcast live from Toronto, this inaugural edition of The Black Academy’s award ceremony marks the first major Canadian award show celebrating and showcasing Black talent. The 90-minute telecast will be broadcast on CBC and CBC Gem, as part of a three-year exclusive partnership between CBC and The Black Academy.
Titles on the CBC’s documentary slate include the 4 x 60-minute original docuseries Summit ’72 from Mercury Films and Impossible Objects, which will be premiering this fall. The series, which covers the famous 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series that pitted the National Hockey League’s top players against the seemingly indomitable Soviet team, was made to mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary international sporting event.
This year’s programming slate will also see the return of doc strand ‘The Passionate Eye.’ Its two-hour season premiere features the Hot Docs 2022 Opening Night selection Into the Weeds, about a former groundskeeper who takes on a multinational agrochemical corporation after a terminal cancer diagnosis. The film is directed by award-winning documentarian Jennifer Baichwal (Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, Long Time Running).