Aug 23, 2023

New original stories include BONES OF CROWS (September 20), Marie Clements’ five-part multi-generational epic of Indigenous resilience and strength starring Grace Dove, HOW TO FAIL AS A POPSTAR (October 13) adapted from Vivek Shraya's hit play and book,and BLACKBERRY (November 9), an extended series version of Matt Johnson’s riotous take on the tech cautionary tale starring Jay Baruchel and Glenn Howerton

Audience favourites returning with brand new seasons include THE PASSIONATE EYE (September 13), FAMILY FEUD CANADA (September 18), THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (September 19), THE NEW WAVE OF STANDUP (September 19), DRAGONS’ DEN (September 21), STILL STANDING (September 26), HEARTLAND (October 1), THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW (October 1), SKYMED (October 1), MURDOCH MYSTERIES (October 2),MARKETPLACE (October 13) and THE FIFTH ESTATE (October 20)

The best of free streaming channel CBC NEWS EXPLORE will broadcast on CBC TV starting September 22

Celebrating Black Canadian achievement, THE LEGACY AWARDS return on September 24

Following their world premiere screenings at TIFF 2023, CBC will bring audiences new landmark documentary series BLACK LIFE: UNTOLD STORIES (October 18), reframing the histories of Black Canadians, TELLING OUR STORY (September 17), sharing the perspectives of the First Peoples in Quebec, and SWAN SONG (November 22), an immersive look at Karen Kain's final year at the National Ballet of Canada

Acclaimed series SORT OF starring Bilal Baig returns for Season 3 on CBC Gem November 17

CBC today announced streaming and broadcast premiere dates for its fall 2023 slate of new and returning programming on CBC Gem and CBC TV, including more than 20 original series and specials from Canadian creators, producers, and storytellers reflecting people, places and perspectives from across the country. The first episode of all series will be available to stream on CBC Gem starting at 9 a.m. ET on their premiere dates noted below with a new episode available weekly at the same time, unless otherwise specified. CBC TV local broadcast times are noted in parentheses (for Newfoundland and Labrador, please add half an hour to all times).

*Images from CBC fall 2023 titles are available here.*

New Canadian Original Series

  • TELLING OUR STORY *New Documentary Series* (4x60) - All episodes available Sunday, September 17 on CBC Gem

This TIFF 2023 Primetime selection shares the perspectives of the 11 First Peoples in Quebec.

  • BONES OF CROWS *New Limited Drama Series* (5x60) - Premieres Wednesday, September 20 (9 p.m.)

Limited series BONES OF CROWS brings to life a moving multi-generational epic of Indigenous resilience, survival and the pursuit of justice.

  • BLACK LIFE: UNTOLD STORIES *New Documentary Series* (8x60) - First four episodes available Wednesday, October 18 on CBC Gem, with remaining four available on Wednesday, October 25 (CBC TV debut on Wednesday, October 25 at 9 p.m.)

Highly anticipated documentary series and TIFF 2023 Primetime selection BLACK LIFE: UNTOLD STORIES reframes the rich and complex histories of Black experiences in Canada.

  • BLACKBERRY *New Limited Drama Series* (3x60) - All episodes available Thursday, November 9 on CBC Gem (CBC TV debut on Thursday, November 9 at 9 p.m.)

The extended series version of BLACKBERRY, featuring never-before-seen footage, charts the rise and fall of the world’s first smartphone.

  • SWAN SONG *New Documentary Series* (4x60) - All episodes available Wednesday, November 22 on CBC Gem (CBC TV debut on Wednesday, November 22 at 8 p.m.)

SWAN SONG offers a backstage look at first-time director Karen Kain’s monumental new production of Swan Lake for the National Ballet of Canada on the eve of her retirement from the company.

Returning Series

  • CORONATION STREET - ongoing (weekdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)
  • THE PASSIONATE EYE (10x60) - Premieres Wednesday, September 13 (8 p.m.)

THE PASSIONATE EYE returns with a new season of thought-provoking original documentaries, beginning with Lin Alluna’s TWICE COLONIZED, following the personal journey of renowned Inuit lawyer Aaju Peter.

  • FAMILY FEUD CANADA *Season 5* (102x30, Monday - Thursday) - Premieres Monday, September 18 (7:30 p.m.)

The new season kicks off with a Teachers’ Week that sees teams of high school teachers competing for funds to support their schools’ programs. The season continues with host Gerry Dee welcoming families from across Canada, with all-new episodes Monday to Thursday.

  • THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES *Season 31* (24x30) - Premieres Tuesday, September 19 (8 p.m.)
  • THE NEW WAVE OF STANDUP (9x30) - All episodes of Season 4 (13x10) available Monday, August 28 on CBC Gem (Seasons 2 and 3 (9x30) premiere Tuesday, September 19 at 9:30 p.m. on CBC TV)
  • DRAGONS’ DEN *Season 18* (16x60) - Premieres Thursday, September 21 (8 p.m.)
  • STILL STANDING *Season 9* (10x30) - Premieres Tuesday, September 26 (8:30 p.m.)

Host Jonny Harris embarks on more adventures in small towns across the country, from Dawson City, Yukon to Gander, Newfoundland and everywhere in between.

  • HEARTLAND *Season 17* (10x60) - Premieres Sunday, October 1 (7 p.m.)
  • THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW *Season 7* (9x60) - Premieres Sunday, October 1 (8 p.m.)
  • SKYMED *Season 2* (9x60) - Premieres Sunday, October 1 (9 p.m.)
  • MURDOCH MYSTERIES *Season 17* (24x60) - Premieres Monday, October 2 (8 p.m.)
  • SORT OF *Season 3* (8x30) - Two episodes available weekly on CBC Gem beginning Friday, November 17

CBC Gem Originals

  • ZARQA *Season 2* (6x11) - All episodes available to stream on Friday, October 6

Zarqa Nawaz returns for more comic hijinx.

  • HOW TO FAIL AS A POPSTAR (8x15) - All episodes available to stream on Friday, October 13

The adaptation of Vivek Shraya's hit play and book.

  • THE BANNOCKING (6x10) - All episodes available to stream on Friday, October 20

A new Indigenous horror series, available in time for Halloween.

  • FARM CRIME *Season 3* (6x20) - All episodes available to stream on Friday, November 3

Exploring the largely unseen dark side of Canada's agriculture industry.

  • I HATE PEOPLE, PEOPLE HATE ME (6x15) - All episodes available to stream in late fall (date to be confirmed)

This offbeat comedy and 2023 Tribeca Festival selection created by Bobbi Summers explores queer identity in a time when queerness has not only been mainstreamed, but commodified.

CBC News

  • BIG: CBC News Original Documentary series (4x60) - Premieres Friday, September 22 at 9 p.m. on CBC TV (Available to stream now on CBC Gem)
  • CBC NEWS EXPLORE’s PLANET WONDER (9x30) - Premieres Friday, October 6 at 8:30 p.m. on CBC TV (Available to stream now on CBC Gem)
  • MARKETPLACE *Season 51* (17x30) - Premieres Friday, October 13 (8 p.m.)
  • THE FIFTH ESTATE *Season 49* (15x60) - Premieres Friday, October 20 (9 p.m.)
  • THE NATIONAL - ongoing (live at 10 p.m. weekdays and Sundays on CBC TV and CBC Gem)

CBC’s flagship national newscast with Chief Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault (Monday - Thursday) and Ian Hanomansing (Friday and Sunday)

  • CBC MORNING LIVE WITH HEATHER HISCOX (Weekday mornings on CBC TV and CBC News Network)
  • ABOUT THAT WITH ANDREW CHANG (Weekday mornings on CBC News Explore)
  • CANADA TONIGHT (Weeknights on CBC News Network)
  • (Weeknights on CBC News Network)
  • ROSEMARY BARTON LIVE (Sundays on CBC TV and CBC News Network)

CBC Sports

  • CBC SPORTS PRESENTS - ongoing (live on Saturday and Sunday afternoons on CBC TV and CBC Gem)

CBC SPORTS brings audiences all the action from the world of high-performance sport with competitions including Artistic Gymnastics World Championships (Antwerp, Belgium, Oct. 1 - 8); Beach Volleyball World Championships (Tlaxcala, Mexico, Oct. 6 - 15); and World Trampoline Championships (Nov. 9 - 19, Birmingham, UK), as international athletes prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympic (July 26 - Aug. 11, 2024) and Paralympic (Aug. 28 - Sept. 8, 2024) Games. Showcasing Canada’s top university and college athletes, the USports Championships (Nov. 1 - 25), including the Vanier Cup (Nov. 25 in Kingston, Ont.), return and the winter season kicks off with Grand Prix of Figure Skating (multiple weekends and locations from Oct. 20 to Dec. 10), Four Continents Short Track Championships (Laval, Que., Nov. 3 - 5) and FIS Women’s Alpine World Cup (Tremblant, Que., Dec. 2 - 3).

Canadian Awards

CBC will feature the following award celebrations this fall, honouring diverse Canadian creators, artists and storytellers:

  • THE LEGACY AWARDS, The Black Academy’s award show celebrating Black Canadian achievement, will air live on CBC TV and CBC Gem on Sunday, September 24
  • SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE will air live on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio and CBC.ca/books on Monday, November 13

CBC Kids

  • SPELLBOUND *New Series* (26x30) - All episodes available to stream Friday, September 1 on CBC Gem

A Canadian premiere and CBC Gem exclusive from the creators of Find Me in Paris, tween drama SPELLBOUND follows the adventures of a teen dance student, CeCe Parker-Jones (played by Canadian Hailey Romain), at the Paris Opera Ballet School who discovers that she is a witch.

  • AUNTY B’S HOUSE *New Series* (20x7) - All episodes available to stream Monday, September 4 on CBC Gem (CBC TV debut on Monday, September 11 with new episodes airing Monday - Saturday)

A groundbreaking live action CBC Kids original sitcom for kids about a foster home full of heart, humour, music and unconditional love.

  • HELLO KITTY: SUPER STYLE! *New Series* (52x11) - Premieres Monday, September 4 on CBC Gem and CBC TV, with a new episode airing daily, Monday - Saturday

The iconic Hello Kitty helps her friends find happiness while putting on the most appropriate (and cutest) outfits to face each situation in this animated series for kids.


About CBC Gem

CBC Gem is Canada’s streaming service, offering more than 6500 hours of live and on-demand Canadian programming and a curated selection of acclaimed, best-in-class content from around the world, including more than 800 documentaries, 500 hours of ad-free content for kids and tweens, and a collection of over 200 Canadian feature films. CBC Gem is available free as an app for iOS and Android devices and online atCBCGem.ca, and on TV screens via Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Xbox.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

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