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CBC bolsters originals for 2018/19

Frankie Drake Mysteries is returning for a second season

Canadian broadcaster the CBC has unveiled a 2018/19 programming schedule featuring 17 new shows, including original comedy Cavendish and drama Northern Rescue, which has already been acquired by Netflix.

Cavendish (8×30′) will air in winter 2019 and is being produced by Canuck prodco Temple Street, having been created by Mark Little, Andrew Bush and Garry Campbell.

It stars Bush and Little as two bickering brothers who return to their hometown to take care of their grumpy and ailing father, only to collide with the eccentric townsfolk and their even stranger superstitions.

Meanwhile, Canadian drama Northern Rescue (10×60’), which is being produced by Don Carmody Television and has Netflix on board, is joined by procedural Coroner (8×60′), which is based on the novels by MR Hall and is from Back Alley Films and Muse Entertainment.

Legal aid series Diggstown, from Circle Blue Entertainment, claims to be the first Canuck drama to feature a female black lead, while other originals include the return of courtroom drama Street Legal from IGP and Broken Clown Productions.

Unspeakable (8×60′) is from Mezo Entertainment and is about a real-life scandal over contaminated blood transfusions in Canada in the 1980s.

On the unscripted side, Canada’s Smartest Person Junior (6×60′) is from Media Headquarters, while From the Vaults (6×60′, working title) will use archive footage to explore seminal moments in Canadian history.

High Arctic Haulers (8×60′, w/t) is from Thunderbird-owned Great Pacific Media and focuses on life for hauliers operating around the Arctic Circle, while In the Making (8×30′) is being produced by White Pine Pictures and looks at the artistic process.

Returning series include the second season of drama Anne (aka Anne with an E), a third run of Baroness von Sketch Show and a second outing for Frankie Drake Mysteries.

The CBC has also acquired an array of international programming for its CBC TV app, adding shows including Portlandia and Moone Boy along with the Canadian premiere of Australian comedy Ronny Chieng: International Student.

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