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CBC preps Trickster, Family Feud

Canadian pubcaster the CBC has greenlit two original drama series for 2020 and ordered a local adaptation of long-running gameshow format Family Feud.

Trickster is based on Eden Robinson books

The Trickster (6×60’), from Sienna Films, has been co-created by Michelle Latimer (Rise, The Inconvenient Indian) and Tony Elliot (12 Monkeys, Orphan Black) and centres on the life of an Indigenous teen.

Billed as a dysfunctional family drama and supernatural thriller, the show is based on author Eden Robinson’s series of books, which include Son of a Trickster and Trickster Drift.

The other original series, Fortunate Son (8×60’), is a spy drama from Seven24 Films and Lark Entertainment. Created by Andrew Wreggit (Jack, North of 60) and set amid the social and political chaos of 1968, it sees the matriarch of an American activist family helping to smuggle Vietnam War deserters and draft-dodgers across the border.

Elsewhere on the Ceeb’s Upfront slate, Family Feud Canada (60×30’) has been slated for this autumn, airing on weekdays at 19.30. Produced by Zone 3 and Fremantle, the Canadian version of the quizshow – which first launched stateside in 1976 and has won 46 Daytime Emmy Awards – will be hosted by actor and comedian Gerry Dee (Mr. D).

It joins the previously announced return of skating competition format Battle of the Blades (8×60’) and a third 8×60’ season of UK adaptation the Great Canadian Baking Show, which this season will add Baroness von Sketch Show stars Aurora Brown and Carolyn Taylor as hosts.

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