CBC Television announces returning shows for 2008/2009; network achieves record success this season



    TORONTO, March 7 /CNW/ - CBC Television broke viewership records with its
2007-2008 programming lineup. Our season-to-date prime-time share is 7.9, the
highest in six years. In addition, Canadian content on the network has
increased significantly over the last two years, with drama series increasing
68 per cent and comedy series up 41 per cent. This incredible success heralds
the return of several new hit shows from this past season and returning
favourites.
    "This has been an outstanding year for CBC Television," said Kirstine
Layfield, CBC-TV's executive director of network programming. "These returning
shows will be the cornerstone for next season. We'll be announcing our new
shows in the coming weeks."
    Canada's favourite homegrown drama, The BORDER will be back with James
McGowan reprising his role as Major Mike Kessler. HEARTLAND, a heart-warming
family drama based on the international best-selling novels of the same name
is also back after winning the hearts of Canadians. Debuting on CBC to nearly
one million viewers, CBC's hot and steamy co-production THE TUDORS returns for
a second season and the drama continues with the marriage of Anne Boleyn and
King Henry VIII, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The charming comedy series
SOPHIE, picked up by ABC Family, is also back with star-on-the-rise Natalie
Brown returning as the hot-tempered, but loving single mom out to re-balance
her life and priorities.
    Returning comedy favourites include; RICK MERCER REPORT coming off its
best year ever averaging 1 million viewers weekly, LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE
PRAIRIE, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, AIR FARCE LIVE, JUST FOR LAUGHS, HALIFAX
COMEDY FESTIVAL and WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL.
    CBC also continues its legacy of award-winning journalism and
documentaries with the fifth estate, MARKETPLACE, DOC ZONE and THE NATURE OF
THINGS
    Reality fans will see the return of the hit series DRAGONS' DEN, TRIPLE
SENSATION, TEST THE NATION and CANADA'S NEXT GREAT PRIME MINISTER.
    THE HOUR with George Stroumboulopoulos is back with A-list interviews and
his take on world events. And STEVEN AND CHRIS will continue to add a little
bit of fabulous to daytime programming.

    Supporting photography available at www.cbc.ca/imagegallery





For further information:

For further information: Jeff Keay, CBC Toronto, Head of Media
Relations, English Communications, CBC/Radio-Canada, (416) 205-3987,
jeff_keay@cbc.ca

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