Despite the grey cloud that has been sitting over the CBC after the federal government drastically cut its spending budget a few weeks ago, resulting in job losses and the cutting back of CBC programming, the network has announced 14 shows that will be coming back for new seasons.
Among those that are being renewed include: "22 Minutes," "Arctic Air," "Mr. D.," and "The Rick Mercer Report" (phew!). "Heartland," "Doc Zone," "Dragons' Den," "The Ron James Show," and "Republic of Doyle" are also amongst the CBC faves that have survived the chopping block.
However, reality show "Battle of the Blades," "Being Erica," "Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays," "Insecurity," and "Camelot" weren't so lucky – none of these shows will be returning to the network, at least not right now.
In all, 175 hours of programming have been axed. "We're going to unfortunately have to have some more repeats in prime time and that'll be the case as well in daytime,'' said scripted programming boss Trevor Walton to The Canadian Press.
The CBC's budget was cut by $225 million over three years. But it's not all bad news – in fact, the network is adding four brand new dramas to its fall line-up, including the Citytv defunct show "Murdoch Mysteries" and others. "We have put 'Battle of the Blades' officially on a hiatus and we hope that we can, if financial circumstances improve, work with Insight Productions on bringing 'Battle of the Blades' back to CBC Television," Julie Bristow, head of CBC's unscripted division, said to the CP. "This is in no way an indication that these shows did not work because they certainly did,'' she continued of the cancelled shows. "It's very challenging this year for us. We're very proud of these shows that we're not able to renew at this moment."
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