22 Minutes, Republic of Doyle among CBC programs renewed

Published on April 4, 2014
CBC Television’s “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” featuring cast members (from left) Susan Kent, Mark Critch, Cathy Jones and Shaun Majumder earned a Canadian Screen Award for best writing in a variety or sketch comedy program or series.— Telegram file photo

CBC has renewed “22 Minutes,” “Republic of Doyle” and “The Rick Mercer Report” for the 2014-2015 season, it has announced.

The three Newfoundlander-created shows made the cut, along with 11 other programs: “Murdoch Mysteries,” “Steven and Chris,” “The Nature of Things,” “Mr. D,” “Just for Laughs,” “Marketplace,” “Heartland,” “The Fifth Estate,” Dragon’s Den” (with a new panel of dragons), “Doc Zone” and the “Winnipeg/Halifax Comedy Festival.”

The network will also continue to carry “Coronation Street.”

Among the shows that have been cut are “Arctic Air,” “Cracked” and “Best Recipes Ever,” along with the previously cancelled “Ron James Show” and “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.” Stroumboulopoulos will be anchoring NHL coverage and hosting “Hockey Night in Canada” for Rogers Media.

The new schedule also includes comedy series “Schitt’s Creek,” starring Eugene Levy, Dan Levy and Catherine O’Hara, and drama “Strange Empire,” as well as “Canada’s Smartest Person” and “Of All Places.”

CBC says additional renewals will be announced at a later date.