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Border, The

Debuted: Monday January 7, 2008 at 9PM

Billed as  “a new hard-driving drama series set against the backdrop of today’s turbulent world”, The Border was the story of a team of elite customs and security agents whose main responsibility was the protection of the Canada-U.S. border.


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Who Do You Think You Are?

Debut October 11, 2007 at 7:30PM 

 This was a 13 part series about genealogy. It featured profiles of familiar Canadians and the history of their respective family trees. Those who took part included  Don Cherry, Margot Kidder, Mary Walsh, Scott Thompson, Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, Steven Page, Avi Lewis, Sonja Smits, Measha Brueggergosman, Randy Bachman, Shaun Majumder and Chantal Kreviazuk. By using a cross section of regional and ethnic personalities, the producers hoped to provide viewers with an interesting history of Canada.

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The Tudors

Considered an “epic” by the CBC, this dramatic series was inspired by HBO’s "Rome". It was a melodrama set in the Tudor period of Henry VIII featuring the lives and loves of the rich aristocracy. CBC described it as an “epic soap filled with sex, romance, murder, war and rolling heads, reviving the sensational life of Henry VIII.”   While t he series was based on historical fact, creator Michael Hirst took many liberties with both character names and the chronology of Henry's reign.

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Little Mosque on the Prairie

Debuted January 9, 2007.

This half-hour comedy became one of CBC’s biggest hits in its history. It was a very contemporary comedy reflecting the Canadian cultural landscape in a new way. The show was the story of a small Muslim community interacting with the people of a little prairie town, called Mercy.

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Heartland

Debuted October 14, 2007 at 7PM 

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Doc Zone

Debut October 4, 2007 at 9PM 

This series, dedicated to documentary filmmakers, maintained a long-standing commitment by CBC to Canadian producers and directors, to broadcast their work. This series provided  the same kind of informative and entertaining documentaries reflecting a Canadian point-of-view as such series as Compass in 1965 and Gallery in 1973. Early subjects included Canada’s health care system, China’s sexual revolution and a look at climate change.

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Air Farce Live

Air Farce Live was the new title give to Royal Canadian Air Farce (q.v.) at the start of the 2007-2008 broadcast season.  (Fridays, 8:00pm)

Written by Pip Wedge - October, 2007

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The One

Launched Tuesdays at 9PM and Wednesdays at 10PM in July 2006. This hour long series was under the banner of “Factual Entertainment”, the new division of CBC Television dedicated to the phenomenon of so-called reality shows. This show, produced by ABC, was simulcast with the American Network. For the CBC’s fall season, a Canadian version was planned. The host was CBC personality George Stroumboulopoulos, who signed up to host the American version of the program while making no commitment to the CBC version.

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Rumours

Debuted October 9, 2006

This half-hour comedy was an English version of a French program, popular in Quebec. It was the story of a journalist and a former sports writer who worked for a third-rate Toronto lifestyle magazine. Moses Znaimer and Jocelyn Deschênes created the show, which was a production of Sphere Media/MZTV in association with the CBC.

Nine episodes aired in 2006, and the remaining eleven in 2007.  The series was not renewed.

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October 1970

Aired weekly from October 12, 2006 to November 30, 2006

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