You may have noticed that there are a lot of announcements being made about fall TV right now, and you’re not wrong. Almost all of the big networks are unveiling their upcoming TV schedules before the warmer summer months hit and we want to help you plan your next binge accordingly, with a focus on CanCon.
Happily, there’s a slew of new and upcoming Canadian original productions in the mix, everything from reality shows and dramas, to comedies and unscripted gems. A whole new series featuring eTalk personality, Lainey Lui? You got it. The very first edition of Family Feud Canada? Definitely. A hot new medical drama revolving around the refugee experience in Toronto? Heck yes.
There’s plenty to get excited about in the Canadian production department these days. Read on to learn which exciting new series are hitting airwaves in the 2019-20 television season.
From the producers who gave us our favourite gritty crime drama, 19-2, comes this new CTV medical drama focusing on a Toronto hospital. Our entry point to The Transplant is a Syrian refugee with a strong medical background who finds himself in the right place at the right time during a freak car accident. When he saves multiple lives—including the life of one of the hospital’s higher ups—his life takes an unexpected and sudden turn.
This incoming History docu-series delves into the Native American experience in B.C.’s Nemiah Valley, where herds of wild Qayus horses are fighting for survival. The rare breed is said to be among the smartest, strongest and rarest on the planet, and under the watchful eye of Chief Jimmy Lulua, the Xeni Gwet’in cowboys continue to try and protect them. Watch for the premiere this winter.
Drugs, paganism, aliens, and even murder are at the centre of Crave‘s latest original comedy, starring creators/showrunners Kayla Lorette and Evany Rose as Katherine Whitfield and Grace Lee. It all kicks off when two women begin the first all-female cult of its size in order to create a safe space for women, one that’s far away from a rival, male-dominated cult. Production on Season 1 begins June 17 in North Bay, Ont., which means we’ll be looking for an airdate announcement in the not-too immediate future.
The Untitled Elaine “Lainey” Lui series
Can’t get enough of Lainey and her unique brand of gossip, interviews and all-around perspective? Then you’ll definitely be as stoked as we are for her upcoming pop culture series, which features Lainey and a variety of guests as they break down and discuss some of Crave’s big-ticket programming.
Family Feud Canada
We’ve all grown up watching this fun, family oriented game show, but now you and your family can actually audition to be on the series when it comes to CBC. The public broadcaster has confirmed a Canadian version is in the works for later this fall, this time hosted by the one and only comedian Gerry Dee.
Vacation House Rules
Want to own your very own vacation property? Not sure where to start? This new 10-part HGTV Canada series featuring Scott McGillivray promises to help wannabe buyers find the beauty in even the most neglected of potential vacation properties.
This new six-part drama is adapted from the Son of a Trickster trilogy by Eden Robinson, and features the supernatural coming-of-age story of an Indigenous teen boy named Jared. Casting has yet to be announced, but we can watch for this one on CBC sometime next year.
Who better to help us navigate the various components of healthy living than eTalk reporter Chloe Wilde, founder of the popular website Healthy Is Hot. In each episode of her upcoming series she and special guests dissect everything from health and beauty to self-love and empowerment in today’s social-media-obsessed world.
From the team behind Rookie Blue comes this medical drama featuring rookie Nurses working the front lines of a busy downtown hospital. The Toronto-shot show stars Tiera Skovbye (Riverdale), Natasha Calis (The Possession), Jordan Johnson-Hinds (Blindspot), Sandy Sidhu (Home Before Dark) and Donald MacLean Jr. (Workin’ Moms) and is expected to hit Global TV’s lineup sometime this fall.
Need more comedy in your life? Enter a new series featuring the Toronto-based sketch comedy troupe TallBoyz II Men. Think the Baroness Von Sketch Show, except with guys playing heightened versions of themselves and tackling bro culture.
Make Your Move
Or maybe you need more Dave and Kortney Wilson in your life. Welcome to this new 10-part HGTV series that features the renovating couple tackling new and improved renovation projects—this time for homeowners who are stuck in a house-hunting rut.
Battle of the Blades
It’s been years since we’ve seen Ron MacLean host this ice-dancing version of Dancing With the Stars, but now it’s back in all its glory—with a couple of improvements. Amazing Race Canada’s own Natalie Spooner will serve as one of the professional hockey players, marking the first time the series has switched up the sexes. Fancy that. Additional casting will be announced before the fall premiere.
If you love old farmhouses with a modern feel, this HGTV series should be up your alley. Each week reno experts Bill Pearson and Carolyn Wilbrink team up to restore old farm homes for clients across Ontario.
This eight-part spy drama takes place in 1968 and is inspired by the true story of an American activist family who helped smuggle Vietnam war deserters and draft dodgers across the border into Canada. Now if only Nicky on This Is Us could have had their help. The eight-part series premieres on CBC in Winter 2020.
Canada’s public broadcaster and New Zealand are teaming up for this relationship-driven thriller that takes place in Pelorus Sounds, NZ. There, crime, scandal and embezzlement reign supreme and nothing is quite as it seems. Watch for it next winter.