'Mosque,' 'Intelligence' return to fall schedule

MONTREAL — The fall schedule for Canuck pubcaster the CBC includes more series than in recent years, but local bizzers are complaining that there aren’t many homegrown dramas.

Lineup, announced Tuesday in Toronto, included only one new Canadian drama, “Heartland,” set in Alberta. There is also a returning homegrown drama series, Vancouver-based writer-producer Chris Haddock’s critically acclaimed series “Intelligence.”

New shows include Showtime’s Irish-Canadian co-production “The Tudors”; reality show “No Opportunity Wasted,” produced by Phil Keoghan from “The Amazing Race”; a miniseries based on late Montreal author Mordecai Richler’s novel “St. Urbain’s Horseman”; and Canadian talent search “Triple Sensation.”

“Little Mosque on the Prairie,” a sitcom about Muslims in small-town Saskatchewan that is CBC’s biggest hit in years, will return.

The winter CBC schedule is set to be announced in November.

Kirstine Layfield, exec director of network programming, told Daily Variety that the net will introduce at least three Canadian dramas in January. The head of Canada’s main actors union was disappointed by the CBC schedule. “It looks a little light on drama,” said ACTRA national executive director Stephen Waddell.

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