CBC bows sked with latenight yakker

Net's makeover to feature talk shows, reality skeins

Canuck pubcaster CBC unveiled its fall schedule Thursday, anchored by four shows from its new factual entertainment division and its first daily latenight yakker in 25 years.

Sked, announced at its Toronto HQ, is the first since CBC hired a programming team led by exec director of net programming Kirstine Layfield.

Layfield calls it a transition year, and there are already major changes, notably “The Hour,” hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, a one-hour yakker airing nightly from 11. It’s moving from all-news channel Newsworld.

Reality shows include CBC’s version of British format “Dragon’s Den,” focusing on would-be entrepreneurs; “Test the Nation: The National IQ Test,” a version of a show on in 25 countries; and “Underdogs,” in which consumers battle corporations.

As previously reported, CBC will make a local version of “The One,” the music talent-contest show that has also been a hit in other territories, as well as air ABC’s take on “The One” this summer.

There are two drama series: “Intelligence,” about the Canadian Security Intelligence Service; and “Jozi-H,” a Canuck-South African co-production about an ER in Johannesburg. Production is also under way on dramedy “Rumours,” adapted from the Quebecois hit “Rumeurs.”

Docu series “Hockey: A People’s History” is a 10-hour look at the roots of the game in Canada, which is being heavily promoted during CBC’s coverage of the NHL playoffs.

There will also be two 9/11-related docs: “The Secret History of 9/11,” a minute-by-minute re-creation of the attacks; and “9/11: Toxic Legacy,” a look at its environmental side-effects.

Aside from “The One,” CBC is continuing its policy of not airing U.S. shows in primetime.

“I don’t think we could afford it and it’s not what we’re here for,” Layfield said.

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