|7 p.m.||TBD||Hockey Night in Canada||Heartland|
|8 p.m.||Murdoch Mysteries||Rick Mercer Report||Dragon’s Den||The Nature of Things||Marketplace||Life Story (Jan. 11)|
|8: 30 p.m.||22 Minutes|
|9 p.m.||Strange Empire/Ascension (Feb. 9)/Chasing Shadows (Mar. 23)||Schitt’s Creek (Jan. 13)||The Book of Negroes (Jan. 7)/X Company (Feb. 18)||Doc Zone||the fifth estate||Winnipeg Comedy (Jan. 11)|
|9:30 p.m.||Mr. D (Jan. 20)|
|10 p.m.||The National|
Note: New series are in bold.
Of all the shows the CBC is launching this season, Schitt’s Creek is probably the most anticipated. However, from what I can gather from the previews, the show doesn’t look that great. Essentially, it’s about a wealthy family that loses everything and has to live in a backwater town. It’s probably going to take everything you can throw at it to keep it interesting past the first two episodes. Schitt’s Creek’s concept feels like it would work better as a film. However, if Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara can’t save this thing, I don’t know who could.
Lawrence Hill, the author of The Book of Negroes said it was surreal, rich, satisfying and sometimes surprising to see The Book of Negroes make the transition from novel to the screen. I read the book a while ago, and I have no reason to doubt him. The sneak peeks that the CBC has given us of the mini series look great, but quality doesn’t necessarily mean ratings success. However, I’m sure the CBC knows that by now.
I don’t think I’ve actually come across any footage of X Company, but from what I’ve heard about it, the show sounds exciting. The CBC says, “X Company is an emotionally-driven character drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations.” Oh boy, sign me up. (Update — Jan. 7: Check out the killer first trailer here.)