CBC sets premiere dates for winter 2018

Burden of Truth
Legal drama Burden of Truth and Allan Hawco-starrer Caught are among a trio of dramas joining the pubcaster's lineup in early 2018.

CBC has locked in the winter premiere dates for its new and returning series, including debuts for a trio of dramas and a pair of half-hour comedies.

The pubcaster’s winter 2018 slate features three new hour-long dramas, including Manitoba-shot drama Burden of Truth (10 x 60 minutes, pictured), produced by ICF Films, eOne and Eagle Vision; Allan Hawco-starring drama Caught (5 x 60 minutes), from Take the Shot Productions; and true-crime series The Detectives (8 x 60 minutes), produced by Montreal-based WAM Media GRP.

As well, debuting comedies Crawford (12 x 30 minutes), produced by Rabbit Square Productions, and dark comedy Little Dog (7 x 30 minutes), from Cameron Pictures and Elemental Pictures, are set for premieres in February and March, respectively.

CBC’s winter schedule also sees the return of Schitt’s Creek season four, Workin’ Moms season two and Hello Goodbye season three.

Heading into the new year, from Jan. 8, Monday nights will kick off with Murdoch Mysteries at 8 p.m., followed by Frankie Drake Mysteries at 9 p.m. Caught joins the schedule on Feb. 26, once the first season of Frankie Drake has concluded.

Tuesday nights see the return of Schitt’s Creek and Workin’ Moms, which premiere at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively, on Jan. 9. The 15th and final season of Rick Mercer Report continues on the same day at 8 p.m., with This Hour Has 22 Minutes in the 8:30 p.m. timeslot.

CBC is pairing the hour-long drama Burden of Truth and true-crime series The Detectives on Wednesday nights starting Jan. 10, with Burden at 8 p.m. and The Detectives at 9 p.m.

Thursday nights will see the debut of acquired Irish miniseries The Secret (4 x 60, produced by U.K>-based prodco Hat Trick Productions), which debuts on Jan. 11 at 9 p.m. Joel Thomas Hynes-starring series Little Dog will premiere in the 9 p.m. slot on March 1. 

Friday Jan. 12 sees the season-three premiere of Forte Entertainment’s Hello Goodbye (13 x 30), which is nestled between Marketplace at 8 p.m. and The Fifth Estate at 9 p.m. Also, comedy series Crawford debuts (in its entirety) exclusively on CBC’s digital platforms on Feb. 2. The show will also air on the linear in summer 2018.

Meanwhile, Hockey Night in Canada will air on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m., while Sundays see the continuation of Heartland‘s 11th season at 7 p.m., followed by The Nature of Things at 8 p.m., CBC Docs POV at 9 p.m. and The National at 10 p.m.