Coroner, Burden of Truth among raft of CBC renewals

The pubcaster has renewed 10 original series heading into Canadian Screen Week.

A number of domestic series including CoronerBurden of Truth and Frankie Drake Mysteries are heading into Canadian Screen Week with the security of a greenlight after CBC unveiled 10 additional renewals for its 2019-2020 schedule.

Coroner (Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films, Cineflix Studios), which was CBC’s highest-rated new series of the current broadcast season, will go to a second season. The premiere episode garnered an audience of 1.05 million, making it CBC’s most-watched drama premiere in four years and the series was also picked up by NBCUniversal International Networks.

Meanwhile, heading into third seasons are Burden of Truth (ICF Films, eOne, Eagle Vision, 8 x 60 minutes), Frankie Drake Mysteries (Shaftesbury, 10 x 60 minutes) and The Detectives (WAM Media GRP, 8 x 60 minutes).

CBC’s ever-present Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury) was also greenlit to its 13th season. The Yannick Bisson-fronted series has continued to draw average weekly audiences in excess of one million during its season-12 run.

Alberta-shot drama Heartland (Seven24 Films, Dynamo Films) will head into its 13th season.

The pubcaster also unveiled renewals for its CBC Arts series Exhibitionists (season five, 26 x 30 minutes), CBC Docs POV (season five, 18 x 60 minutes), In the Making (season two, White Pine Pictures, 8 x 30 minutes) and The Nature of Things (season 59, 18 x 60 minutes).

Previously announced renewals for CBC’s 2019-2020 schedule include Schitt’s Creek (Not A Real Company Productions), which was last week renewed for a sixth and final seasonStill Standing (Frantic Films, season five, 13 x 30 minutes), Kim’s Convenience (Thunderbird Entertainment, season four, 13 x 30 minutes), The Great Canadian Baking Show (Proper Television, season three, 9 x 60 minutes), Dragon’s Den (season 14, 10 x 60 minutes), Baroness Von Sketch Show (Frantic Films, season four, 10 x 30 minutes) and Anne With an E (Northwood Entertainment, season three, 10 x 60 minutes).

CBC noted in a press release that additional renewals across all genres will be announced later in the spring. Renewals have not yet been confirmed for series including Cavendish, Workin’ Moms, Street Legal and Little Dog.

In total, CBC properties are nominated for 236 Canadian Screen Awards this year.