The CBC has announced its shows for the upcoming season. Renewals are the expected ones (Being Erica‘s renewal has been expected since it was on the list of CBC shows that would have fewer episodes next season). The three new scripted shows are, with links (where possible) to the original pilot announcements:
THE RON JAMES SHOW showcases the talents of renowned comedian Ron James and his always entertaining, poetically charged observations on life in the modern world.
18 TO LIFE is the highly anticipated domestic comedy about a couple that does the unthinkable: they get married at the tender age of 18. Obviously their parents and even their friends disapprove, but they are determined that love will conquer all.
THE REPUBLIC OF DOYLE is a one-hour comedic drama about a father-son team of private investigators. Set against the rugged beauty of St. John’s Newfoundland, it’s an original, entertaining glimpse into the dynamics of the dysfunctional Doyle clan.
The description of The Ron James Show is so vague that I don’t know yet if it’s the same show as the “Ron James Show” pilot CBC was considering last year; that was described as a “family oriented sitcom.”
Unsurprisingly, the lineup is skewed in favour of shows that are either comedies or have a strong feel-good element. That’s what networks seem to be going for at the moment, due to the perception that audiences want to laugh during hard times.