Where to Watch CFC Alumni Series in Winter 2018
By Emily Gagne ● January 11, 2019 11:00
Temperatures may be dropping, but we promise you’ll stay warm this winter thanks to all the new and returning shows made by and/or starring CFC alumni that are hitting screens near you.
Look out for these shows over the next few months. Alumni names are bolded.
CBC Actors Conservatory alumna and RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS star Devery Jacobs (pictured, left) has booked a recurring role on Season 2 of this hit series (based on the Neil Gaiman book). She plays college student and artist Sam Black Crow.
American Gods returns to Starz in the U.S. on March 10. The new season will debut on Super Channel sometime next year.
BURDEN OF TRUTH
This hit CBC legal drama is back in session as of Wednesday, January 9 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT).
Varun Saranga, an alumnus of the CBC Actors Conservatory, joins the cast this year as Noah, a new client of corporate attorney Joanna Hanley (star Kristin Kreuk). Writers include Bell Media Prime Time TV Program alumnus Eric Putzer, and story editors Felicia Brooker and Hayden Simpson.
Fans of this homegrown thriller, executive produced by alumni Jennifer Kawaja and Patrick Tarr (who also wrote several episodes), will be thrilled to hear Season 3 debuts Thursday, January 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.
Look out for appearances by alumni like Jennifer Podemski and Devery Jacobs throughout the new season, as well as original music by Slaight Family Music Lab alumnus Todor Kobakov. And don’t miss the fourth episode of the season, penned by Shannon Masters.
A new one-hour drama joins CBC’s schedule this winter and it co-stars alumnus Lovell Adams-Gray (pictured, right)! Coroner, which follows a Toronto (you guessed it) coroner coping with the recent death of her husband, airs Mondays at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT).
Other alumni working on Coroner include: Paul Fox and Sherren Lee (directors), Marsha Greene (writer), Sean Reycraft (co-executive producer), Waneta Storms (consulting producer), Roslyn Kalloo (editor) and Andy McQueen (actor).
Another show shaking up primetime this winter is Diggstown, the first Canadian dramatic series to centre on a Black Canadian woman (Vinessa Antoine’s corporate lawyer Marcie Diggs). We’re proud to share that a number of alumni have behind-the-scenes roles on this groundbreaking new series, including Amos Adetuyi (executive producer) and Cory Bowles (director).
Catch the first episode Wednesday, March 6 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT).
Alumna Sarah Glinski serves as showrunner and executive producer on this live-action kids’ series, which follows a 13-year-old singer-songwriter. The show, which co-stars alumna Kate Hewlett, features original music by Slaight Music Residency alum Aimee Bessada.
Holly Hobbie, which is produced by Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen’s Aircraft Pictures (who recently produced The Breadwinner), premiered on Hulu last fall. It lands on Family Channel in Canada starting Saturday, January 12 at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT.
The acclaimed CBC comedy opens its doors once again this winter, with new episodes airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m., NT).
Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange alumnae Clara Altimas and Carly Stone were story editors on the show this year, with Stone penning an episode. Cineplex Film Program alumni Peter Wellington and Renuka Jeyapalan also directed multiple Season 3 episodes, meanwhile Aren Hansen is back as an editor and CBC Actors Conservatory alumna Getenesh Bernhe returns as Semira.
This scrappy dramedy, created by and starring alumnus Joel Thomas Hynes (pictured), is back in the ring as of Thursday, January 17 at 9:30 p.m. (10 p.m. NT)!
Once again, alumna Sherry White serves as showrunner and executive produces alongside Thomas Hynes and fellow alumnae Amy and Tassie Cameron. Additional alumni on Season 2: John Nicholls (editor), Erica Procunier (composer), Jane Maggs (writer), Jordan Canning (director), Molly McGlynn (director) and James Patrick (editor).
Ready for another dose of this Mennonite drug drama, executive produced (and occasionally directed) by alumnus Ken Girotti starring alumna Alex Paxton-Beesley (pictured)? We definitely are, especially since Bell Media Prime Time TV Program alumna Waneta Storms wrote an episode this year!
Season 2 of Pure lands on Super Channel Fuse starting Tuesday, January 22 at 10 p.m.
CBC Actors Conservatory alumnus Annie Murphy (pictured) is back as Alexis Rose in Season 5 of this hit sitcom (which also co-stars Eugene Levy, a CFC Board Member). Catch new episodes of Schitt's Creek (executive produced by Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange alumnus Andrew Barnsley) Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) on CBC.
This fan favourite Freeform series, co-starring CBC Actors Conservatory alumni like Kimberly-Sue Murray (pictured) and Jade Hassouné, is coming to a close this spring with the second half of Season 3 debuting in the States on Monday, February 25. The final episodes will arrive on Netflix in Canada the following day, February 26.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY
Time to beam up again as Season 2 of this Star Trek spinoff, co-starring CBC Actors Conservatory alumni Emily Coutts (pictured) and Patrick Kwok-Choon, lands on Space starting Thursday, January 17 at 8 p.m. ET.
Iconic Canadian series Street Legal returns after 25 years this March, with Cynthia Dale reprising her role as legal eagle Olivia Novak. New additions to the cast include CBC Actors Conservatory alumna Cara Ricketts, who is playing Lilly Rue, a lawyer from a rival firm.
Alumna Lynne Kamm also serves as a co-executive producer and writer on the series (Nicolas Billon and Nikolijne Troubetzkoy are also on the writing team). Rayne Zukerman is a producer.
Catch Street Legal starting Monday, March 4 at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m.) on CBC.
Based on the events of Canada’s tainted blood scandal, which resulted in thousands of Canadians being infected with HIV and hepatitis C, this CBC and SundanceTV series airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT).
Bell Media Prime Time TV program alumna Lynn Coady is one of the writers on Unspeakable, which stars Sarah Wayne Callies of The Walking Dead fame.
It’s Moms' time again, with the hit CBC comedy returning with a double shot of episodes on Thursday, January 10 at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT).
We’re excited to share that Renuka Jeyapalan is a featured director this year, helming three of the 13 half-hour episodes.