CBC shuffles out old shows and reels in new

The Ceeb gave a sneak peak at its 2007-2008 programming slate yesterday, and it's making news across the country this morning for what's not on the list.

There are some unhappy fans of time-tested CBC shows this morning. The pubcaster is hitting headlines nationally for cancelling long-running shows such as Venture (after 22 years), Country Canada (52 seasons), and the culture showcase Opening Night. Also chopped are hospital series Jozi-H, crime drama 72 Hours, Moving On and Hatching, Matching and Dispatching.

The net’s freshman entry Rumours – the one about the guy and the girl working at a magazine – will finish this summer with no new episodes coming. Discussions are ongoing about the future of Chris Haddock’s Intelligence.

The Ceeb’s peek into new shows included a mix of drama. The Tudors, an Irish-Canadian co-production, revives the sex-and-war-filled life of Henry VIII, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead. Heartland, set in the foothills of Alberta, will follow the multi-generational humour and drama of the Fleming family as they struggle to run a horse ranch. Sophie is about the adventures and misadventures of a young single mother who inherits a talent agency from her father and then loses her top client.

The reality slate will see the return of the pitch-your-idea-to-the-pros competition Dragon’s Den, along with two new series and the return of several specials. Toronto-based series The Border will draw from today’s headlines to cover cross-border police actions in a post 9-11 world – everything from security to terrorism and trafficking of enriched uranium and abducted children. No Opportunity Wasted, from Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan, will offer Canadians the chance to seize life-changing opportunities. Continuing specials on the list are continuations of Test the Nation, Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister and The Greatest Canadian Invention.

Of course, the Ceeb would never pull the plug on these cornerstones: The National, Marketplace, Hockey Night in Canada, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Rick Mercer Report and Royal Canadian Air Farce. They’re all coming back.