Just a quick post to offer some thoughts on the 2013-2014 season announced by CBC today. We’ve been wondering how the CBC would manage their budget cuts and keep quality Canadian programming on the air and we can now see a couple of the strategies. First, renewals are a lot cheaper than a new show so the old favourites like Rick Mercer and Heartland have been renewed but also the new (to CBC and half the country) Murdoch Mysteries and Cracked. Second, it’s cheaper to order more episodes of a series than to order a new series so Murdoch Mysteries and Republic of Doyle both have 18 episode orders.
Is any of this a bad idea? CBC is having a good year and audiences are loving the prime time line up. So give them more of what they like. Sounds good. The risk, and it’s a real one, is that shows will come to a natural end, fickle audiences will drift away, and CBC may not have new, developed shows in the wings ready to be green lit. My fingers are crossed that that’s not the case.
In the meantime, as a lover of all things to do with Canadian TV and Canadian politics, I’m really looking forward to the Best Laid Plans miniseries next year.