Rick Mercer signs three-year deal with CBC

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      In the wake of all the unfortunate news about several CBC TV series cancellations, such as Arctic Air, Cracked, and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, there's one bright spot.

      Comedian and TV show host Rick Mercer announced on March 26 that he has signed a three-year deal with the CBC to continue The Rick Mercer Report until 2017. (Which basically means we can safely look forward to seeing three more years of singer Jann Arden being tortured by Mercer.)

      Previously, the show had only been signed from year to year.

      The series, which draws one million viewers each week and is currently in its 11th season, won two Canadian Screen Awards in the comedy categories this year.