CBC season premieres: Burden of Truth, Vancouver-shot Unspeakable, Kim's Convenience, Schitt's Creek, and more

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      CBC TV's winter 2019 season has kicked off and several shows have Vancouver connections.

      Things got started on Sunday, with season premieres of family drama Heartland, returning for its 12th season, on January 6 and the new Toronto-set procedural drama Coroner, starring Serinda Swan and Roger Cross (both from Vancouver), on January 7.

      Tonight (January 8), several popular comedy series are returning to home screens. 

      New East Coast–based comedy series Cavendish, co-created and starring Mark Little from New Westminster, is one of them.

      Kim's Convenience

      Korean Canadian family sitcom Kim's Convenience is back for its third season for laughs, having won best comedy series, best lead actor (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), and best supporting actor (Andrew Phung) at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards.

      (The series happens to return on the same day that cast member Andrea Bang, who plays Janet, was named as having written one of the winning projects by the Vancouver-based Crazy8s short film competition.)

      Daniel Levy stars in Schitt's Creek

      Back for Season 5 is another family comedy, Schitt's Creek, starring Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy, which has also found success south of the border as well as internationally.

      Burden of Truth

      Tomorrow (January 9), things take a turn to the serious with dramas that have links to Vancouver.

      Burden of Truth returns for its second season, starring Vancouver actor Kristin Kreuk as a corporate attorney Joanna Chang (whose surname was Hanley in Season 1) in Winnipeg who takes on a new case involving hackers and political activism but becomes the target of a killer.

      This season will also feature several new cast members, including Michelle Nolde, Varun Saranga, Andrew Chown, and Raymond Ablack.


      A new miniseries about Canada's tainted blood scandal during the 1980s, Unspeakable, will also debut on the same evening, just as a colloquium on HIV/AIDS takes place in Vancouver at SFU.

      The eight-part series is based upon several emotional personal accounts; several books, including Andre Picard's Gift of Death: Confronting Canada's Tainted Blood Tragedy and Vic Parson's Bad Blood: The Tragedy of the Canadian Tainted Blood Scandal; and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Canadian Blood Tragedy.

      As the AIDS crisis arose in the '80s, a second virus—hepatitis C—was also affecting thousands of people. Both HIV and Hepatitis C entered the Canadian healthcare blood system, resulting in a major medical catastrophe.

      Shot in Vancouver in 2018, the cast (which features local talent) includes Sarah Wayne Callies, Shawn Doyle, Michael Shanks, and Camille Sullivan.


      Comedy series Workin' Moms, about a group of female friends who are juggling families and careers as their children are outgrowing them, is also launching into its third season on Thursday (January 10).

      Other dates to keep in mind later this season are for the Juno Awards (March 17), Canada Reads (March 25 to 28), and the Canadian Screen Awards (March 31).