Family Feud Canada, TallBoyz Comedy on CBC Slate


CBC has unveiled its 2019-2020 roster, which includes a Canadian version of the hit game show Family Feud, to be hosted by Gerry Dee.

Arriving in late fall, Family Feud Canada will showcase Canadian families from across the country as they compete to guess the most popular answers to fun, family-friendly survey questions from a sample of Canadians.

Other factual-entertainment highlights include Back in Time for Winter, based on the audience favorite Back in Time for Dinner; Battle of the Blades, featuring a high-stakes figure skating competition for charity; Fridge Wars, which pits celebrity chefs against one another using only the ingredients found in the families’ kitchens; High Arctic Haulers, following shipping crews at sea; and You Can’t Ask That, based on an unscripted format from ABC Australia.

In the way of comedy, TallBoyz, featuring four members of the Toronto-based sketch comedy troupe TallBoyz II Men, debuts this fall.

New dramas for the CBC schedule include Fortunate Son, a spy drama set in the social and political chaos of 1968 from the producers of Heartland and the producers of Motive. The Sounds is a relationship-driven thriller, while The Trickster was adapted from the Son of a Trickster trilogy of books by Eden Robinson and co-created by Michelle Latimer (Rise, The Inconvenient Indian) and Tony Elliott (12 Monkeys, Orphan Black).

A new blue-chip documentary series led by Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici (The Naked Archaeologist), Enslaved, joins the schedule in winter 2020.

“As Canada’s public broadcaster, we are committed to building stronger relationships with Canadians of all ages by providing them with relevant and engaging content across all genres and platforms,” said Barbara Williams, executive VP of English services at CBC. “It is more important than ever that we better reflect more of the country we serve and connect a broader range of Canadians to their communities, their country and the rest of the world.”