CBC UNVEILS WINTER 2023 SLATE ACROSS NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT, FEATURING NEW ORIGINAL STORYTELLING REFLECTING MORE PEOPLE, PLACES AND PERSPECTIVES ACROSS CANADA
Reflecting more communities in Canada, CBC’s winter factual lineup features a new series PUSH, focused on an Edmonton group of friends with disabilities supporting one another to live life to the fullest (February 24)
CBC’s winter storytelling includes over 40 original series, podcasts, specials and documentaries from Canadian creators, producers and storytellers across all genres, reflecting more people, perspectives and lived experiences across the country.
“Ultimately, we want everyone in this country to see CBC as
thing. As a Canada thing. No matter who you are, whatever background you're from, or whatever history you've lived. Because it’s not how Canadian you are. It’s who you are in Canada, and we’re here for all of you,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, CBC. “Through our new winter programming on all platforms, we want to both introduce and reintroduce ourselves to help people see how CBC is evolving to make their lives in Canada more fulfilling, more informed and more fun.”
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED TODAY
CBC NEWS EXPLORE - full announcement here
PUSH (8x30, Fenix Film & Television and Small Army Entertainment)
Starring Benveet “Bean” Gill, PUSH is a new original unscripted series that takes audiences into the inner world of the “Wheelie Peeps,” an unlikely group of friends and wheelchair users, bonded by their shared experience of navigating life on wheels. They are self-proclaimed rednecks, former exotic dancers, mothers, concert pianists and more. Whether it’s growing a family, fighting social stigma, or jumping back into the dating pool, this determined group of friends is working together to prove that even though their mobility may be limited, their lives and dreams are most certainly not.
“This show is what I needed when I was first paralyzed,” said Gill. “To see that having a disability doesn’t define you. We’re regular people, striving like everyone else to live our kickass lives to the fullest. But Push is not simply a show about lives. It’s about really seeing and hearing us as people, just as we are.”
PUSH premieres Friday, February 24 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem. Shot in summer and fall 2022 in Edmonton, Alberta, PUSH is executive produced by Sean De Vries and produced by Kaitlan Stewart, with consulting producer Gill.