Summer is right around the corner and free time is starting to fill up – but for some that means scrolling and surfing new shows.
If you need inspiration, CBC News has rounded up some of the most anticipated Canadian releases to watch in 2022 and beyond.
The start of the summer season is Lake, a new Canadian comedy series filmed and set in the cottage country of Northern Ontario.
Created by Canadian Julian Doucet and starring Canadian actor Jordan Gavaris, the comedy follows Justin (Gavaris) as he returns home after breaking up with a longtime partner.
Upon returning, Justin discovers that his childhood cottage had been left to his half-sister Maisy-May (Julia Stiles), leading to a summer battle to claim ownership.
Lake begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video on June 17.
A new medical drama coming this year is CBC’s Sky Med.
Created by Toronto-based writer and producer Julie Puckrin, the new series features a young Canadian troupe.
The drama follows the lives of nurses and air ambulance pilots in northern Manitoba. From triumphs to heartbreaks, the show (which will also premiere in the United States on Paramount+) will offer viewers a glimpse into the realities of health care delivery in Indigenous communities in northern Canada.
SkyMed will be broadcast on CBC TV and available to stream on CBC Gem on July 10.
Pamela’s Garden of Eden
Canadian actress, model and writer Pamela Anderson returns to her hometown for a new HGTV series: Pamela’s Garden of Eden.
The show follows the star as she renovates her late grandmother’s six-acre property on Vancouver Island.
Pamela’s Garden of Eden will air on HGTV in the fall of 2022.
Made in co-production with Netflix, David Turko Counterfeits tells the story of two teenage best friends as they accidentally build one of the largest fake ID empires in North America.
With more money than they can imagine, the two now navigate a new life of wealth and crime. The show features Canadian actors Emilija Baranac, Jennifer Tong and Richard Harmon.
Counterfeits will begin streaming on Netflix and CBC Gem in fall 2022.
play well follows the story of Paul, an aboriginal man and witty comedian, who returns to his fictional home in Grouse Lake First Nation in Manitoba after his failed attempt to move to the big city.
The 10-part series is co-created and stars actor and comedian Paul Rabliauskas.
play well will air on CTV Comedy Channel in 2022.
Comedy Night with Rick Mercer
Another comedy series to watch this year is Comedy night with Rick Mercer.
Each hour-long episode will feature stand-up routines from Mercer himself as well as a lineup of new Canadian comedians like Sophie Buddle, DJ Demers, Dakota Ray Hebert and more.
Comedy Night with Rick Mercer will air on CBC TV and air on CBC Gem in the fall of 2022.
One day we’ll all be dead
The national bestseller by Canadian author Scaachi Koul One day we’ll all be dead and none of this will matter inspired a new comedy series produced in Canada One day we’ll all be dead.
The 30-minute series, created by Lakna Edilima in collaboration with Koul, follows the story of a first-generation brunette woman facing pressure from her family and trying to pursue a career in journalism.
One day we’ll all be dead starts streaming on Crave in 2023.
Canada Drag Race: Canada Against the World
The Queens of Canada have proven their success on the world stage, and now Canada is set to host a new series with the Canadian drag queen Brooke Lynn Hytes as a judge.
The six-episode battle will crown a “queen of the mother-pucking world” – and the cast will be revealed later this year.
The series will begin streaming on Crave in 2022.
Toronto’s iconic 37-year-old Little India bridal shop Chandan Fashion is heading to the screens.
A new series called BollySea follows the Singhs and their family fashion business.
BollySea will air on CBC TV and will be available to stream on CBC Gem in winter 2023.
Canadian actor and writer Anthony Q. Farrell, best known for his work on Overlord and the Underwoods and Officeis back with a new single-camera comedy titled shelved.
The show follows the workplace drama of the Jameson Public Library, a fictional Toronto library modeled after the library in the Parkdale neighborhood.
shelved currently has no air date but will be part of Bell Media’s 2022-2023 lineup.
Plan Ban adapted French series created by Jean-François Asselin and Jacques Drolet, follows the story of a man who discovers his ability to time travel.
In the psychological drama, Philip (played by Canadian actor Patrick J. Adams), soon realizes that every choice has repercussions.
Plan B will air on CBC TV and air on CBC Gem in winter 2023.
Corus recently announced its second Canadian original series for Adult Swim.
The animated series red ketchup is based on a popular 80s Quebec comic series and follows rogue FBI agent Steve (Red) Ketchup.
red ketchup will premiere in French on Télétoon la nuit and in English on Adult Swim in 2023.
Other shows in production
Thunder Bay, a four-part docuseries based on the popular Canadaland podcast of the same name is currently in production. The investigative series is produced and hosted by award-winning Anishinaabe journalist and writer Ryan McMahon.
Casting has also begun for a new Canadian drama series that reimagines the classic Robin Hood story titled Robyn Hood. It will go into production in Toronto and Hamilton this summer.