Country of Distribution: Canada
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CBC, Canada's national public broadcaster, offers most of its programs for free, streaming on its website and in apps, under the "Gem" label. Some content is behind a free 'wall' that requires you to create a CBC account with some basic personal information. There is also a premium version of Gem available for $4.99/month, which adds commercial-free streaming and live streaming of CBC News Network.

Network’s Shows

War of the Worlds  PeakTV Score: 68
Premiere Date: October 7, 2020 125349 

Set in contemporary France, this Anglo-French re-imagining of H. G. Wells’ classic follows pockets of survivors forced to team up after an apocalyptic extra-terrestrial strike. Debuts Oct 7, 2020 on CBC Gem.


White House Farm  PeakTV Score: 80
Premiere Date: January 8, 2020 112582 

Revolves around the true story of a fateful night in August 1985 when five members of the same family are murdered at an Essex farmhouse, and the ensuing police investigation and court case that follows.


Normal People  PeakTV Score: 87
Premiere Date: April 29, 2020 97545 

Follows Marianne and Connell, from different backgrounds but the same small town in Ireland, as they weave in and out of each other’s romantic lives. A must-see from critics and users, it debuts May 27, 2020.


I Ship It  PeakTV Score: 68
Premiere Date: June 22, 2016 52610 

Ella and Tim are roommates, co-workers, and best friends who start a band that makes music inspired by fandom culture. Along with interns Sasha and Denver they unite their talents to compete in a local Battle of the Bands competition.


PEN15  PeakTV Score: 84
Premiere Date: February 8, 2019 17683 

The comedic story of middle school seen through the eyes of two 7th grade girls. Season 2 is coming to Hulu in the U.S. Sept 16, 2020. It debuts one month later on CBC Gem on Oct 16, 2020.


Britannia  PeakTV Score: 68
Premiere Date: January 18, 2018 12789 

In 43 AD, the Roman Army returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia.


Schitt’s Creek  PeakTV Score: 84
Premiere Date: January 13, 2015 5170 

Winner of 9 awards at the 2020 Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. All seasons are available to watch on CBC Gem.



Academy of Country Music Awards Nominations: Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris Lead Roster; As Expected, Morgan Wallen Absent – Complete List

Country artists Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris topped the Country Music Awards nominations today, with each getting six nominations from the Academy of Country Music. The nominations were announced on CBS This Morning today by CBS, the ACM and dick c …

Netflix Productions Are More Diverse Than Studio Films, Study Shows

The study, which the streaming giant commissioned, looked at films and TV series from 2018 and 2019.

NY Times
Netflix Film And TV Chiefs Talk Diversity Strides And Goals, ‘Bridgerton’, ‘Jingle Jangle’ Breakthroughs

Netflix’s two top film and TV executives said the streaming service still has plenty of room for progress with diversity, but predicted results in 2020 will likely show improvement over 2019 when all of the numbers are tallied. “I think we …

USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Releases Netflix Diversity Study, Finds Women Of Color Are Critical Component Of Inclusion

USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released a study today examining the diversity of Netflix’s original content. If anything the study could be summarized by Dr. Stacy L. Smith who said in a video: “Inclusion happens when women are given th …

Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton Lead Academy of Country Music Awards Nominations With Six Each

Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead the nominations for the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards with six each, closely trailed by Miranda Lambert with five nods, and Ashley McBryde, Thomas Rhett and producer Jay Joyce with four apiece. Among those p …

Variety News
AMC Networks Had Over 6 Million Streaming Subs In Q4; Earnings Beat Street; Stock Pops

AMC Networks ended 2020 with more than 6 million subscribers for its AMC Networks streaming services across recently launched AMC+, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK– up 157% year-on-year. The company Friday reported fourth quarter earni …

International Insider: Covid Clause Controversy; EFM Hot Packages; Paramount+ Powers Up; London Screenings

Good day, International Insider readers, Jake Kanter here. Take a walk with me through some of the global film and TV stories you need to read this week. Want to get in touch? I’m on jkanter@deadline.com, or my DMs are open on Twitter. And sign up here …