Fresh start for Steven Sabados, ‘sexy’ crime thriller Shoot the Messenger and more debut on CBC-TV

A fresh start for Steven Sabados, a “sexy” crime thriller and new perspectives are what CBC-TV has in store for viewers as the public broadcaster launches a new slate of shows for the fall.

Sabados returns to the air Monday in The Goods, the network’s new weekday lifestyle series. It marks his official TV comeback following the sudden 2015 death of Chris Hyndman, his spouse and co-host of CBC’s previous lifestyle show Steven and Chris.

The Goods

“It was bittersweet being back on set. It is amazing to be here, to be here with my new friends,” Sabados told CBC News in a recent interview following a live taping.

“But it was also emotional as well. I mean, just seeing the audience and just the energy of everyone, it was just overwhelming.”

He is joined by Jessi Cruickshank, Andrea Bain and Shahir Massoud in the new series, with each specializing in a particular realm. Massoud will focus on wellness and food, Bain will deal with relationships and Cruikshank’s specialty will be decor, style and fashion.

“I was very moved, as I feel we all were, by the audience. Everybody coming here. Everybody coming together. Largely to celebrate Steven being back on daytime television,” Cruickshank said of the initial taping.

“Let’s be honest. No one watching the show today was here for the three of us,” she said about herself, Bain and Massoud. 

Sabados, who worked for decades alongside the late Hyndman, said he liked that The Goods showcases each of the hosts’ field of expertise.

“We get to sort of teach each other and learn from each other,” he said.

Shoot the Messenger

The creators of another new CBC-TV offering are taking cues from the high-quality, glossy and sharp dramas seen on Netflix, HBO and other top networks. The serial drama Shoot the Messenger — which delves into the world of crime reporters and the police — “is sexy,” declared co-creator Sudz Sutherland.

‘This is stuff I want to watch and it’s totally binge-worthy.’
– Sudz Sutherland

“It has incredible performances. We have a great-looking cast. This is stuff I want to watch and it’s totally binge-worthy.” 

Sutherland and co-creator Jen Holness also drew inspiration from some of Toronto’s major news headlines of recent years as well as the city’s cultural fabric for the eight-episode series.

“Canadians are excited about exciting, dramatic, fantastic work. And that’s what we hope to bring,” Holness said.

Kim’s Convenience, This is High School

The fall lineup will also include shows told from voices that viewers don’t often hear, whether it’s the Korean-Canadian family at the centre of the ground-breaking sitcom Kim’s Convenience or the west coast teenagers sharing their lives in the fly-on-the-wall docu-series This is High School.

“You don’t have to be Korean to understand this because at the end of the day, [the characters are] human beings, they have family issues just like anybody else and there are a lot of things that are universal to the human experience,” said Kim’s Convenience star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee.

Meanwhile teens continue to face universal challenges that adults might recall, but viewers will also learn that much has changed for today’s youth. That includes the way they’re taught and the radically different social environment they face, according to This is High School director Sarah Sharkey Pearce.

The students’ candour was also eye-opening, said the filmmaker.

“It was surprising to see how unguarded people were once the cameras were fixed in the school,” she said.

“People kind of just left their guard down and their lives unfolded in front of us.”

This is High School debuts Sunday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. ET (8:30 NT). 

The Goods debuts Monday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. ET (2:30 NT). 

Kim’s Convenience debuts Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET (9:30 NT).

Shoot the Messenger debuts Monday, Oct. 10. at 9 p.m. ET (p:30 NT).