It’s time to go back to school in Télé-Québec with the return of many of the programs that peaked the channel over the past year, and some new productions emerging.
For an upbeat head-to-head launch, Télé-Québec invited the media on Wednesday morning, live from La Scena, in the Old Port of Montreal. Richard Haddad, general manager of content at the channel, confirmed the return of major shows such as “This Year” with Marc Labreche, “Family Arrangement” by Bianca Gervais and Sebastian Diaz, or “McSwain Pointer”.
Many shows will also celebrate an anniversary during the season. “Génial” is in its twelfth season, with hundreds of science tests taking place in the studio. Norman Brathwaite hosts the 19th season of “Belle et Bum,” while Marie-Soleil Michonne will begin the ninth year of “It’s Worth It.”
“When I was offered this project in 2013, I never thought that it would last so long and that it would be my longest professional project,” the host joked. It’s a show that I’m more and more proud of, because it’s been updated over the years, and we’re gaining more and more viewers with each season.”
This fall also marks the return of documentaries such as “De Garde 24/7,” the channel’s most-watched program, which will once again follow Doctor Gagnon in his daily hospital life.
A few new shows are also in the program for this new academic year, including “Our 20s,” hosted by Patrick Lagacé. “It’s a talk show with the idea of presenting yourself in the future, without causing deliberate polarization,” explained the host, who will also return at the helm of “Two Men in Gold” on “Winter.”
Another expected new addition is “La Une,” a documentary series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at investigative journalism.
Télé-Québec’s documentary presentation will once again be exceptional with several original productions in Quebec, including “The Trial,” a documentary by Pierre Craig about the structural drifts of the justice system.
Marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the diverse collection of documents “9/11 and Me” will give voice to Quebecers with an immigrant background who have been directly affected. Mehdi Bousaidan, who was only 8 years old at the time, testified, “These events changed a lot of things compared to the image of Arabs. It seems that I gave myself the task of restoring this image, it prompted me to go into the arts to show that Arabs can be playful and kind.”
Télé-Québec remains a popular destination for young people due to its abundance of shows for young people, to which has been added “The Smurfs”, a new 3D version of Peyo’s comic book that updates itself on current issues in society. Apparently, Passe-Partout will return for Season 4 with new original songs.
However, it will be necessary to wait until the end of the year and winter to discover a tsunami of new original productions that promise to be very interesting, such as “C’est humaine” hosted by Marie Solly Dion, online “Mehdi Boussaidan who will analyze the digital world, the exciting series Interesting ‘I’m Not a Human’ with Genevieve Schmidt, or the documentary series ‘La vigne est belle’ on Quebec vineyards.
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