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YTV announces world premiere dates for next two films in its L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables trilogy

From a media release:

Following the 2016 debut of YTV’s L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film, nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards this year, YTV announced today the world premiere dates for The Good Stars and Fire & Dew, the second and third installments in its film series, respectively. From birthdays to baking to boys, Anne Shirley tries to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence in the second film, The Good Stars, premiering on Family Day, Monday, February 20 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Anne’s next adventure takes her to Charlottetown in YTV’s final chapter of this classic Canadian tale, Fire & Dew, bowing on Canada’s 150th Birthday, Saturday, July 1.

In partnership with Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc. and Executive Produced by L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, YTV is proud to share its authentic re-telling of this iconic Canadian tale with audiences of all ages. Shot entirely in Canada, the film series features an all-star cast in reprising roles including series star, Ella Ballentine (Anne Shirley), critically acclaimed actor, Martin Sheen, (Matthew Cuthbert), and legendary Canadian actress, Sara Botsford (Marilla Cuthbert). Botsford was recently nominated by the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series for her portrayal of Marilla Cuthbert in the first film. 

In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars, beloved Anne Shirley turns thirteen and faces a host of new milestones: first sleepovers, culinary misadventures, and shifting relationships with her bosom friend Diana and academic rival Gilbert Blythe. Through all this, Anne strives to strike a balance between becoming an upstanding, sensible young woman, and embracing her inquisitive and free-spirited nature. Premieres Family Day, Monday, February 20 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Watch YTV’s new trailer for The Good Stars and catch up on the first film Monday, February 20 at 4 p.m. ET/PT or watch it on and the YTVGo App starting today.

In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew, Anne heads to Charlottetown to attend accelerated classes as she continues to work towards her dream of being a school teacher. While there, she is forced to adapt quickly to her new surroundings and classmates as she navigates her way through her first school experience outside of her beloved Green Gables. Anne finds herself facing daunting choices for her future, the stirrings of romance, and tragedy unlike anything she’s ever known. Meanwhile, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert contend with advancing age as they deal with financial challenges and the first signs of declining health. As a special Canada Day celebration, YTV is hosting a marathon of the L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables films concluding with the premiere of Fire & Dew on Saturday, July 1.

Originally published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the tale of Anne Shirley and her adventures in Green Gables span over 8 novels and has reached readers in over 25 languages.

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film series is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with L. M. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler who served as Executive Producer. Award-winning director John Kent Harrison, who also wrote The Good Stars returns, as well as Susan Coyne who wrote Fire & Dew. Additional cast includes Julia Lalonde and Drew Haytaoglu who star in reprising roles.


This Life cancelled by CBC after two seasons

The tears and laughter shared by the Lawson family is no more. This Life will not return for a third season on CBC.

“It’s with great sadness that we say goodbye to our viewers, as #ThisLifeCBC will not be returning for a third season,” the drama’s Facebook page read on Tuesday afternoon. “Thank you for your loyalty, it has been an honour bringing you this show. May the Lawson family live on in your imaginations.”

“I was, of course, hoping to continue the story, but I’m grateful for the two great seasons, for the chance I’ve had to collaborate with a brilliant team of writers, for an amazing producer in Virginia Rankin and everyone at Sphere Media, and for an incredibly talented cast and crew,” Kay said in a statement to TV, Eh? “And thank you to our loyal audience who engaged so passionately with the show online.”

Adapted from Radio Canada’s Nouvelle Adresse by showrunner Joseph Kay, This Life starred Torri Higginson as Natalie Lawson, a single mom of three kids who is told her cancer has returned. Natalie struggles with the prognosis while dealing with the daily struggles of motherhood, a job and a family that doesn’t always get along. This Life also starred Rick Roberts, Lauren Lee Smith, Kristopher Turner, Janet-Laine Green, Peter MacNeill, Marianne Farley, Louis Ferreira, Julia Scarlett Dan, Stephanie Janusauskas and James Wotherspoon.

In a bitter twist, This Life is nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards: Best Dramatic Series and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Smith.


Links: Mary Kills People

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Caroline Dhavernas on her new high-stakes drama series Mary Kills People
“I just loved the subject matter and I think this character is very deep, beautiful and compassionate. I love all the gray zones and her contradictions. I’m very drawn to TV shows where the content is interesting and cable television has really showed us that people are there for content.” Continue reading.

From Bill Brioux of the Toronto Star:

Mary Kills People tackles thorny issue of euthanasia
Mary Kills People is one of those TV titles that grabs your attention.

Mary really does kill people, but they are people who want to die.

Tara Armstrong developed the idea for the series while still a student at the University of British Columbia. Continue reading.

From Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter:

Mary Kills People star Caroline Dhavernas on doctor-assisted suicide: “Dying is not a crime.”
“Dying is not a crime. Personally, it’s someone’s right. If you have nothing but suffering ahead of you, we make choices for ourselves through our lives, and that’s the final one.” Continue reading.

From Bill Harris of Postmedia Network:

New series Mary Kills People finds both drama and comedy in assisted suicide
Mary, Mary, quite contrary.

That could apply both to the lead character in the new Canadian series Mary Kills People, and to the show itself, which debuts Wednesday, Jan. 25 on Global. Continue reading. 

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Mary Kills People is a killer of a good, provocative drama
Mary Kills People is, yes, definitely, a black-comedy-drama about euthanasia. In advance notices about its arrival on Lifetime, later this year, it is inevitably called provocative.

It sure is that, on several levels. It is also remarkably assured, droll and adult. It’s very smart and utterly intriguing. Watch episode one and you’re sucked into anticipating the second hour with pleasure. Continue reading. 




Link: A Conversation with ‘Pure’ Star Alex Paxton-Beesley

From Melissa Girimonte of The Televixen:

Link: A Conversation with ‘Pure’ Star Alex Paxton-Beesley
“If it was about keeping the children alive, Anna would leave. She’d leave if it was life or death. She would fight pretty hard for her community at large, but at the end of the day, her number one priority is her children and her husband, and that family unit. She would do whatever it takes to keep them safe.” Continue reading. 


Link: Katherine Barrell draws inspiration from her new Workin’ Moms role

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Katherine Barrell draws inspiration from her new Workin’ Moms role
“The women-centric aspect was a huge draw for me and having it be a female-centric comedy. It’s such a pleasure getting to work with women, especially on comedy, which is something that I think is really rare and very unique. The fact that it had both those elements for me was a slam dunk.” Continue reading.