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Season 2 of First Dates returns to Slice on March 14

From a media release:

Canadian original series, First Dates is back for a thrilling second season featuring a brand new restaurant, all-new staff, and six hundred daters looking for love. In each episode, connections are made, hearts are broken, and plenty of awkward moments are captured as cameras catch relationship hopefuls on blind dates looking to find that special someone. A new season of First Dates (14×30) premieres Tuesday, March 14 with back-to-back episodes at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Slice ™.

Filmed in downtown Vancouver, the series is situated in a local restaurant that is filled with real people on real first dates, and the ensuing drama is captured on over 40 remote-controlled cameras. For some daters, there is an instant and very apparent attraction, but for others, it’s clear there is never going to be a happy ending.

The action jumps from table to table as some dates move painfully along, while other dates enjoy every single moment of their time together. Half-concealed looks of hope and disappointment, flirtatious hair twirling, and under the table hand-holding are all captured. The greatest part of First Dates is the ending. After the bill has been paid, the couples are filmed side by side and reveal whether or not they are attracted to each other and if they want to meet again.

Based on the hit format from Warner Bros. International Television Production, First Dates is a co-production between Force Four Entertainment and Remedy Canada Productions, in association with Corus Entertainment.

Link: 5×5 With The Hook: Sue Baldaro

From You’ve Been Hooked:

Link: 5×5 With The Hook: Sue Baldaro
“The coolest thing about the current Canadian television landscape is how strong the writing, acting and filmmakers have become over the past few years. And the Canadian conspiracy continues as actors, directors and writers have been able to work here, at home, while also infiltrating productions around the globe.” Continue reading. 


Link: An animated chat with Ken Cuperus, creator of YTV’s The Stanley Dynamic

From Robert Ballantyne of Pop Journalism:

Link: An animated chat with Ken Cuperus, creator of YTV’s The Stanley Dynamic
“But the advice I would give is to just keep writing, and just keep making relationships with other writers, producers, directors, anybody working in the business. It is not easy to get that first contract — it took me several years of trying — but perseverance pays off. It’s a marathon, not a 100-meter dash.” Continue reading.


Link: Interview: ‘Ransom’ stars Luke Roberts and Nazneen Contractor

From W. Andrew Powell of The Gate:

Link: Interview: ‘Ransom’ stars Luke Roberts and Nazneen Contractor
“It’s always fun to work with something that actually happened, or work or play a character that truly exists, and is actively working, so that always adds an authenticity and a sense of responsibility. Every episode has its own story and its own charm, and we’re very lucky as a cast, we really got on with each other, pretty much instantly.” Continue reading.


X Company 307: Aurora is pushed to the brink in “The Hunt”

I pretty much lost my cool over this week’s episode of X Company, as this tweet demonstrates:

My reaction was in response to the horrifying moral quandaries the instalment presents to viewers and to a stunning—but completely earned—ending that is sure to blow up Twitter on Wednesday night.

It’s an incredibly well-done hour of television, but it is difficult to watch. It was also difficult to create, according to co-executive producer Sandra Chwialkowska.

“Honestly, I can say it was the hardest script I’ve ever had to write,” she says.

Here is our sneak peek of “The Hunt,” written by Chwialkowska and directed by Amanda Tapping.

A village in danger
Last week’s X Company ended with Aurora telling Alfred about the Nazi’s plan to “cleanse” the village of Nadzieja, Poland. This week, Neil, Alfred and the Polish Resistance try to fight off the German attack.

Aurora is pushed to the brink
Aurora has been delving deeper and deeper into the persona of Helene Bauer, and things are about to take a sickening turn as she must prove her loyalty during a party at Schmidt’s home.

Évelyne Brochu is always top-notch, but she is truly compelling in this episode. How she is continually passed over for a Canadian Screen Awards nomination I’ll never understand.

Schmidt and Heidi reveal what it means to be true believers
You think you know what’s coming—you don’t.

Major cliffhanger alert
Don’t even think about missing the final moments of this episode.

X Company airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Image courtesy of CBC.