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Link: Third season of Motive promises weirder, wilder mysteries

From Francois Marchand of the Vancouver Sun:

Third season of CTV crime show Motive promises weirder, wilder mysteries
On a balmy November morning in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a small crowd of onlookers was amassed around the overpass at East Hastings and Raymur Avenue. The bloodied, mangled body of a man was hanging from the railing, suspended by his rappel gear. His unfinished graffiti was sprayed on the overpass wall nearby. For the cast and crew of CTV crime drama Motive, this body was referred to lovingly as “the flesh chandelier.” It will be central to the intrigue in the sixth episode of the show’s third season, which starts March 8. Continue reading.

Link: Gangland Undercover a fast-paced, fact-based ride

From Melissa Hank of

Gangland Undercover a fast-paced, fact-based ride
History’s new six-part miniseries Gangland Undercover may be about a California motorcycle gang and its life-and-death exploits, but don’t call it Sons of Anarchy.

The Canadian-American co-production is based on informant Charles Falco’s 2013 book titled Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs. There are bikes and beatings, yes, and drugs and dames, but actors Paulino Nunes and Damon Runyan say there’s a key difference. Continue reading.

Link: Enrico Colantoni calls foul on Orphan Black at Canadian Screen Awards

From Cassandra Szklarski of the Canadian Press:

Enrico Colantoni calls foul on Orphan Black at Canadian Screen Awards
 star Enrico Colantoni says the smash Space series Orphan Black has an unfair advantage at the Canadian Screen Awards.

And he’s tired of seeing the BBC America-backed show dominate at the bash, which celebrates the best in homegrown film, TV and digital media.

The sci-fi serial heads into this weekend’s televised ceremony with a leading eight trophies from a pre-show gala. This Sunday it competes for the title of Best Drama against Global’s Remedy, Bravo’s 19-2, Showcase’s Continuum and CTV’s Motive. Continue reading.

Survivorman returns to OLN’s Spring Schedule

From a media release:

It’s in with the spring and out with the snow as OLN welcomes the season’s hottest new original series, sure to excite all audiences. From master survivalist Les Stroud who returns to OLN with fan-favourite series Survivorman, to prodigy magicians and death-cheating escape artists, to the mind-blowing things the human body can do, OLN has it all. Catch all the action beginning March 3 on OLN.

Tuesday, March 3:

You Can’t Lick Your Elbow: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), beginning March 3

**Series Premiere**

You Can’t Lick Your Elbow, hosted by future NFL Hall of Fame player Tony Gonzalez, is a guide to the weird, clever, and amazing things you can – and sometimes can’t – do with the human body. On the series premiere of You Can’t Lick Your Elbow, viewers are welcomed to explore their own human body. So watch – and learn – as this episode unlocks the superhuman powers hidden within each of us.

Fail Army: Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), beginning March 3

Fail Army is a brand-new, high-impact, unscripted comedy based on the hugely popular YouTube channel. The 20-episode clip show features the funniest ‘fail’ videos, bloopers, pranks, and all-around entertaining videos in an easy-to-digest half-hour format. Each episode is packed with the same remarkable clip content that has made the FailArmy brand an international sensation with more than one billion total views on YouTube, and over eight million combined followers on social media.

Wednesday, April 8

Survivorman: Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), beginning April 8

Canada’s favourite survivalist comes home! Canadian Screen Award winner Les Stroud returns to OLN withSurvivorman, kicking off the show with six special episodes focused on the elusive Bigfoot.

Les Stroud dives deep and puts his reputation on the line to either prove or disprove the existence of a species of man-like primate thought to have become extinct after the last Ice Age: the elusive and mythical Gigantopithecus (e.g., Sasquatch and Bigfoot). On the season premiere, Survivorman Les Stroud’s current quest takes him to the wilderness of Klemtu, an Indian reserve on the coastal fjords of British Columbia, to investigate hundreds of reports of Bigfoot sightings by local residents. Is it myth or fact? One thing is for sure, Klemtu is an environment where large animals could exist indefinitely.

Tuesday, April 14:

Escape or Die!: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), beginning April 14

**New OLN Original Series**

Dean Gunnarson is hailed as the world’s most daring escape artist, according to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, entertaining audiences around the world with remarkable stunts that cheat death. In the series premiere, Gunnarson is in Shanghai, China to defend his title as the “World’s Most Daring Escape Artist.” The Chinese media have come out in full force to watch him face off against one of the largest wooden rollercoasters in the world.

Illusions of Grandeur: Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), beginning April 14

**New OLN Original Series**

In this new docu-series, up-and-coming street magician Zack Mirza strives to take his magic skills to the next level. On this magic pilgrimage to 12 cities in 12 weeks, Mirza walks in the footsteps of the greats and brings his brand of street magic to cities like Toronto, New York, Austin, Las Vegas, and Detroit. In each city, Mirza focuses on a different style of magic, including mentalism, escapes, and card magic.

The series premiere sees Mirza begin a magic journey across North America in his hometown of Toronto. He performs for Toronto Raptors forward-guard Terrence Ross – blowing his mind with a basketball trick-shot for the ages. Finally, Mirza embarks on the most ambitious card illusion he’s ever attempted.

Tonight: Marketplace, The Fifth Estate

Marketplace, CBC – “Uneasy Money”
Canadians are taking on record levels of household debt, and money is top of mind for many trying to tighten their belts. But if you need cash, are companies being clear about what you’re signing up for? In Uneasy Money, MARKETPLACE investigates the business tactics of a popular loan company that offers easy loans to people who need money. Erica Johnson investigates how high interest rates and added charges can add up to a bad bottom line for borrowers. And, MARKETPLACE puts a major bank to the test about the biggest debt that many of us ever sign up for: a mortgage. Not all mortgages are created equal, but how upfront is the bank about what’s hiding in the fine print?

The Fifth Estate, CBC – “The War on Wheat”
It’s a multi-billion dollar battle for your belly. Millions of people are joining the anti-wheat revolution. Kellogg’s, the world’s largest cereal maker, has seen its biggest drop in sales since the 1970s. Food companies are selling off their struggling bread divisions. It’s all because best-selling health evangelists say that wheat is causing everything from fat bellies to schizophrenia. But do they have science on their side? Mark Kelley takes a hard look at what’s driving a movement that is dramatically changing the way we eat.

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