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Link: Orphan Black creator promises more flashbacks in final season

From Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly:

Link: Orphan Black creator promises more flashbacks in final season
I think this season is really about freedom. It’s the final season and the clone sisters have to be all-in. Cosima is all-in to find a cure, to find her own cure, and the cure for the sisters. Sarah’s all-in, fighting and scrapping for everybody’s freedom. Helena’s all-in because she’s eight and a half months pregnant when we start. So if you take some stakes like that, it’s a very high-stakes season and it revolves around Helena’s pregnancy. It also revolves around Kira — we’re really going to get to the bottom of Sarah’s daughter this year. Continue reading.

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Link: Does the CBC define Canadian culture?

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Does the CBC define Canadian culture?
But the CBC is there permanently, looming over everything, and last week’s shindig was more peculiar than usual. It was less about announcing a new season of CBC TV and mentioning some radio achievement than it was about announcing that the CBC is the crucible of Canadian culture. The CBC’s own perception of itself is that in a chaotic, shifting media landscape, the CBC is reliable, trusted and more Canadian than anything or anybody in the country. Continue reading.

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Season 2 of Bellevue being developed for CBC

It turns out Bellevue may be returning to CBC for a second season after all. The fact the Anna Paquin-Shawn Doyle mystery miniseries was left off CBC’s 2017-18 fall schedule announcement doesn’t mean the project has been cancelled.

To wit: co-creator, Episode 1 director and executive producer Adrienne Mitchell took to Twitter on Friday night to state the following…

We giddily contacted Mitchell who issued the following statement:

“Jane Maggs and I are developing a Season 2 that follows a new case in Bellevue in which Annie and Peter have a very personal stake and could be a threat to their reputations and careers,” she wrote. “It also deals with how Annie and Eddie and Daisy are dealing with the aftermath of Annie killing her stepbrother, Adam. We have a lot more than this but that’s as much as we can disclose at this stage. As Bellevue is so serialized, we need for all the scripts to be written before we go into production and that takes a lot of time and care and we need to see all that through.

“CBC is trying all sorts of things with their programming so we will see what happens,” Mitchell continues. “In the meantime, we are thrilled to develop a Season 2 story that will conjure up again that signature, beautiful Bellevue madness. Crossing our fingers it will get picked up at some point. In the meantime, we want to keep the Bellevue vibe alive and Jane Maggs is going to talk about the vision behind Bellevue at a Writers Guild event on June 8th at TIFF!”

We did wonder if something was simmering when it was announced co-creator Jane Maggs was going to be part of next month’s Writers Talking TV event—find details on how to attend that here—and this is very exciting news. Produced by Mitchell and Janis Lundman’s Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. and Muse Entertainment Enterprises, Bellevue was co-created by Mitchell and Maggs with the latter serving as senior writer, executive producer and co-showrunner with Mitchell.

Season 1 of Bellevue starred Anna Paquin as Annie Rider, a brilliant but troubled cop in the town of Bellevue whose past returned to haunt her following the death of a transgender teen. During the course of her investigation, old wounds were opened and secrets revealed, putting her at odds with her ex-husband, Eddie (Allen Leech), her superior, Police Chief Peter Welland (Shawn Doyle) and putting the relationship with her daughter, Daisy (Madison Ferguson) in jeopardy. Season 1 also starred Billy MacLellan, Sharon Taylor, Janine Theriault, Amber Goldfarb and Sadie O’Neil.

Listen to Maggs discuss her career and the creation of Bellevue during our recent podcast and read Carolyn Potts’ reviews; here’s the link to her season finale review.

Are as you excited as we are that Bellevue may be back for Season 2? Comment below!

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Link: CBC and Vice Media seek different kinds of Canada

From Simon Houpt of The Globe and Mail:

Link: CBC and Vice Media seek different kinds of Canada
We live in tribal times, when even television networks are declaring allegiances and taking sides.

Every spring, the commercial broadcasters unveil their fall programming, making their annual promises to ad buyers – they’re going to deliver buzzy hits! massive audiences! – at the industry’s so-called Upfront presentations. Continue reading.

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Poll: Which three cancelled/ending Canadian TV shows will you miss most?

Now that CBC has revealed its lineup for the upcoming fall and winter, the 2017-18 broadcast season is beginning to take shape. Yes, Rogers, Corus and Bell Media have yet to announce their primetime lineups, but we already know several programs that won’t be returning next year.

With that in mind, we’d like your opinion on the three Canadian television series you’ll miss most. Some have aired for the last time while others—like Saving Hope, 19-2 and Orphan Black—take their final bow in the coming weeks. Let us know your votes and feel free to make your thoughts known in the comments section below.

NOTE: After this poll was published, the following Season 2 news was received about Bellevue.

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