Global Television Premieres an All-New Canadian Original Production “The Guard”

From a Global media release:

MG 4782 smBeginning this January 2008, Global Television presents the sure-fire hit, THE GUARD, an all new original drama series – the story of four members of the Canadian Coastguard’s Search and Rescue team, and their daily battles both in and out of the water.

Premiering Tuesday, January 22, 2008 – 10pm ET/PT, and following Canada’s number one hit show, “House”, this 13-part, one-hour action series was shot in the scenic wilderness of Squamish, British Columbia. THE GUARD follows the high action drama of a skilled crew of rescue workers as they face the danger s of the Pacific Northwest while searching for meaning in their own lives.

Starring Steve Bacic (Andromeda) as Duty Captain, Miro Da Silva; Jeremy Guilbaut (Edgemont) as Rescue Specialist, Andrew Vanderlee; Zoie Palmer (Instant Star) as Rescue Specialist Carly Greig; and Claudette Mink (The Days) as Rescue Specialist Laura Nelson, featuring regular guest appearances by Canadian David James Elliot. Elliott, well known to television fans for “JAG” and “Closer to Home”, guest stars as David Nelson, a recurring character on the series.

“Global television is kicking off the new year with this amazing, sexy drama series, a guaranteed adrenaline rush for thrill seekers,” said Christine Shipton, VP, Original Production, Global Television. “Series creator, Raymond Storey expertly captures the complex nature of each of our perfectly flawed heroes, while proudly paying tribute to the noble work of the Canadian Coast Guard – a combination fans are sure to embrace.”

Karen King-Chigbo is Production Executive and Christine Shipton is Vice President, Original Programming for Global Television.

Photo courtesy Global. From left: Zoie Palmer, Jeremy Guilbaut.

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7 thoughts on “Global Television Premieres an All-New Canadian Original Production “The Guard””

  1. I noticed that certain promotional commercials for this new series included clips of a Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Helicopter. Hopefully this series will not further confuse the popular misconception of Search and Rescue belonging to the Coast Guard. Yellow Search and Rescue helicopters are operated by the Canadian Air Force, and are proud members of the Canadian Armed Forces operating under some of the most challenging conditions in the aviation world.

  2. Chris, you are half correct. Search and Rescue helicopters are in fact operated by the Canadian Armed Forces……on the EAST coast. On the WEST coast (where this series is based), Search and Rescue falls under the authority of the Canadian Coast Guard.

  3. Im looking forward to seeing this series, and especially seeing Steve Bacic as one of the leads. He’s a fantastic dramatic actor, and the Guard did well to attach him to the series. Well done.

  4. D,

    The Canadian Forces Operate Cormorant Helicopters and Buffalo aircraft out of CFB Comox on Vancouver island and are responsible for Air related search and rescue cases for ALL of Canada. The coast guard is responsible for marine cases for which assistance is often given by the Air Force. There is no such thing as a coast guard search and rescue helicopter. Coast Guard choppers fly during the day, only in good weather and carry out tasks such as lighthouse maintenance.

  5. Chris is right! Well, mostly.

    The yellow helicopters and airplanes involved in search and rescue across Canada are operated by the Canadian Forces. Not to confuse things, but the CF also uses aircraft like the Hercules transport airplane (not yellow) and the Griffon helicopter (some are yellow) for primary search and rescue duties.

    A red and white helicopter is also shown on the previews for “The Guard”, and this is indeed a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter. While it may be called upon to support some search and rescue missions (and they have saved lives), as Chris notes Coast Guard helicopters are primarily used for transporting personnel and equipment. That said, Coast Guard helicopter pilots are some of the most skilled in the world, as they fly regularly to very remote and challenging locations, often performing duties such as long-lining and slinging of equipment. Some also fly their machines in darkness and difficult weather as they support icebreaking and scientific activities in the Arctic.

    While The Guard is not billed as Reality TV, lets hope that there aren’t too many flights of fancy, and that it does mirror real life with some accuracy . . . Good though to see a homegrown show of this kind! Fingers crossed.

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