All posts by Greg David

Prior to becoming a television critic and partner at TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.

Link: 5×5 With The Hook: Dennis Andres

From You’ve Been Hooked:

Link: 5×5 With The Hook: Dennis Andres
“I can’t give much away, but it’s a scene later in the season that Catherine (Reitman) directed, and did an incredible job guiding the scene into the emotional direction it should go.  She managed to create a moment so surreal that I had forgotten I was on camera, and when they yelled, “cut!” I looked up, and the first thing I saw was Lainie Knox (our wonder woman camera A operator) wipe a tear from her eye.” Continue reading.

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Links: Anne of Green Gables

From Victoria Ahearn of The Canadian Press:

Link: Martin Sheen on relating to ‘Anne of Green Gables’
Martin Sheen has a great affinity for the classic Canadian story of “Anne of Green Gables” and his introverted character, Matthew Cuthbert.

The Golden Globe-winning star of “The West Wing” is reprising the role of the adoptive father of Anne Shirley in YTV’s “L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars,” debuting Monday. Continue reading.

From Chris Jancelewicz of Global News:

Link: Anne of Green Gables TV movie back for Part 2, and Anne has grown up
Canadians can head back to Green Gables before February is finished.

In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars (Part 2 of a three-part TV movie), the beloved Anne Shirley (Ella Ballentine) turns 13 and faces a host of new milestones: first sleepovers, culinary misadventures, and shifting relationships with her “bosom” friend Diana and academic rival/love interest Gilbert Blythe. Continue reading.

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Murdoch Mysteries: Blasts and bodies

Wasn’t last week’s episode of Murdoch Mysteries a blast? Brackenreid was back at Station No. 4, Terrence Meyers made a hilarious reappearance and Pendrick cheated death once again.

Speaking of blasts, it looks like there is at least one in Monday’s new episode, “Hades Hath No Fury.” CBC’s teaser boasts a big boom and it appears a body is found in the rubble. Here’s what the network has said officially:

An explosion involving the mysterious woman Watts has been investigating leads Murdoch to a surreptitious community.

And here a few more story points from us after watching a screener of the episode, written by Michelle Ricci and directed by Leslie Hope.

Ka-boom!
Murdoch and Julia are on the case right out of the gate after an explosion rips through a Toronto building. And it turns out she’s someone very important to Watts’ ongoing investigation. And while Murdoch is set in the early 1900s, clues in the case reach back to the ancient Greeks.

Watts is down in the dumps
The investigation has a profound effect on Watts and actor Daniel Maslany turns in one heck of a performance. Yes, Watts’ wacky skills as a detective are fun to watch, but the serious stuff is fantastic too.

Real history is part of the storyline
We love it when real historical facts and people make it into Murdoch Mysteries scripts and there is one heck of a juicy one on Monday night.

A longtime friend of Murdoch’s visits
The teaser released by the CBC ahead of this instalment has already revealed this: Freddie Pink is back in Toronto. By the way, have you seen Alex Paxton-Beesley in Season 1 of Pure? She’s fantastic as Anna Funk, the wife of a Mennonite pastor who does some very, very bad things in order to keep him family safe from violent criminals. You can watch all six episodes at CBC.ca.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

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Heartland: Adam, awkwardness and announcements

Well, I certainly didn’t see the breakup between Georgie and Adam coming at the end of last week’s episode, did you? I mean, I knew he was the jealous type, but I never suspected she’d decide to walk away from the relationship. It will be interesting to see, as this season winds down, if that will stick or they’ll reunite. Adam will have a lot of growing up to do if that’s going to happen.

Meanwhile, heading into Sunday’s episode, “Written in the Stars,” we’re scratching our heads over why Mallory really came back to Canada. Jake riding up in the final moments added a twist we weren’t expecting. Here’s what CBC says about Sunday’s storylines written by Mark Haroun:

Jake’s unexpected arrival at Heartland forces Mallory to admit to Amy and Jack the real reason she came back to Heartland.

And here’s what we can tease after watching a screener:

Mallory explains
The episode begins with Mallory and Jake discussing the circumstances surrounding their experiences overseas. It’s intense and touching, and made even more so by some stellar camera work. The duo make a surprising decision about next steps.

Scott needs a haircut
That’s not part of the story, just an observation. No, Scott’s got a cutting horse named Tab that needs tending to and naturally calls on Amy for help … but it’s Georgie who solves a problem.

A special dinner
There have been plenty of folks given a spot at Heartland’s dinner table, and new faces are added on Sunday. Some of my favourite scenes are filmed around that table and this is particularly noteworthy.

Heartland airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

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Link: Dragons’ Den prepares for an 11th season of deals and disappointment

From Simon Houpt of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Dragons’ Den prepares for an 11th season of deals and disappointment
And after all these years, they’re still trooping up to Studio 40 on the tenth floor of the CBC Broadcasting Centre: The hopeful and the hard-nosed, the crafty and the oblivious, their dreams and sometimes their nest eggs banking on four minutes of national airtime. Many walk away forlorn, roadkill among the bickering Dragons. “You come in, you have a lot of great things to say, but the Dragons are ultimately, like, five egomaniacs with all the money,” one producer cautioned a pitcher. “So you also have to then appeal to them. You need them. So you need to go both ways.” Continue reading.

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