All posts by Greg David

Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of 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.

Production Begins on Season 2 of Global’s Critically-Acclaimed Mini-Series Mary Kills People

From a media release:

Canadian broadcast and production partner Corus Entertainment, with Entertainment One (eOne) and Cameron Pictures Inc., are pleased to announce that production has begun on the second cycle of Global’s critically-acclaimed drama Mary Kills People. Following a hugely successful first season with praise from critics both in Canada and south of the border, the six-part, one-hour event series will film in and around Toronto into the fall, with the premiere set for winter 2018 on Global.

The series’ multi-talented powerhouse team behind the scenes returns, including creator and executive producer Tara Armstrong, executive producers Tassie Cameron and Amy Cameron, along with newly added directors Kelly Makin, Norma Bailey, and David Wellington with Holly Dale as co-executive producer. Also returning to Season 2 is Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Mary Harris, along with Richard Short as Mary’s sidekick Dr. Desmond “Des” Bennett, and Jay Ryan as Ben Wesley, the undercover cop who was investigating Mary last season. New this season are Canadians Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome, Twilight) cast as Olivia Bloom – a mysterious woman with ties to Mary’s past, and Ian Lake (Bitten, Rookie Blue) cast as Travis Bloom, Olivia’s husband.

In the new season of Mary Kills People, Mary (Caroline Dhavernas) plummets deeper into the criminal world as she searches for a steady supply of pentobarbital, the highly regulated and highly lethal “death drug.” As she becomes more entangled in her illegal work, Mary continues to risk her family and ER doctor career as she tries to keep her worlds separate. But when the mysterious Oliva Bloom (Rachelle Lefevre), approaches Mary and her partner Des (Richard Short) with a lethal request — and when Mary crosses unexpectedly with Detective Ben Wesley(Jay Ryan) — she realizes her secrets can only be hidden for so long.

Mary Kills People is produced by eOne and Cameron Pictures Inc., in association with Corus Entertainment, and with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. The series is executive-produced by Tassie Cameron (Ten Days in The Valley, Rookie Blue), Amy Cameron (The Book of Negroes), Jocelyn Hamilton (Private Eyes) and Tecca Crosby (Private Eyes). The series will be directed by Kelly Makin, Norma Bailey and David Wellington with Holly Dale as Co-Executive Producer. Tara Armstrong (Private Eyes) created the series and is executive producer and writer. Additional writers include Tassie Cameron, Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope), Lara Azzopardi (Backstage) and Marsha Greene (Private Eyes).



Bell Media Licenses Its Original TV Series Format Just Like Mom; plus casting details

From media releases:

Bell Media announced today a deal to license the series format rights to its original series JUST LIKE MOM to leading Canadian production company marblemedia. The deal provides the exclusive Canadian and U.S. rights for the series to marblemedia, who has a greenlight from broadcasters Yes TV and BYU TV respectively, to re-launch the show in 2018. The multi-year format deal provides robust multi-platform and ancillary rights for JUST LIKE MOM, which will be rejuvenated, modernized and renamed to JUST LIKE MOM AND DAD and launched to a new generation of viewers.

The original JUST LIKE MOM was a popular 1980s children’s game show that was commissioned for CTV’s flagship station, Toronto’s CFTO-TV. It ran for more than five seasons between 1980 and 1985 before going into syndication.

Filmed before a live studio audience at CTV’s Agincourt studios, JUST LIKE MOM tested which mother and child knew each other best through answer-matching, the memorable bake-off challenge, and the bonus round which saw the winning team spin a wheel for the chance to win a grand prize.

Today’s announcement represents the second original format deal for Bell Media this year, following the announcement earlier this year that it has created a new, multi-platform, music series format, THE LAUNCH for CTV, its leading national network, for distribution around the world.

More information on JUST LIKE MOM AND DAD, its production, and casting can be found at

Via marblemedia:

Award-winning global media production and distribution company marblemedia announced today it will begin production this fall on Just Like Mom and Dad, an exciting remake of the 80s hit game show Just Like Mom. Produced in association with YES TV in Canada and BYUtv in the US, the 20-episode primetime family game show will premiere across North America in January 2018.

A popular part of Canadian TV pop culture nostalgia, the original series Just like Mom ran over 600 episodes over five seasons from 1980 to 1985 on CTV. marblemedia secured all remake and development rights in an agreement with Bell Media. This multi-year format deal includes worldwide program and format distribution rights to the series through marblemedia’s distribution arm, Distribution360 (D360), along with digital and ancillary rights.

Just Like Mom and Dad, shot in front of a live studio audience on a bright, digital set with brand new hosts, explores how well families really know each other. Each episode will feature three parent-kid pairs competing in two interactive trivia rounds and a final bake-off round in a new kitchen coliseum. The winning team gets the chance to spin the big prize wheel.

Additionally, marblemedia will be releasing digital media components, produced inhouse by marblemedia Interactive, to support the Just Like Mom and Dad series, including an exciting mobile App.

marblemedia has partnered with Segal Licensing, who’s handling licensing and merchandising for the series and is currently in discussion with a number of brand integration partnerships for participation in the series.  Just Like Mom and Dad is financed with the participation of the Bell Fund and Shaw Rocket Fund.

Producers for the series include Mark Bishop, Matt Hornburg, Steve Sloan, Stephen Turnbull, alongside Rob Sheppard for YES TV, Jim Bell for BYUtv and Adam Iversfor Omnicom’s Highway Entertainment.





Link: Cancon television regulations need updating in the age of streaming

From Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Cancon television regulations need updating in the age of streaming
Shows such as the crime drama Cardinal, distinctively Canadian by virtue of its Northern Ontario setting and plot surrounding the disappearance of an Indigenous girl, would seem to be the sweet spot: It has sold into Britain and several European countries and is seen on Hulu in the United States. That’s great, but why should Canadians sacrifice the likes of Letterkenny just because foreigners may not get it? Continue reading.




Links: Wynonna Earp EP: Nicole and Waverly are ‘destined to be together in any universe’

From Dalene Rovenstine of Entertainment Weekly:

Link: Wynonna Earp EP: Nicole and Waverly are ‘destined to be together in any universe’
“If you go down the rabbit hole of rules, it gets really complicated and everybody starts sweating and it begins to feel like math, which is terrifying to me. So we just tried to make it as flexible as possible and emphasize the emotions of it and the relationships we wanted. We thought, let’s not get too hung up on precisely how exact it is — let’s just have fun with it.” Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Wynonna Earp: Emily Andras talks “Gone As a Girl Can Get”
“I love having a bunch of stuff on the shelf that you know we’re going to reach for and put into the game at some point, but you don’t know when. Sometimes, if we go long enough, you almost forget about it and you’re like ‘oh yeah, Bobo!’ I love doing stuff like that and think it’s really fun. It’s a great reward to hardcore fans who are dissecting it and taking notes.” Continue reading.





Link: Dark Matter: Joseph Mallozzi talks “My Final Gift to You”

From Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies:

Link: Dark Matter: Joseph Mallozzi talks “My Final Gift to You”
“He’s so pained and weighed down by the knowledge, he knows the death of his clone will be a release because it’s going to be a release from knowing. And, true enough, when he’s on the other side he doesn’t remember. It’s almost as if he finds comfort in the death of his clone and the death of that memory.” Continue reading.