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.

Discovery’s newest original Canadian series Hellfire Heroes battles through the untamed flames, beginning May 22

From a media release:

In the fierce wilderness of Central Alberta, a uniquely versatile group of firefighters risk their lives to serve and protect the residents of isolated areas of the province. Discovery’s latest original Canadian series HELLFIRE HEROES, airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT beginning May 22, follows two rural Alberta fire departments – Lesser Slave Lake Regional Fire Service and Yellowhead County Fire Department – and their teams of brave men and women whose job is to always be prepared for the worst.

From the network that brought viewers the heroes of the highway with HIGHWAY THRU HELL and HEAVY RESCUE: 401, the debut of HELLFIRE HEROES further reinforces Discovery’s success in the prime-time space through uniquely Canadian content that tells the stories of authentic, everyday acts of courage. HIGHWAY THRU HELL and HEAVY RESCUE: 401 made Discovery the most-watched entertainment specialty channel in each show’s timeslot among key demographics (P2+, A18-49, and A25-54).

Living in a rural part of Canada where most residents depend only on themselves and their neighbours, the firefighters of the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service (led by Chief Jamie Coutts) and the Yellowhead County Fire Department (led by Chief Albert Bahri) serve and protect a combined area spanning more than 30,000 square kilometres.

Fighting fires is only one of the many calls these heroes answer. Featuring stories of strength, fearlessness, and dedication, the HELLFIRE HEROES never know what challenge they’ll face next – battling raging forest fires, industrial accidents, search-and-rescue operations, saving lives on remote highways, freeing people trapped in elevators…even delivering babies. When the call comes in, day or night, these resourceful teams are united in their mission to keep residents safe.

Subscribers can access live streaming of HELLFIRE HEROES through the Discovery GO app and Discovery.ca.

HELLFIRE HEROES is produced by Pixcom Productions in association with Discovery Canada. Producer is Nicola Merola. Senior Supervising Producer is Manu Wiecha. Series Producer is Sharone Ostrovsky.

 

 

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Link: Kids’ TV alums set up new Canadian production company

From Joanna Padovano Tong of WorldScreen:

Link: Kids’ TV alums set up new Canadian production company
Michelle Melanson, former president of Radical Sheep Productions, has established a new full-service development and production outfit in Toronto called Headspinner Productions with Ken Cuperus (The Stanley Dynamic). Continue reading.

 

 

 

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Link: See him after class: Comedian Gerry Dee looks at life after Mr. D

From Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald:

Link: See him after class: Comedian Gerry Dee looks at life after Mr. D
“I think there’s a difference between being an idiot on purpose and not trying to be. I think that’s why he gets away with it and why it works. He speaks his mind, he doesn’t hide anything. Most people don’t do that. He has no filter. But it doesn’t come from a bad place. He’s just a bit of a buffoon and that’s why people accept it.” Continue reading.

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Link: By refusing to bury its gays, Wynonna Earp changes the TV game

From Ariel Sobel:

Link: By refusing to bury its gays, Wynonna Earp changes the TV game
“This genre is particular, is fresh for subverting it and taking all of those traditional male roles and replacing them with women or people of color and LGBTQ characters. It just felt like it was a way to reinvent something that lived in the land of the patriarchy and make it completely, completely fresh. The myth is that the American West is a place you can reinvent yourself, it’s a place of individuality, but it seemed to have only been a place where white men got to be the heroes.” Continue reading. 

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