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Link: Canadian sci-fi series ‘Killjoys’ and ‘Between’ both return for 2nd season

From Bill Brioux of the Canadian Press:

Link: Canadian sci-fi series ‘Killjoys’ and ‘Between’ both return for 2nd season
Space, as they used to say on “Star Trek,” is the “final frontier.” A visit to the sets of two returning Canadian sci-fi shows demonstrates that, behind the scenes, things can look very down to earth.

“Killjoys” (Friday on Space) is about a trio of inter-galactic bounty hunters: Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) and John (Aaron Ashmore). They track down criminals throughout the solar system. Continue reading.


Between stars dish on distrust in Season 2

Don’t expect Season 2 of Between to be full of sunshine and optimism. Pretty Lake is anything but, as winter is closing in, food is becoming scarce and folks on both sides of the fence have developed a pretty healthy distrust of one another.

It’s with that as the setting that City and Netflix’s dour, dystopian drama returns Thursday, with neither side any wiser about the disease killing anyone over the age of 21. And while townsfolk like Adam (Jesse Carere) and Wiley (Jennette McCurdy) want answers, the government is more than happy to let the town’s citizens die, sealing the disease off from the rest of the world. Episode 1, “Get Out of Town,” features two distinct groups doing just that—in very different ways—sending Between off in a tantalizing new direction.

We spoke to Carere and McCurdy during a press day in Toronto.

It was interesting, in Episode 1, how Adam and Wiley both had differing views on attempting to leave Pretty Lake and the situation in the farmhouse.
Jennette McCurdy: I think Wiley was just saying, ethically, ‘No, this isn’t right. We can’t just set up shop here and take advantage of the situation.’

There has been so much distrust on both sides in Between. The government isn’t be truthful with the people of Pretty Lake, or to everyone on the outside.
Jesse Carere: Yeah.

Episode 1 introduces viewers to a new character in Liam Cullen. What can you tell me about him? He claims to have a cure, but we’ve heard that before.
Jennette McCurdy: Liam comes at the end of the episode, and is played by Steven Grayhm—who we love and are great friends with—and he brings hope of a cure in a way that’s more stable and mature than we’ve seen before. And, I guess, it just seems more trustworthy, which makes some characters, Adam being one of them, doubt even more.

Jesse Carere: Like you said, people have talked about a cure before and it makes Adam even less trusting.

Of course, the instinct for everyone in Pretty Lake is to get out, but there are repercussions to that action. What can you say about Chuck’s decision regarding whether to escape from town or not?
Jesse Carere: I don’t want to get into exactly what happens, but there are repercussions.

Do things brighten up for these characters? It’s winter in Pretty Lake, food is running out … hope seems to be at its lowest. There isn’t a lot of smiling going on in Between. Do things brighten up by Episode 6?
Jesse Carere: I was going to say yes initially, but…

Jennette McCurdy: It’s pretty sombre. With messages like trust no one, every man for himself and finding your own solution, these themes don’t lend themselves to bright and sunny. Even some lines I have in the first scene are more lighthearted don’t come across that way because of the overall tone.

What can viewers expect from the Wiley-Adam relationship this season?
Jesse Carere: Tension. Miscommunication. Domestic discord.

Between airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on City.


Principal photography begins on Season 2 of City’s Between

From a media release:

Today, City announced the start of production on the second season of Between, the original survivalist thriller series created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly) and Jesse Carere (Skins). The second season of Between, featuring six, one-hour episodes, will premiere on City, followed by shomi, in Canada. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date. The series begins principal photography today.

In season one, a virulent disease swept through the idyllic town of Pretty Lake, leaving everyone over the age of 21 dead in its wake and the town quarantined. Season two will continue Wiley (Jennette McCurdy) and Adam’s (Jesse Carere) journey into discovering the cause of the deadly virus as the battle for survival is toughened by a diminishing food supply, harsh winter, and lawlessness among peers.

Returning cast for Between’s second season include Justin Kelly as Chuck, Kyle Mac as Ronnie, Ryan Allen as Gord, and Shailyn Pierre Dixon as Franny. Joining the cast this season are Steven Grayhm (The Family TreeThe Five People You Meet in Heaven) as Liam Cullen, a mysterious visitor who claims to have the answer to the epidemic that has ravaged the small town, and Mercedes Morris (Forest Fairies) as Renée, the powerful leader of an off-the-grid cult located on the edge of Pretty Lake.

Between is an original series produced by Don Carmody Television (DCTV) and Mulmur Feed Co. Executive Producers are Don Carmody (PompeiiResident Evil, Silent Hill, Goon, Chicago), David Cormican (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), Michael McGowan, and Naveen Prasad of Elevation Pictures. Sam Egan (The Listener, Continuum) joins as Showrunner. McGowan and Supervising Producer Rick Bota (Haven, Damaged, Beauty and the Beast) will each direct three episodes. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Colette Watson is Vice President of Television and Broadcast Operations.


Results: Your Favourite Canadian TV Shows of 2015 are …

Fans of Canadian television shows certainly are a passionate lot, and they’re not confined to our borders either. Of the over 25,000 who voted for their Top 5 shows of 2015, dozens voiced their support from around the world.

Yes, the voting for a few shows took a suspicious jump over the last couple of days, but we’ll chalk that up to super-fans who simply love their programs … and know how to use technology to their advantage. (The voting wasn’t affected that much in the end.)

By the time the tally was taken, the Top 10 Canadian Shows of 2015 are:

  1. Dark Matter (27%, 7,269 Votes)
  2. Lost Girl (25%, 6,777 Votes)
  3. Killjoys (21%, 5,766 Votes)
  4. Heartland (20%, 5,384 Votes)
  5. Murdoch Mysteries (10%, 2,632 Votes)
  6. Orphan Black (8%, 2,147 Votes)
  7. Tornado Hunters (8%, 2,080 Votes)
  8. Rookie Blue (6%, 1,634 Votes)
  9. When Calls the Heart (6%, 1,557 Votes)
  10. Rick Mercer Report (5%, 1,486 Votes)

Aside from the Top 10 vote-getters, I was pleased to see several new programs perform well in the poll. Clearly, viewers love seeing three guys tooling around in a truck capturing wacky weather on film, as Tornado Hunters placed No. 7, not bad at all for a show that debuted late in the year and veteran The Liquidator finished just out of the Top 10.

Thanks again to everyone who voted. Check out the final results; you can still name your favourites in the Comments section at the bottom of the page.

What are your five favourite Canadian TV shows of 2015?

  • Dark Matter (27%, 7,269 Votes)
  • Lost Girl (25%, 6,777 Votes)
  • Killjoys (21%, 5,766 Votes)
  • Heartland (20%, 5,384 Votes)
  • Murdoch Mysteries (10%, 2,632 Votes)
  • Orphan Black (8%, 2,147 Votes)
  • Tornado Hunters (8%, 2,080 Votes)
  • Rookie Blue (6%, 1,634 Votes)
  • When Calls the Heart (6%, 1,557 Votes)
  • Rick Mercer Report (5%, 1,486 Votes)
  • The Liquidator (5%, 1,279 Votes)
  • Schitt's Creek (4%, 1,227 Votes)
  • Vikings (4%, 1,087 Votes)
  • The Amazing Race Canada (4%, 1,053 Votes)
  • Saving Hope (4%, 1,024 Votes)
  • Property Brothers (4%, 990 Votes)
  • Bitten (4%, 976 Votes)
  • Dragons' Den (4%, 970 Votes)
  • Continuum (3%, 955 Votes)
  • Haven (3%, 791 Votes)
  • Chopped Canada (3%, 786 Votes)
  • 22 Minutes (3%, 783 Votes)
  • MasterChef Canada (3%, 738 Votes)
  • Big Brother Canada (3%, 727 Votes)
  • Highway Thru Hell (3%, 686 Votes)
  • Canada's Worst Driver (3%, 684 Votes)
  • Degrassi (2%, 608 Votes)
  • The Nature of Things (2%, 580 Votes)
  • Love It or List It franchise (2%, 573 Votes)
  • The Fifth Estate (2%, 559 Votes)
  • Motive (2%, 557 Votes)
  • House of Bryan (2%, 549 Votes)
  • X Company (2%, 520 Votes)
  • Still Standing (2%, 480 Votes)
  • Strange Empire (1%, 397 Votes)
  • Marketplace (1%, 394 Votes)
  • This Life (1%, 394 Votes)
  • Hockey Wives (1%, 340 Votes)
  • Backroad Bounty (1%, 321 Votes)
  • 19-2 (1%, 311 Votes)
  • Remedy (1%, 266 Votes)
  • Mr. D (1%, 265 Votes)
  • Blackstone (1%, 262 Votes)
  • Polar Bear Town (1%, 252 Votes)
  • Ice Racer Showdown (1%, 214 Votes)
  • Young Drunk Punk (1%, 207 Votes)
  • Canada's Smartest Person (1%, 198 Votes)
  • Sunnyside (1%, 193 Votes)
  • The Next Step (1%, 174 Votes)
  • Mohawk Girls (1%, 170 Votes)
  • Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (0%, 128 Votes)
  • Keeping Canada Alive (0%, 120 Votes)
  • The Other Side (0%, 113 Votes)
  • Chef in Your Ear (0%, 104 Votes)
  • The Romeo Section (0%, 99 Votes)
  • Blood and Water (0%, 93 Votes)
  • The Stanley Dynamic (0%, 88 Votes)
  • Make it Pop (0%, 81 Votes)
  • First Dates (0%, 68 Votes)
  • Unusually Thicke (0%, 67 Votes)
  • Open Heart (0%, 65 Votes)
  • Spun Out (0%, 58 Votes)
  • Sensitive Skin (0%, 47 Votes)
  • Max & Shred (0%, 42 Votes)
  • Some Assembly Required (0%, 30 Votes)
  • Crash Gallery (0%, 24 Votes)
  • Tiny Plastic Men (0%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 27,337

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TV, eh? podcast episode 191 – Out of the Doldrums

The Canadian fall television season gets its groove on, and Greg, Diane and Anthony spend the first part of the podcast discussing two weeks-plus of primetime chock-full of goodies like This Life, Love It Or List It, 22 Minutes, Rick Mercer Report, Dragons’ Den, Continuum, Haven, House of Bryan, Forgive Me, The Romeo Section and more. Check out our handy calendars to find out when everything debuts and returns.

We also chat about Blackstone‘s final season, reveal which Canadian network will broadcast Wynonna Earp and the ratings success of homegrown sci-fi series’ Orphan Black, Between, Dark Matter and Killjoys.

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