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Link: Women behind Canadian TV: 2017 edition

From Bridget Liszewski of the TV Junkies:

Women behind Canadian TV: 2017 edition
They say a lot can change in a year. For the television industry on many levels that’s certainly been true, thanks in no small part to the rise of social media, which has given a platform to fans to use their voices to speak out against inequalities they see happening. Gone are the days where television shows can go an entire season without a female director and no one noticing or calling attention to it. It’s clear now that people are watching and listening, especially when it comes to diversity. Despite the fact that we’re still smack dab in the middle of the Peak TV era, unfortunately the problems with gender diversity behind the scenes in television haven’t changed all that much. Continue reading.

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Link: Funny times with Ron James

From Jim Bawden:

Link: Funny times with Ron James
Here I go again — every Christmas season I get to interview Ron James who has a quirky end-of-year TV special that’s been a staple of CBC New Year’s Eve. This year I had to telephone James in Halifax where he was tending to the needs of an ailing father.And as usual the subject started with the simple question : why is James considered such a delightful comic. Continue reading.

And as usual the subject started with the simple question : why is James considered such a delightful comic. Continue reading. 

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Link: Air Farce’s New Year’s Eve special brings back familiar faces

From Jim Slotek of Postmedia News:

Link: Air Farce’s New Year’s Eve special brings back familiar faces
Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only woman to lose the U.S. presidential election. The Royal Canadian Air Farce’s Luba Goy also took the loss.

“I haven’t played a national leader since Kim Campbell, when I got to be prime minister for a few months,” Goy said, in a break with fellow Air Farceur Jessica Holmes before the taping of the Air Farce’s annual New Year’s Eve special. Continue reading.

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Link: CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais plays superhero – and villain

From Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail:

Link: CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais plays superhero – and villain
Look up in the sky. Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s Super-Blais, chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Champion of the little guy, he flies around this vast land in seconds, bringing broadband access to the most isolated communities. Hero of the consumer, he leaps over regulatory obstacles in a single bound to make sure Canadians can cherry pick their cable offerings or get access to American Super Bowl ads. Continue reading.

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APTN brings new stories for the New Year

From a media release:

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) announced its new winter schedule today. The fresh lineup blends exciting new shows with returning favorites.

Hard Rock Medical, Season 3 – A diverse group of students navigate their way through a dramatic four-year adventure in the most unusual medical school in the world.

Guilt Free Zone, Season 2 – Derek Miller and the GFZ Tallboys will unveil a brand new song on every episode of their comedic music/variety show series.

Les Sioui-Bacon, Season 5 – The Sioui-Bacon clan are stronger than ever and under the same roof.

Tribal Police Files – Officers share the most dangerous moments they have faced in the line of duty while stressing the importance of cultural practices. Ride along as the real-drama unfolds.

Dene A Journey, Season 2 – A documentary series following urban Indigenous individuals undertaking the task of discovering their traditional Dene roots.

underEXPOSED, Season 4 – Grace Dove gets her final crack at becoming a successful action sports photographer.

Taken – Continuing the search for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, Taken airs in Cree as part of the Aboriginal-language programming.

Be sure to tune in every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:00 p.m. for APTN Movies. See aptn.ca/movies for the star-studded movie schedule!

APTN’s 2017 winter programming season launches on January 2. See the full schedule at aptn.ca/schedule!

APTN PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS FOR WINTER 2017

NEW ORIGINAL SERIES
TRIBAL POLICE (WORLD PREMIERE – DOC SERIES)
Ride along as the real-life drama unfolds with the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police Service. This docu-series explores the challenges faced by officers serving on BC’s only tribal police force.

aptn e Friday, March 3 7:30 p.m. ET
aptn w Friday, March 3 7:30 p.m. MT
aptn n Friday, March 3 7:30 p.m. CT
aptn hd Friday, March 3 7:30 p.m. ET

NEW SEASONS
HARD ROCK MEDICAL, SEASON 3 (APTN PREMIERE – DRAMA)
Set against a harsh Northern landscape at the most unusual medical school in the world. Multiple plotlines will gravitate towards one ultimate question: Do these students have what it takes to make it in the North?

aptn e Wednesday, February 8 8:30 p.m. ET
aptn w Wednesday, February 8 8:30 p.m. MT
aptn n Friday, February 10 1:30 p.m. CT
aptn hd Wednesday, February 8 8:30 p.m. ETBack-to-back episodes

GUILT FREE ZONE, SEASON 2 (WORLD PREMIERE – MUSIC/VARIETY)
Anchored by the comic stylings of some of Canada’s best comedic/improv actors and JUNO winner and host Derek Miller. From mad scientists to double agent janitors and more, the situations are anything but common at this fictitious urban speakeasy.

aptn e Saturday, March 18 11:30 p.m. ET
aptn w Saturday, March 18 11:30 p.m. MT
aptn n Saturday, March 18 11:30 p.m. CT
aptn hd Saturday, March 18 11:30 p.m. ET

DENE A JOURNEY, SEASON 2 (WORLD PREMIERE – DOC SERIES)
Trek with Indigenous urbanites on a journey to connect with their culture, discovering themselves along the way.

aptn e Tuesday, March 7 7:00 p.m. ET
aptn w Tuesday, March 7 7:00 p.m. MT
aptn n Saturday, March 11 1:00 p.m. CT
aptn hd Tuesday, March 7 7:00 p.m. E

underEXPOSED, SEASON 4 (WORLD PREMIERE – YOUTH SERIES)
Find out what it takes to capture extreme athletes in action. From the waves to the slopes, aspiring action sports photographer Grace Dove shows how it’s done.

aptn e Tuesday, January 3 4:30 p.m. ET
aptn w Tuesday, January 3 4:30 p.m. MT
aptn n Saturday, January 7 11:00 a.m. CT
aptn hd Tuesday, January 3 4:30 p.m. ET

HIT THE ICE, SEASON 5 (WORLD PREMIERE – YOUTH SERIES)
See dreams come true as the best young male Aboriginal hockey players compete at an intense training camp. Not everyone will make the team! Who will make the cut?

aptn e Thursday, February 2 4:30 p.m. ET
aptn w Thursday, February 2 4:30 p.m. MT
aptn n Thursday, February 4 11:30 a.m. CT
aptn hd Thursday, February 2 4:30 p.m. ET

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