Spanning comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming, Fan Expo Canada is the largest such event in Canada and the third largest in North America. Organizers expect more than 125,000 fans over the four-day event from August 28-31 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and some of them will be there for Canadian TV stars.
The Expo ends with The Two Captains — Patrick Stewart and William Shatner — fresh off the debut of HBO Canada’s William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge.
TV, eh?‘s own Greg David will be moderating two panels at Fan Expo Canada on Saturday, one for Murdoch Mysteries and one for stars of Showcase’s biggest shows including Lost Girl and Haven.
Meet the stars of this season’s Showcase television series
Greg will lead Anna Silk (Lost Girl), Lucas Bryant (Haven), Kyra Zagorsky (Helix) and Trenna Keating (Defiance) in a discussion of the sci-fi genre and its popularity.
Meet the cast of Murdoch Mysteries
Following the Showcase panel, Greg will host a panel and Q&A session with the cast of Murdoch Mysteries, which will include an exclusive preview of Season 8. Expected to attend are Hélène Joy (Dr. Julia Ogden), Jonny Harris (Constable George Crabtree), Georgina Reilly (Dr. Emily Grace), Arwen Humphreys (Margaret Brackenreid) and Lachlan Murdoch (Constable Henry Higgins). The new season premieres on CBC this fall.
Planning to go?
For more information and to buy tickets, see the Fan Expo Canada website.
From a media release:
CBC Television confirmed today the season premiere dates for its primetime broadcast line-up. Anchored by returning fan-favourites and bolstered by five exciting new shows, CBC has a new way to look at smart with CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, hosted by Jessi Cruickshank and Jeff Douglas beginning September 28; CBC Selects presents JANET KING from Australia’s public broadcaster on Oct. 5, gritty western drama STRANGE EMPIRE on October 6; gripping political thriller THE HONOURABLE WOMAN starring Maggie Gyllenhaal on September 29 and continuing September 30, and the new six-episode, Canadian-produced original space drama ASCENSION, premiering November 25.
CBC Television kicks-off its fall season with brand new episodes of its flagship daytime lifestyle series STEVEN AND CHRIS, every Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT) beginning Sept. 22. In primetime it all starts with the season eight premiere of long-running family drama HEARTLAND and the return of popular series MURDOCH MYSTERIES, THE RICK MERCER REPORT, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, DRAGONS’ DEN, REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, THE NATURE OF THINGS, DOC ZONE, MARKETPLACE andthe fifth estate.
See CBC’s primetime schedule below:
7 P.M. HEARTLAND (Sept. 28)
8 P.M. MURDOCH MYSTERIES (Oct. 6)
9 P.M. STRANGE EMPIRE (Oct. 6)
8 P.M. THE RICK MERCER REPORT (Oct. 7)
8:30 P.M. THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (Oct. 7)
9 P.M. THE HONOURABLE WOMAN (begins Monday, September 29 at 9 P.M. continues Sept. 30)
*ASCENSION begins airing at 9 P.M. on November 25
8 P.M. DRAGONS’ DEN (Oct. 15)
9 P.M. REPUBLIC OF DOYLE (Oct. 15)
8 P.M. THE NATURE OF THINGS (Oct.9)
9 P.M. DOC ZONE (Oct.9)
8 P.M. MARKETPLACE (Oct. 17)
9 P.M. the fifth estate (Oct. 24)
On Murdoch Mysteries, Jonny Harris plays Constable George Crabtree, tasked with aiding Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) in the solving of crimes in and around turn-of-the-century Toronto. But in his newest series, Harris does some investigating of his own.
The veteran Newfoundland comedian swaps his scratchy police wardrobe for regular duds in Of All Places, CBC’s midseason offering that finds the energetic lad discovering small communities across Canada and spotlighting the citizens who call the areas home. As Harris told me at CBC’s upfront announcement earlier this year, he spends five days in each community, getting to know those who live and work there and doing various chores (like milking goats for instance). At the end of it, Harris hosts a small comedy show where he tells jokes based on his experiences, a tough task for a guy who prefers to wait until the last minute to write, even if he does have a couple of guys helping him.
“We write jokes while we’re on the road,” he explained. “We’ll meet someone in the morning and then we’ll furiously write on our laptops. Then we’ll go and meet the next guy or I’ll do the next activity and then over dinner we’ll write. Then we have to out together the set itself in a way that flows and makes sense to people. At the end of four days I have to try and cram it all into my brain.”
Thirteen episodes comprise Season 1 of Of All Places and among the communities featured are Rowley, Alberta–population 8–a virtual ghost town neighbouring communities support with a monthly pizza night; Berwick, Nova Scotia, a.k.a. the Apple Capital of Canada; Souris, Prince Edward Island; Oil Springs, Ontario, the birthplace of the modern oil industry in North America; and Coleman, Alberta (population just over 1,000), a location fraught with tragedy. Mining disasters, including the Frank Slide of 1903 that wiped half the town of neighbouring Frank off the map.
“They have a very on-their-sleeve attitude about the slide, which made it very interesting for me comedically,” Harris admitted.
Locations were chosen because they were struggling to survive as towns, were locations not on major highways and places most people had ever heard of. The communities may be far-flung, but they all shared the same passion for the land they and past generations call home.
“The goal of the show is to celebrate the towns,” Harris noted. “And if somewhere down the line someone decides to stop in there because they saw it on Of All Places then it’s even better.”
Of All Places airs at midseason on CBC.
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Murdoch Mysteries, CBC – “Midnight Train To Kingston”
Detective Murdoch accompanies convicted murderer James Gillies to his hanging. Guest star: Michael Seater
Call Me Fitz, Movie Central & The Movie Network – “A Very Special Fitzmas” season finale
A special hour-long holiday episode. As the holidays loom, Fitz (Jason Priestley) decides to give up drinking, prompting a visit from three ghosts who aim to show him the error of his ways. Meanwhile, Larry (Ernie Grunwald) reunites the Fitzpatricks with the promise of a lost family fortune.