This week’s podcast begins with Greg recounting his experience screening the first episode of Showcase’s new Canadian original, Travelers. Developed by Brad Wright and nine students at the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time TV Program, the sci-fi project stars Eric McCormack.
Greg and Anthony cover the next two weeks of Canadian TV programming, followed by Bill Brioux’s news about ratings for Kim’s Convenience and Murdoch Mysteries and finish discussing Greg’s upcoming set visit to YTV’s Anne of Green Gables TV-movie.
This is the first of three sessions we recorded, with some of the writing staff of Murdoch Mysteries, including Paul Aitken, Michelle Ricci, Jordan Christianson, Simon McNabb, Mary Pederson and head writer and showrunner Peter Mitchell.
With Anthony in Toronto using dodgy hotel wifi, he and Greg discuss another packed two weeks of Canadian TV programming via the Calendar.
We also cover the results of this year’s Kids Help Phone Charity Auction: thanks to everyone who bid, provided items and participated. The boys highlight The TV Junkies’ survey, where Canadian television showrunners and writers weighed in on the CRTC’s decision regarding Cancon points, and close out chatting about the Montreal Gazette article comparing the CRTC to House of Cards.
After discussing our ongoing charity auction in support of Kids Help Phone and Tatiana Maslany’s epic Primetime Emmy win for her work on Orphan Black, Greg and Anthony break down the next two weeks of Canadian TV programming.
Mike McPhaden is a TV writer based in Toronto best known for writing half-hour comedy for adults and kids alike.
Originally from Winnipeg, he got his start doing sketch and improv with the troupe Higher Than the Ground before heading off to train as an actor at York University. After finding success as a playwright, he graduated from the CFC’s Prime Time TV Program and went on to write for YTV’s How to Be Indie, helmed by Vera Santamaria, John May and Suzanne Bolch. Other shows soon followed: Men With Brooms, Connor Undercover, Seed, Spun Out, Insecurity, Degrassi, as well as animated fare such as Rusty Rivets and Inspector Gadget.
Most recently he adapted two Gordon Korman novels into TV movies for YTV, This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall (co-written with Adam Barken) and The Wizzle War.