As Canadian TV creators, Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis came to prominence as the force behind CTV’s police drama Flashpoint, which premiered July 2008 on CTV and CBS, and ran for five years before the show ended in 2013. The show was awarded the Academy Board of Directors Tribute for Outstanding and Enduring Contribution to Canadian Television, in addition to a Canadian Screen Award and Gemini Award for Best Dramatic Series. They went on to create CBC’s X Company, the story of WWII spies coming out of Canada’s Camp X which premiered in 2015 and has its second season kicking off on January 27. We talk with Mark and Stephanie about the process leading to X Company and the benefits and challenges of shooting in Eastern Europe.
John Catucci is a Canadian sketch comedian, singer, and actor. He is the host of the Food Network Canada series You Gotta Eat Here!, and a member of sketch troupe, The Minnesota Wrecking Crew, and the musical comedy duo The DooWops. Catucci has also appeared on MuchMusic’s Video On Trial and in the movie The Tuxedo. He also appeared as Bus Driver Bob on CBC’s The Doodlebops.
Until Internet services are improved across the country, the cable/satellite companies won’t have to fear losing much of their customers. Many Internet service providers place high-speed data caps on their customers and I can see more companies doing this as well. Some of the bigger ones like Bell might put data caps to curb streaming from other streaming services but not count their own streaming service toward that cap. It’s been talked about that the current infrastructure is unable to handle the increase in streaming which leads to lower speeds. —Ally
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Our first podcast of 2016 covers the many projects debuting and returning over the next two weeks, including Degrassi: Next Class, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, Leave It to Bryan, Say Yes to the Dress Canada, Lost & Found Music Studios, Hello Goodbye, Chopped Canada, Schitt’s Creek, Buying the View and Mayday.
Talk turns to The TV Ehwards as Diane, Anthony and Greg recap the winners in all 10 categories.
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