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Remedy showrunner urges support of Canadian TV

It was the news Remedy fans had been dreading. After two seasons, Global announced it was pulling the plug on its medical drama.

And while the show’s fans, cast and crew took to Twitter to vent frustrations and/or say goodbye, showrunner Greg Spottiswood had a different message on Monday morning. He took to social media to champion Canadian TV shows and urge people to tune in and talk them up with friends.

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Review: Dipping back into Rookie Blue

Confession time: I haven’t watched Rookie Blue regularly since Season 2. Not because I didn’t like it, respect it or love all of the folks involved, but because I was writing for a magazine and website that covered both U.S. and Canadian series, I was assigned other stuff. Time passed … and here we are at Season 6.

So, as I did with Heartland fans, I’d ask veterans of Rookie Blue to be gentle with this relative newbie to the series. And though I didn’t tune in weekly, I did happen to check out a few instalments last season, including that explosive season finale. Picking up a month following the events of the cataclysmic event in the evidence lockup, the members of 15 Division were getting back on the job.

I’ve always enjoyed the relationships Rookie Blue features. Yes, it’s a cop drama with crimes and ongoing investigations, but nothing stands in the way of character growth … and the odd little roll in the hay like we were treated to via Swarek and Andy to kick off “Open Windows.” The pair have been on-again, off-again since those early days of Season 1 and I appreciate the fact RB‘s writers keep throwing up obstacles in their way without making it all seem like they’re pressing those diversions. And this year boasts one hell of a roadblock: Marlo being pregnant by Swarek. Four months into it, the next five or so promise to be rocky ones for everyone involved. Swarek will wrestle with how much he wants to be in the baby’s life, Marlo needs to figure out what she wants from him and Andy needs to fit in there somehow. It don’t know how it’s all going to shake out, but I’m definitely intrigued.

Traci being the target of a serial rapist was a curve ball I didn’t see coming. And while the Sex Crimes Unit is worried the guy has skipped town, I don’t think so. I suspect the criminal is the coffee shop guy who tried to pin the attacks on someone else. He fits the profile described—he lives with his mother, who served as his alibi during the attack on Andy at Traci’s—and knew all too much about 15’s detective.

Chloe is a character that I have quickly fallen for. Things may be over between she and Dov (He painted over their wall in white? Ouch indeed.), but I’ve got my fingers crossed she finds a new love soon. She’s quirky, kind and cute as a button. Speaking of Dov, I’m enjoying this tougher, more serious version of him. His work into the rapist storyline was impressive and it appears he and Marlo are going to make a formidable team in identifying how the bomb ended up on the evidence locker.

Meanwhile, newest member of the squad Juliet Ward (Erin Karpluk) came off like an innocent, precocious gal but clearly has an agenda of some kind. Is she a mole, sent to keep tabs on 15? Are she and Russ (Dayo Ade) members of Internal Affairs? It’s too soon to tell, but I’m looking forward to finding out the results of that, and more, this season.

Rookie Blue airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

Link: Rookie Blue star says spoilers help U.S. launch

From Cassandra Szklarski of the Canadian Press:

Rookie Blue star says spoilers help U.S. launch
Most shows actively battle plot spoilers. But Rookie Blue is practically begging for some to leak out with the sixth season premiere set to air in Canada one month before the U.S. debut. The sudsy Canadian cop drama returns to Global on Thursday to reveal the fallout from an explosion that ripped through the evidence room and the impact that Marlo’s pregnancy will have on Sam and Andy’s burgeoning romance. Continue reading.

Tonight: Rookie Blue, Between, The Liquidator

Rookie Blue, Global – Spring premiere
A month after the evidence room bombing, Andy and Sam return from a much-needed vacation ready to work. But when Andy is attacked by an intruder at Traci’s place and the Sex Crimes Unit steps in to take over the case their way, 15 Division will have to decide whether to take matters into their own hands.

Between, City – “School’s Out” series premiere
A mysterious virus begins to kill off adults in the small town of Pretty Lake, and those left alive scramble to survive. Wiley Day (Jennette McCurdy, iCarly) is pregnant but she has a plan: she’s going to give up the baby and leave Pretty Lake behind forever – that is until the government quarantines a 10-mile radius around the town. Trapped inside, Wiley’s best friend Adam (Jesse Carere, Finding Carter), whose plans to attend MIT are dashed, knows their only hope of escape is to find the cause of the virus. During the chaos, other teen residents take advantage of the ensuing lawlessness. “Creekers” from the edge of town – Ronnie (Kyle Mac, Hemlock Grove) and his brother Pat (Jim Watson, The Strain) – drive into Pretty Lake for a looting spree, while Chuck (Justin Kelly, Maps to the Stars), a rich-kid athlete, tries to keep some semblance of law in the town his father used to practically own. Gord (Ryan Allen, Blue Mountain State), a farm boy, tries to keep his friends from getting hurt or killed, and Ellen (Sarah Podemski, The Border), a prison guard, tries to save Mark (Jack Murrah, Beauty and the Beast), a young inmate, from a prison gang with a grudge.

The Liquidator, OLN – “Sweeten the Deal”
Jeff is up to his ears in sugar as he makes a deal for almost a million packages of candy – but when his buyer finds out Jeff kept dozens of skids for himself, will their arrangement turn bitter? And a trip to the home of an eccentric collector leaves Jeff the proud owner of a handmade guillotine and an elk-horn dildo.

Link: Rookie Blue Season 6 Preview: 5 Hints About the Premiere

From The TV Junkies:

Rookie Blue Season 6 Preview: 5 Hints About the Premiere
Well Rookie Blue fans the wait is finally over, at least for those viewers lucky enough to see the Season 6 premiere on Global Thursday night. For those of you in the U.S. we’re sorry to say you’ll still have to wait a little while longer until the ABC premiere on June 25, but hopefully we can offer up some hints about the first episode that will help tide fans over no matter where they are located. Continue reading.