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Link: Gordon Korman on the TV-movie adaptation of his Macdonald Hall series

From Quill & Quire:

Q&A: Gordon Korman on the TV-movie adaptation of his Macdonald Hall series
It’s been 40 years since the publication of Gordon Korman’s first novel for young readers (written when he was just 12 years old), This Can’t be Happening at Macdonald Hall. Who would have thought it would take that long for Korman’s stories about a couple of lovable troublemakers at a prestigious boy’s school to make it to the screen? Continue reading.

Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH returns to Knowledge Network

From a media release:

Record-breaking documentary series Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH returns to B.C.’s Knowledge Network with second season

  • Meet the next generation of life-saving care providers at one of Western Canada’s largest and busiest emergency departments

The highly-anticipated season two of Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH delves deeper into the province’s most pressing health and social issues. The new season premieres on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9 p.m. PT on British Columbia’s Knowledge Network. Episodes will be simulcast on the series’ interactive companion website at knowledge.ca/er, which will also feature 49 web shorts, and interactive surveys to spark debate and conversation around critical health topics impacting our province today.

Filmed at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)’s emergency department, Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH gives viewers a look into one of British Columbia’s busiest emergency departments and the only accredited Level 1 Trauma Centre in the province. Season one broke viewership records with more than 1.2 million TV and online viewers. It was also critically acclaimed as Best Television Show and Best Documentary at the 2014 Leo Awards and earned two Canadian Screen Award nominations.

The second season of Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH continues to examine the high-intensity, life-and-death stakes of emergency medicine, and the important issues that arise. It also takes a closer look at the patient’s medical journey, at times following their story with medical specialists beyond the walls of the emergency room.

To create the new season, Knowledge Network again partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health and B.C.-based Lark Productions for almost 80 days of shooting, with unrestricted access to all areas of the VGH emergency department. The second season features returning familiar faces and introduces viewers to new staff and care providers. Among the timely and thought-provoking issues explored in the six-episode second season are the unique problems created by an aging population, the impact of common accidents, and the life-saving role of new technology. There will also be an entire episode dedicated to nurses and the vital role they play in the emergency department. With registered nurses representing the majority of VGH’s emergency department staff (81 per cent), and often the frontline of care, it’s a tribute that will engage audiences across the province. In watching the series as well as the web shorts, viewers will come to know the patient stories, as well as the established faces of emergency medicine professionals at VGH, and the next generation who are being trained and mentored in saving lives and in providing critical health support in the most difficult of circumstances.

Link: Edmonton’s Delmer and Marta premiere their own comedy on APTN

From Fish Griwkowsky of the Edmonton Journal:

Edmonton’s Delmer and Marta premiere their own comedy on APTN
It’s wisely said indigenous people’s issues are everyone’s issues, especially when it comes to taking care of our planet.

OK, but what about struggling to buy a bra — can that be anyone’s problem, too? According to the brand-new sitcom Delmer & Marta, it sure can. Especially if you’re a hoser named Delmer, exploring the uncharted land of cup sizes and straps in a hot panic. The comedy about a small-town TV station, shot in and around Edmonton, premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN 119). Continue reading. 

Link: Is TV Becoming A Drag?

From Jim Bawden:

Is TV Becoming A Drag?
Is it just me or has TV become a drag? No, I’m perfectly serious about this after sampling the new series Delmer & Marta.

I mean every week I’m watching Mrs. Brown’s Boys (starring Brendan O’Connor) on BBC Canada. And there’s Dame Edna from times back who keeps making farewell tours.

And now it’s APTN’s Delmer & Marta which premieres Wednesday night at 10 p.m. Continue reading. 

Link: ‘SCTV’ 40th Anniversary Special May Happen, Says Eugene Levy

From Michael Malone of Broadcasting & Cable:

‘SCTV’ 40th Anniversary Special May Happen, Says Eugene Levy
With its 40th anniversary approaching, legendary sketch comedy show SCTV may be getting the reunion treatment, as Saturday Night Live did a year ago. Eugene Levy, an original cast member, says he’s been in talks with other SCTV principals about marking the milestone in style. Continue reading.