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Link: Edmonton SCTV statues closer to becoming a reality

From Stephanie Dubois:

SCTV statues mounted in Edmonton are getting closer to become a reality as volunteers spearheading the public art project are just waiting for charitable status.

While the community members are remaining tight-lipped on the design and precise location of the statues, the project is currently waiting on approval from Revenue Canada to become a society before it can build the statues of the popular sketch comedy television show that was filmed in Edmonton from 1980-1982. Continue reading.

Link: Canadian TV critics vote the best of 2014

From The TV Junkies:

It’s been a big year in Canadian television. With budget cuts at the public broadcaster, reality shows taking over the summer schedules, new shows emerging and established shows coming to an end, it was no easy feat to narrow down the best in show. Let alone the Top 10 Canadian Shows of 2014.

But that’s exactly what we did, with the help of 19 esteemed television critics and writers from across Canada. They were tasked with coming up with their own individual Top 10 lists (located below), which were then ranked according to a points system: 10 points for No. 1, 9 points for No. 2, 8 points for No. 3 and so on. Continue reading.


Forgotten African-Nova Scotia stories the focus of CBC’s new Studio Black

From The Chronicle Herald:

Stories based on Fauset collection in production now, to be shown on CBC-TV

A new series on CBC-TV aims to “reveal, revise and reinterpret important forgotten stories” from African-Nova Scotian folklore.

Picture Plant Ltd. of Lunenburg began production on the four-part series Studio Black! at CBC’s Bell Road location in Halifax on Dec. 8.

The series is based on a collection of stories by Arthur Fauset, “who in 1923 travelled to Nova Scotia from Philadelphia, visiting many black communities, much like Dr. Helen Creighton,” a news release says. “He documented these stories and assembled them into a book published by the American Folklore Society in 1931.” Continue reading. 

HBO Canada kicks off homegrown doc series Sports on Fire

From a media release:

– Directed and created by Pete McCormack and produced by Toronto-based Project 10 Productions Inc. and Vancouver-based Two 4 The Money Media –

Untold perspectives from moments when history and sports collide are revealed in SPORTS ON FIRE, a six-part, half-hour original documentary series from Movie Central and The Movie Network debuting Friday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Each episode of SPORTS ON FIRE brings a fresh angle and new insight into iconic moments in sport, through interviews and archival footage presented in a rapid-paced, hard-hitting style.

Directed and created by Pete McCormack (Facing Ali, I Am Bruce Lee), SPORTS ON FIRE digs deep into moments where some of the world’s greatest athletes are caught up in monumental events that change the course of history. These powerful stories are told from the point of view of elite athletes, key witnesses, experts, and historians including, nine-time gold-medalist and Olympic legend Mark Spitz, Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman, gold-medalist and Lance Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton and four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski.

In the series premiere, SPORTS ON FIRE gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the 1972 Summit Series, played at the height of the Cold War, as remembered by journalists, Russian historians, and three unforgettable hockey legends. Canadian greats Paul Henderson, Bobby Clarke, and Ken Dryden reflect on the Series, questioning the boundaries and the potential glory of the win-at-any-cost mentality that ultimately led to a stunning victory in Moscow.

SPORTS ON FIRE is produced by Project 10 Productions Inc. and Two 4 The Money Media, in association with The Movie Network and Movie Central. Pete McCormack is director and executive producer. Andrew Barnsley (SPUN OUT), Jeff Aghassi (The Games of 1940), Kim Arnott (Emmy Award® winner, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour), and Kevin Foley (Four Days In April: The Mike Weir Story) serve as executive producers. The series is distributed internationally by eOne Distribution and is produced with funding support from the Rogers Cable Network Fund.

Link: Wendy Crewson Shines In Saving Hope

From Jim Bawden:

While waiting for Wendy Crewson to phone in I tried to think of all the times I’d ever interviewed her.

I’d seen her from afar on the set of Mazes And Monsters, a 1982 Toronto made TV movie where I was interviewing the lovely Anne Francis about her autobiography.

Others in that cast included Vera Miles, Chris Makepeace, Chris Wiggins and, oh, yeah, the star Tom Hanks as a twentysomething prankster. Continue reading.