From Victoria Mcnally of MTV:
Why Rachel McAdams’ First Major TV Role Is Still Her Best
In 2003, a year before McAdams was cast as the ultimate mean girl, she appeared on “Slings and Arrows,” the entirety of which you can now watch on Hulu. Set against an annual Shakespeare festival in the fictional town of New Burbage (which is based on the real-life Stratford Festival in Ontario), the quirky comedy explored the lives of the theater company that’s tasked with bringing the festival back to its former glory. Oh, and the recently deceased artistic director who haunts his replacement, because what would a good Shakespeare story be without a ghost? Continue reading.
From a media release:
Insight Productions and CBC are developing a character-driven half-hour drama series, based on Lisa Gabriele’s novel, Tempting Faith DiNapoli, John Murray, Vice President & Supervising Producer, Insight Production Company Ltd., announced today. The series is a bittersweet and darkly funny look at a volatile yet heartwarming relationship between a mother and daughter, both coming of age in the early 80s. Gabriele serves as creator and executive producer along with industry veteran Shelley Scarrow (Being Erica, Lost Girl). Both Gabriele and Scarrow will also act as writers on the series.
Set in Windsor’s Little Italy and the francophone enclave of Belle River, Ontario, Tempting Faith DiNapoli tells the story of what it means to grow up in a broke, blue-collar, loving, dysfunctional, God-fearing, yet increasingly faithless family. After Nancy DiNapoli’s marriage falls apart and their immigrant community turns its back on the family, this scrappy single mother and her four unruly teens must start all over again. Faith tries to keep it together, even while everything around her is falling apart, with sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious results.
“Lisa has such an authentic and unique voice,” said John Murray, Supervising Producer. “The novel reminds me of Angela’s Ashes – poignant, heartbreaking at times – and yet always propelled by Lisa’s incredible gift for character and razor sharp wit. CBC’s passion for finding and developing unique Canadian voices makes it the perfect home for the series.”
Tempting Faith DiNapoli is executive produced by Insight Production’s John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby. Lisa Gabriele and Shelley Scarrow serve as creators and executive producers. John Murray is Supervising Producer.
From Geoffrey Vendeville of the Toronto Star:
Marilyn Denis hits 1,000 episodes, once again
When you’ve been in front of the cameras as long as Marilyn Denis has, it’s easy to lose count of the episodes you have made. She didn’t know the 1,000th episode of The Marilyn Denis Show was approaching until her producers told her. It airs Tuesday at 10 a.m. on CTV.
Denis was surprised despite having already passed that milestone as the face of City TV’s Cityline morning show for 19 seasons. Continue reading.
From Ed Conroy of BlogTO:
10 Toronto TV shows that deserve to make a comeback
With everything from Twin Peaks to Gilmore Girls to Star Trek to Reboot and The X-Files ramping up production for splashy televisual comebacks, isn’t it about time some classic Toronto TV shows were given a new lease on life?
Rebooted, re-imagined or just plain picking up where they left off, these shows might benefit from a modern make-over, and could even serve as a warm and fuzzy nostalgic boon to Canadian SVOD operators like Crave TV and Shomi who should at the very least be celebrating local TV legacies amidst the litany of glossy U.S. imports that clog most of their output. Continue reading.
From Emma Loop of Buzzfeed:
Aboriginal Film Company Is Taking The Federal Government To Court Over Lost Tax Credits
An Aboriginal film company is taking the federal government to court over a decision that cost the company nearly $200,000 in tax credits for a new late-night comedy show. The tax credits would have gone toward the cost of making the first season of Derek Miller’s Guilt Free Zone, which aired six episodes on APTN in 2014. Continue reading.