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Tonight: Marketplace, The Fifth Estate

Marketplace, CBC – “Truth Behind the Trend”
The real story behind the gluten-free craze. And the results of a nation-wide vote for Canada’s Dumbest Charge.

The Fifth Estate, CBC – “GM Recall: The Switch From Hell”
It was a deadly defect in an ignition switch that led to the recall of millions of cars and many deaths. In the premiere episode of the fifth estate’s 40th season, Bob McKeowen investigates what and when did GM and Transport Canada knew about the problem — and reveals startlingly new information about fatal crashes in Canada.

Link: Canada’s Worst Driver enters 10th season

From James Bawden:

Canada’s Worst Driver: I Was Wrong
I watched the first new episode of the 10th season and I now see the error of my ways. The new drivers profiled here are pathetic cases. They deserve their time in Driver Rehab. In fact some of them should never be permitted to drive again. In the past decade the producers have received 7,000 nominations –the thought that so many incompetents are out there simply scares me. Continue reading.

Video: Corner Gas – The Movie official trailer

The Corner Gas gang have unleashed the official trailer for Corner Gas: The Movie.

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Brent Butt made the announcement via Twitter early on Thursday. The one-minute and 11-second trailer features the Butt and the cast, including Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Janet Wright, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn and Nancy Robertson. Though a little vague the details, it appears as though the citizens of Dog River are dealing with dire economic straits.

As previously announced, Corner Gas: The Movie will roll out as a multi-platform event beginning with an exclusive Cineplex Front Row Centre Events theatrical debut across Canada, from Dec. 3 to 7.

Immediately following its time in movie theatres the 90-minute project will debut on CTV following a special preview for The Movie Network subscribers and a broadcast on The Comedy Network.

Link: The Nature of Things shows us the future

From John Doyle of the Globe and Mail:

A sobering look at two sides of the future
The Nature of Things – Dreams of the Future (CBC, 8 p.m. Thursday) is one of those special N.O.T. shows hosted and reported by the eternally effervescent Dr. Jennifer Gardy. It’s all about new technology and exploring fresh ideas. Like we all need to do. Before Gardy turns up to make the future sound terrific, our old friend David Suzuki appears momentarily and says, “It can be a challenge keeping up.” More true words were never spoken. Continue reading.

City, Netflix and Shomi collaborate on Canadian original drama

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From a media release:

Today, City, Netflix, and shomi™ announced a landmark partnership to bring audiences around the world a new, premium drama series, Between – an original survivalist thriller series, created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat). The partnership is the first of its kind in Canada for the creation of a new, original series.

The first season of Between, featuring six, one-hour episodes, will premiere on City and shomi in Canada and on Netflix outside of Canada where the service is available. Between will come to Netflix Canada one year following the initial premiere. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date. The series begins principal photography today.

“We know that Canadians crave daring and distinctive original programs, and Between offers just that,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers. “Showcasing Michael McGowan’s cinematic vision on the small screen, this compelling new series, in partnership with Netflix and shomi, delivers on our promise to offer viewers world-class entertainment.”

“Teaming up with Rogers, on Between, is a tremendous opportunity to work with a creative partner in Canada to bring our global viewers top-notch content,” said Erik Barmack, Vice President of Global Independent Content at Netflix. “We’re thrilled to be working with outstanding talent behind the scenes including Canadians Don Carmody, Jon Cassar and Michael McGowan, and in front of the camera with a new generation of actors led by Jennette McCurdy, delivering a must watch event series that millions of Netflix viewers will enjoy.”

Between is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.

“With the commission of Between, we are reinforcing our commitment to bring the best programming to our subscribers,” said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming, shomi. “Great opportunities to build original content like this, and working with the breadth of talent, including the amazing Michael McGowan, is a perfect fit for the shomi brand.”

Between stars Jennette McCurdy and was created by Michael McGowan, who executive produces along with Don Carmody (Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Goon, Chicago), David Cormican (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), and Naveen Prasad, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Elevation Pictures Corp. Emmy® award-winning director Jon Cassar (24, The Kennedys) will direct the first two episodes. The series is produced by Don Carmody Television, Mulmur Feed Co. and in association with Elevation Pictures Corp. Prasad, along with Jayme Alter (Denton’s Canada) for DCTV negotiated the deal. Elevation will oversee worldwide distribution. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Navaid Mansuri is Interim Senior Vice President of Broadcast.