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Wynonna Earp, Letterkenny and X Company top WGC Screenwriting Awards

Writers for Wynonna Earp, Letterkenny, X Company and Degrassi: Next Class were among the winners at the 21st Annual Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards in Toronto on Monday night.

The event, held at the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall, celebrated the country’s screenwriting talent in television and film. Wynonna Earp writer Alexandra Zarowny (pictured above) won Best Script from a Rookie Series for her Season 1 script “Bury Me With My Guns On,” and thanked her fellow writers and fans for their support.

“There is an entire writing room behind this award,” she said. “This goes to James Hurst, Brendan Yorke, Caitlyn D. Fryers and Emily Andras. I love you, Em, and as the last five years have shown, I’ll follow you anywhere. And to all our social media fans, Wynonna Earp is the little engine that could and I’m so proud of this little demon-hunting show and the LGBTQ community was a huge, fierce, loud and proud part of that. They got a second season made.”

Letterkenny‘s Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney won the TV Comedy for their Season 1 script, “Super Soft Birthday,” while X Company‘s Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis took home a trophy for the Season 2 episode, “August 19th.”

Letterkenny’s Jacob Tierney and Jared Keeso

Comedian and writer Laurie Elliott hosted, getting the night off on the right foot. “To all the writers in the room, look at us in our outside clothes!” she began. “This is a fancy party to celebrate writers.”

Andrew Wreggitt was the recipient of The Denis McGrath Award for his service to the Writers Guild of Canada, Aaron Martin was given the Showrunner Award, Diana Frances the Sondra Kelly Award and Daniel Whidden the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize.

The television category winners are:

Children’s
Odd Squad, Season 2 “Drop Gadget Repeat,” written by Tim McKeon

Movie of the Week & Miniseries
Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool, written by Adam Barken

Best Script from a Rookie Series
Wynonna Earp, Season 1 “Bury Me With My Guns On,” written by Alexandra Zarowny

TV Comedy
Letterkenny, Season 1 “Super Soft Birthday,” written by Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney

TV Drama
X Company, Season 2 “August 19th,” written by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern

Tweens & Teens
Degrassi: Next Class, Season 1 “#TeamFollowBack,” written by Ian MacIntyre

Images courtesy of Christina Gapic.

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Link: Wynonna Earp: What we learned about Season 2 at C2E2

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Wynonna Earp: What we learned about Season 2 at C2E2
The cold Calgary weather where the show shoots is still very much a character in its own right in Season 2. While Rozon joked that he “thought it wasn’t that cold,” his costar Anderson was quick to disagree. “It was very cold. I’m still defrosting,” he joked. While it makes shooting rough, Andras thinks it’s worth it in the end. “It looks beautiful though. That’s one thing I kind of like because you don’t’ see a lot of winter on television. It gives that added danger,” she said. Continue reading. 

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Link: Wynonna Earp: More depth, more villains and plenty of action planned for Season 2 of Calgary-shot sci-fi favourite

From Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald:

Link: Wynonna Earp: More depth, more villains and plenty of action planned for Season 2 of Calgary-shot sci-fi favourite
“All the relationships that developed in Season 1 just get stronger and more complicated in Season 2 and I think that’s the strongest part of our story, the relationships. But there’s still tons of actions, there’s still tons of quips. It’s still really funny and we still don’t take ourselves very seriously. But there is a depth to the show that becomes apparent. What else can I say without spoiling?” Continue reading.

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Comments and queries for the week of April 14

All I can say is, thank heavens for my DVR. There’s simply no way I can spend three hours in front of my TV every Friday night [watching Dark Matter, Killjoys and Wynonna Earp], no matter how much I might want to. —DMK


I am about to quit watching [Saving Hope]. They keep taking Alex and Charlie apart and she is with everybody; it’s hard to follow it when it’s so up and down. Now she’s kissing another doctor and she pretty much wants nothing to do with Charlie and doesn’t seem to care if their son sees him. Unfortunately, I would say this is the worst season, totally disappointed. I think I will actually glad that it will come to an end. —Tandy


I can’t believe what I just saw in the last five minutes [of Murdoch Mysteries‘ season finale]. I love the show, but I think I’m going into a depression. I enjoyed the fact that the feathers were ruffled and everything is not dandy. However, I think the writers pushed it just a little too far with the five cliffhangers; three or four would have sufficed. I hope the next episode will be released soon because I don’t know how long I can go without sleep. I sincerely hope Julia survives as well as Crabtree and Brackenreid. It would be a shame if such an inspirational woman character was to be killed off. P.S.: I want to congratulate the actors who have done an excellent job this season and thank them for their hard work. William and Julia are great inspirations in character, thought, intelligence, morals and opinion. —EVS

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