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Comments and queries for the week of February 1

The season finale [of Travelers] destroyed my good mood. I do not want to even watch anything else today on Netflix. I always laughed at people for whining about disappointing TV show finales, but now I understand. This was the worst TV experience of my life. WTF just happened? —Abrakadabra

This is what I don’t like in those series. You get so involved in it and then they just stop it. No fair at all. This is really a good show. I hope it will come back. —Lucimar


I am keen to find out the name of the actress portraying Mary’s sister on Mary Kills People and would love to know her past roles as I can’t place where I’ve seen her before. Love the show! —Sandi

Mary’s sister is played by Charlotte Sullivan, who most recently appeared on Rookie Blue as Gail Peck and Chicago Fire as Anna Turner.


I know they’ve said [Burden of Truth] is filmed in Winnipeg, but where exactly in Winnipeg is this filmed?! —Michael

Burden of Truth was filmed in Selkirk, Manitoba.

 

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Links: Crawford, Season 1

From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:

Link: Jill Hennessy plays matriarch of weirdly dysfunctional family in Crawford
“When I got the script I had to read the first three episodes first a couple of times to get a through line; I couldn’t figure out what was happening. But that’s what I loved. I had no clue where this is going. All I knew was that in the first episode my character walks in with a police officer and they say, ‘Mama, we’re not sure what happened, but somebody peed in the sink.’ That got me. They had me at someone peed in the sink.” Continue reading.

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Link: CBC’s Crawford is weird, in a beguiling and hopelessly sweet way
The 10-part series is indeed weird, but in the most beguiling, hopelessly sweet way. It has a fine cast and a style and tone that is bonkers but seductive. As with all of Clattenburg’s work, it’s really about getting along, being decent to other people no matter how strange they are and being kind to animals. Continue reading.

From Norm Wilner of Now Toronto:

Link: TV review: new CBC comedy Crawford isn’t remotely funny
Crawford, the new ensemble comedy from Mike Clattenburg and his frequent collaborator Mike O’Neill, is similar to Clattenburg’s cult smash Trailer Park Boys in that it’s also a show about eccentric characters played by unquestionably committed comic performers.

I suppose it is also similar in that I did not find it funny – like, at all. Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Crawford’s Kyle Mac on CBC’s eccentric new family comedy
“Even after reading the scripts, performing them on the day and seeing the show I didn’t really know what to expect. I was super stoked to get this part, but I thought the script was super weird. I dig weird things, but I also know Mike Clattenburg is a brilliant man so I was optimistic.” Continue reading.

From Bill Brioux of the Canadian Press:

Link: CBC launches new comedy ‘Crawford’ digitally first, TV later
Whether it’s the father “Dre” on “Black-ish,” “Appa” on “Kim’s Convenience,” or especially Homer Simpson on “The Simpsons,” when sitcom dads talk, nobody seems to listen.

Here then is a novel TV twist: a dad who cannot talk but won’t be ignored.

That’s the deal on “Crawford,” a new CBC comedy that begins streaming this Friday. All 12 episodes can be binged before the show is broadcast this summer on the main network, making this CBC’s first major series to launch first digitally. Continue reading.

From Alexandra Pope of Canadian Geographic:

Link: Q&A: Director Mike Clattenburg on “Crawford,” a comedic tribute to raccoons
There’s one scene where he rescues a raccoon out of a tree. It was pretty incredible; the raccoon felt safe enough to climb down the tree and jump into his basket. We didn’t expect it to go that far, but Kyle continued to act the scene with the raccoon trying to climb out of the box to sniff him. He really engaged the animal and it really had a relationship with him personally, moreso than anyone on set. Continue reading.

From Ron Johnson of Post City:

Link: Actor Jill Hennessy talks Toronto hangout spots, raccoon invasions and new TV show Crawford
“The raccoons invading the home in the first episode throws everyone into chaos in a necessary way. It was necessary to upset the balance of this family to reinvigorate relationships. The raccoons are the instigators of a lot of really good positive stuff and a lot of comedy. It’s really emotional and it’s hilarious.” Continue reading. 

From Sean McIntosh of the Red Deer Advocate:

Link: Former Red Deer Advocate papergirl starring in CBC show
Alice Moran went from delivering the Red Deer Advocate to delivering lines on television.

Moran, 29, stars in CBC’s Crawford, which debuted Friday. Before she made it on the screen, Moran lived in Red Deer for a few years when she was growing up, attending Holy Family School. Continue reading.

 

 

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Original series Killjoys starts production on Season 4; plus exclusive video

From a media release:

Production has begun on Season 4 of the Space original series KILLJOYS, created by Michelle Lovretta.

On hand to deliver the revealing sneak peek are KILLJOYS stars Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, and Luke McFarlane, and the series’ newly promoted showrunner, Adam Barken.

  • KILLJOYS, Spaces most-watched original series, stars Hannah John-Kamen (Ready Player One, Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Dutch, Aaron Ashmore (CARDINAL) as John Jaqobis, and Luke MacFarlane (THE NIGHT SHIFT) as D’avin Jaqobis.
  • The 10-episode season is shot in Toronto and surrounding areas and is set to return to Space in Canada and SYFY in the U.S. later this year.
  • Creator Michelle Lovretta (LOST GIRL, THE SECRET CIRCLE) who served as Showrunner the first three seasons, continues as Executive Producer and Writer.
  • Adam Barken (X COMPANY, Bruno and Boots) who has been a writer and producer on the series since Season 1, is promoted to Executive Producer and Showrunner.
  • Additional executive producers are David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, Karen Troubetzkoy and Stefan Pleszczynski.
  • The series is produced by Claire Welland. Trish Williams serves as Co-Executive producer. Andrea Boyd is Supervising Producer, and Beth Iley is Co-Producer
  • The series is written by Michelle Lovretta and Adam Barken as well as consulting producers Niko Troubetzkoy, Andrew DeAngelis, and Julie Puckrin, producer Julian Doucet, and story editors Derek Robertson, Vivian Lin, and Nile Seguin.
  • Directors are Stefan Pleszczynski, Samir Rehem, Michael Marshall, Stephanie Morgenstern, Peter Stebbings, and Paolo Barzman.
  • Seasons 1 and 2 of KILLJOYS are streaming now on CraveTV.

At the end of Season 3, our Killjoys are scattered to the far corners of the J Galaxy and beyond. Dutch is on a journey to face her biggest foe yet, while D’av and John are trapped in an elevator in deep space with a pregnant Delle Seyah (Mayko Nguyen). They are united by the knowledge of the name of their true enemy, The Lady, an immeasurable manifestation of evil without beginning or end. The Lady is making her play and our trio has something she wants – the Hullen Heir.

KILLJOYS is produced by Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association with Space and SYFY.

 

 

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TV Eh B Cs podcast 75 — Uncovering Lachlan Murdoch’s Mysteries

Lachlan Murdoch was born in Vancouver, British Columbia into a family of performers. His first-ever job came when he was but two years old; cast in a commercial for “Fisher Price Baby Shampoo.”

He worked steadily as a child in many different productions including fan favourite episodes of The X Files, The Outer Limits and Stargate SG-1. Other notable appearances include Kids in the Hall’s Brain Candy and FX’s highly acclaimed movie Sins of the Father, where Lachlan would meet many future key crew members of Murdoch Mysteries.

Lachlan moved to Toronto permanently in 2002, where he finished school and went on to win his role as Henry Higgins on CBC’s massively popular Murdoch Mysteries.

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HGTV Canada schedules third season of Home to Win

From a media release:

Canada’s top builders and designers are back under one roof in Season 3 of HGTV Canada’s #1 program,* Home To Win (8×60). Premiering Sunday, April 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada, with weekly airings on Global starting Saturday, May 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the all-star competition series follows the room-by-room transformation of a shabby countryside property into a modern family home. New this season, the opportunity for Canadians to compete to win the spectacular home is open exclusively to first-time homebuyers. HomeToWin.ca is now taking submissions and viewers can learn more about how to apply here.

The Canadian-original series returns with HGTV Canada’s robust roster of talent led by Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Sangita Patel. The eight-week broadcast kicks off with Bryan Baeumler and Scott McGillivray spearheading the hunt for the perfect property, while Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe decide on the overall design. Then Sarah Baeumler, Sarah Keenleyside, Brian McCourt, Sebastian Clovis, Sabrina Smelko, Mike Holmes Jr., and more HGTV Canada favourites take on the day-to-day challenges of turning the blueprint into a reality. Mike Holmes, Jonathan and Drew Scott as well as Dave and Kortney Wilson also pitch in with surprise visits throughout the season. In each episode, the cast face off in head-to-head challenges, then team up to complete extensive renovations showcased in stunning room reveals. The season concludes with three first-time homebuyers competing to win the completed home in the dramatic finale.

Nominated for a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Cross-Platform Project Non-Fiction, HomeToWin.ca offers a closer look at the property with weekly photo galleries of the interior and exterior spaces as they are revealed in the show. A digital home tour features hotspots that allow users to shop for products featured in the home, while behind-the-scenes photography and written recaps by HGTV Canada experts take viewers behind the camera. Exclusive video content including guided room tours, DIY projects, and bloopers connects fans further with their favourite network stars. First-time homebuyers can submit their application at HomeToWin.ca until Monday, May 28 at 8 a.m. ET.

 

 

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