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Link: Wynonna Earp’s Tim Rozon says Doc is out for himself

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Wynonna Earp’s Tim Rozon says Doc is out for himself
“I honestly can’t tell you exactly what Wynonna thinks about Doc. Just because he said who he is doesn’t mean anybody believes it, or that all the sudden he’s trusted by anybody. At the same time, there are demons and she’s the heir to the curse to put down revenants, so there’s these things that aren’t normal, and she is more susceptible to believe what he’s saying.” Continue reading. 

Slasher tackles sloth in Episode 4

Nope, I’m not referring to the slow-moving mammal but the sin of laziness. Friday’s newest instalment of Slasher, “As Water is Corrupted Unless it Moves,” picks up with another death, supposition of guilt and the show’s first time two characters sit down and discuss who the likeliest suspect for serial killer is.

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Spotlighting the ruggedly beautiful
Director Craig David Wallace may have been operating with a shoestring budget, but it doesn’t show. There are several establishing shots of the Parry Sound area celebrating the spectacle that is rural Ontario and overhead filming that is simply stunning. Brenda Merritt’s send-off is memorable too.

Red herrings aplenty
As with most murder mysteries, Slasher is beginning stack up a lot of false leads. Last week’s closing scene hinted that Trent—who enjoys making weird taxidermy creations out of the animals he hunts—may be The Executioner. Whether he is or not is established early on Friday night, and many minutes are also spent with Trent’s back story, his aunt, his former employment and ties to Heather Peterson.

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Dylan lies, again
Dylan is quickly becoming the type of guy I’d tell Sarah to run away from. After lying to Sarah last week about giving two weeks notice before he could quit the newspaper, he puts his career first once again by allowing himself to be tantalized by the bright lights of television thanks to broadcaster Lisa-Ann Follows (Rookie Blue‘s Enuka Okuma). Dylan goes behind Sarah’s back to do something that will help him professionally, but puts their relationship in jeopardy.

Slasher airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Super Channel.

Vikings goes all-out in midseason finale

“All of my life, and all of your lives have come to this point. There is nowhere else to be but here. Nowhere else to live or die but here. To be here now is the only thing that matters. So gather yourselves, gather all of your strength and all of your sweetness to an iron ball, for we will attack again and again until we reach, and overcome, their king, or die in the attempt. Blow the horns, beat the drums and attack, for there will be no turning back. Only victory, or death.” And with that rousing speech, Rollo—perhaps pulling inspiration from Coach Eric Taylor or at the very least his brother Ragnar—once again defends Paris from an attack by the vikings.

Here’s what to look forward to in Thursday’s midseason finale, “The Last Ship”:

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Brother vs. brother
After 10 episodes, Rollo and Ragnar finally come to blows, and advance towards each other in very different states of mind. Rollo, once the drunken laughingstock in seasons 1 and 2, is clearheaded, confident and thinking of the big picture while Ragnar is confused, shuddering from drug withdrawal and singleminded.

Death follows
Yidu, Erlendur and Queen Kwenthrith all met their untimely demise in the last couple of episodes; the bloodshed continues both during the battle scenes and in Paris, where Emperor Charles decides to do a little bit of culling of his own. Forget The Red Wedding, how about the Deadly Dinner?

A look forward
We’d love to tell you what happens during the siege on Paris, but we want you to experience it spoiler-free. What we can say is that what happens during it affects the rest of the episode and leads to a time jump. Viewers will catch up with the citizens of Kattegat years later, and what is important to them. It feels like the next chapter of the story will focus more on Bjorn, his brothers and their desires.

Vikings airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on History.

Link: ‘Whatever, Linda’ Web Series To Get TV Adaptation By ‘Orphan Black’ Co-Creator & Mark Gordon Co.

From Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com:

‘Whatever, Linda’ Web Series To Get TV Adaptation By ‘Orphan Black’ Co-Creator & Mark Gordon Co.
Critically praised Canadian web series Whatever, Linda, is being adapted as a half-hour TV series by The Mark Gordon Company, with Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson executive producing. Continue reading. 

HGTV Canada’s superstars team to create the ultimate Home to Win

Superstars assemble! Take 20 HGTV Canada contractors and designers, drop them onto a property in dire need of renovation and what do you get? Home to Win, the network’s biggest giveaway ever, and a showcase for homegrown talent.

Hosted by ET Canada‘s Sangita Patel and debuting Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, Home to Win is a who’s who of demolition and design talent, including Bryan and Sarah Baeumler, Sarah Richardson, Scott McGillivray, Mike Holmes, Tiffany Pratt, Samantha Pynn, Paul Lafrance, Kate Campbell, Sebastian Clovis and Danielle Bryk. Basically, if they appear on an HGTV Canada series, they’re participating in Home to Win. It’s a smart move: it’s all hands on deck in the first episode as the participants search Canada for the ideal property to make over. But can so many artistic people with differing style ideas all get along?

“Bryan and I had a lot of questions,” Baeumler says during a press junket at Corus headquarters alongside Pratt and Pynn. “How do we get these 20 people together, align the schedule, make sure we all work well together … it just seemed like a huge feat. It took about an hour of thinking about it, and Bryan said, ‘This will work.'” It certainly does. It’s easy to assume these folks all get together on a regular basis to quaff and beer and talk shop, but that’s not the case. With busy production and business schedules to juggle, pros like Pynn and Lafrance would never have met and collaborated, let alone be featured in a series together.

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“We all have our own different areas of expertise,” Pratt explains. “We all have our different arenas, so for all of us to come together and put it into one space, it’s really spectacular. It’s good times with everybody.” Unlike many renovation shows, there are no firm deadlines and no winner or loser. The group is working together over 10 episodes to create a beautiful space full of, as Baeumler says, stories, memories and connections.

“I knew that it would be a lot of fun,” Pynn says. “I knew there would be a lot of work, but it doesn’t feel like work. And the end reveal is just everything. It was an amazing experience.”

At the end of that experience, one Canadian will win the home and all of the furnishings. Auditions are open now and couldn’t be more simple: after giving the standard name and address information, you must record a one-minute video telling the casting team, “What makes a house a home?” Three contestants chosen will compete in Home to Win‘s finale.

“You have 20 people repeating the words ‘dream home,’ so you can’t not have a dream home, period,” Pratt says. “Everyone here and at home want to tune into that final episode and say, ‘Holy … Oh my God!'”

Home to Win airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada.