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History announces production on original First World War docudrama 100 Days to Victory

From a media release:

The gripping story of the Allies’ collaborative efforts to end the First World War and Canada’s crucial role within those victories is coming to HISTORY® Fall 2018, as production begins on the new original docudrama, 100 Days to Victory (2×60). The two-part series is set to air during HISTORY’s annual Days of Remembrance programming, timed to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the First World War’s conclusion.

Through cinematic recreations of crucial battles and insights with top historians, the series tells the story of the courageous contributions in the final days of the First World War, including Canada’s pivotal role. Commissioned by Corus Entertainment’s HISTORY, this international co-production is produced by Canada’s Bristow Global Media and Australia’s Electric Pictures.

The last 100 days of the First World War were triumphant thanks in many ways to visionary leadership, revolutionary tactics, and the tenacious resolve of Canadian and Allied forces. This marked a major turning point in the four-year struggle to defeat Germany. Often overshadowed by earlier battles, 100 Days to Victory highlights the untold coming together of five leaders from five countries including General Arthur Currie (Canada), General John Monash (Australia), Marshal Ferdinand Foch (France), Field Marshal Douglas Haig (Britain) and General John J. Pershing (United States).

The dramatic First World War retelling will be shot in Canada and is produced by Bristow Global Media and Electric Pictures in association with Corus Entertainment’s HISTORY.

 

 

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Link: Murdoch Mysteries’ Yannick Bisson raises a glass to the detective show’s 11th season

From Bill Brownstein of the Montreal Gazette:

Link: Murdoch Mysteries’ Yannick Bisson raises a glass to the detective show’s 11th season
“The big part of that Victorian era, particularly in Canada, was people being more cultured and not being in the colonies and barbaric. It was all about etiquette and being proper and social graces. We have tried to embrace that in the show. There have been hundreds of great actors who have auditioned for our show, but not everybody has been able to impart that period and that sensibility. It does present its challenges.” Continue reading.


 

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Sandy Jobin-­Bevans and Kylee Evans to host new family game show Just Like Mom and Dad

From a media release:

Award-winning global media production and distribution company marblemediais excited to announce husband and wife duo Sandy Jobin-Bevans and Kylee Evans as the new host couple of Just Like Mom and Dad, the modern remake of the hit 80’s series Just Like Mom.

Sandy Jobin-Bevans, a nine-time Canadian Comedy Award winner and actor, and actress Kylee Evans, will begin filming Just Like Mom and Dad this fall. Produced in association with YES TV in Canada and BYUtv in the US, the 20-episode primetime family game show will premiere across North America in January 2018. marblemedia secured all remake and development rights in an agreement with Bell Media.

Kylee and Sandy are no strangers to kids and family entertainment. They both appeared on YTV/Nickelodeon’s hit sitcom Life With Boys, where Sandy played the loving, single father and Kylee played their neighbour. Sandy was also the co-host of the hidden camera game show, Deal With It and Kylee is known for her recurring roles in Good Witch and The Stanley Dynamic.

Just Like Mom and Dad is shot before a live, energetic studio audience on a bright, dynamic set filled with flashy lights, giant moving video screens, and a bigger and more tempting prize wheel. Each episode of Just Like

Mom and Dad will feature three parent-kid pairs. The game starts with two exciting, interactive question- answer based rounds where parents and kids will be quizzed on each other. The third and final round will be an exciting bake-off in a new, state of the art kitchen coliseum, but in this kitchen the kids are in charge and the parents are the taste-testers.

Studio Audience Experience
Just Like Mom and Dad is inviting everyone to join them in-studio for the live studio audience experience! Want to join in on the fun? You and your family can be a part of the Just Like Mom and Dad live studio audience and watch all the fun first hand! It’s easy!

Sandy and Kylee are ready to lead you through all of the bake-offs, big spins and even bigger prizes coming your way on this season of

Send an email to audience@marblemedia.com saying you and your family would like to attend a live taping of Just Like Mom and Dad.

Please include how many tickets you would need, along with your first and second choice for show times.

LOCATION
YEStv Studios
1295 North Service Road
Burlington, Ontario L7R 4X5

WEEK ONE
Friday, October 13, 2017 | 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday, October 15, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pm

WEEK TWO
Friday, October 20, 2017 | 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pm

For more information, please visit www.justlikemomanddad.com.

 

 

 

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Bad Blood: Enrico Colantoni on Bruno Bonsignori and his love affair with Kim Coates

After decades playing other characters in feature films, the theatre and television, Enrico Colantoni is the closest to playing himself in City’s miniseries Bad Blood. To play Bruno Bonsignori, advisor to Vito Rizzuto (Anthony LaPaglia), Colantoni called on his Italian roots and a childhood that inspired his take on Bruno.

In our latest interview—done from the set of Bad Blood in Sudbury, Ont., last year—Colantoni outlines how he became part of the Bad Blood cast and how his past helped define the character.

How did you get involved in Bad Blood in the first place?
Enrico Colantoni: I’ve had an admiration for Kim Coates since Waterworld, and then seeing him on with George Stroumboulopoulos and realizing he was Canadian and from Saskatoon. And then, I won a Canadian Screen Award and he presented it to me. The hug I received … it was like two star-crossed lovers. I just love him and get him on so many levels and I think it’s mutual.

I was in Vancouver directing an episode of iZombie and I was having such a great time. I said, ‘If I can do this for the rest of my life I’ll never act again.’ Directing, even episodic for just two weeks, uses all my faculties. I got to act all the roles and have the final word on things. It was so exciting.

And then the phone rings and the script comes and I say, ‘Oh no, a mobster. I don’t want to do this.’ Then I read the first episode and, not only is the writing fantastic, but this character. I’ve never gotten to play an Italian mobster in my whole career. And this guy’s energy is so different from all of the other heavies. He’s sort of buffoonish, clownish. And I realize, ‘For the first time in my career, I can play me as an homage to the goofs I grew up with.’ And then when I realized this was with Kim, and Mr. LaPaglia and Mr. Sorvino … I gotta go. There hasn’t been a disappointing moment yet.

Bruno Bonsignori is a fictional character.
Kinda. He’s based on a real character, but the story I was told is that the reason they changed his name is because of the liberties that the script takes. He was based on a real guy and they share the same nickname, ‘Peacemaker.’

For Bruno, bloodshed is a last resort in this violent world.
Right. There’s gotta be that guy who is just the business-minded guy, who is good with the money. Who is good with talking. He is that guy.

I find it interesting that, when you dig down and really research some of these people, there are heroes. Not everyone is a villain.
Some of these guys just want to make a living. It’s so funny that the guys who I grew up with … their attitudes toward life walked such a fine line between legal and illegal. Objectively, I could see the difference, but they really couldn’t. If they got away with something, they were applauded for it and congratulated for it inside the family. My father would have beaten the shit out of me, but there were some Italians who thought that was appropriate behaviour and it was encouraged.

And Bad Blood is a Canadian story.
Isn’t that beautiful? I took such pride in that. We had our own version of the Cosa Nostra. I always thought that the famous names in Toronto were the Toronto version of something, never imagining that their ties to the bigger animal were so connected. And the guys in Montreal were even more so. When you hear the name Bonanno mentioned, you realize [the Canadians] were playing in the major leagues.

Bad Blood airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on City.

Look for more coverage of Bad Blood from our set visit late last year in the coming days, including exclusive interviews with director Alain Desrochers, and Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War authors Antonio Nicaso and Peter Edwards.

Image courtesy of Rogers Media.

 

 

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TV Eh B Cs podcast 70 — The Lieberman Directives

Robert Lieberman has been a prominent director in film, television and commercials over multiple decades. A highlight from his expansive career in television was directing the pilot and executive producing the CBS series Gabriel’s Fire, which starred James Earl Jones and garnered three Emmy Awards. In recent years Mr. Lieberman’s television directing assignments have included multiple episodes of The Expanse, Eyewitness, Art of More, Rogue, Criminal Minds, Dexter, The X-Files, Brothers & Sisters and eight episodes of Haven.

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