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In the news: More and more Rookie Blue reviews and interviews

From Todd VanDerWerff of AV Club:

  • Rookie Blue – “Fresh Paint”
    “The show is an utterly generic cop show with Grey’s Anatomy trappings that mostly doesn’t try to upset anyone. It’s every cop show ever, tossed into a blender and set in a non-specific Canadian city that tries to stand in for the United States if you aren’t paying that close of attention. Now, passing off Canadian cities as our own is a long-standing tradition in American TV, but everything about Rookie Blue is as generic as can be, which makes the generic Canadian streets feel even more generic than they probably should. Everything about this show feels like an off-brand medication.” Read more.

From Brad Oswald of the Winnipeg Free Press:


From Daniel Fienberg of HitFix:

  • TV Review: ABC’s ‘Rookie Blue’
    “Other than a couple actors I like, “Rookie Blue” didn’t do anything to tease my high hopes and it pretty well lived down to my expectations. Like “Scoundrels” and, to a slightly lesser extent, “The Gates,” “Rookie Blue” looks and feels like exactly what it is: A zero-risk summer burn-off for ABC. Viewers probably don’t expect much quality and ABC probably doesn’t expect many viewers, so if there are times when stars Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith at least keep things vaguely likable? Well, there’s that.” Read more.

From Brian Tallerico of Hollywood Chicago:

  • TV Review: ‘Rookie Blue’ Will Have to Handcuff Viewers to Keep Them
    “We’ve learned how to shoot and fight and drive a police car really fast.” I couldn’t make narration like that up. Even if it is tongue-in-cheek in its over-representation of the rookie class of police officers that make up the ensemble of ABC’s new Thursday night entry, it’s still a great example of why this show doesn’t work — it doesn’t sound like anything anyone would ever say in the real world.” Read more.

From Steven Herbert of the Daily Breeze:

  • ABC police drama ‘Rookie Blue’ debuts tonight
    “The series was inspired by conversations executive producer and co- creator Tassie Cameron had with officers with a variety of specialties who served as consultants for Flashpoint, the CBS/CTV series she wrote and produced. ‘The one thing they had in common were these amazing rookie stories — heart-wrenching, funny, emotional,’ Cameron said in a telephone interview from Toronto.” Read more.

From Jarett Wieselman of the NY Post:

From Tom Conroy of Media Life:

  • ‘Rookie Blue,’ crimes of the heart
    “The premiere episode of ABC’s new cop drama “Rookie Blue” actually has two meet-cutes, signaling that in this show, the important crimes will be of the heart, with a secondary focus on the professional formation of a group of puppyish young police officers.” Read more.

From Matthew Gilbert of the Boston Globe:

  • ‘Rookie’ mistake: a generic cop show
    “One of the most tired plots on every cop drama ever made is the rookie plot. Some newbie comes on the job, and some smug, hard-bitten veteran inevitably shows this “Bambi” the ways of the street. Rookie mistakes are made, lessons are learned, first days are finished with whiskey shots at the local bar.” Read more.

Wipeout Canada applications close on Canada Day

From a media release:


This is it Canadian daredevils! Do you have what it takes to compete in the world’s largest obstacle course? Only one week remains to submit an application for a chance to be a contestant in the highly anticipated, international smash hit series, Wipeout Canada.

From carpenters to commercial pilots, embalmers to cowboys, firefighters to stay-at-home moms, applications have been steadily pouring in from across the country, since June 2, from potential contestants who want to be a part of the Wipeout phenomenon. Daring Canadians who believe they have the necessary competitive skills to compete in the world’s largest obstacle course have until Thursday, July 1 at 11:59pm EST to submit their application at

Hosted by quick-witted Canadians, Jonathan Torrens (TV with TV’s Jonathan Torrens, Trailer Park Boys), Ennis Esmer (Young People Fucking; The Listener) and co-hosted by Jessica Phillips (Deal or No Deal Canada; Being Erica), 13, one-hour episodes will be taped on the iconic Wipeout set this October. On each Canadian episode, 20 lucky contestants will attempt this challenging course for a chance at winning a $50,000 grand prize. This hysterical hit series kicks off on TVTropolis in Spring 2011.

The Wipeout format is licensed to Lone Eagle Entertainment and is distributed in Canada by Disney and internationally by Endemol, a leading producer of television programming specializing in reality and non-scripted genres for network and cable television. The Canadian format will air on TVtropolis – joining an already robust line-up of hit reality shows including Hoarders, Parking Wars, Runaway Squad, and Wife Swap UK.

For exclusive news, interviews, contests and behind-the-scenes footage and photos, fans are encouraged to join the Official Wipeout Canada Facebook fan page at www.Facebook/


TV, eh? interview: Gregory Smith and Missy Peregrym of Rookie Blue

By Diane Wild
Article first published as
A Chat with Gregory Smith and Missy Peregrym of Rookie Blue on Blogcritics

When two attractive young actors are sent to do the media rounds for a series, especially a series that’s basically Grey’s Anatomy with guns, the natural assumption might be that their characters will hook up.

Gregory Smith (Everwood) and Missy Peregrym (Reaper) of Rookie Blue destroyed that assumption.

“We’re like brother and sister,” Peregrym said. “We have a bit of a sibling relationship,” agreed Smith in a separate interview. “We bicker good-naturedly.”

“There was a little confusion at first because I thought I was playing the cool, sexy guy, but people kept asking me what it was like playing the dorky guy,” joked Smith. “So I had a bit of a reality check.”

“Dorky’s the new sexy,” he added with a laugh.

Smith and Peregrym play cops just out of the academy fumbling in their new roles – literally, with handcuffs and holsters, and figuratively with instincts and emotions.

“You have to think completely differently,” said Peregrym about the transition from civilian to rookie. “I think it’s difficult in real life for every cop to be able to transition into that. As much training as you go through, you’re never really prepared for how you feel in every situation, which is what we focus on more than the procedural stuff.”

“It’s not really about the cases and cracking cases and making arrests,” Smith said. “It’s more about jamming your finger in the door when you’re closing it, or accidentally handcuffing yourself – all the trials and tribulations of how to be a cop instead of the beat of being a cop.”

Smith, who plays Dov Epstein, says his character is a “fun guy who tries to be super-serious and cool.”

“At first he talks about all the ménage- a-trios, crazy sexcapades he’s having, but it seems to be a bit of hot air. Then he finally meets someone later on in the season and it’s one of those be careful what you wish for things.”

The Toronto-born star grew up in Vancouver, where he filmed a lot of guest starring roles, shot Everwood in Utah, and calls Toronto, where Rookie Blue was filmed, his favourite place to shoot. “I’ve become accustomed to the nomadic lifestyle,” he said. “I love it, meeting new people and seeing new cities. It’s one of my favourite parts of the job.”

Peregrym was also raised in Vancouver, but is less enamoured of the actors’ life, saying having a family is “the only thing I’ve ever known I wanted to do.” When she’s more settled, she’d like to get involved with a church group that helps girls develop self-esteem.

“I can use this career for other things,” she added. “It’s kind of a difficult career to be in, because it’s very easy to be all about yourself. The only time I feel I’m doing something of worth is when I know I’m affecting other women in a positive way.”

Her character, the daughter of a disgraced detective, is similarly idealistic. “Andy has a really big heart and wants to do the right thing,” said Peregrym. “She likes helping people so much, and that’s why she became a cop. But it’s really difficult to do that in this career because you have to put your emotions aside.”

The show’s not as deadly serious as all that, though. Smith, who’s never seen Grey’s Anatomy – in fact, doesn’t have a television – calls it roughly “70% drama and 30% comedy. There was a good laugh every minute or so. But maybe that was just me laughing at myself.”

Rookie Blue premieres Thursday on ABC and Global. Follow Smith and Peregrym on Twitter for behind the scenes video, pictures, and chatter.


New tonight: Rookie Blue on Global – “Fresh Paint”

Thursday, June 24 – 9pm ET/PT *Series Premiere*

“Fresh Paint”

Andy McNally’s first shift on the job turns into mayhem when shots are fired in a downtown rooming house. In the midst of the chaos, Andy triumphantly makes her first big arrest – a suspected drug dealer – who turns out to be Sam Swarek, an undercover officer from her own division. She makes up for her grave mistake by going face-to-face with a dangerous gunman who already has one man’s blood on his hands.