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W Network lifts the veil on Jillian Harris’ life in Canadian original Jillian & Justin

From a media release:

For years, fans have followed notable interior designer and host of Love It Or List It Vancouver Jillian Harris’ personal and professional journey on television and social media. W Network now brings audiences a raw, insider’s look into her and partner Justin Pasutto’s biggest life challenges with the four-part docu-series Jillian & Justin, premiering June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The Canadian original program follows the couple as they tackle the challenges of first-time parenthood and building their forever home, while meeting the demands of their careers and relationship.

Jillian & Justin provides an authentic and revealing look at the couple and their dramatic new life in Kelowna, B.C. As Jillian juggles her jam-packed schedule and Justin tries to launch a new career to support their growing family, they’re also in the midst of a major home renovation and adjusting to life with a newborn. The special docu-series also unveils many firsts for Jillian, including the birth of her first child, buying and rebuilding a teardown home, and starting new business ventures on top of her already-busy television career.

In the series premiere, the couple prepare themselves for the arrival of their first child together and their new roles as parents. Between doctor’s appointments, an over-the-top surprise baby shower, preparing their house for a newborn, and continuing to work right up until her due date, Jillian attempts to do it all. Meanwhile, Justin ends up in a frightening accident and then receives some shocking news as he prepares their new home for a massive renovation, throwing their lives into complete chaos.

Jillian & Justin is created and produced by Big Coat Media in association with HGTV Canada.


Production underway on second cycle of Cardinal for CTV and Super Ecran

From a media release:

CTV and Super Écran, alongside producers Sienna Films and Entertainment One (eOne), announced today that production is underway on the second cycle of CARDINAL, the #1 new Canadian series of the year starring Golden Globe® nominee Billy Campbell (THE KILLING) and the multiple Genie Award-winning actress Karine Vanasse (REVENGE). Inspired by Black Fly Season, the third novel in the John Cardinal Mysteries series written by Ontario native and award-winning author Giles Blunt, the second cycle of the networks’ serialized drama is shooting six, hour-long episodes in North Bay, Ont. and Toronto before premiering as part of CTV and Super Écran’s 2017/18 season.

Cycle 1 of CARDINAL was the most-watched new Canadian series and ranked among the Top 10 new series overall that launched on Canadian television in the 2016/17 season, averaging 1.1 million viewers weekly. Following the success of the first season, the series received an unprecedented two-season renewal.

eOne has successfully licensed the series internationally with the first season of CARDINAL having aired on CANAL+ in France, Calle 13 in Spain, and C More in Scandinavia, where it became the network’s biggest foreign drama series. Cycle 1 of CARDINAL will premiere June 3 on BBC in the U.K. and June 16 on Hulu in the U.S.

CARDINAL picks up several months after the events of Cycle 1. It’s early summer in Algonquin Bay and the blackflies aren’t the only ones out for blood. Detectives John Cardinal (Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Vanasse) find themselves with a strange case on their hands involving a young woman with a gunshot wound to the head. The investigation quickly takes a turn as Cardinal and Delorme uncover a series of disturbing, ritualistic killings that may be connected to their young victim. Cardinal must work to identify the young woman before her attacker strikes again.

Joining Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse in Cycle 2 of CARDINAL is an all-star supporting cast that includes Bruce Ramsay (19-2) as Ray Northwind, Alex Paxton-Beesley (PURE) as Red, Jonathan Keltz (REIGN) as Kevin Tait, Kevin Hanchard (ORPHAN BLACK) as Detective Alan Clegg, and Kris Holden-Ried (VIKINGS) as Scott Lasalle. Returning cast members include Deborah Hay (The Anniversary) as Catherine Cardinal, Glen Gould (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) as Det. Jerry Commanda, Kristen Thomson (Away From Her) as Staff Sergeant Noelle Dyson, David Richmond Peck (ORPHAN BLACK) as Corporal Malcolm Musgrave, and Alanna Bale (PRIME RADICALS) as Kelly Cardinal.

CARDINAL is produced by Sienna Films and eOne in association with CTV, with the financial participation of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Canada Media Fund, and the Cogeco Program Development Fund; and with the assistance of the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Super Écran has commissioned the series for French-language Canadian broadcast. eOne distributes the series worldwide.

CARDINAL is adapted from the John Cardinal Mysteries series, a series of six bestselling crime novels written by Giles Blunt. Cycle 2 of CARDINAL is written by Sarah Dodd (MOTIVE, RANSOM), who also serves as an Executive Producer; and co-executive producers Jennica Harper (MOTIVE) and Alison Bingeman (19-2). Co-Executive Producer Jeff Renfroe (ROGUE) directs all six episodes. The drama is executive produced by Sienna Films duo Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja (COMBAT HOSPITAL). For eOne, Jocelyn Hamilton and Tecca Crosby serve as Executive Producers.


Blue Ant Media greenlights new original series for Makeful TV

From a media release:

Save the date! Blue Ant Media is starting production on Love By Lynzie (working title), a brand new series featuring the most beautiful, original and unexpected weddings viewers have ever seen for its lifestyle TV channel, Makeful. The 10 x 30-minute series follows the wedding planning business of Lynzie Kent, an indie event planner and stylist who steers clear of typical wedding-industry clichés and creates truly unique, bespoke celebrations that borrow from contemporary, real-world trends in fashion, art and decor.

Each episode will feature the execution of one amazing wedding in which Lynzie meets with a couple and then works with her team of talented and resourceful DIYers on a gamut of creative projects—such as creating mood boards, baking custom desserts, building on-site installations or crafting floral garlands—to set the stage. Finally, the wedding day will reveal how all the elements of the stunning event have come together and offer a touching glimpse of the couple’s surprise and delight as they take in an unforgettable celebration, reflective of their own love story.

Love By Lynzie is set to air on the Makeful channel in Spring 2018. The series is executive produced by Sam Linton, Vice President of Original Content, Blue Ant Media.


Dark Matter’s Anthony Lemke guest stars on Private Eyes

Attention Dark Matter fans! With the June 9 return of the sci-fi adventure on the way, star Anthony Lemke drops by Private Eyes to shake up Angie’s world. Thursday’s newest episode, “Boardwalk Empire,” written by Marcus Robinson and directed by Rob Lieberman, also introduces fans to Zoe Chow (Samantha Wan), who goes from client to employee in the blink of an eye.

Here’s Global’s official episode synopsis:

The tenacious Zoe Chow hires Shade and Angie to find out who has broken into her apartment in the Beach. It looks like their client may be imagining things – until they uncover a real-life conspiracy to tear down Zoe’s eightplex and replace it with a massive condo tower.

And here are some spoiler-free notes we gleaned from watching the episode.

Samantha Wan as Zoe Chow

Zoe makes an impact on Angie and Shade
It’s not so much the case that attracts Angie and Shade to Zoe, but her personality. She’s quick-thinking, exuberant and quirky as all get-out. As stars Cindy Sampson and Jason Priestley told us, hiring Zoe means Angie and Shade can spend more time in the field. We love that. Also, check out Wan in Second Jen, the hilarious comedy series she and Amanda Joy created for City.

The mystery is solved
Remember the envelope Shade found taped to the bottom of Angie’s dad’s desk? It contained a key to a safety deposit box and Angie opens the box before episode’s end. That sends her and Shade’s business in a new direction.

Anthony Lemke slimes it up
Lemke is the big bad in this week’s instalment. We don’t want to give anything else away, except to say Lemke isn’t your typical villain.

A change of scenery
The episode begins with Angie and Shade in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood and that area of the city will play a big part in the rest of Season 2. I’m excited about the opportunities that will give the show going forward.

Private Eyes airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

Images courtesy of Corus.