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Link: Only CBC would make Gorilla Doctors documentary

From James Bawden:

Gorilla Doctors: Only On CBC-TV
So there I was at a lavish pre-Thanksgiving dinner on my street and the talked turned to the supposedly increasingly irrelevance of the struggling CBC. I begged to differ, of course. But I now wish I’d already seen Gorilla Doctors, an amazing new Canadian made documentary premiering Thursday October 16 on CBC’s The Nature Of Things. It’s the kind of premier presentation only a CBC would dare attempt in this age of amateur singing and dancing shows and wacky realism shows that today clog most TV networks’ prime times. Continue reading.

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Link: Two new Dragons enter the den

From the Canadian Press:

Financier, restaurateur enter the Dragons’ Den
Brace yourselves, Canadian entrepreneurs: two new dragons are entering the den. Bay Street financier Michael Wekerle, billed as “Mick Jagger meets Warren Buffet,” and Vancouver restaurateur Vikram Vij are the newest additions to CBC’s Dragons’ Den. Returning for a ninth season Wednesday, the newbies join Jim Treliving, Arlene Dickinson and David Chilton to judge Canadians’ business ideas and dole out cash to those deemed worthy. Continue reading.

Link: Book of Negroes director had to get past the title

From Anthony D’Alessandro of Deadline:

Is ‘The Book of Negroes’ An Appropriate Title For A Miniseries?
When Clement Virgo first heard about Lawrence Hill’s novel The Book Of Negroes, it was really hard for the Canadian director to swallow the title. Ditto for his producing partner Damon D’Oliveira. “I had an aversion to a novel called Book Of Negroes,” said the director of the six-part BET-eOne miniseries which is making its premiere tonight at Mipcom in the Cannes grand auditorium and will debut on BET in February; the network’s first-ever long format series. Virgo was pushed by his local bookseller to read Hill’s novel about Aminata Diallo, the indomitable African women who is kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa, sold into slavery in South Carolina, then navigates her way through the American Revolution when she ultimately secures her freedom to England at the dawn of the 19th century. But even after buying the book, Virgo was put off by the title. He soon came around and says, “I couldn’t imagine the novel being called anything else.” Continue reading.

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Link: CBC gets bold with Strange Empire

From Sabrina Furminger of Westender:

‘Strange Empire’ a bold new direction for CBC
Westerns have long been told from the perspective of the fortune-hunting white male living the “Go west, young man” dream. Sure, women (not to mention minorities) sacrificed and bled for Canadian westward expansion, too, but we haven’t heard their stories – at least, not until now, and we’ve got the national broadcaster to thank for this historic moment. In the aftermath of well-publicized budget cuts, CBC Television is making a bold statement with Strange Empire, the groundbreaking series from the mind and pen of veteran TV scribe Laurie Finstad Knizhnik (Durham County). Continue reading.

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Tonight: Murdoch Mysteries, Strange Empire

Murdoch Mysteries, CBC – “On the Waterfront (Pt 2)”
Murdoch and the constabulary confront more violence on the waterfront in their quest to bring Brackenreid’s attackers to justice, while Dr. Ogden and Dr. Grace face their own battle in court.

Strange Empire, CBC – “Buckskin Princess”
To free two young girls from the whorehouse, Kat offers herself in exchange. Rebecca saves a child and kills a man in cold blood.