Colin Mochrie, Wendy Crewson & Jennifer Irwin to guest star on Working The Engels

From a media release:


Halfire-CORE Entertainment and Shaw Media announced today that Gemini Award-winners Colin Mochrie (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, She’s the Mayor) and Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope, Revenge), and Gemini Award-nominee Jennifer Irwin (Eastbound & Down, Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays) are set to guest star in the first three episodes of Global Television’s new half-hour original comedy series Working the Engels. Mochrie, Crewson, and Irwin join series regulars Andrea Martin, Kacey Rohl, Azura Skye and Benjamin Arthur. Additional guest stars for upcoming episodes to be announced in the coming weeks.

Commissioned by Shaw Media’s original content team, produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment and written by Katie Ford (Miss Congeniality, Desperate Housewives) and Jane Ford (Listen Missy, Material World), the 12-episode series is currently shooting in Toronto.

In this laugh-out-loud comedy, a family of ne’er-do-wells must band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt. The Engels must all go to work running Dad’s storefront law firm, with one minor problem – daughter Jenna Engel (Rohl) is the only one who is qualified to practice law. Unfortunately for Jenna, this also means taking on her eccentric relatives as co-workers, including her self-involved mother Ceil (Martin), her pill-popping sister Sandy (Skye) and her bad boy brother Jimmy (Arthur). Jenna, the youngest sibling, becomes the unlikely family patriarch, running the law firm and keeping her crazy family together.

Mochrie guest stars as Miles, Ceil’s mild-mannered, long-suffering accountant. He did the books for Ceil’s late husband and has the unpleasant task of telling Ceil the truth about the financial disaster her husband left behind.

Crewson plays Margueritte Guernsey, a rich, entitled, beautiful woman who is the subject of a lawsuit. Margueritte is used to getting what she wants. Much even to Margueritte’s surprise, it looks like what she wants is… handsome, hunky, not-so-bright bad boy, Jimmy Engel.

Charisse Dunne, played by Irwin, is a gorgeous shark of a lawyer and partner at a high-powered law firm. She manages to turn heads, but makes Glenn Close in Damages look like a sweetheart. After Jenna spectacularly quits, Charisse becomes bent on Jenna’s total destruction.

Working the Engels is produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment with Katie Ford, Jane Ford, Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall and Noreen Halpern serving as Executive Producers.

The Bachelor Canada begins casting in December

From a media release:

City Announces New Production Partner for Season 2 of Original Hit Series, The Bachelor Canada

  • Casting for Canada’s next bachelor and bachelorettes begins in December
  • Principal production slated for spring 2014; season premiere next fall

Embarking on a new quest to help Canadians find love, City today announced its partnership with Good Human Productions Inc. for Season 2 of the hit romantic reality series The Bachelor Canada.

Founded by former Rogers Media executive Claire Freeland and last season’s supervising producer Sean De Vries, Good Human Productions – a new Vancouver-based production company – will begin principal filming in spring 2014 ahead of the fall premiere.

Ahead of principal production next year, casting for Canada’s next bachelor and bachelorettes begins in December. Full casting details to be announced in the coming weeks.


New Friday: Marketplace, The Fifth Estate

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Marketplace, CBC – “Greasy Business”
Undercover investigation revealing ripoffs at a popular oil change chain.

The Fifth Estate, CBC – “The Rob Ford Story”
Crack cocaine. Alcohol. Friends who have criminal backgrounds. Just over a year ago, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stood next to Police Chief Bill Blair promising to fight gang crime. Now the two most powerful men in Canada’s largest city are locked in a struggle only one is likely to survive. the fifth estate unravels the story of the man who has become the world’s most controversial mayor.

Danny Masterson and Kris Lemche guest star on Haven

From a media release:


Danny Masterson (Men at Work, That ‘70s Show) and Kris Lemche (Joan of Arcadia, Ghost Whisperer) join the cast of Showcase’s popular series Haven as guest stars in season four. The highly anticipated new season premieres tomorrow, Friday, November 8 at 9 p.m. ET.

Masterson and Lemche appear in episode 411, titled “A Shot in the Dark,” as Darkside Seekers, a duo of paranormal investigators who star in their own low-budget TV reality show. They pay the town of Haven a visit to investigate reports of a murder victim missing a heart, and are on a mission to expose Haven’s secrets after hearing numerous tales about the Troubles and the strange, hushed up occurrences that have been plaguing the town for years.

Masterson portrays “Anderson Harris,” one half of the Darkside Seekers team. He’s the man behind the camera – more comfortable tinkering with the equipment than with the idea of seeing a ghost. Anderson may be skeptical about the paranormal, but nothing stops him from keeping the cameras rolling if there’s even a remote chance of capturing evidence of the supernatural on tape.

Lemche plays “Seth Byrne,” the host of the Darkside Seekers TV show. Seth is a true believer who has dedicated his life to the search for absolute proof of the supernatural. Feisty, funny and fearless, he refuses to let anyone – no matter how intimidating or official – stand in the way of the truth he seeks to reveal.


New Thursday: Played


Played, CTV – “Fights”
Rebecca’s (Chandra West) ex-colleague Marcus Jakes (Aaron Abrams, HANNIBAL) is embedded with Ali Raman’s (Carlos Gonzales) gang of racketeers, whose interests include a vicious underground fight club. Rebecca still trusts him, but Moreland (Vincent Walsh) thinks Jakes has turned into a dirty cop. In an attempt to bust the extortionists and expose Jakes, Jesse (Adam Butcher) gets into the ring and Moreland plays a guy looking to hire a contract killer.