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TV, Eh? podcast 07/07: Reality TV, Our Hero, Jackson Davies of The Beachcombers, and more

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Welcome to the first TV, Eh? podcast. It’s packed at 40 minutes with interviews, DVD reviews, and chatter about Canadian shows on right now. Segment start times are approximate:

  1. I chat with TV fan and industry insider Caroline from A Place Called Say It, Say It, Say It about reality television – first up, Superstar Chef Challenge and The Scoop
  2. (Start time: 5:55) Writer Denis McGrath from Dead Things on Sticks gives us a DVD review of Our Hero
  3. (Start time: 12:00) Caroline talks about From the Ground Up
  4. (Start time: 15:15) Webmaster Patrick Allec from TV Archive interviews Jackson Davies of The Beachcombers, and gives us the scoop on the 35th anniversary celebrations (check out Friends of the Beachcombers on Facebook)
  5. (Start time: 24:06) Caroline and I mock Canadian Idol and its executive producer John Brunton a little
  6. (Start time: 27:32) Writer Alex Epstein from Complications Ensue presents a lovely justification for supporting Canadian content
  7. (Start time: 34:00) Jennifer Smith from Runesmith’s Canadian Content talks about why she values Canadian content as an audience member and taxpayer
  8. (Start time: 38:15) Caroline narrowly avoids mocking me about my current obsession with Canada’s Next Top Model – we’re picking Rebecca to win

The theme music is from “Quarter to Eight,” a podcast safe track by Sweet Japonic.

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The Murdoch Mysteries filming

Cameras rolling on Shaftesbury Films’ The Murdoch Mysteries, A New one-hour drama series for Bravo!

  • Yannick Bisson (Sue Thomas F.B.Eye) stars as Detective William Murdoch
  • Based on the critically-acclaimed mystery novels by Maureen Jennings

Shaftesbury Films (ReGenesis) is pleased to announce that production has begun on The Murdoch Mysteries, a one-hour drama series based on Maureen Jennings’s acclaimed mystery novels and a wheel of TV movies produced by Shaftesbury. Filming of the 13 one-hour episodes began June 11 and runs until October 17, 2007 in Toronto and Hamilton. The series will air in 2008 on Bravo!.

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In the news: Canadian Idol top 10


From the Vancouver Sun:

From the Toronto Star:

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    “It’s time to meet Canadian Idol’s Top 10. Tonight’s live show features each of the finalists performing a No. 1 hit. The finalists are: Jaydee Bixby, 16 (Drumheller, Alta.); Dwight d’Eon, 28 (West Pubnico, N.S.); Khalila G, 23 (Dorval, Que.); Carly Rae Jepsen, 21 (Mission, B.C.); Martha Joy, 16 (Toronto); Brian Melo, 24 (Hamilton, Ont.); Mila Miller, 17 (Toronto); Greg Neufeld, 17 (Abbotsford, B.C.); Tara Oram, 23 (Hare Bay, Nfld.); and Matt Rapley, 18 (Regina, Sask.). Tomorrow, superstar Rihanna performs her hit, “Umbrella” (CTV at 8).”