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Link: Murdoch Mysteries by the numbers

From Melissa Hank of

Link: Murdoch Mysteries by the numbers
Now in its 10th season, the show is based on the book series by Maureen Jennings and is broadcast all over the globe. In Canada, though, you can catch it Mondays on CBC. A snapshot of the show, by the numbers.

230: murders solved, at least, during the show’s run.

985: days spent filming. So far, production crew has set up shop in places including Toronto, Hamilton, the Vancouver area, Drumheller, Alta., and Bristol, England.

3: made-for-TV movies broadcast before the television series debuted. In the films, which aired in 2004 and 2005, Peter Outerbridge played Murdoch, with Keeley Hawes as Dr. Julia Ogden, Matthew MacFadzean as George Crabtree, and Colm Meaney as Insp. Brackenreid. Continue reading.


Masters of Flip, Love It or List It Vancouver, Property Brothers, Leave It To Bryan and Timber Kings Return Beginning March 1

From a media release:

This spring, HGTV Canada delivers a standout schedule of returning Canadian original series featuring fan-favourite personalities. Beginning March 1, new seasons of hits Masters of Flip, Love It Or List It Vancouver, Property Brothers, Leave It To Bryan and Timber Kings return with all new renos, demos and designs.

Dilemmas abound when two Canadian powerhouse duos return with higher stakes, bigger transformations and even bigger drama. Kortney and Dave Wilson kick off the schedule on Wednesday, March 1 at 10 p.m. E/PT with new episodes of Masters of Flip where they transform old, rundown homes in Nashville and sell them for profit. A new, hour-long special “The Look Back” premieres March 29 and sees Kortney and Dave revisit their favourite designs, disasters and dilemmas. Dynamic duo Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot face their own dilemmas when they battle it out for homeowners’ allegiance to loving or listing their home. It’s up to interior designer Jillian to deliver a show-stopping renovation while Todd hunts for a dream home in new episodes of Love It Or List It Vancouver returning Monday, April 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. In the 100th episode airing on June 19, Jillian’s baby Leo makes his first small screen appearance along with Todd’s two children to mark the milestone with family.

The master builders of Pioneer Log Homes in Williams Lake, B.C. stop at nothing to get the job done under tight deadlines and intense pressure to build massive, multi-million dollar homes. The fourth season of Timber Kings carves out a home on the schedule Sundays beginning March 5 with a two-episode premiere at 9 p.m. ET/PT and subsequent episodes airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This season, the team constructs everything from a 50-foot log teepee to a breathtaking 20,000-square-foot log mansion in locations spanning from Vancouver Island to Germany. Fans can also watch exclusive, behind the scenes videos and home tours of the cast and crew’s homes on

Beginning March 6, Monday nights are a must-see with reno and real estate heavyweights Jonathan and Drew Scott and veteran contractor Bryan Baeumler returning with new episodes navigating challenging renovations and delivering stunning reveals. In new episodes of Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott help couples find, buy, and transform fixer-uppers into incredible dream homes. Season seven of long-standing hit Leave It To Bryan sees Bryan give homeowners a reality check when they hand over their keys and cash, leaving the decision-making in Bryan’s hands. As an added bonus, a new digital short series, Ask Bryan, will be available on where Bryan answers renovation questions and provides tips and tricks, bringing fans closer to the pro himself. New episodes of Property Brothers and Leave It To Bryan premiere back-to-back on Mondays beginning March 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


Link: X Company: Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern talk “Supply and Demand”

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: X Company: Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern talk “Supply and Demand”
“Neil’s also in for a rocky road with Alfred and Aurora because they are in a better position to continue to see the bigger picture than Neil. Neil is responding emotionally. Neil is driven to protect those closest to him and is determined to not lose another loved one. We worry that he’ll be able to keep that big picture in front of his face.” Continue reading. 


Links: Bellevue

From Grace Toby of Canadian Living:

Link: True Blood star Anna Paquin on her new CBC drama, Bellevue, and her Canadian roots
“The writing and the conception of the show by the two women who wrote are very interesting. It was inspiring to be in an environment where you’re creating and working with other smart, strong women. The stories are out there, waiting to be told. This kind of show was very appealing to me.” Continue reading. 

From Bill Harris of Postmedia Network:

Link: Anna Paquin goes from one dangerous small town to another in Bellevue
My first question to Anna Paquin regarding her new show Bellevue was straight-forward and slightly accusatory.

I said to her, “The first thing I have to ask is, did you not learn anything about small towns?” Continue reading. 

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Link: CBC’s Bellevue is much stranger than advertised
The new CBC drama Bellevue (Monday, CBC, 9 p.m.) is a whodunit with a lot going on. That is, an awful, awful lot going on.

It’s very good, an atmospheric, well-acted drama. In its favour, it has a distinct Canadian gothic sensibility – it’s about decay, a mining town gone to seed, and it’s about hockey, religion, revenge, death, loss, the mystery held by the reservation outside of town, the mystery held by a closed mental-health treatment centre outside of town and the mystery held in the dense woods around town. Also, it’s about transgender teens. Continue reading.

From Victoria Ahearn of The Canadian Press:

Link: Anna Paquin on returning to Canada for ‘Bellevue’ and ‘Alias Grace’
Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin of “True Blood” fame says she didn’t deliberately set out to work so much in her birth country — Canada — in the past year.

The Winnipeg native, who grew up in New Zealand and became a star in Hollywood, says she just goes where the work is good. And right now that’s here, with the upcoming “Alias Grace” miniseries and the new CBC drama “Bellevue,” which premieres Monday. Continue reading.

From Melita Kuburas of Metro:

Link: No mistaking Paquin’s pursuit of the truth in CBC’s dark drama Bellevue
Anna Paquin likes playing women who are free to make mistakes. Her latest character makes a lot of them.

In CBC’s upcoming serialized thriller Bellevue (debuting Monday, Feb. 20 at 9 p.m.) Paquin portrays Annie Ryder, a woman who approaches her job as a detective without much care for her personal safety. To get closer to a source, she gets drunk and high with him in a hotel room; she has a creepy stalker, yet she follows his clues alone to a dark shed in the woods. Continue reading.

From Sea and be Scene:

Link: Billy MacLellan on duty in ‘Bellevue’
“I was in my truck driving to Los Angeles when I got sent the audition for BELLEVUE. Somewhere west of Winslow, Arizona. I pulled over to a restaurant, read all of my lines into my phone and I had them memorized by the time I hit California.” Continue reading.

From Sea and be Scene:

Link: Shawn Doyle stars in Bellevue
“This was truly one of the overall fave bonding experiences of my career. We all believed in the project from day one. Adrienne said at the first read-through, they made a point of only hiring team players. Billy and I became very close, partly because we could bring our east-coast humour to the party. Often in this business, the heavier it is on screen, the more fun is had on set between takes. It’s a release-valve kind of thing. As a cast, we loved each other. It’s rare.” Continue reading.

From the Cape Breton Post:

Link: Cape Bretoner plays role in new CBC drama
“It’s surprisingly dark. It’s definitely not for kids. At the end of one of the trailers you can see a spray of blood on the CBC logo – I’ve never seen anything like that before.” Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Shawn Doyle says Bellevue is far more than your standard procedural
“I am seeing all these shows on CBC, as well as on Frontier, where we are learning that we don’t have to copy templates, styles or subject matter that is done elsewhere to be successful. I feel that we’re gaining confidence in finding unique stories in this country. The more specific to a place a show can be and more honestly and firmly planted in a location, the more universal appeal it will have because everyone can relate. I’ve never been to Broadchurch but I can certainly identify with what those characters are going through on an emotional level so the show is really compelling because of that. We’re starting to achieve that here in Canada in a big way.” Continue reading. 

From Alice Horton of CBC News:

Link: Anna Paquin busts TV stereotypes as Bellevue’s flawed female lead
“She makes choices that are a little bit risky and sometimes a bit dangerous, but it all comes from a really deeply, passionately connected place of wanting to do her job and wanting to have justice be served and wanting to take care of her town.” Continue reading.

From Debra Yeo of the Toronto Star:

Link: Script drew Anna Paquin to CBC crime series Bellevue
“Once I read three episodes of the show I knew that regardless of the fact I didn’t necessarily know where my character was going, I just intuitively trusted (Maggs’) writing and the strength of the scripts enough to go, ‘OK, let’s do it.’ . . .  I understood their intention was to create a whole back story with my character, full of regret and secrets and potential guilt . . . and that intrigued me.” Continue reading.

From Melissa Girimonte of The Televixen:

Anna Paquin on Bellevue and double standards for female characters
“There’s a humongous double standard as far as the way fathers versus mothers are depicted, and what’s expected of them. This idea that women have to account for exactly where they are all the time and what their kids was doing. Female characters are held to a much higher standard, and aside from it being completely unfair, it’s also completely dismissive and disrespectful of the role that fathers play in their children’s lives.” Continue reading.


Discovery Teams Up Simcha Jacobovici and James Cameron in Original Documentary ATLANTIS RISING

From a media release:

Award-winning Israeli-Canadian director, producer, and investigative journalist Simcha Jacobovici along with Oscar®-winning Canadian filmmaker and deep sea explorer James Cameron join forces with Discovery to solve the mystery of the lost city of Atlantis in the new original Canadian documentary ATLANTIS RISING, premiering March 12 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on Discovery.

Searching for answers about one of the world’s most impactful literary mysteries that has captured imaginations for millennia, the one-hour special asks: where was the port city located that Greek philosopher Plato wrote about in 4th century BC? Was there really an advanced civilization there? Who were the true Atlanteans? And what disaster wiped them from the face of the earth?

In a follow-up to Discovery’s hit 2011 film FINDING ATLANTIS, the new special takes viewers on a journey of exploration to ancient sites across the Mediterranean. Scouring land and sea in search of clues, the investigation discovers new evidence suggesting the legend of Atlantis is much more than an ancient myth.

This epic search across the Mediterranean moves from the islands of Santorini, Malta, and Sardinia to the plains in Southern Spain and the Azores of Portugal, comparing theories based on literature.

ATLANTIS RISING is shot in stunning 4K UHD on land and in 6K resolution underwater, often using an advanced camera movement system for a steadicam effect. The combination of the camera movement system, underwater footage, and aerial drone photography results in a breathtaking and unique viewing experience.

ATLANTIS RISING is produced by Associated Producers, in association with Discovery and National Geographic Channel. Executive Producers are James Cameron and Yaron Niski. Producers are Simcha Jacobovici and Felix Golubev.