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Slideshow & Video: MasterChef Canada Season 3 auditions

Three minutes flashes by in a blink of an eye. That’s what home cooks found out during MasterChef Canada‘s Season 3 open casting call in Toronto this past weekend. Those hoping to snag a spot in CTV’s culinary competition had only three minutes to plate the food they’d prepared before the show’s producers and judges made the rounds to poke, prod, taste and talk about their selections.

TV, Eh? shadowed Mary Berg through the process. The self-professed “vegetarian who loves to cook meat and drink gravy” was prompted to try out for Season 2 but never got around to it. This time she was ready, and brought a bright pink lemon meringue pie for MasterChef Canada‘s producers and tasting judges Jonathan Cheung and Melanie Stuparyk to try out. Celebrity chef Claudio Aprile swung by too, and was concerned by Berg’s admission she didn’t eat meat.

Look for a full story on Berg as Season 3 gets underway; in the meantime, enjoy these exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures and videos to give you a taste of what the process is like.


Link: NFL in Court to Stop U.S. Super Bowl Ads on Canadian TV

From Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter:

NFL in Court to Stop U.S. Super Bowl Ads on Canadian TV
The NFL has gone to court to stop Canada’s TV regulator from forcing the CTV network to air United States Super Bowl telecast commercials.

The league instead wants the CTV to continue maximizing Super Bowl ad revenue with homegrown ads to boost the value of the Canadian broadcast rights for the next time they come up for renewal. Continue reading.

Review: Four, Five and Six on Dark Matter

Who is Titch, and what happened in their life to turn them into a hardened criminal? That was one of the key questions posed in Episode 6 of Dark Matter.

Friday’s newest episode showcased Jodelle Ferland’s acting chops as she assumed the role of Four to give us more of his back story while we learned more about Five’s own past. With the crew of the Raza still unsure about what brought them together, Five offered up her mind to a probe in order to get answers.

We knew Four’s power-hungry stepmother was behind the death of the Emperor, but Five recounted it all for Four. We learned the Emperor wasn’t all that nice of a guy and strived to have his son feared by all despite the kind streak in the boy.

As for herself, Das realized she and the dead boy, TJ, were stowaways on the Raza. She’d picked the wrong pocket to pick and gotten her hands on that key; the man who owned it killed all of her friends and mortally wounded TJ. The two snuck on board the ship where it was revealed One and Three knew each other.

Five’s extended attachment and reliance on the probe put her life in danger, leading Six to suit up and offer to go in and pull Five back. While he sought her out, he uncovered part of his own past: his rebel group fought back against the Galactic Alliance and took the extreme measure of blowing up a space station (and 10,000 people) for their cause.

So, who is Titch? Five was involved in that person’s memories doing chores around a farm and leading a happy life when Six showed up to take her back. Five was betting those memories belonged to One, but I think it was Three. He’s just the type of guy to put up a tough front to hide some inner sensitivity. Was Three’s idyllic life shattered by violence? I’m bet that’s the case, but we’ll have to wait at least another week to find out.

Notes and quotes

  • No wonder they’re running low on food. Three is eating. All. The. Time.

Dark Matter airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Space.

Review: Secrets revealed on Killjoys

“I like fixing things, remember?” And with that, Johnny and D’Avin have begun to talk, really talk to each other. Sure, it came as a result of the latter being tortured by an interrogation computer on the fritz, but still.

“A Glitch in the System,” written by Adam Barken, was dark, creepy and violent, hearkening back to sci-fi thrillers like Event Horizon and 2001: A Space Odyssey. What appeared to be a routine mission to a derelict space ship to strip it of anything valuable turned deadly when Lucy detected danger and retracted from the old ship, trapping D’Avin, Dutch and Johnny inside. Of course, Lucy’s scan that revealed no life on board the craft was an error; there were two men on board and one jettisoned himself out of the air lock and into space. Why? To escape the clutches of fellow shipmate Hogan (Richard Clarkin), who had gone a tad nuts. Turns out the ship was a Black Ops interrogation ship using technology that put nanites inside people to erode—and rebuild—folks depending on how they answered questions.

Torture is a powerful instrument, and D’Avin revealed to Hogan (and Dutch and Johnny via monitor) that he had killed his entire squad, but didn’t know why. That information is being kept from him by three memory blockers placed in his brain. But who is keeping that information hidden from D’Avin and why?

With just a handful of episodes to go, Killjoys has really hit its stride. D’Avin and Johnny have emerged as a sarcastic one-two punch with Dutch throwing in her verbal two cents when she’s not kicking some serious butt. Or facing off with Khlyen, which she had to do in Friday’s closing moments. He says she’s grown weak because of her relationship with Johnny and needs an attitude adjustment. What does that mean? I can only surmise at this point, but I’m guessing it doesn’t include hot chocolate and hugs.

Notes and quotes

  • The CGI on Killjoys is amazing and those space suits are super-sexy.
  • “Let’s go find the treasure and blow shit up.” — Johnny
  • “How is that in any way loving me?!” — D’Avin, after Johnny shoots him in the leg to keep the nanites busy

Killjoys airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Space.

Link: ‘Orphan Black’ Emmy nominee Tatiana Maslany talks ‘breaking stereotypes’

From Glenn Whipp of The L.A. Times:

‘Orphan Black’ Emmy nominee Tatiana Maslany talks ‘breaking stereotypes’
Nothing has provoked more outrage on Emmy nominations morning the last couple of years than the exclusion of Tatiana Maslany, the 29-year-old Canadian actress who so thoroughly brings to life a variety of clones puzzling out the meaning of their existence on BBC America’s sci-fi thriller “Orphan Black.”

The nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning. Among the snubs and surprises were “Empire,” Gina Rodriguez and Tatiana Maslany. Continue reading.