From Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter:
‘House’ Creator David Shore Explains Why TV Writing Is a “Magic Trick”
That illusion appeals to Shore, who sees TV writing as its own “magic trick” to distract and hold audiences. “You go ‘look here, look here.’ And that’s your ‘A story.’ That has to be interesting. But really the sleight of hand comes from sliding in all this character stuff. This is what the show is about,” he explained. Continue reading.
As the year winds down, it’s time to reflect back on 2015. What a year it was for Canadian TV. Yes, there was some sad news—the cancellation of Strange Empire, Remedy and Rookie Blue come immediately to mind—but there was plenty to celebrate as well.
Sci-fi in Canada is stronger than ever thanks to Orphan Black and newbies Killjoys and Dark Matter, we’re getting laughs from series like Still Standing, Sunnyside and Young Drunk Punk and dramas like This Life, The Romeo Section and Motive continue to entertain.
As we get ready to say hello to 2016, help us celebrate 2015 by voting for your favourite five (5) Canadian television shows of the year. (Vote by clicking the boxes to the left of your favourite shows, then click the shaded “Vote” button located just below and right of Young Drunk Punk.)
From a media release:
Boasting some of the biggest names in the biz, FX, FXX, and OLN are ringing in the New Year right with a lineup of this season’s most anticipated new series and returning favourites. Follow Chip Baskets on his journey to become a French clown, and revisit the O.J. Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers with the series premieres of Baskets and American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, respectively, on FX; unwind with new side-splitting seasons of hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Man Seeking Woman on FXX; and get up close and personal with some of the weirdest and wildest insects on the planet with a new season of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan on OLN.
Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 5
**OLN Original Series**
**Season 3 Premiere**
Exploring some of the most remote corners of the globe – Bolivia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, and the Philippines, just to name a few – the series follows actor Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings) as he takes viewers along on an intimate, action-packed quest to get up close and personal with some of the weirdest and wildest creatures alive. This season, Monaghan expands his quests to include some of the most rare and life-threatening creatures on the planet, including the Indian Cobra, the flying lizard, giant whale sharks, and the rare and very creepy Aye-aye of Madagascar.
From Tierney Bricker of EOnline:
Get Your First Look at Degrassi: Next Class
Next Class will introduce fans to five new characters: Yael Baron (Jamie Bloch), Esme Song (Chelsea Clark), Vijay Maraj (Dante Scott), Goldi Nahir (Soma Bhatia), and Baaz Nahir (Amir Bageria). While the final two are siblings, it looks like Esme will be getting close with poor little rich boy Miles, with Vijay has another one of our favourite lines from the trailer: “I love high school!” Continue reading.
Rick Roberts played Donald D’Arby in the series Traders, for which he was nominated for a Gemini Award. He’s appreared in L.A. Doctors, An American in Canada, Between, Sensitive Skin, Zoom, God and Country, and CBC’s miniseries The Book of Negroes.
Roberts headlined the Tarragon Theatre hit Enemy of the People as well as The Accidental Death of an Anarchist for Soulpepper Theatre Company.
As a writer, Rick’s work Mimi (which he co-wrote with Allan Cole and Melody Johnson) premiered at The Tarragon Theatre and was nominated for a Dora Award.
In 2012 he was tapped to play Jack Layton in the CBC biopic Jack, which garnered him the Canadian Screen Award and an ACTRA Award for Best Actor.
He can currently be seen in the CBC series This Life.
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