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Link: 5×5 With The Hook: Patty Sullivan

From You’ve Been Hooked:

Link: 5×5 With The Hook: Patty Sullivan
“I hope this doesn’t sound too cliché, but I think Canadian TV has always been breaking ground, and still is. Back when I was a kid it was shows like Hilarious House of Frightenstein, The Friendly Giant, and later, Street Cents. Then we saw incomparable programs like Kids in the Hall and Second City TV. Not to mention Trailer Park Boys, Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Orphan Black. I could go on and on listing the great programs that Canadian productions churn out year after year.” Continue reading.


Production begins on CBC’s Burden of Truth starring Kristin Kreuk; additional cast announced

From a media release:

ICF Films, Eagle Vision and global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) today announced that production is underway in Winnipeg on new CBC original series BURDEN OF TRUTH (10 x 60, updated final title), a legal drama starring Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Beauty and the Beast) as a big city lawyer who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case, only to find herself in a fight for justice for a group of sick girls. The series started principal photography on July 2 and will shoot in and around Winnipeg until October for a winter 2018 premiere on CBC.

Additional cast members joining Kreuk include Peter Mooney (Rookie Blue, Camelot, Heroes Reborn), Alex Carter (NCIS, Ransom, Saving Hope), Ben Ayres (Saving Hope, Bitten, Dan for Mayor), Nicola Correia-Damude (Margarita, Hellmington, Where the Dolls Are), Meegwun Fairbrother (Mohawk Girls, Hemlock Grove, Helix, The Beaverton) and emerging Indigenous actor Star Slade.

Peter Mooney

The director roster for BURDEN OF TRUTH is led by veteran director Jeff Woolnough (The Expanse, Vikings, Saving Hope, Bones) with additional directors including Jordan Canning (Saving Hope, The Detail), James Genn (Saving Hope, Private Eyes, Ransom), Doug Mitchell (The Pinkertons, Less Than Kind) and Renuka Jeyapalan (Murdoch Mysteries).

A CBC original series, BURDEN OF TRUTH is produced by ICF Films, Entertainment One (eOne) and Eagle Vision. The series is created by Bradley Simpson (Rookie Blue, King) and executive produced by Ilana Frank (The Eleventh Hour, Saving Hope, Rookie Blue), Linda Pope (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue), Jocelyn Hamilton (Mary Kills People, Cardinal) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Beauty and the Beast). BURDEN OF TRUTH is co-executive produced by Kyle Irving, Lisa Meeches (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Sonia Hosko (Saving Hope), with Adam Pettle (Saving Hope) serving as showrunner. Associate producers are Tyson Caron and Hannah Johnson, with consulting producer Lynn Coady. Additional writers on the series are Bradley Simpson, Lynn Coady, Shannon Masters, Graeme Stewart, Eric Putzer, and Laura Good.

Ben Ayres

BURDEN OF TRUTH is produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and Manitoba Film and Music, and with the assistance of the Government of Manitoba – Manitoba Film & Video Production Tax Credit, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. eOne controls worldwide rights to the series.

Ilana C Frank Films Inc. (ICF Films) is a production company founded by award-winning executive producer, Ilana Frank. The company is focused on creating entertaining and powerful long-form drama for millions of people worldwide. ICF Films has had a winning run of successful dramas commencing in 2009 with Rookie Blue running for six seasons on ABC and Global. Completing its first run this summer is the fifth and final season of ICF Films’ hugely popular medical drama Saving Hope, the most-watched Canadian drama of the 2013-2014 broadcast year. ICF Films also has a very active production roster in 2017 with the detective series The Detail for CTV in Canada and Ion in the U.S. starring Wendy Crewson, Shenae Grimes-Beech and Angela Griffin.

Eagle Vision Inc. is one of Canada’s leading production companies. Founded in 2000, Indigenous-owned Eagle Vision produces exceptional, award-winning television and film content for the Canadian and International marketplace. Partners Lisa Meeches (Ojibway from Long Plain First Nation) and Kyle Irving have produced 160+ hours of content. They and their films have been the recipients of five Oscar Nominations (one win), a Golden Globe win, five BAFTA nominations (one win), nine Gemini/CSA nominations (five wins) and a Banff Rockie Award, amongst several other prestigious awards.


Production begins on another six-pack of Letterkenny for CraveTV

From a media release:

CraveTV announced today that production is underway on another six-pack of its most-watched series, the Canadian Screen Award-winning LETTERKENNY. Created by and starring Jared Keeso, the celebrated half-hour comedy is produced by New Metric Media in partnership with DHX Media, and shoots on location in and around Sudbury, ON until early August. New to the writer’s room this season are 19-2 veterans Jesse McKeown and Lynne Kamm. Jonathan Torrens returns to write two episodes, bahd. Anyhoo, here’s what some of the boys had to say.

Set to launch later this year, the newest LETTERKENNY six-pack finds The Hicks holding court back at the produce stand for another small-town summer. Affairs of the heart are on tap this season as Wayne (Keeso) and his sweetie, Rosie (Clark Backo), are on shaky ground and Katy (Michelle Mylett) finally chooses between Hockey Players. The Skids might still be on drugs too.

As viewers tuned-in to the winter season launch on Canada Day weekend, #Letterkenny had 4 million impressions on Twitter worldwide and 1.1 million impressions in Canada. Season 1 of LETTERKENNY took home three 2017 Canadian Screen Awards: Best Comedy Series, Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series, and Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series. As well, series creator Jared Keeso and co-writer and director Jacob Tierney took home a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award for TV Comedy. Seasons 1 – 3 are currently streaming on CraveTV and Season 1 is also available on iTunes and Google Play.

LETTERKENNY revolves around the dustups Wayne (Keeso) and his buds get into with their small-town Ontario rivals. The Hicks, The Skids, and The Hockey Players get at each other about the most mundane things, often ending with someone getting their ass kicked. Wayne, his best bud Daryl (Nathan Dales), Wayne’s free-spirited younger sister Katy (Michelle Mylett), and Wayne’s buddy, Dan (K Trevor Wilson) are all Hicks. CSA-nominated Daniel Petronijevic returns as Hick McMurray and Melanie Scrofano as doting Mrs. McMurray. Dylan Playfair and Andrew Herr reprise their roles as hotshot Hockey Players “Jonesy” and “Reilly”. Tyler Johnston and Evan Stern (RoboCop) return as Skids Stewart and Roald. Lisa Codrington returns as bartender, Gail, and Jacob Tierney as the Christian leader Glen. Mark Forward returns as the temperamental Coach of Letterkenny Irish and Tiio Horn is back as badass leader of The Natives, Tanis. Keeso’s 19-2 co-star, Adrian Holmes, returns to guest star as Modeans bouncer Bradley. Cara Gee (Strange Empire) and Jade Willoughby join the cast as Tanis’ new rez rivals Shyla and Shania.

LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media, in partnership with DHX Media in association with Bell Media, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. Jacob Tierney is executive producer, director, and co-writer. Mark Montefiore and Patrick O’Sullivan are executive producers for New Metric Media.


CBC’s new original talk show The Filmmakers celebrates great Canadian films

From a media release:

CBC today announced a new 11-part original talk show launching as a companion to a special Saturday night line-up of celebrated Canadian films. Hosted by journalist Johanna Schneller and featuring candid studio conversations with some of the creative talent behind many of Canada’s greatest films, THE FILMMAKERS launches this Saturday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT). Each half-hour episode centres on one film that will air immediately after the talk show, debuting with Atom Egoyan’s THE SWEET HEREAFTER – the first of 11 Canadian features airing Saturday nights on CBC (full schedule and broadcast times below).

THE FILMMAKERS taps into how some of Canada’s most significant films were made and why we need to watch them, through lively and surprising conversations with a diverse mix of creators, directors and artists including: Xavier Dolan, Sarah Polley, Director X, Atom Egoyan, Mina Shum, Kim Nguyen, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Zacharias Kunuk and Jennifer Baichwal, as well as guest panelists Connor Jessup, David Suzuki, Stephanie Morgenstern, Cameron Bailey, Sook-Yin Lee, Edward Burtynsky, Cazhhmere and Academy Award-winner Sylvain Bellemare.

THE FILMMAKERS will air Saturday evenings on CBC a half hour before each of the following Canadian feature films:

  • July 22 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. THE SWEET HEREAFTER – Directed by Atom Egoyan
  • July 29 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. STORIES WE TELL – Directed by Sarah Polley
  • August 5 –  The Filmmakers 9:00 / film 9:30 p.m. LAST NIGHT – Directed by Don McKellar
  • August 12 – The Filmmakers 9:00 / film 9:30 p.m. INCENDIES – Directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • August 19 -The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. DOUBLE HAPPINESS – Directed by Mina Shum
  • August 26 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. REBELLE (WAR WITCH) Directed by Kim Nguyen
  • September 2 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. J’AI TUÉ MA MÈRE (I KILLED MY MOTHER) Directed by Xavier Dolan
  • September 9 – The Filmmakers 10:00 / film 10:30 p.m WATER – Directed by Deepa Mehta
  • September 16 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m ATANARJUAT (THE FAST RUNNER) – Directed by Zacharias Kunuk
  • September 23 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES  Directed by Jennifer Baichwal
  • September 30 – The Filmmakers 8:30 /  film 9 p.m. ACROSS THE LINE (fka COLE HARBOUR) Directed by Director X

In addition to the weekly broadcast, THE FILMMAKERS and a complementary series of film tutorial videos will be available to stream at The series will also be made available on CBC’s educational platform


Saving Hope: Peter Mooney returns to Hope Zion

We had a sneaking suspicion the wrestler who grappled his way into Cassie’s life might return. He does, and it leads to an incredibly shocking storyline in this week’s episode of Saving Hope. Add in the fact Peter Mooney returns to Hope Zion to portray Dr. Jeremy Bishop and there is a lot going on this Thursday.

Here’s the official synopsis for “La Famiglia,” written by Noelle Carbone and directed by Peter Wellington:

Dr. Alex Reid has to put her concern for the newly-unemployed Dr. Charlie Harris aside when the chance to perform a revolutionary cancer surgery arises. Alex, along with Dr. Dawn Bell, Dr. Cassie Williams, and Dr. Dana Kinney band together for the surgery, and are surprised to be led by Dr. Jeremy Bishop (Peter Mooney, ROOKIE BLUE), who returns to Hope Zion Hospital. While they are performing the radical and controversial surgery, Charlie tries to help the distressed spirit of the patient. Cassie is unexpectedly called away from the surgery by her former patient Jake Bugle (James Preston Rogers, REIGN), who seems to have a very different idea of the nature of their relationship.

And, as always, here are a few morsels we can add after watching a screener.

Reunited and it feels so good
We loved how the Saving Hope writers got Alex and Charlie back together again. Having Alex see what Charlie sees was a monumental moment for the couple and she truly understands what he’s dealing with. Now the pair can get down to the really serious business, like naming the baby that’s on the way. Eunice, anyone? There is a lovely car conversation between the pair that we never wanted to end. Where’s big city traffic when you need it? Also? We kind of like it that Charlie’s out of work. He can spend more time with Luke and focusing on family.

Will Shahir and Jonathan finally adopt?
The wheels were set in motion last week when Shahir performed surgery on an infant with spina bifida and the mother wanted him to adopt the baby. But will the pair put pen to paper on the official documents?

Cassie’s paramour is revealed
Who sent Cassie that handful of super-scary balloons, book and chameleon last week? Yup, it was Jake, the pro wrestler who has taken a shine to our young surgeon. He may not be suffering from mercury poisoning anymore, but that doesn’t mean Jake’s anger has gone away. What happens is shocking and terrible, and had us thinking of “Be Still My Heart,” the horrific Season 6 episode of ER.

Dawn is pissed
Check out the image above. There’s a very good reason for her to be upset and she hashes it out with Dana and Alex.

Two big storylines play out 
We won’t give either of them away, but you’re going to love them.

Saving Hope airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

Images courtesy of Bell Media.