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Link: Remembering 10 of John Candy’s greatest characters

From Richard Rushfield of Hitfix:

John Candy Died 21 Years Ago Today: Remembering 10 of his Greatest Characters
21 years ago today, the already legendary comic actor John Candy, died of a heart attack while on the set of what would be his final film, “Wagon’s East.” Candy was only 43 years old when he died, but in two decades of performances on SCTV and in film, he left behind some of comedy’s most memorable characters. It was nearly impossible not to laugh when Candy took on a role. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone this long but here’s a look back at some of the greatest gifts he left behind. Continue reading.

Link: Canadian TV Producers Take on Hollywood With Streaming Dramas

From Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter:

Canadian TV Producers Take on Hollywood With Streaming Dramas
Canadians are headed to Hollywood again, only this time to get their digital-first dramas on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu slates.

After Canadian dramas like Flashpoint, The Listener and Rookie Blue nabbed co-production deals with the U.S. networks nearly a decade ago, a lack of subsidies back home for online dramas is once again driving indie producers south. Continue reading.

CBC announces 2015-16 lineup

From a media release:


  • DA VINCI’S INQUEST creator Chris Haddock returns to CBC with espionage thriller
  • New original productions include KIM’S CONVENIENCE from playwright Ins Choi & Kevin White
  • KEEPING CANADA ALIVE: the real-life drama of our healthcare system, captured over 24 hours
  • CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON with Jessi Cruickshank returns

CBC today announced the addition of 10 bold new original productions along with the renewal of 14 series. The schedule to date includes a diverse slate of new premium dramas (THE ROMEO SECTION, NEW ADDRESS, SHOOT THE MESSENGER), single-camera comedies (KIM’S CONVENIENCE and Bruce McCulloch’s YOUNG DRUNK PUNK), factual programming with both heart and humour (HELLO GOODBYE and STILL STANDING with Jonny Harris) as well as returning favourites. Additional announcements regarding documentary and arts programming, acquisitions, and specials will be made at a later date.

“I’m thrilled to welcome back to the CBC some of the finest creators in the country and to be working with extraordinarily talented voices, new to the CBC, whose stories will resonate with Canadian audiences,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC Television. “I’m equally proud of our factual slate that connects and engages audiences across the country by showcasing personal, poignant and humourous moments in Canadians’ lives.”

CBC’s programming for 2015-2016 to date includes the following titles:

Continue reading CBC announces 2015-16 lineup

Tonight: Young Drunk Punk, Dragons’ Den, X Company

Young Drunk Punk, City – “Ian and Shinky Make a Move”
After seeing the film Eraserhead, Ian (Tim Carlson) and Shinky (Atticus Mitchell) decide to make their own movie using the security cameras at Brae Vista, forcing a tired Lloyd (Bruce McCulloch) to work overtime trying to figure out what’s going on. But when Helen (Tracy Ryan) tries to help out by giving Lloyd some suspiciously effective pep pills, things in Brae Vista start to go seriously off the rails.

Dragons’ Den, CBC
Business partners show the Dragons how they’ll wipe away the competition; one entrepreneur reveals his strategy in the Den; and a family promises their product will relieve the Dragons’ swelling desire for a successful brand. Plus, one business tries to prove they have the right ammunition to zero-in on becoming an industry leader.

X Company, CBC – “Kiss of Death”
The team infiltrates a brothel and a Gestapo headquarters as they battle to stop atomic research from falling into the hands of the Nazis. Meanwhile, things get personal for Aurora when she learns the tragic fate of her lover.

Ratings: Masterchef Canada, Saving Hope

From a media release:

The second season of hit original series MASTERCHEF CANADA, which debuted following massive on-air promotion during the Super Bowl on February 1, is currently averaging 1.5 million viewers as a Top 15 hit this winter among all key demos, making it the #1 Canadian series on television. Also in February, SAVING HOPE continued its run as the #1 Canadian drama series this broadcast season among the key adult demos. Its explosive season finale was watched by 1.7 million viewers.

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