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Production begins on CBC’s Bellevue, starring Anna Paquin

From a media release:

Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions have begun production in Montreal on the TV drama BELLEVUE, starring Academy® and Golden Globe® award-winning actress Anna Paquin (True BloodRootsMargaretAlias Grace), Allen Leech (Downton AbbeyThe Imitation GameRome) and Shawn Doyle (House of CardsBig LoveFargo). The new 8×60 series will premiere in winter 2017 on CBC.

Thrilling and eerie, BELLEVUE is a mystery set in a small blue-collar town with a lot of ‘good people’ who ‘live right’ and take it upon themselves to make sure the neighbours do too.  Driving the series is Detective Annie Ryder (Paquin), a cop whose intense and brazen personality has always been at odds with her hometown. When a transgender teen goes missing, Annie dives in to unravel the disappearance that suggests foul play, despite finding herself in a difficult position as she must cast suspicion on people she has known all her life. As the case pulls her further away from her family, she is also confronted by a mysterious person from her past with disturbing answers and a terrifying need to get inside her head. Leech stars as Annie’s on again, off again ex, Eddie, while Doyle takes on the role of Annie’s superior, Police Chief Peter Welland.

Commissioned by CBC, BELLEVUE is produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. The series was created by Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell, with Maggs serving as senior writer, executive producer and co-showrunner with Mitchell, who is pilot director and executive producer. Executive producers are Janis Lundman, Michael Prupas, Morwyn Brebner (Saving HopeRookie Blue) and Jesse Prupas.

Muse Distribution International and TMG’s world sales arm TM International are handling the series’ international distribution.

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Link: Canada’s Tatiana Maslany wins big at Emmys

From Bill Harris of Postmedia Network:

Link: Canada’s Tatiana Maslany wins big at Emmys
Tatiana Maslany no longer is an Emmy orphan.

In her acceptance speech after winning an Emmy Award, Canada’s Maslany said, “I feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the centre.”

Orphan Black sure does that. And Maslany plays just about all of them. Continue reading.

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Kids Help Phone Auction: Notes on a Script — West Coast Edition

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Notes on a Script – West Coast Edition: Attention Vancouverites! Bid for the opportunity to have your script (half-hour or one-hour) read and analyzed for structure, character, plot and story progression, originality and clarity. Notes will be given by Dennis Heaton. Dennis Heaton is an award-winning screenwriter, producer and renowned lover of bourbon. He offers you a choice: a script review and notes over a coffee (or Skype) or a two Manhattan session at the lounge of Gotham Steakhouse (he’s buying, but you have to make your own way to Vancouver, and God help you if you drive). If you double your bid after winning, you will receive both events. Availability: November 2016, script delivered in PDF form. Donated by Dennis Heaton.

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Notes on a Script - West Coast Edition: Attention Vancouverites! Bid for the opportunity to have your script (half-hour or one-hour) read and analyzed for structure, character, plot and story progression, originality and clarity. Notes will be given by Dennis Heaton. Dennis Heaton is an award winning screenwriter, producer and renowned lover of bourbon. He offers you a choice: a script review and notes over a coffee (or Skype) or a two Manhattan session at the lounge of Gotham Steakhouse (he’s buying, but you have to make your own way to Vancouver, and God help you if you drive). If you double your bid after winning, you will receive both events. Availability: November 2016, script delivered in PDF form. Donated by Dennis Heaton.

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Four in the Morning — The shadow knows…

Well let’s get it out of the way right away; there is a lot of sex happening in Episode 4 of Four in the Morning. Orgasms, mistimed orgasms, fake orgasms and anti-orgasms. Then there are the conversations about the orgasms.

We also have shadows, and it seems Bondurant (Daniel Maslany) is able to read them. Good thing, because Mitzi (Lola Tash) is afflicted with a purple shadow.  Apparently, this means she is conflicted about something, and feels guilty. Well—DUH!—of course, she is! All of this shadow discombobulation means Bondurant and Mitzi are “off,” rather their timing is off, and it is getting worse the more they try (and they try a LOT!).

Meanwhile, Jamie (Michelle Mylett) has been keeping secrets … lots and lots of secrets! For one, she admits to  William (Mazin Elsadig) that she has never achieved an orgasm with him; she has been faking it all along. She also confesses to not one but two previous marriages, (we don’t count the third marriage) and each of those ended with her spouse committing suicide. It seems she is a “sexualcontrarian.” Despite her aphro-dipsomaniacal demands, Jamie can only achieve an orgasm at the precise moment her partner achieves an “anti-orgasm.” Her partners’ desires to see her satisfied drove them all to their ultimate sacrifice. William, determined to satisfy Jamie, fakes an anti-climax. And it seems his approach worked.

Practice appears to be approaching perfect for Bondurant and Mitzi, and whilst honing their timing, these two little lovebirds admit their love for each other. Bondurant invites Mitzi to come home for Thanksgiving, but the whole Julliard and pregnancy things are still not resolved.

I watched this episode twice before finishing the review. At first, I was overcome with all of the sex. Well, I was really thinking, “HOW in the HELL am I going to write about all of the sex while avoiding an R-rating?” So, after a bit of thought, and some self-censoring, I came to  this conclusion: Parker got in a couple more quirky portmanteaus and tossed in another confessional monologue. We can now consider whether or not we should completely sacrifice ourselves for a relationship and forgo our own happiness for that of our partner.

The pattern is now set. We have a rhythm. We know what to expect. Now I hope we can get into some really meaty storytelling. Let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments below.

Four in the Morning airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

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