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Comments and queries for the week of March 24

I have been watching Heartland for the past five years or so and I just LOVE it. It was on every morning on our Up channel, but isn’t on any longer except Sunday morning. It was advertised that new episodes would begin on Sundays, but they are still see of the reruns we’d been watching all this time. I love watching the reruns as much as if they were new episodes. But I would really love to see it every day again, and maybe see the new episodes as well. Is this on a different channel now, or just on Canadian TV? If you can shed a little light on this for me, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for such an inspirational and CLEAN family show. I will be getting the entire series hopefully. I am on disability, so have asked my kids to get me the different series. Still waiting. —Brenda

According to the Up’s website, Season 10 of Heartland begins on Sunday, April 23, with back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m. ET. Don’t miss it!

Sounds like [Season 11 of Murdoch Mysteries will be] a doozy! Can’t wait to see it. On the historical figures: bring back L.M. Montgomery!! Go to P.E.I. this time and have her help with a case. She loved ghost stories and wrote quite a few. In 1905, she finished writing Anne of Green Gables and started trying to get it published. George could help her with that. She won’t meet Ewen (her future husband) for another year. And 2018 will be the 110th anniversary of the publication of AoGG. I like the idea of bringing Helen Keller in. If we have Teddy again, could we please have a young Eleanor Roosevelt, too? They were close cousins. She got married to Franklin in 1905, so we could see him, too. —Hannah

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Murdoch Mysteries: Showrunner Peter Mitchell looks ahead to Season 11

Spoiler alert! Do not read on until you’ve watched Murdoch Mysteries Episode 18, “Hell to Pay.”

Now that was one heck of a season finale, wasn’t it Murdoch Mysteries fans? It’s a good thing our favourite series has been greenlit for another season because there are a ton of questions to be answered! Will Julia be found? How will William get out of this scrape? Is Det. Watts really there to help William? Did Brackenreid fight off Davis, or is he injured or, gulp, dead? And, perhaps most importantly: did Higgins, Crabtree and Jackson all survive the gunfire?

We spoke to Murdoch Mysteries showrunner Peter Mitchell about that edge-of-your-seat instalment—the show’s landmark 150th—and where the show goes in Season 11.

First of all, congratulations on your writing win at the Canadian Screen Awards, as well as Murdoch Mysteries winning the Golden Screen Award. Is it important to you to win awards, specifically one for writing?
Peter Mitchell: Murdoch has never gotten a nomination for writing, so it was important to give a little shout-out to the writers. It’s nice to win an award, but it’s not why I’m here. I think I’ve been nominated 11 times or something and this is the first time I’ve won. Winning is better than losing. [Laughs.] I won’t deny that. It was nice of the movie to win too as a whole. Obviously, I’m biased but getting the award for most viewership is more important than anything else.

Let’s talk about the cliffhanger season finale, ‘Hell to Pay.’ I seem to remember Murdoch being framed for murder once before?
I believe he was at the end of Season 4 [“Murdoch in Wonderland”]. That was just before my time. I don’t think it was a cliffhanger, he was exonerated by the end of the episode.

At what point did you decide ‘Hell to Pay’ would be a cliffhanger?
I think it was around the time that we thought Trump was going to win [the election]. I just figured everything would go to hell both fictionally and in real life.

It was great to see Robin Dunne back on TV. I haven’t seen him since Sanctuary.
He was great. I had never met him before, actually, and he was a ton of fun. It was also especially fun to work with John Wildman, who was on a TV show called The Campbells a million years ago and I used to drive him to work. That’s the first time we had worked together in, like, 30 years.

You started out in the industry as a driver?
Well, as a production assistant. They didn’t have drivers back then. I was the general gofer guy.

How long were you a P.A.?
One season, and then I moved into the writing department fairly quickly once I got my foot in the door.

Did you take a TV writing course at the time?
I took one television writing course at York University for, like, a semester. My instructor was in the business, at CTV, and he got me a gig.

OK, let’s talk about the episode. Miss Cherry’s personality has certainly evolved. In last week’s episode, she was talking shit about William and Julia. There is no faster way to turn the fans on someone than having them do that.
Yeah, especially Julia. We learned that when one of the characters Emily was involved with called William a stick in the mud. That was basically her death sentence. [Laughs.] But we had portrayed Louise as being controlling over George throughout, but it was when she insults George’s friends that he can do better. I kind of knew what the reaction would be.

Is that it for Louise Cherry?
I wouldn’t say so, no. She performs a function in the finale and is not out of the picture.

With regard to Inspector Brackenreid … we hear a gunshot and last saw Davis aiming a gun at his head. 
We hear a gunshot go off and that’s the last we see of Brackenreid. I guess we’ll see what happens.

It appears we might be losing one of the constables. Murdoch is told that one of them is dead.
I think you have to think about the reliability of the narrator, the person who is telling him that. I don’t think we can end a season like that and have everything be tickety-boo. The show, in essence, has five cliffhangers: three constables, one Julia and a Brackenreid. And we don’t see any of them past the three-quarter mark of the show. And, why is Watts offering to be so helpful at the very end of the episode? Is he a good guy? I don’t know. Why didn’t he help Murdoch earlier? Why is he showing up now?

So, Watts may have ulterior motives?
Maybe. I never trust those Maslanys. They have many faces! [Laughs.] Daniel is fantastic; just a very pleasant young man.

You’ve created this mess with all of these characters. How do you clean it up going forward?
I think it’s a big enough mess that it will take more than one episode to clean it up. I’ve been studiously avoiding the hard work of making it all make sense. I think what I’ll probably do is use a couple of the early episodes to deal with the repercussions of last year and then bounce the show ahead three months in time because I don’t think we’re purpose built to go dark, dark, dark. We’re allowed to go dark on the show but I don’t think we can stay there.

Are there any historical characters you’re planning on bringing on board for Season 11?
I think we’re going to bring back good old Teddy Roosevelt. I think we’re going to bring Dr. William Osler back, one of the founders of modern medicine. I think we’re going to bring in Helen Keller, who will help solve a case. And, with Helen Keller, I think we’re going to get Alexander Graham Bell. That’s just in the early stages right now and I think we’re going to try and pay a tiny bit more attention to getting more historical characters in this year than we did last year. That might entail the return of Laurier and Terrence Meyers, of course, some of the regular characters we like to see every year.

In terms of the historical characters, they all seem to be in the world of medicine for some reason.

What did you think of the season finale? Let me know in the comments below!

Images courtesy of CBC.

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“Hell to Pay” in Murdoch Mysteries’ shocking season finale

I’ve been a fan and avid watcher of Murdoch Mysteries since Season 1. I’ve seen beloved characters come and go, tense storylines roll out and gory murders committed. But Monday’s season finale is the most shocking I’ve ever seen of Murdoch Mysteries. It will leave myself, and fellow fans, talking until the fall.

The good news is that Murdoch Mysteries will return for Season 11. The bad news? I’m not sure everyone on the cast will be back. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s what CBC has released, synopsis-wise, for Monday’s aptly-titled “Hell to Pay,” written and directed by Peter Mitchell:

When a burlesque dancer asks Murdoch for help, the Station House No. 4 team find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy and unforeseen danger.
And here are a few more tidbits—it was hard to tease anything without it becoming spoilery—after watching a screener of the landmark 150th episode. My postseason interview with Peter Mitchell will be posted on TV-Eh.com after the broadcast!
The Great Fire revisited
Season 10 began with part of Toronto being consumed by the Great Fire of 1904. That storyline comes full circle on Monday and features some cool guest stars in pivotal roles. Among them are Sanctuary‘s Robin Dunne and John Wildman, who Mitchell first met when they were both working on The Campbells. Dunne and Wildman play bigwigs in city hall who have plans for Toronto’s future … at any cost.
A pain in Brackenreid’s butt returns to Station House No. 4
Yes, even on his best day Brackenreid is rubbed the wrong way by the most lovely of people. But a true baddie from Thomas’ past shows up in “Hell to Pay” and things get serious. Some might even say deadly serious.
Chaos for our favourite characters
If you’ve seen the teasers—and if you’re a Murdoch fan you certainly have—you know William is on the run and framed for murder. But he’s not the only one who is on the run and/or evading danger. Almost every single regular or recurring character is drawn into the main plot of the episode … and all their lives are in peril. Mitchell has written a highly-dramatic, action-filled episode that really will have you on the edge of your seat.

A pre-finale Q&A is happening!
Members of the Murdoch Mysteries cast will be on Facebook and Twitter answering your questions ahead of the episode. A heads-up that they WILL NOT be answering questions about the season finale, because that would ruin the fun. Get your queries in before Monday at 10 a.m ET with the hashtag #MurdochQandA.

 

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

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Murdoch Mysteries, Letterkenny and Tatiana Maslany win big at Canadian Screen Awards gala

Murdoch Mysteries, Letterkenny, Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany and Kim’s Convenience‘s Paul Sun-Hyung Lee were among the winners at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards gala on Sunday night at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Murdoch Mysteries executive producer Christina Jennings made the fans’ night by revealing Season 11 has been ordered by CBC.

“The writing room started last week,” Jennings said in the media room following the show’s Golden Screen Award for highest-rated drama or comedy. “We’ve got 20 episodes, and that takes us to 170 hours of television.”

Host Howie Mandel kicked off the night with a funny skit where he inserted himself into nominees Vikings, Kim’s Convenience, Schitt’s Creek and Race. And, instead of asking the celebrities who they’re wearing, Mandel grabbed a camera guy and asked about his jeans and t-shirt.

The Academy Icon Award was delivered to Just for Laughs; comedian Dave Chapelle was there to deliver the statue to JFL founder Gilbert Rozon and chief operating officer Bruce Hills. Christopher Plummer was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tantoo Cardinal received the Earle Grey Award. Natasha Negovanlis of Carmilla captured the Fan’s Choice Award.

The pre-broadcast winners are:

Golden Screen Award for TV Drama or Comedy
Murdoch Mysteries, CBC

Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show
The Amazing Race Canada, CTV

Best Host in a Variety or Reality/Competition Program or Series
Norm Macdonald, 2016 Canadian Screen Awards

 

The main television category winners are:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Adrian Holmes, 19-2

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Kim’s Convenience

Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble)
The Tragically Hip

Fan’s Choice Award
Natasha Negovanlis, Carmilla

Best Dramatic Series
Orphan Black, Space

Best Comedy Series
Letterkenny, CraveTV

Here’s a list of the winners from TuesdayWednesday and Thursday’s industry awards.

What did you think of last night’s awards? Did your favourite television show, actor or actress win?

Images courtesy of Amy Wilson.

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Murdoch Mysteries gets rolling in new episode

As soon as I spotted that image of Rebecca and Julia decked out for a roller derby I knew Monday’s episode was going to be a good one. “Hot Wheels of Thunder” delivered on all counts, not only with a heinous crime and humour, but with nail-biting action too.

Written by Canadian Screen Award winner Peter Mitchell, Simon McNabb and Jordan Christianson and directed by Mitchell, here’s what CBC says about the episode:

Murdoch’s investigation into the death of a roller-skating champion takes him into a world of aggressive and ruthlessly competitive young women.

And here are more spoiler-free facts gleaned from watching a screener:

Medical talk with Julia and Rebecca
The pair begins the episode roller skating along a beachfront path, with Julia quizzing Rebecca about different medical definitions. If you are a guy, two may cause you to cross your legs. I did.

A lady love from Crabtree’s past returns
We won’t say who—that would ruin the fun—but I was certainly glad to see her, even if it was brief. However, her appearance does affect George when it comes to his relationship with Louise Cherry. Also? Brackenreid delivers a speech to George that is laugh-out-loud funny.

Kudos to the set design, wardrobe and construction team
The creative folks who work on the sets, set design and props always make Murdoch look amazing, but they did a particularly fantastic job this week. The roller derby set and wardrobes are astounding. The stunts, choreography and camera work is spot-on too.

Carmilla‘s Natasha Negovanlis guest stars
The fellow Shaftesbury (Murdoch‘s production company) co-worker from Carmilla turns in a villainous performance as Mildred Preston, the leader of The Buffalo Queens roller derby club.

“Whyyyyyyyyy?!?!”
You’ll get this reference on Monday night.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

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