TV Eh B Cs podcast 47 – A Murder of Davids

After Greg, Anthony and Diane chat about period dramas, Greg interviews David Shore and David Hoselton, executive producers of Global’s new series Houdini and Doyle (and both formerly of House).

DAVID SHORE – Executive Producer

Writer and producer David Shore was the creator of the acclaimed medical drama House, which received numerous awards and nominations, including an Emmy Award for Shore for writing the episode “Three Stories” (2005), four nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, and three Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Drama.

Shore has written for the television dramas Due South, EZ Streets, and NYPD Blue. He served as head writer and supervising producer on Traders, which he developed for Canadian television, and was part of the writing team for the Emmy Award-winning first season of The Practice. He was nominated for two Emmy Awards as a producer on Law & Order, and executive-produced both Family Law and Hack, before creating House M.D.

DAVID HOSELTON – Co-creator and Executive Producer

Born and raised in Canada, Hoselton moved to Los Angeles to pursue a writing career. Moving from live action features (First Knight, The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave) to animation (Brother Bear, Over the Hedge) and finally to television, Hoselton joined David Shore on his hit series, House. During his six seasons on the medical drama, Hoselton was nominated for a Humanitas Prize for writing and an Emmy Award as a producer. After stints on CSI: NY and Chicago PD, Hoselton returned once again to work with Shore on Houdini & Doyle as co-creator and showrunner.

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  1. Of my favourite 20 shows of the past season, 8 are period dramas (6 of these shows fall into my top 10). These shows include Downton Abbey, Vikings, Poldark, Outlander, Call the Midwife, Reign, X Company and When Calls the Heart. Prior to the last couple of years the sci-fi and supernatural genres were the most common of my favourite shows and it’s not that I fell out of like with them but there just haven’t been as many good shows in those genres made in recent years to replace those that ended or they haven’t been able to survive past one season–they’ve been replaced largely on network lineups with shows of the superhero genre. Indeed, of the remaining 12 shows in my top 20 that aren’t period dramas, two (Orphan Black and The 100) are sci-fi and only one (The Originals) is supernatural. The period , supernatural and sci-fi genres all have the same thing in common though, and it’s that they are escapist in nature which is probably part of the draw. The other part of the draw is that these genres also tend to have really strong female characters, something I don’t necessarily seek out but something which I have noticed is present in the shows I enjoy most. When it comes to the historical-based dramas (also called period dramas) I don’t care that the history isn’t followed to the latter although I do like it to be followed at least loosely. In Reign, for example, I don’t mind much that the timeline isn’t followed strictly or that liberties are taken, just that the main parts of Mary’s history are included, because I understand that with the age of the actors and the restrictions of being a smaller-network series, it’s too much to ask, plus it might be very boring to watch if we had to wait too long for certain historical occurrences to get played out. In another series, Vikings, it’s not really possible to be historically accurate because the Vikings sagas which the show is based upon appear to be loosely-based on history themselves and there’s details missing as well. That being said, I still like to watch Vikings knowing that characters such as Lagertha, Ragnar and Bjorn are based on characters that actually lived, even if the details on the series are fictional. I have always been a history buff and part of the fun of history, at least for me, is imagining what historical figures were actually like, even if my imaginations of them might me completely out to lunch.

    I haven’t checked out Houdini & Doyle, nor do I intend to. I’m not a fan of mystery procedurals (Longmire is one of my only exceptions) and there’s nothing about the series that really draws me to it. I have no interest in the historical figures the show is based on either. And even though it’s a “Canadian” show, it’s not set in Canada so there’s not even that to give it a shot as I did Murdoch Mysteries. I’m giving Houdini & Doyle a firm pass. I am very excited, on another note, to see the upcoming series Frontier, based on the North American fur trade.

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