â€œ[Creators Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness]created all these different characters that force [Daisy] to have to behave differently [with each of them]. She has some deep-seated issues. Sheâ€™s a survivor. She knows how to play people, especially in the work environment.â€ Continue reading.
It starts with sexy stuff. Young woman on top of a guy in bed. â€œYou know we gotta stop this,â€ he says. â€œThatâ€™s what you said the last time,â€ she says with a smile, which is all sheâ€™s wearing.
Next thing, a phone call compels her to leave. Sheâ€™s a reporter and itâ€™s a source calling. On TV, this is always when sources call newspaper journalists. People who write TV shows have very vivid imaginations about the personal lives of newspaper writers. Anyway, off the young woman journalist goes, pronto. After all, the source says, â€œThis is going to put you on the front page of the world, Miss Daisy.â€Â Continue reading.
From Ellen Brait of The Globe and Mail:
Link: CBCâ€™s Shoot the Messenger pulls drama straight from the headlines
A fast-moving, sexy, timely, action-packed thriller â€¦ set in a newsroom? It sounds a bit far-fetched, but Lucas Bryant, a star of the new CBC dramaÂ Shoot the Messenger, says thatâ€™s just what the series delivers. â€œItâ€™s just good TV,â€ he says, â€œPeriod.â€ Continue reading.Â
From Bill Harris of Postmedia Network:
Shoot the Messenger uses Rob Ford story as inspiration for CBC thriller
Just to be clear, Shoot the Messenger is not about the Rob Ford crack-video scandal.
However, if you even are vaguely familiar with that scandal, some of this is going to ring a bell. At least in terms of the complex relationships between reporters and their sources and the police and politicians. And how that all gets even muddier when blackmailers are involved. Continue reading.
From Victoria Ahearn of The Canadian Press:
Shoot the Messenger is not about Rob Ford, say creators of the CBC series
A co-creator of the new CBC-TV crime drama â€œShoot the Messengerâ€ insists itâ€™s not a story about Rob Ford.
But Sudz Sutherland does admit he was inspired by the saga of the late former Toronto mayor as he helped craft the series, which stars Elyse Levesque as a newspaper reporter caught up in a web of gangs, murder, sex, drugs and politics in Toronto. Continue reading.
From Sheri Shefa of The Canadian Jewish News:
Canadian actor happy to star in new CBC series
â€œSam Charles is the attorney general of Ontario who is being groomed to be the next prime minister,â€ said Cohen, who is part of the cast of CBCâ€™s eight-part series,Â Shoot the Messenger, which will begin airing on Oct. 10.
â€œHeâ€™s kind of a playboy, very smart. Heâ€™s a Rhodes scholar. I donâ€™t want to say he was modelled on Justin Trudeau, but certainly he was one of the inspirationsâ€¦ Heâ€™s kind of, in some ways, a composite of Justin, [but] there are elements of Bill Clinton in there,â€ he said, adding that the showâ€™s creators, Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness, were also inspired by U.S. President Barack Obama. Continue reading.Â
From Stew Slater of St. Mary’s Journal Argus:
New TV drama judged worthy of praise by St. Marys actor
With a cast filled with people of various ethnic backgrounds as well as several strong female characters â€” including a potential candidate for the Supreme Court of Canada played by St. Marys-based actor Brenda Bazinet â€” a new hour-long drama series is set to premiere on CBC Television on Monday, Oct. 10.
Shoot the Messenger, with an eight-episode main story arc exploring the aftermath when a young female journalist following a news tip happens upon a murder, was filmed in Toronto and Hamilton between August and November of 2015. Bazinet, who moved to St. Marys eight years ago after three decades living in Toronto, says she was proud to be involved in a production that consciously aimed to mirror the diverse ethnic kaleidoscope that the city has become. Continue reading.
From Ramin Ostad of the Edmonton Examiner:
Raising the Barr of Canadian TV
Ian Barr never used to want to write for television.
“We are partners, but I am a gal and Iâ€™ve been watching TV just like everybody else with male protagonists at the center of things. Iâ€™ve always been in favor of supporting women, womenâ€™s stories and to put women at the center of things. I have an awesome partner that actually believes that.” Continue reading.Â