TV, eh? podcast co-host Greg David moderated the Slasher panel on Saturday, March 19 at Toronto’s ComiCon. Featured are: Steve Byers, who plays Officer Cam Henry; Patrick Garrow, who plays Tom Winston; Christopher Jacot, who plays Robin Turner; director Craig David Wallace and Slasherâ€™s creator, writer and executive producer, Aaron Martin. Listen to see if Greg survives …
As Canadian TV creators, Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis came to prominence as the force behind CTV’s police drama Flashpoint, which premiered July 2008 on CTV and CBS, and ran for five years before the show ended in 2013. The show was awarded the Academy Board of Directors Tribute for Outstanding and Enduring Contribution to Canadian Television, in addition to a Canadian Screen Award and Gemini Award for Best Dramatic Series. They went on to create CBC’s X Company, the story of WWII spies coming out of Canada’s Camp X which premiered in 2015 and has its second season kicking off on January 27. We talk with Mark and Stephanie about the process leading to X Company and the benefits and challenges of shooting in Eastern Europe.
John Catucci is a Canadian sketch comedian, singer, and actor. He is the host of the Food Network Canada series You Gotta Eat Here!, and a member of sketch troupe, The Minnesota Wrecking Crew, and the musical comedy duo The DooWops. Catucci has also appeared on MuchMusic’s Video On Trial and in the movie The Tuxedo. He also appeared as Bus Driver Bob on CBC’s The Doodlebops.
Rick Roberts played Donald D’Arby in the series Traders, for which he was nominated for a Gemini Award. He’s appreared in L.A. Doctors, An American in Canada, Between, Sensitive Skin, Zoom, God and Country, and CBC’s miniseries The Book of Negroes.
Roberts headlined the Tarragon Theatre hit Enemy of the People as well as The Accidental Death of an Anarchist for Soulpepper Theatre Company.
As a writer, Rick’s work Mimi (which he co-wrote with Allan Cole and Melody Johnson) premiered at The Tarragon Theatre and was nominated for a Dora Award.
In 2012 he was tapped to play Jack Layton in the CBC biopic Jack, which garnered him the Canadian Screen Award and an ACTRA Award for Best Actor.
He can currently be seen in the CBC series This Life.
As you’re listening to this episode, OMNI TV has already premiered the first episode of Blood and Water, a half hour scripted crime drama following a murder, the family involved, and detectives trying to solve it.
I talked with both Loretta Yu and Simu Liu, whose characters of Teresa and Paul form a small part of this web of intrigue. We discuss this new endeavour for OMNI and some of the diverse choices that went into the conception and filming of Season One.
Along the way we also contemplate some of the challenges of being young actors in Canada tied to cultural expectations by show creators. All of this and some terse input from a four-legged friend who, for all we know, may be the murderer, in my conversation with Loretta Yu and Simu Liu.