All posts by Greg David

Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.

History sets Season 3 invasion of Vikings

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From a media release:

Season three of HISTORY’s hit scripted drama series Vikings returns on Thursday, February 19 at 10 pm ET/PT. In the new 10-episode season, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), the former farmer, is now King and has great responsibility resting on his shoulders.

With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex. King Ecbert (Linus Roache) has made many promises and it remains to be seen if he will keep them. This season, the ever-ambitious Ragnar searches for something more – and he finds it in the mythical city of Paris. Rumoured to be impenetrable to outside forces, Ragnar and his band of Norsemen must come together to break down its walls and cement the Vikings legend in history.

The gripping family saga of Ragnar, Rollo (Clive Standen), Lagertha (Canadian Katheryn Winnick) and Bjorn (Canadian Alexander Ludwig) continues as alliances and loyal friendships are questioned, faith is catechized and relationships are strained. Vikings tells the extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors and portrays life in the Dark Ages, a world ruled by raiders and explorers, through the eyes of Viking society.

New characters introduced this season include:

Harbard (Canadian Kevin Durand) – A wanderer who turns up unexpectedly in Kattegat when Ragnar and most of the men of the town are away raiding. Harbard has a profound effect on Queen Aslaug, Siggy and Helga, all of whom share the same dream, presaging his arrival.

Emperor Charles of France (Canadian Lothaire Bluteau) – A complex, troubled and powerful man who views battling the Vikings as spiritual destiny.

Kalf (Ben Robson) – Lagertha’s young, handsome second in command. She is fond of him and trusts him to look after her affairs while she is away, but is Kalf more ambitious and calculating than he appears?

Princess Gisla (Morgane Polanski) – The daughter of Emperor Charles and a beautiful, young woman of considerable courage and resolution.

Travis Fimmel continues to lead the stellar cast as the strategic Viking warrior Ragnar, along with Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, an Earl and fierce shield maiden; Clive Standen as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive brother; Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn, the intelligent and bold warrior son of Ragnar; George Blagden as Athelstan, a former monk befriended by Ragnar; Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, beautiful wife of the late Earl Haraldson; Linus Roache as Ecbert, King of Wessex, a man of strength, knowledge and undisguised ambition; Gustaf Skarsgard as Floki, a genius ship builder and loyal yet sometimes dangerous friend of Ragnar’s; and Alyssa Sutherland as Queen Aslaug, Ragnar’s wife.

Vikings season one was the #1 specialty drama of 20131 and earned seven Canadian Screen Award nominations. Season two is currently the #1 Canadian specialty program2 among multiple key demos and is the #1 program on HISTORY3. Fans can catch up on the exciting first two seasons of Vikings on shomi.

All ten episodes of Vikings’ third season are directed by Canadians including Ken Girotti, Jeff Woolnough, Helen Shaver and Kelly Makin.

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Video: First look at Say Yes to the Dress Canada

From W Network:

It’s the one dress she’s dreamed about her entire life. And everyone has an opinion about it.

Between budget and bling, taffeta and tantrums, not to mention the comments and criticisms of an entourage that can turn any bride’s fantasy into a nightmare, Say Yes to the Dress Canada brings all of the tears, cheers and surprises to the screen, with our own Canadian flair.

Say Yes to the Dress Canada debuts Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 10 p.m. ET on W Network.

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TV, eh? podcast episode 172 – Hopped Up on Goofballs

This week Diane, Anthony and Greg take a look back on the past year in Canadian TV and discuss several news stories for their last chat of the year.

We chat about the latest TV, Eh? poll where Lost Girl and Murdoch Mysteries fans are battling it out for top spot in the Top Canadian Shows of 2014 (you have until Friday to weigh in with your picks). Also on the docket: CTV’s midseason schedule is brimming with Cancon like Motive, MasterChef Canada and Spun OutBell Media’s head honcho got some people steamed over his comments about CraveTV, CBC cuts back on its local news broadcasts and Shaw Media orders a final season of Continuum.

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Bravo sets Season 2 return for 19-2

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From a media release:

Bravo announced today that Season 2 of its gripping original drama 19-2 premieres Monday, Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. ET. In the stirring Season 2 premiere “School”, the entire squad is embroiled in an intensely tragic school shooting with consequences that will profoundly impact all of their lives. The episode has been recreated for English audiences by renowned director Podz, who directed the same episode of the original French-Canadian version of 19-2 to critical acclaim. The tragic events that unfold in the premiere episode set the stage for Season 2’s overarching themes of introspection, trust and loyalty. A first look at the premiere episode is available here.

Season 1 of 19-2 was Bravo’s #1 original series, drawing an average of nearly 200,000 viewers per episode. Throughout its entire run, the series attracted 3.4 million unique viewers. For viewers looking to catch up on 19-2, Bravo is marathoning Season 1 of 19-2 in its entirety, beginning Sunday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. ET. All episodes from Season 1 are also immediately available on demand on CraveTV.

Picking up where Season 1 left off, Season 2 sees Ben under pressure from the Sécurité du Québec (SQ) to uncover the identity of a mole at Station 19. Ben begins to secretly investigate his own squad, further complicating both his partnership with Nick, and their burgeoning friendship. As previously announced, Season 2 introduces two, new characters; Cassius Clement a.k.a. Kaz (Richard Chevolleau, SAVING HOPE), Nick’s charming, career-criminal cousin; and Rita (Lisa Berry, NIKITA), Kaz’s girlfriend.

19-2 also sees the return of Nick’s ex-wife, Isabelle Latendresse (Maxim Roy, HEARTLAND); Nick’s former lover, officer Audrey Pouliot (Laurence Lebeouf, DURHAM COUNTY); angry beat-cop and Nick’s antagonist, J.M. Brouillard (Dan Petronijevic, SAVING HOPE); officer Tyler Joseph (Benz Antoine, THE LISTENER), the good-humoured beat cop struggling with alcohol addiction; Tyler’s brazen, no-nonsense partner Béatrice Hamelin (Mylène Dinh-Robic, THE LISTENER); straight-shooting Sergeant Julien Houle (Conrad Pla, THE LISTENER); and Marcel Gendron, the manipulative District Commander (Bruce Ramsay, CONTINUUM).

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