From David Berry:
There tends to be a lot of handwringing in this country about producing good television, but Corner Gas managed to do something that is even more rare: It was a Canadian TV show that Canadians actually watched. At the peak of its popularity, it could break even with, or outdraw, the American imports that make up most of our TV watching.
Corner Gas doesn’t present as a particularly prestigious show, one of those things that changes our ideas of what television can do, or even just takes a novel or insightful look at the modern world. Its unabashedly rural setting is reasonably unique among even semi-modern TV comedies, though it does play perfectly into a certain regional, steadfastly quaint Canadiana that runs back to Sunshine Sketches and plays out still in Vinyl Cafes and Kraft Hockeyvilles, one of our main national myths. (The new movie actually revolves around a competition for quaintest Canadian town, but even its point that these ostensibly serene places are populated by free-range loons with good intentions is keeping with tradition.) Continue reading.
A look at CBC TV’s highly-anticipated adaptation of The Book of Negroes, based on Lawrence Hill’s award-winning novel. The six-part miniseries tells the epic journey of an African woman named Aminata Diallo, who is kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in the southern U.S. The star-studded cast includes Oscar winners Louis Gossett Jr. and Cuba Gooding Jr., Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Lyriq Bent (Rookie Blue), Jane Alexander (The Cider House Rules), Ben Chaplin (Dorian Gray) and Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle).
The Nature of Things, “Two of a Kind,” CBC
Why one twin and not the other? Filmmaker Leora Eisen wants to know how her identical twin – who has exactly the same DNA – could get life-threatening leukemia. Recently scientists have begun to study the differences, rather than the similarities, between twins, making ground-breaking discoveries that will affect us all.
Doc Zone, “The Psychopath Next Door,” CBC
A journey into the world of the non-criminal psychopath – a predator every bit as dangerous as his violent counterpart.
Package Deal, City (two back-to-back episodes)
“Tea For Too Few”: When a new branch of big chain tea shop opens across the street from The Loose Leaf, Sheldon helps give Kim’s business a competitive edge.
“Storage Lore”: Sheldon buys a storage locker full of White family memorabilia that’s being auctioned off, reuniting the brothers with past treasures they thought had been lost.
Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer stars in the original, six-part miniseries Ascension, coming to CBC-TV in Winter 2015. CBC Connects caught up with her at her L.A. home to find out why she jumped at the chance to be in a new space adventure. The show follows a secret 1963 U.S. mission that sends hundreds of people on a century-long journey to colonize a new world, but the voyage is thrown into question when a young woman is murdered nearly 50 years into the trek.