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Link: How WGN America used new technologies to launch “Bellevue”

From Simon Applebaum of Media Village:

Link: How WGN America used new technologies to launch “Bellevue”
Before the debut of Bellevue, Dollenmayer and his team created a custom 60-second trailer of Bellevue for USeek, inviting users to hunt for clues and earn points for prizes, such as $250 Visa gift cards, which were awarded to users who correctly solved the mystery.  More than 33 percent of people watching the trailer stayed with it to the end; the level of repeat viewers, estimated by Dollenmayer at three times each, was also very strong. Continue reading. 


Links: Bellevue on WGN America

From Heather M. of TV Goodness:

Link: Adrienne Mitchell and Jane Maggs talk Bellevue’s aesthetic and working in TV
“With this, it’s the black mountains, the abandoned mines, and how they strangely, through nature, looked like these incredible sculptures with dark purple and red rivets that were created by rain and snow but were looming behind the workers’ houses that were there for convenience from the heyday of the mine. That became the center and everything would bounce off of that.” Continue reading.

From Karen Butler of UPI:

Link: Anna Paquin: It was tough to be a ‘semi-perky mommy’ while working on ‘Bellevue’
“It’s really grisly. More than how did I get into the character was how did I then shake it off for the weekend to go be a semi-perky mommy for my kids. That was harder than going into the dark place. I find jumping into the creative abyss incredibly easy and comfortable. It’s where I feel that I’m at my strongest. Honestly, some of the stuff we shot was actually really upsetting because we are depicting real life.” Continue reading.

From Heather M. of TV Goodness:

Link: Adrienne Mitchell and Jane Maggs Talk WGN America’s Bellevue
“I got a hold of the script and there was something really intriguing about the characters, and the mysterious presence of characters from their past and how there was a kind of an intimacy there that was very unique. And because it came from when [Annie] was a child, it had a fairy tale aspect to it that we were drawn to.” Continue reading. Continue reading.

From Mike Hale of The New York Times:

Link: Review: Anna Paquin Takes Her Turn as a Detective in ‘Bellevue’
“Bellevue” doesn’t do a bad job with chilly small-town menace, if that’s what you’re looking for. But unlike the better mysteries it evokes, it seems to have been run through a plot-generating machine — insert number of episodes, number of investigative breakthroughs per episode and extent of conspiracy, and voilà. The writers decided to spring for not one but two bonus credulity-stretching late twists. Continue reading.

From Jim Halterman of TV Insider:

Link: Anna Paquin Explores ‘Darkness’ in Her New WGN Drama ‘Bellevue’
“It’s one of those things where I’ve always loved cop shows and I’ve always loved horror shows. I think it is just something about the exploration of darkness that appeals to me on some level, which I can’t really explain. I’m almost an annoyingly law abiding person, I am the driver that puts my indicator on to turn into my own driveway on my back alley even though there will be no cars. ” Continue reading.

From Sonia Saraiya of Variety:

Link: TV Review: ‘Bellevue,’ Starring Anna Paquin
“Bellevue” isn’t trying to break the mold of a closed-ended mystery, but it does offer a riff on it that manages to be both cozily predictable and refreshingly contemporary. The show, created by director Adrienne Mitchell and writer Jane Maggs, is a fairly standard mystery that distinguishes itself by being conscious of the complications of gender presentation, whether that is the “dangerous” male, the “vulnerable” female, or the transitioning teen who tries and fails to be accepted by their peers. Continue reading.

From Sci-Fi Vision:

Link: Exclusive: Shawn Doyle Stars in Bellevue
” I started to understand that really the character was going to be driven by this deep secret from his past, mixed with his sense of protectionism over Anna. And so for me, that was very interesting, and the idea of exploring that was compelling.” Continue reading.


Link: How Actress Sadie O’Neil Is Transforming Trans Life on TV

From Chris Azzopardi of Into:

Link: How Actress Sadie O’Neil Is Transforming Trans Life on TV
Before her first-ever television or film role in Bellevue, actress Sadie O’Neil was fired from her job working in the children’s section of a Montreal library due to complaints from uppity moms uncomfortable with O’Neil’s transness. Soon after, she started a restaurant job. It was dreadful. Continue reading.


WGN secures rights to Bellevue

WGN America announced today that it has acquired the exclusive U.S. linear rights to the gripping original drama series Bellevue which was commissioned originally by the CBC network and is being broadcast in French in Canada by V-télé, starring Academy® and Golden Globe® winner Anna Paquin (True Blood).

Produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions, the eight-episode, one-hour drama also stars Shawn Doyle (House of Cards) and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey). Bellevue will premiere in early 2018 on WGN America.


Season 2 of Bellevue being developed, but show seeks a new home

It turns out Bellevue‘s fate is as mysterious as the show itself. After reporting last Friday that a second season was being developed for CBC came a troubling update: there is no home for the Anna Paquin-Shawn Doyle led series after all.

Co-creator, Episode 1 director and executive producer Adrienne Mitchell contacted TV, Eh? on Tuesday night with the following information:

“To clarify, though Season 2 of Bellevue has been in development with CBC, unfortunately, production of a follow-up season is currently not moving forward,” Mitchell wrote. “We are incredibly proud of our talented cast and crew who worked so tirelessly to bring this beautiful series to life. We also feel there are more stories to tell and we’ll be looking for other opportunities to bring this to fruition. In a town like Bellevue, the future is never as it seems!”

Fellow Bellevue co-creator Jane Maggs is going to be part of next month’s Writers Talking TV event—find details on how to attend that here—and we’re sure the topic of a new home for the program will come up. Produced by Mitchell and Janis Lundman’s Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. and Muse Entertainment Enterprises, Bellevue was co-created by Mitchell and Maggs with the latter serving as senior writer, executive producer and co-showrunner with Mitchell.

Season 1 of Bellevue starred Anna Paquin as Annie Rider, a brilliant but troubled cop in the town of Bellevue whose past returned to haunt her following the death of a transgender teen. During the course of her investigation, old wounds were opened and secrets revealed, putting her at odds with her ex-husband, Eddie (Allen Leech), her superior, Police Chief Peter Welland (Shawn Doyle) and putting the relationship with her daughter, Daisy (Madison Ferguson) in jeopardy. Season 1 also starred Billy MacLellan, Sharon Taylor, Janine Theriault, Amber Goldfarb and Sadie O’Neil.

Listen to Maggs discuss her career and the creation of Bellevue during our recent podcast and read Carolyn Potts’ reviews; here’s the link to her season finale review.

Where do you think Bellevue should go if it doesn’t return to CBC? Comment below.