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Caught: Allan Hawco’s adaptation of Lisa Moore’s novel was worth the wait

Way back in the spring of 2016, the CBC announced Caught—an adaptation of Lisa Moore’s acclaimed noverl—as part of its 2016-17 broadcast lineup. But by June of 2016, Caught‘s fate had changed. So, what was the reasoning behind the project’s delay of over a year? Timing.

“This got announced back when we were wrapping Republic of Doyle,” Allan Hawco, Caught‘s writer, showrunner, executive producer and star, says. “I took the time to go deeper into the material. The ambition of the material, the ambition of the period and because it’s an adaptation of Lisa’s book, we just needed the time to gather more resources.”

The wait has been worth it.

Debuting Monday at 9 p.m. on CBC, Caught is a five-part roller coaster caper lovingly wrapped up in the pot-fragranced, lead gas guzzling, rock anthem setting that is 1978.

Tori Anderson as Ada, Greg Bryk as Cyril Carter

Locked up after a drug deal goes wrong, David Slaney (Allan Hawco) breaks out of a New Brunswick prison to try one more caper with his former partner Brian Hearn (Eric Johnson). It’s Slaney’s last chance at freedom, but nothing is what it seems. Slings & Arrow‘s Paul Gross plays RCMP detective Roy Patterson; Open Heart‘s Tori Anderson is Ada, Brian’s gal pal; Mary Kills People‘s Charlotte Sullivan is Jennifer Baker;  Rookie Blue‘s Enuka Okuma is KC Williams, a DEA agent who teams with Roy; and Greg Bryk as Cyril Carter, a friend of Brian’s.

Eric Johnson as Brian Hearn

Monday’s debut opens to the strains of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Up Around the Bend,” as Slaney sprints through a darkened forest, prison dogs and guards at his heels. But as Slaney quickly discovers, his friend Brian may be the reason he ended up in prison in the first place. Filmed in St. John’s, Hamilton, Ont., and the Dominican Republic, Caught certainly captures the late 70s in all its glory, from pale brown leather jackets and wood panelling to the permed hair and tobacco smoke hanging over everything. And, as Slaney crosses the country attempting to evade capture at the hands of Patterson and KC, we meet colourful characters along the way.

Hawco purchased the television rights to Caught after Tecca Crosby, eOne’s senior vice-president of creative affairs, handed the book to him in 2014. Hawco was in Toronto performing Belleville at The Company Theatre and headed back to where he was staying. He and Perry Chafe—one of his partners at Take the Shot Productions and executive producer on Doyle, Frontier and Caught—bought a couple of copies of the book at a local Chapters bookstore. Hawco read Caught in three hours.

Paul Gross as Roy Patterson

“I could hear the soundtrack, I could see the show right away,” Hawco says. “The rights for the book were being sought after by a bunch of people, so I called Lisa and said, ‘I want to work with you on this.’ I think the pedigree of Doyle and that we were just starting Frontier at the time helped. The character of Slaney spoke to me.” Hawco credits Moore’s writing—the ability to craft an inner monologue on the page—with his connection to Slaney and offered the veteran performer the opportunity to play a role he’s never done. Hawco did futz with the source material a bit when crafting his adapation—creating KC Williams as a partner for Patterson, who is a lone wolf in the novel—and some plot deviations, but the novel’s DNA is still there.

Enuka Okuma as KC Williams

“For a cops and smugglers story on television, there were some plot points we had to adjust and characters’ drives that needed to be changed,” Hawco says. “But I worked really hard to anchor all that in pivotal moments in the book so that you’re not watching a completely different thing. I tried to honour the pillars that Lisa put in there.”

Caught airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

 

 

 

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Link: Women Behind Canadian TV: Adrianna Maggs

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Women Behind Canadian TV: Adrianna Maggs
“I find that women are such different storytellers, and while there are a lot of men I really adore, I have been lucky to be working with women constantly. It’s partially that it’s what I prefer, but I don’t always have control over it. I don’t know that I’ve ever been the only woman in a room.” Continue reading. 

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Photo gallery: First-look at CBC’s Caught

Sure, I’m excited about the Winter Olympics. I’ll be watching with Canadian flags in hand as our athletes compete in Pyeongchang over the next two weeks. But, honestly, a part of me views the Winter Games as just the lead-up to the debut of Caught.

Adapted from Lisa Moore’s acclaimed novel, the five-part limited-run series, debuting Monday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. on CBC, is set in 1978. Locked up after a drug deal goes wrong, David Slaney (Allan Hawco) breaks out of a New Brunswick prison to try one more deal with his former partner Brian Hearn (Eric Johnson). It’s Slaney’s last chance at freedom, but in this tale of bravado and betrayal—and killer soundtrack—nothing is what it seems. Caught stars Hawco, Slings & Arrow‘s Paul Gross, Open Heart‘s Tori Anderson, Johnson, Mary Kills People‘s Charlotte Sullivan and Rookie Blue‘s Enuka Okuma.

Get a glimpse of the characters in the below photo gallery and a tease with the official trailer.

 

 

Caught debuts Monday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of Duncan De Young for CBC.

 

 

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Photo galleries: CBC’s new midseason series Burden of Truth, Caught, Crawford and more

Did you hear the news? CBC announced its midseason schedule, jam-packed with returning favourites like Schitt’s Creek, Hello Goodbye and Workin’ Moms along with new programs like Burden of Truth starring Kristin Kreuk and Peter Mooney; Caught starring Allan Hawco, Greg Bryk, Tori Anderson and Eric Johnson; Little Dog starring Joel Thomas Hynes, Ger Ryan and Katharine Isabelle; documentary true crime series The Detectives; and Crawford starring Jill Hennessy, Kyle Mac and John Carroll Lynch.

Here’s the CBC’s official press release announcing the series and airdates. And, to get you jazzed for the new series, here are some exclusive images released by the network in support of Burden of Truth, Caught, Crawford and The Detectives. Enjoy!

Burden of Truth

 

Caught

 

Crawford

 

The Detectives

 

Which new midseason series are you most excited about? Comment below!

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CBC announces midseason schedule; plus Workin’ Moms special episode images

From a media release:

CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster and the number-one media brand in Canada,* today announced premiere dates for its winter 2018 season, featuring a uniquely Canadian slate of new and returning original series.

New additions to CBC’s primetime schedule this winter include legal drama BURDEN OF TRUTH (10×60) premiering Wed. Jan. 10, starring Kristin Kreuk as a big city lawyer who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case; THE DETECTIVES (8×60), a true crime series that brings to life the real investigations of Canadian detectives, premiering Wed. Jan. 10; Allan Hawco’s new drama CAUGHT (5×60) premiering Mon. Feb. 26, adapted from Lisa Moore’s acclaimed novel set in 1978 about a convicted drug dealer who attempts one more deal after a daring prison break, also starring Eric Johnson and Paul Gross; and dark comedy LITTLE DOG (7×30) from 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award-winner, musician and actor Joel Thomas Hynes, which tells the story of a super-welterweight Newfoundland boxer and his haphazard quest for redemption, premiering Thurs. Mar. 1.

All episodes of Mike Clattenburg and Mike O’Neill’s dysfunctional family comedy CRAWFORD (12×30), featuring an ensemble cast led by Jill Hennessy, John Carroll Lynch and Kyle Mac, will begin streaming on Groundhog Day, Fri. Feb. 2, for binge-viewing on the CBC TV app and cbc.ca/watch. The series will also broadcast on CBC in summer 2018.

CBC’s popular Tuesday night original comedy lineup continues on Jan. 9, with the return of the Roses as they continue to make the most of life in SCHITT’S CREEK (Season 4, 13×30), from co-creators Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy with Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott, Jennifer Robertson and Emily Hampshire. Catherine Reitman’s boldly irreverent comedy WORKIN’ MOMS (Season 2, 13×30) is also back for the “terrible twos” on Jan. 9, and a special flashback episode with guest star Jann Arden will air on Tues. Dec. 19 at 9:30 p.m. (10 NT) ahead of the Season 2 premiere, featuring a look back at Kate (Reitman) and her best friend Anne (Dani Kind) before marriage and motherhood.

 

HELLO GOODBYE (Season 3, 9×30) returns on Jan. 12 with host Dale Curd, featuring a new season of emotional airport greetings and goodbyes.

CBC will also feature the Canadian broadcast premiere of BAFTA-nominated Irish miniseries THE SECRET (4×60) on Thurs. Jan. 11, based on a true story and centred around the deadly affair between a dentist and a teacher in Northern Ireland, starring James Nesbitt and Genevieve O’Reilly.

From Feb. 9 to 25, CBC will showcase the OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018. In the lead up to the Games, CBC SPORTS will connect Canadians with high-performance athletes from Canada and around the world as ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES continues each weekend.

CBC’s winter 2018 schedule is as follows.
All series will also be available to stream on the CBC TV app and at cbc.ca/watch.

SUNDAYS
Daytime – Road to the Olympic Games *Season 3 continues each weekend
5 p.m. (6 NT) – The Wonderful World of Disney
7 p.m. (7:30 NT) – Heartland *Season 11 continues Jan. 7
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – The Nature of Things *Season 57 continues Jan. 7
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – CBC Docs POV *Season 4 continues Jan. 7
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) – The National (Sunday to Friday)

MONDAYS
2 p.m. (2:30 NT) – The Goods *(Monday to Friday)
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – Murdoch Mysteries *Season 11 continues Jan. 8
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – Frankie Drake Mysteries *Debut season continues Jan. 8
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – Caught *NEW ORIGINAL SERIES premieres Feb. 26

TUESDAYS
8:00 p.m. (9:30 NT) – Rick Mercer Report *Season 15 (final season) continues Jan. 9
8:30 p.m. (9 NT) – This Hour Has 22 Minutes *Season 25 continues Jan. 9, Baroness von Sketch Show’s Meredith MacNeill joins as correspondent
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) — Schitt’s Creek *Season 4 premieres Jan. 9
9:30 p.m. (10 NT) – Workin’ Moms *Season 2 premieres Jan. 9

WEDNESDAYS
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – Burden of Truth *NEW ORIGINAL SERIES premieres Jan. 10
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – The Detectives *NEW ORIGINAL SERIES premieres Jan. 10

THURSDAYS
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – Dragons’ Den *Season 12 continues Jan. 11
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – The Secret *NEW SERIES* premieres Jan .11
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) — Little Dog *NEW ORIGINAL SERIES premieres Mar. 1

FRIDAYS
Crawford *NEW ORIGINAL SERIES begins streaming Feb. 2
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – Marketplace *Season 45 continues Jan. 12
8:30 p.m. (9 NT) – Hello Goodbye *Season 3 premieres Jan. 12
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – The Fifth Estate *Season 43 continues Jan.12

SATURDAYS
Daytime – Road to the Olympic Games *Season 3 continues each weekend
6:30 p.m. ET – Hockey Night in Canada

 

 

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