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Comments and queries for the week of Jan. 23

Is it my imagination or is Schitt’s Creek actually the same set as Little Mosque‘s town of Mercy!?  The town hall looks like the mosque. The diner looks like the same diner Fatima ran.—A

It may look familiar, but while Little Mosque was filmed in and around Regina, Schitt’s Creek‘s external shots were filmed in Goodwood, Ont., about an hour northeast of Toronto. Creek‘s sets are in Pinewood Studios in Toronto.

I’m getting about 100 new emails from TV, Eh? a day. Is there any way to just get one daily digest of them all?—Steve

Hey Steve, yes you can! Sign up here and you’ll get a daily email of the top stories and links from the website.

Meanwhile, a couple of readers—Kate and Heather—were wondering how they could get their hands on DVD copies of Cracked. What I thought would be an easy answer isn’t. In the U.S., Season 1 of Cracked lists the first seven episodes of the 13-episode season in a package being sold as Cracked: What Lies Beneath through the BBC store. There is another version of Cracked Season 1 available, but it doesn’t contain an episode list so I’m not sure if they’re all in that set.

If you don’t mind not owning Cracked on DVD, you can stream both Season 1 and 2 via CBC.ca. I checked the links and they work … if you live in Canada. It’s also available on Netflix Canada.

Pretty sure the only mention of Joel’s father [on Saving Hope] was earlier this season when Joel headed to New Zealand for his fifth wedding … and that marriage is already failing. Looks like Joel is so afraid of turning into his father that he actually is, in a way. 

At the moment it’s show vs. tell with Joel and Charlie. Joel says he wants to be there for the baby if it’s his, while Charlie is setting the bar fairly high. Loved Charlie and Henry. Couldn’t figure out who Henry was, that was a good twist.

Looks like next week will be huge. The possible ‘revealing’ moment I’ve been expecting for a long time now. Can’t wait!—Hallie


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Recaps: Cracked season finale

From Greg David of TV Guide Canada:

‘Cracked’: The devil in the details
Cracked has gone to many dark places this season. A trucker targeting Native Canadian women. A damaged man keeping a girl in his basement as a plaything. A child soldier seeking revenge on the man who commanded him in Africa. Like I said, dark stuff. Continue reading.

From Christopher White of Unapologetic Canadian:

Episode Recap: Cracked Season 2 Finale
I remember interning at the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office and unwinding at the end of the day with my fellow students guffawing at CSI: Miami. Every incomprehensibly lit lab scene, every bizarre science gadget, every patented Caruso pun would set off a chorus of “That’s not what it’s like in real life!”. After watching my first episode of Cracked, I understand the value of those creative liberties. A police procedural where people just sit around talking and looking at computer screens – while factually accurate – isn’t as exciting to watch. Continue reading.


New Monday: Murdoch Mysteries (Republic of Doyle crossover), Cracked

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Murdoch Mysteries, CBC – “Republic of Murdoch”
When a traveller is found dead in his hotel room clutching an ancient map, it leads Murdoch and Crabtree to the Colony of Newfoundland. There, a flinty character named Jacob Doyle (Allan Hawco) becomes Murdoch’s prime suspect. As he delves deeper into the case, Murdoch uncovers bitter feuds and promises of riches that reveal the true motive behind the murder.

Cracked, CBC – “Voices”
When the Property Manager at a seedy Parkdale tenement house winds up murdered, things take a strange turn when a resident with schizophrenia appears with the murder weapon, claiming the devil told him where it was. The team need to sort fact from delusion in their quest for the truth, a quest that leads deep into a terrifying nightmare. Guest stars: Natalie Brown, Noah Reid.


New Monday: Murdoch Mysteries, Cracked

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Murdoch Mysteries, CBC – “Loch Ness Murdoch”
A summer heat wave finds much of Toronto taking refuge at the beach, but when a body marked by a large bite washes ashore, rumours of a sea monster quickly spread across the city.

Cracked, CBC – “Hideaway”
The murder of a community health worker takes on a special meaning for Pysch Crimes, as the deceased is someone from Leo’s past, forcing him to confront his deepest regrets. Meanwhile, the investigation leads the team to discover an abused young woman who could be a victim, the perpetrator or both. Guest stars: Rossif Sutherland, Chuck Shamata, Rachel Wilson, Arnold Pinnock.


New Monday: Murdoch Mysteries, Cracked


Murdoch Mysteries, CBC – “Murdochophobia”
Detective Murdoch investigates the death of one of Dr. Julia Ogden’s phobia patients, but can Murdoch overcome his own phobia to solve the case? Guest star: Tara Spencer-Nairn

Cracked, CBC – “Ghost Dance”
Psych Crimes is called to investigate the brutal murder of an Aboriginal woman on a lonesome stretch of highway. Homicide already has a suspect in custody, but as the team begin to connect this case to others along the same highway, they develop a conflicting theory: there’s a serial killer on the loose. Guest stars: Natalie Brown, Mayko Nguyen, Bruce Ramsay, David Burke, Tamara Podemski, David Richmond-Peck.

Note that Package Deal moves to Thursday this week.