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Preview: Frankie Drake Mysteries, “Life on the Line”

After a week away because of the federal election, Frankie Drake Mysteries is back with an all-new episode. Thanks to previews, we already know that Sean Cullen drops by, but what else can be gleaned before Monday night?

Here’s what the CBC has released as a synopsis for “Life on the Line,” written by Keri Ferencz and directed by Adriana Maggs.

When a toy store owner is the target of a harassment campaign, the gang goes undercover at a telephone exchange to nab the culprit.

And here is more info after I watched a screener.

Flo is at a crossroads
We’re so used to seeing Flo working on—and making jokes over—cadavers. But, what if she passes all of her medical tests and becomes a doctor? Aside from her studies, Flo and Mary don headsets and do some detective work.

Matt Watts guest stars
Watts, who has starred in The Newsroom, Michael: Every Day and The Writers’ Block, is a major part of the A-storyline as Ernie Penny, the focus of the harrassment. He hires Frankie and the team to uncover the person behind it. Watts is pitch-perfect, a neurotic, twitchy, bundle of nerves who is convinced someone is out to get him. Also, look for Katy Breier, who portrayed Lydia Hall on Murdoch Mysteries, Rodrigo Fenandez-Stoll of Kim’s Convenience, Hannah Cheesman and Alice Snaden in guest gigs.

Bill and Trudy
Romaine Waite figures into Monday’s episode too. She calls him to move their lunch date—work and all—and he gives the telephone a quizzical look as he hangs up. What’s going on with these two?

Frankie Drake Mysteries airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.


Link: Being Frankie

From Michael Pickard of Drama Quarterly:

Link: Being Frankie
“Now, in season three, we’re all really, really excited to see what’s in store. It’s also nice because we shoot 10 episodes for five months and then we’re off for seven months. So by the time we get back to shooting, everyone’s excited to get back at it. So I’m just really looking forward to it and we’re excited to get back to hanging out with the girls and finding Frankie again, and pretending to be way more badass than I really am.” Continue reading.


Preview: Frankie Drake Mysteries, “Things Better Left Dead”

On this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for many things. Among them the CBC for providing new episodes of their Monday night mysteries. Frankie Drake Mysteries features one of the most shocking first few minutes I’ve seen on the show, so be warned.

Here’s the official storyline for “Things Better Left Dead,” written by Cal Coons and directed by Ruba Nadda.

The apparent death of one of Frankie’s crew is part of an elaborate ruse to nab a phony medium preying on the grieving.

And, as always, some information from me after watching a screener.

It’s getting hot in here
When we meet up with Frankie, she’s canoodling with a man named Kardec. Where does Moses stand with our favourite private investigator? What happens next shakes Frankie to her core.

Noam Jenkins guest stars
The Rookie Blue alum portrays the mysteries Kardec, who bridges the gab between the living and the dead. Also? Mrs. Clarke pops in for a memorable appearance.

Things get spooky
I’m used to Murdoch Mysteries—Frankie’s fellow Monday night drama—treading into supernatural territory, but this is a first for Frankie Drake Mysteries as far as I know. And it’s wonderful, a nice mix of humour and hair-raising.

Frankie Drake Mysteries airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.


Preview: Frankie Drake Mysteries, “A Brother in Arms”

Thanks to the federal election debate on Monday night, Murdoch Mysteries is pre-empted a week. Not so for Frankie Drake Mysteries, which returns with a new storyline written by Karen Hill and Ley Lukins and directed by Mina Shum.

Here’s the official synopsis on “A Brother in Arms,” from the CBC:

Frankie’s floored when a man claiming to be her half-brother shows up at the agency begging her to help his wrongly imprisoned friend.

And here a few more details I gathered up after watching the episode in advance.

A group of people at a 1920s bar.Wendy is back … and in a new setting
Fans of Grace Lynn Kung’s recurring character will be happy to see Wendy Quon back serving drinks. And, she’s got swanky new digs to do it in. Also? We’re re-introduced to Tickles. Ah, the 1920s.

Dillon Casey guest stars
The former Remedy star appears as Frankie’s aforementioned half-brother, Jack Drake. Is he really related to Frankie? Personally, I was thrilled to see Dillon Casey back on my television screen, because he’s a great actor and a truly nice guy. He opened up about his opioid addiction in this excellent interview with the Toronto Star‘s Tony Wong. Look for Kenny Wong, Jake Epstein, Richard Walters and, yes, Wendy Crewson on Monday night.

Racism rears its ugly head
Sadly, racism isn’t anything new and plays a major part in Monday’s A-storyline regarding Jack’s friend, Li Chang (Kenny Wong), being imprisoned. As part of the investigation, Wendy gives Frankie the backstory on Chinese immigrants, and Frankie Drake Mysteries‘ visual effects department does it in a unique way.

Frankie Drake Mysteries airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.


Frankie Drake Mysteries’ Romaine Waite on Bill Peters and his favourite game show ever

For a guy whose first IMDB credit was 10 years ago, Romaine Waite has amassed an impressive resumé. Roles on The Strain, Rogue and Heroes Reborn segued into Murdoch Mysteries, Schitt’s Creek, Private Eyes, The Mist and Star Trek: Discovery.

Frankie Drake Mysteries fans will recognize Waite as Bill Peters, who has a serious thing for Trudy. A janitor at Toronto’s city hall, he has access to files most don’t, a fact Trudy has taken advantage of in the past. We spoke to Waite about the Bill and Trudy relationship, his varied roles and … his favourite game shows of all time.

You’re on Frankie Drake Mysteries, which I watch religiously every week. And I love the character of Bill Peters. I love the relationship that he has with Trudy. But before we get into that, you were on Murdoch Mysteries.
Romaine Waite: Yes, yes I was. A few seasons ago, actually. I think it was Season 9. It was my first kind of introduction to Canadian audiences, the Canadian television industry, and it was definitely a nice introduction being on, obviously, the longstanding show that is Murdoch Mysteries and having a lot of my scenes with Yannick and the rest of the gang.

Looking at your body of work in Canadian television we have Schitt’s Creek, Private Eyes, Little Dog. A really nice mix of diverse roles and diverse shows, kind of all over the map. What’s it like jumping from show to show and then being on a show like Star Trek: Discovery, which I mean, you can’t get any kind of more out there and creative than a show like that.
RW: Oh man. The way you listed them off, you really make me sound like a veteran, which is far from the truth. I’m still growing, I’m still learning and as far as I’m concerned I’m still very green in the industry. But to answer your question, it’s an actor’s dream to be able to bounce from one role to the next and different worlds, different characters, different casts, that’s the excitement. That’s what kind of keeps that energy, keeps that spark that I think most actors start with when they begin their journey. I’ve been privileged. All the ones you named, all the way up to Little Dog, to Frankie Drake have all been great learning experiences for me as an actor and just a person actually, just meeting these different people, different locations has been great.

Two men sit in a church.When it came to landing the role of Bill Peters on Frankie Drake Mysteries, did you audition or did you have your foot in the door with Shaftsbury because you’d been on Murdoch?
RW: I didn’t audition. I’m not sure why I didn’t end up auditioning, but thankfully I got the role regardless. But I believe it’s because someone put in a good word for me and that person I think will remain nameless for the time being. And you are right. It was because of the Murdoch episode and it’s somebody tied to that episode. So I’m thankful, very thankful for that individual that kind of brought my name to the table and the fact that the network actually agreed and said yeah, that this individual would be great for the show. It just really warmed my heart so to speak. And I know that might sound cliché, but it really did. Because a lot of times as actors we don’t get a lot of feedback in terms of that audition process. You kind of do an audition and you hope for the best and if you get it, that’s the only real indication that you did well. Otherwise, you don’t know. So to have something like this take place was just a really good validation for me that, ‘OK, you’re heading in the right direction.’ So I’m truly grateful for that opportunity and what’s come of it.

How many episodes are you in, in this third season of Frankie Drake Mysteries?
RW: I’m in two episodes this season. I was supposed to be in three. But some scheduling conflicts occurred so I wasn’t able to get in for the third one, which kind of hurt me a little bit. I won’t lie. I missed it. But yeah two still wonderful episodes that I was able to participate in.

I speak to actors and actresses and on a show like Frankie Drake Mysteries, putting on the clothing helps you with that role. I’m imagining Bill’s suits are wool. 
RW: Definitely wool. Definitely warm. But it’s all a part of the aesthetic, you know? And that’s a big appeal for the show. Not only for I think the actors, but also the audience watching it. When you want to talk about really transporting yourself into another world and another time period, the aesthetic is key. Before you even get into the dialogue and the character development, it’s what you see. So being in those suits definitely helps with that aesthetic. It helps with weight loss. Keeps you warm. You sweat it out. It’s a beautiful thing.

A man smiles at a woman.Let’s discuss the relationship Bill has with Trudy. From the get-go, we knew that there was a spark between them. What can you say about their relationship in the episodes that you’re in this third season?
RW: Their relationship is really interesting because although we don’t know much about Bill Peters yet, I mean he does have a sister. We kind of touched on that in the earlier seasons. And he is a church-going guy. But you really learn about him through his relationship with Trudy. You can tell that he’s a generous guy. You can tell that he’s honest and even sometimes naïve. But in terms of that growth in the relationship, I think early on he was a little bit naïve kind of getting into this world of private investigation and getting tidbits here and there from Trudy.

And then as we go through Season 2 into Season 3, we start to see his confidence gain a little bit in terms of getting involved in what’s happening and also his confidence with Trudy kind of raises a little bit too in terms of how he approaches her and how he talks to her, in terms of just getting comfortable being with her. It’s definitely grown. It’s definitely changed. What I can say is that—and I hope I don’t get in trouble for this—but the M-word was mentioned in terms of their relationship. Now where that goes, I don’t know because things can always change. But within the context of their relationship, that word did come up. So I’ll leave that there.

How did watching game shows become part of your bio?
RW: It’s a weird thing and I don’t know if I’m regretting putting that in there. But it’s just one of those things that happened. I remember watching The Price is Right with my mom back in the day and it just kind of stuck with me. And I have this weird theory. Bear with me here.

I feel like game shows are the last kind of real reality show that we have in the sense that you genuinely don’t know what’s going to happen if they’re going to win if they’re going to lose. How they’re going to play the game. Or in the case of Family Feud, how they’re going to answer the question. It’s genuine. And I think for me, watching a lot of film and television, sometimes I find myself kind of predicting things and not kind of really being in the moment when watching the show. But with game shows, I can’t predict it. And I think I kind of enjoy that element of it. It’s just you watching people win and having a good time. I don’t know it really just… I guess just makes me happy. I like the energy.

And on a side note, The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal are probably my favourites. Just going to put that out there. I’m testing my knowledge on grocery items on The Price is Right. And definitely kind of going on YouTube and watching some of the older stuff as well.

Frankie Drake Mysteries airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBC.