Everything about Played, eh?

New Thursday: Played


Played, CTV – “Fights”
Rebecca’s (Chandra West) ex-colleague Marcus Jakes (Aaron Abrams, HANNIBAL) is embedded with Ali Raman’s (Carlos Gonzales) gang of racketeers, whose interests include a vicious underground fight club. Rebecca still trusts him, but Moreland (Vincent Walsh) thinks Jakes has turned into a dirty cop. In an attempt to bust the extortionists and expose Jakes, Jesse (Adam Butcher) gets into the ring and Moreland plays a guy looking to hire a contract killer.


New Thursday: Nature of Things, Doc Zone, Played

The Nature of Things, CBC – “Invasion of the Brain Snatchers”
Parasites brainwashing their hosts — it sounds like something straight out of science fiction. But this is no horror movie, this is a fascinating, new field of study. From zombie ants to a creature that may be influencing whole human cultures, INVASION OF THE BRAIN SNATCHERS isn’t afraid to dive into the world of parasites.

Doc Zone, CBC – “Superstitious Minds”
We embrace our superstitions even though we live in the most scientifically advanced time in all of history. Is superstition the tonic we need to face a more frightening world?

Played, CTV
The past and present collide for Jesse (Adam Butcher) when he has to infiltrate his old street gang, which includes his old friend Tibbs (Chad Rook).


New Thursday: Played, The Nature of Things, Doc Zone


Played, CTV – “Lawyers”
A high-end litigator at a downtown law office goes missing, and his colleague Anna Quinn (Christine Horne) believes the firm’s partners, specialists in corporate crime, are involved. Posing as an old friend of Anna’s, Moreland (Vincent Walsh) cozies up to managing partner Christopher Locke (Gord Rand) – a guy with thousand dollar suits in his closet and a violent ‘fixer’ at the end of his phone. To expose the truth, Moreland engages Anna in a dangerous play.

The Nature of Things, CBC – “Brain Magic: The Power of Placebo”
What if each of us could make the symptoms of an illness disappear? Cast a spell so powerful it would actually heal our bodies, help us walk, or breathe better? For centuries placebos have been thought of as just fake medicine, but Brain Magic: The Power of Placebo explores the growing scientific evidence that placebos can have powerful—and real—effects on our minds and bodies.

Doc Zone, CBC – “Flying Solo”
Examines one of the most significant social changes of our time – the global trend toward living alone. The number of adults living alone has tripled in half a century. In Canada, for the first time in history, there are more one person households than couple households with kids. In North America, more than 50% of us are single. It is also the fastest rising demographic in China, Europe, and the Middle East. Does living alone herald a new type of liberation – or is it a form of isolation? Why is this happening – and why does it matter? Through profiles of single adults, expert interviews, and a look at the role of women, social media and urbanization, “Flying Solo” reveals what’s fuelling this trend – and what it means for our future.


New Thursday: Played, Nature of Things, Doc Zone


Played, CTV – “Money”
Daniel (Dwain Murphy) infiltrates a group of deadly bank robbers. One of the gang members, Beth (Brittany Allen, DEFIANCE), starts flirting with Daniel provoking her possessive, erratic partner Colin (Bruce Ramsay, CONTINUUM) to make a bold move. The team is forced to run a risky play to take down the heist crew.

The Nature of Things, CBC – “Myth or Science 2: The Quest for Perfection”
Dr. Jennifer Gardy is back. But this time, Dr. Gardy’s journey of scientific discovery will plumb our very hopes and dreams – our quest for self-improvement. Are raw vegetables really better for you? Can you be fat and fit? Should you ditch caffeine? Dr. Gardy puts her own body on the line in lively experiments and scientific investigations to discover whether many popular health claims are science fact or science fiction.

Doc Zone, CBC – “Not Criminally Responsible”
Julie Bouvier who was nearly stabbed to death by a man in a psychotic frenzy because “the devil told him to kill the prettiest girl in the mall” is shocked to find he is released from the psychiatric hospital and terrified that he will come after her.


Canada missing out on golden age of TV?

From John Doyle of the Globe and Mail:

Where is Canada in the golden age of TV?
There’s a prevailing sentiment in the culture that we’re more than a decade into a new Golden Age of television. The starting point was the arrival of The Sopranos in 1999 and the most recent marker in the ongoing evolution of excellent TV was the series finale of Breaking Bad. What has Canada contributed to this? Pretty much nothing. Look at the last 14 years of Canadian TV and what you see is almost complete creative failure. Continue reading.