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Link: Why does Black television suck so bad in Canada?

From Koliah Bourne of Shifter:

Link: Why does Black television suck so bad in Canada?
Canada, we need to have a talk and I know it’s not just with the CRTC or broadcasters who need to offer some more broad offerings, but to producers and Black consumers. First, to producers, what are you creating that includes people like me? Do I matter in what you produce? Do you want someone like me in your shows? Not sure how many shows get pitched with characters like me, but if there are some, why aren’t they getting picked up? Continue reading.


Comments and queries for the week of May 19

Renew Shoot the Messenger, someone pick up Pure,
X Company, 19-2 and Orphan Black … all great shows! —Rosanna

I loved [Anne] even though it takes some sidetracks from the book. The characters are beautifully crafted, the actors are giving stellar performances and the cinematography is outstanding. I am drawn right into the story with both feet in Avonlea. I can’t wait to see more! PLEASE keep it going. —Monica

Oh nooo, I just finished Episode 7 without knowing until just now it was the last one! Does anyone know if Season 1 is complete? Anything about a second season? I absolutely loved this show, it is so well done and the main actress is just perfect. —Massimiliano

Please, please, please get rid of Thea [on MasterChef Canada]. She should never have lasted this long. —Margaret


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Comments and queries for the week of December 23

Praise for Shoot the Messenger

Nazeem was hands down the most underrated character on the show. That kid basically tied the entire show together and explained it for anyone (like myself) who was having a bit of trouble figuring out exactly how everybody was connected. What an exciting finale! I’ve never seen the actor who plays Nazeem before in any other production but I’m sure I will soon. —Pat

Excited for Cardinal, but…

I can’t wait to check out this show, but had to laugh at the array of cast photos here because they all look like they are modelling the latest winter wear for an outdoor clothing magazine! —Ellen

Merry Christmas from Murdoch Mysteries fans

Interesting review article. One of the best Murdoch episodes so far. Way to go. Congrats. Merry Christmas. —Tim

Love this show and some hilarious Easter eggs in this episode. —Howie


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Shoot the Messenger closes out Season 1 in thrilling fashion

How was Sam going to clean up this mess?! That’s the question, among others, I had after last Monday’s episode of Shoot the Messenger. It was certainly going to take more than a couple of wet wipes to tidy up the situation after Sam beat Marco DaSilva to death and grabbed the cell phone. And, with Phil Hardcastle arrested, there was no one to help Sam distance himself from the crime.

The “Full Circle” teleplay, written by Jennifer Holness and directed by Sudz Sutherland, did just that, tying up the loose ends that have been dangling since Episode 1.

Things certainly didn’t look good for Daisy and Simon when things started to roll. Sam Charles’ lawyer, Lewis, had slapped The Gazette with an injunction, delaying story they’d been working so hard on. I can’t help but feel co-creators Sutherland and Holness were not only showing how much legwork it takes to uncover a big story like the one created for Shoot the Messenger, but took a swipe at websites that post articles without doing due diligence, all in the name of clicks. (The fact Shoot the Messenger is airing amid fake news reporting is timely as heck.)

It was, as a writer myself, really interesting to observe the way Mary, Daisy, Simon and Marty sussed out how The Gazette could still write a story about Sam Charles without expressly tying him directly to anything they wrote, including Lawson’s parties and the super jail.


Meanwhile, Lutz was putting small pieces of his own puzzle together, slowly tying Sam Charles to DaSilva’s death and Lawson’s blackmail plans via careful questioning. With the forensic reports in, DaSilva was identified as the one who’d killed Avril, Hassan and Khaalid, clearing Sam of the deeds. But who, Lutz wanted to know, killed DaSilva?

It wasn’t until halfway through the episode—when Nazeem sat down with Lutz and Daisy—that the circumstances surrounding Khaalid were fully realized. Drugs supplied to Lawson’s sex parties led to Avril and her retinue of ladies. Khaalid became involved with Harry and Sam, and Nazeem and Hassan were determined to pull their friend out by using the video to blackmail Sam into letting Khaalid leave. Hassan turned to Daisy for help, believing her story could protect him from harm. With a copy of the film in hand, Lutz had the evidence he needed. Pair that with Sam’s confession to a tearful Chloe, and his career was over. It also meant The Gazette could print the story, making Simon and Daisy’s careers.

But at what cost? Daisy’s sister has disowned her and she’s turned back to cocaine for solace.

Like I said in an earlier review, Shoot the Messenger is not the type of show you watch while checking emails. It deserves your full attention because of all the machinations and subtleties going on. But what a payoff. Stellar performances by Elyse Levesque, Lucas Bryant and Lyriq Bent carried the ball, while Sutherland and Holness’ intricate storytelling took Season 1 over the goal line.

What did you think of Season 1 of Shoot the Messenger? Comment below!


Shoot the Messenger sprints towards the finale

OK, so I was wrong. Last week, I proposed that Hassan survived his tumble off the Scarborough Bluffs while he tried to escape the mystery man carrying the gun on Shoot the Messenger. Instead, he died and the phone has fallen into someone else’s hands … it was revealed Phil Hardcastle—working at the behest of Lawson—was the guy with the gun and, for now, the phone.

That wasn’t the only big-time revelation uncovered in “Darkness Comes to Light.” Sam, after being confronted by Daisy regarding his relationship with Khaalid and thrown out of his office, admitted the truth to Chloe that he is bisexual. (She did not, it should be noted, end her relationship with Sam and stood by him.) Of course, it only took the length of a cab ride back to the office before Simon was called into Mary’s office and grilled about why Sam’s attorney had called, threatening to sue The Gazette.


The surprises continued down the line, with Lutz telling Daisy that Hassan was dead, and Daisy relaying to Lutz the contents of the phone video. After all that work and digging for the truth, The Gazette didn’t break the story about Sam and Khaalid; that fell to Ruckus 247, a gossip website. Kudos to Sam for keeping a brave face on after coming out of the bathroom and seeing his staff stare at him. Not only is his secret uncovered but his ascent to the prime minister’s office isn’t happening. Despite Ruckus 247 breaking the Sam-Khaalid video, the official story containing details into the super jail, funnelled cash and other war room notes leading to murder that hasn’t come to light, and Simon, Daisy and Mary put things in high gear to write it all up. A court injunction is keeping the lid on The Gazette for now, but I’m pretty sure it will all come out.

Meanwhile, Ortiz and Lutz squared up with guns and gangs to take aim at Lawson while Sam met with him to discuss the destruction of the cell phone. Throw a former—supposedly crooked cop—twisted cottage parties and Hardcastle’s arrest, and Shoot the Messenger is headed for an explosive season finale next week.

Shoot the Messenger‘s season finale airs next Monday at 9 p.m. on CBC.