Everything about The Trickster, eh?

Comments and queries for the week of September 20

You left out a key supporting cast member. His name is Griffin Powell-Arcand, and he very recently starred in a Netflix original series with huge stars Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn, called Chambers. He is from Edmonton and has been acting since he was four years old. He plays Dylan in The Trickster. Not a “lead” but if you’ve read the books, he plays a significant role and brings a lot to the table! —Me


Two women sit in chairs.What an amazing opener to Season 13. Loved the Brackenreids interactions, especially Margaret’s characterization of the Jones rival/schadenfreude and Julia’s declaration of her challenges as a professional woman at the end of the episode made me bawl. It totally resonated with the challenges I know my grandmothers, mom, aunt, wife and daughters have confronted in their lives. They all met opposition with a steely resolve while retaining grace charm and class along the way. Three cheers for the spirit embodied by Dr. Ogden. —David


Two women stand next to one another.I think this show could have been so much better than it is. I like the supporting cast but the lead is so modern and bland. And the stories are kind of a mess. Also, they keep changing the showrunner so there are obviously problems behind the scenes. I wonder if they keep quitting or if they’re getting fired? I don’t really like Murdoch anymore either. Only maybe half the season has decent mysteries, the rest is really soapy. I only watch it because I still like the cast so much. —Martha

I really like Frankie Drake Mysteries. The show could easily be formulaic but it has always managed to be comfortable yet surprising. I’m looking forward to the new season. —John

 

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Casting announced as CBC original series The Trickster begins production

From a media release:

With production now underway in North Bay, Ontario, Sienna Films and Streel Films announce casting for new CBC original series THE TRICKSTER (6×60), coming to CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service in 2020. Starring newcomer Joel Oulette, THE TRICKSTER is based on the best-selling novel Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson and created by award-winning filmmaker Michelle Latimer (RISE, Nuuca) and Tony Elliott (Orphan Black). Latimer will also direct all six episodes. Leading global distributor, KEW MEDIA Distribution, will manage the international sales outside of Canada.

Oulette plays Jared, an Indigenous teen struggling to keep his dysfunctional family above water, holding down an after-school job and selling ecstasy to support his partying mom, Maggie (Crystle Lightning), who self-medicates an undiagnosed mental illness, and his unemployable dad, Phil (Craig Lauzon) and his new girlfriend. But when Jared starts seeing strange things — talking ravens, doppelgängers, skin monsters— his already chaotic life is turned upside down. At first, he thinks he’s losing his mind, but to his relief and terror, the supernatural events are all too real.  This is Indigenous Gothic – spirits, ancient magic, deadly rights of passage – in a coming of age story unlike you’ve ever seen.  Additional cast includes Kalani Queypo (Jamestown), Anna Lambe (The Grizzlies), Joel Thomas Hynes (Little Dog), Gail Maurice (Cardinal) and Georgina Lightning (Blackstone).

A CBC original series, THE TRICKSTER, is produced by Streel Films and Sienna Films. Executive Producers are Streel Films’ Michelle Latimer, Tony Elliott, Sienna Films’ Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny. Co-Executive Producer is Penny Gummerson. Michelle Latimer directs all six episodes. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Scripted Content; and Melanie Hadley is Executive in Charge of Production. Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, will handle worldwide sales for THE TRICKSTER.

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Link: The Trickster: Author Eden Robinson previews CBC’s new adaptation

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: The Trickster: Author Eden Robinson previews CBC’s new adaptation
“There’s been a talent pool of Indigenous people in the industry for a long time and it’s starting to bubble up now. There are so many projects that are kicking the door open, and I’m thrilled that something based on my books is going to be one of the series that opens the door for other Indigenous artists.” Continue reading.

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Family Feud Canada and Fortunate Son among CBC’s new series; Workin’ Moms, Diggstown and 22 Minutes renewed

A Canadian version of Family Feud with Gerry Dee at the helm, a drama based on Eden Robinson’s award-winning Trickster novels and a spy drama based on Heartland, Wynonna Earp and Jann executive producer Tom Cox were among the new series announced by CBC at the network’s Upfront presentation on Wednesday.

The network confirmed that Halifax-based legal drama Diggstown, sketch comedy 22 Minutes and comedy Workin’ Moms have all been renewed for new seasons.

Some sad news: CBC confirmed that Little Dog, Cavendish and Crawford have not been renewed.

Adapted from Eden Robinson’s novels and co-created by Michelle Latimer and Tony Elliot, The Trickster—from Sienna Films (Cardinal)—is described as a darkly humorous coming-of-age story that combines dysfunctional family drama with supernatural thriller. Jared, an Indigenous teen, meets Wade, a mysterious stranger who turns Jared’s life upside down.

Based on the real-life of Tom Cox’s family experience, Fortunate Son—created by Andrew Wreggit—is an eight-episode drama from Seven24 Films and Lark Entertainment about the matriarch of an American activist family who helps smuggle Vietnam war deserters and draft dodgers across the border. He is pursued by the FBI.

Gerry Dee is back on the CBC as the host of Family Feud Canada. Airing weekdays at 7 p.m., the 60-episode program showcases homegrown families from across the country competing to guess the most popular answers to fun, family-friendly survey questions from a sample of Canadians.

The Sounds, a co-production between Canada and New Zealand created by author Sarah-Kate Lynch, is being billed as a relationship drama about the goings-on in Pelorus Sounds, where nothing is quite as it seems. Peter Stebbings will direct all eight episodes.

New and returning unscripted series include Back in Time for Winter, Fridge Wars, High Arctic Haulers and Tallboyz.

CBC also made some casting announcements, noting Great Canadian Baking Show is swapping out Daniel Levy and Julia Chan for Baroness Von Sketch Show‘s Aurora Brown and Carolyn Taylor. As much as I’ll miss Levy and Chan, Brown and Taylor are going to be amazing.

And finally, Kurt Browning has been named head judge for Battle of the Blades with Ron MacLean back as the host. Olympians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will participate as guest judges. Those confirmed to take to the ice for the competition include figure skaters in Violetta Afanasieva and Vanessa James, and hockey players Sheldon Kennedy and Natalie Spooner.

The new series announcement comes just over a month after CBC revealed the projects returning for new seasons this fall and winter, including Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Heartland, Still Standing, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Anne with an E, Coroner, The Detectives, Kim’s Convenience and Schitt’s Creek.

Which new shows are you planning to check out this fall and winter? Let me know in the comments below.

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