Everything about Working The Engels, eh?

Jason Priestley injured on set of Global’s The Code

We’re sending out well wishes to Jason Priestley, who suffered an injury while filming Global’s new 2016 drama The Code. The drama project has been shut down for at least three days after Priestley was bucked off a horse while filming in Toronto; he won’t return until given a clean bill of health from a neurologist.

We understand the precaution. Priestley suffered a serious head injury, fractured spine, broken nose and fractured feet in a 2002 car crash during the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series at Kentucky Speedway.

As previously announced, The Code stars Priestley as Matt “Shadow” Shade, an ex pro hockey player who uses his ability to read people and anticipate their next move to success as a crime-solving private investigator. The 10-part one-hour project also stars Cindy Sampson (Rookie Blue) as Angie Everett; Barry Flatman (Defiance) as Matt’s father, Don; and Jordyn Negri (Warehouse 13) as Matt’s daughter, Jules.

Based on the book of the same name by G.B. Joyce, The Code is executive-produced by John Morayniss and Rachel Fulford for eOne along with Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan, Shelley Eriksen, Alan McCullough, Tassie Cameron, Kelly Makin and Priestley.

Priestley has become a staple of Canadian TV both in front of and behind the camera in the last couple of years, appearing on Haven, Package Deal and Spun Out, and directing episodes of Saving Hope, Rookie Blue and Working the Engels. He’s also set to star alongside Molly Ringwald in Family Channel’s original series The Wonderful Wayneys.


Orphan Black, Bomb Girls, 19-2, Degrassi highlight DGC nominations

From a media release:

The DGC is delighted to announce the 2015 DGC Awards nominees. Selected from over 250 submissions, the nominees in 19 categories represent a cross section of the industry’s outstanding talent working in the screen-based industry. The Awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at The Carlu in Toronto. Hosted by Arisa Cox and Seán Cullen with special guests soon to be announced, the 14th edition of the DGC Awards promises to be a big one. The evening will feature a special Nominees’ reception prior to the Gala.

Best Direction, Television Series
John Fawcett, Orphan Black
Podz, 19-2
Helen Shaver, Orphan Black
Kari Skogland, Vikings

Best Television Movie/Mini-Series
Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy
Kept Woman
The Book of Negroes, Episode 1
Trigger Point


Link: Andrea Martin’s “random roles”


From Will Harris of AV Club:

Andrea Martin on Working The Engels, SCTV, and almost being Liz Lemon’s mom
“Over the course of her career, Andrea Martin has regularly appeared on TV and in films—both in front of the camera and as a voice actress—while also trying to make as much time for stage work as possible. And while she’s certainly proven herself adept at drama, she’s best known for her efforts as a comedian since getting her big break as part of the ensemble of SCTV. In addition to having just wrapped a run in the play Act One at Lincoln Center, which was still in process when she chatted with The A.V. Club, it’s just been announced that she’ll be stepping back into the shoes of Berthe, her Tony-winning role in Pippin, for 24 additional performances in September. For now, however, Martin can be found in cast of the sitcom Working The Engels.” Continue reading.


Martin Short & Eugene Levy join Andrea Martin on Working The Engels

From a media release:

Working The Engels Reunites SCTV Alumni Martin Short And Eugene Levy With Andrea Martin

  • Jason Priestley Directs And Scott Thompson Makes Guest Appearance

Halfire-CORE Entertainment, Shaw Media, and NBC announced today that Emmy® winners and SCTV alumni Martin Short and Eugene Levy are set to guest star with Andrea Martin in Working The Engels, a new half-hour original comedy series. Emmy Award®-winner Scott Thompson (The Kids In The Hall) also guest stars while Golden Globe® and Gemini Award-nominee Jason Priestley (Call Me Fitz, Beverly Hills, 90210) directs four episodes. Short, Levy, Levy’s daughter Sarah Levy (Larry Crowne), and Thompson join series regulars Andrea Martin, Kacey Rohl, Azura Skye, and Benjamin Arthur. Produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment in partnership with Shaw Media and NBC, the 12-episode series is currently shooting in Toronto.

The series, created and written by Katie Ford (Miss Congeniality, Desperate Housewives) and Jane Ford (Listen Missy, Material World), centres on a family who must band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt. The Engels must all go to work running Dad’s storefront law firm, with one minor problem — daughter Jenna (Rohl) is the only one who is qualified to practice law.

Martin Short (SCTV, Saturday Night Live, Damages, Arrested Development), Eugene Levy (SCTV, American Pie, Best In Show), and Andrea Martin worked together in the legendary Toronto production of Godspell before later joining SCTV (taped in Global TV’s studios) as performers and writers, winning multiple Tony and Emmy Awards, and cementing their legacies within the canon of television and film comedy.

Chuck Pastry, played by Martin Short, is the head of Big Pastry, a huge corporation that makes everybody’s favourite baked goods. But Ceil knows him better as her former lover and the baker from their hippie commune in the ’70s. Now Chuck Pastry is embroiled in a lawsuit with Jenna’s client over ownership of the delectable Double Muffin Tops recipe.

Eugene Levy plays Arthur Horowitz, a family-oriented, well-connected and much-loved lawyer who is also a neighbour of the Engels. He values family, honesty, hard work – and the forbidden beauty of Ceil Engel – above all else. He is about to retire and hopes to pass on some of his lucrative clients to the very green but keen Jenna Engel.

Irene Horowitz, played by Sarah Levy, is the only child of prominent lawyer Arthur Horowitz. She may seem like a good Jewish girl, but underneath is a wild, bad girl in training – seeking experience, danger, and the arms of her hot neighbour, Jimmy Engel.

Scott Thompson plays Harry Le Maire, a clothing line owner and Jenna’s posh new client. Harry turns out to be a total jerk, but Jenna must try to impress him in order to keep his much needed business.

Working the Engels is produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment with Katie Ford, Jane Ford, Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall, and Noreen Halpern serving as Executive Producers.