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Link: CBC’s Girls’ Night Out is a patronizing, fact-adverse travesty

From Leah McLaren of The Globe and Mail:

CBC’s Girls’ Night Out is a patronizing, fact-adverse travesty
Vaguely based on the book Drink: The Deadly Relationship Between Women and Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston, the documentary takes a complex and multilayered topic and reduces it to an episode of Girls Gone Wild narrated by church ladies. Girls’ Night Out is a patronizing, fact-adverse travesty, the broadcast equivalent of TMZ’s never-ending gallery of D-list actresses staggering out of nightclubs, lipstick and bra straps askew. Continue reading. 


Comments and queries for the week of November 6

The Nature of Things explores obesity and our guts

Just doing a little fact checking, and the host of the show states there are more microbes in our gut, 100 trillion, than there are stars in the sky. Conservative estimates of the number of stars are around a billion trillion, and a new study from researchers at Harvard and Yale suggests there are a mind-blowing 300 sextillion of them, or three times as many as scientists previously calculated. That is a 3 followed by 23 zeros. Or 3 trillion times 100 billion. I wonder if this was just a slip, or is it an indication of a lack of understanding of very large numbers? —Dave

Will this show on obesity and the gut rerun? —Reta

All of the past The Nature of Things episodes can be re-watched on the show’s website.

Georgina Reilly: Why I left Murdoch Mysteries

Dear Miss Reilly: Excuse the pun but, thank-you for “Gracing” us with your performances on Murdoch Mysteries. The show has always been excellent right from the first season, but when your character made her first appearance a few years ago, the fans took notice and endeared you to their hearts both as Emily and Georgina Reilly. Thank you, and I hope you come back someday. Take care. —Rob

Well I can’t wait to see her back as a special guest star and I don’t care that they went off the books a bit … it is still a good show. —Brenden

It’s great that they didn’t choose to kill her off and left the door open for future guest appearances or perhaps a recurring role. As much as I would love for it to, MM won’t last forever. I am sure the entire cast ponders on what they will so when this show ends and how much further they would like to go. Emily can always return in the end. Perhaps for George. I am an avid fan of them as a couple after all. :) —Tibou

I m glad to see Miss Reilly leave Murdoch Mysteries as she was the weak link of the show; best of luck to her. I have watched all the episodes of Murdoch Mysteries and love all the Canadian content. Thanks to the writers and producers for such a good show; Murdoch is my favourite character along with Inspector Brackenreid. —Dee


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Canada In Development: LIL’ WARRIORS

Spinning off the success of the MMA events that have taken the world by storm, Shaw Media & Global TV are bringing us LIL’ WARRIORS, a one-hour documentary that follows kids 8 & under and their families, to provide an explosive behind-the-scenes look at competitive fighting in Canada and the US.

Currently in the treatment writing and casting stages, LIL’ WARRIORS will take a look at the ambition, and competitive nature of martial arts coupled with the personality of each lil’ warrior, going behind the scenes to see what really lies beneath the surface of kids competitive martial arts.

Shark Teeth Films is an independent production company which incorporated in late 2008 by Tom Mudd and Adrian Carter.  They produce content for both film and television and have recently expanded to include to live-action, animation and visual effects.

Written by Tom Mudd, Adrian Carter, and John Turner (who will also direct) LIL’ WARRIORS is part of Global’s Close Up strand – a series of one-off documentaries that looks at the unusual that lies just beneath the ordinary right outside our doors.

The Documentary Series is slated to begin in January of 2013.


In the news: This Beat Goes On and Rise Up salute 70s & 80s pop

thisbeatgoeson-poster.jpgFrom Bill Brioux of the Canadian Press:

  • Two docs, one sweet musical ride
    ” Two new documentaries exploring the Canadian music scene in the 1970s and ’80s sound like they could be a bad trip in a hippie van, packed with a mullet band and a punk hitchhiker. But chill, dude. Nicholas Jennings takes viewers on one sweet, tune-filled ride with This Beat Goes On and Rise Up, two two-part docs that add up to a fun, four-hour salute to Canadian pop music.” Read more.

This Beat Goes On & Rise Up chronicle Canadian pop music

This Beat Goes On-posterFrom a media release:



Two remarkable, new, two-part documentaries, THIS BEAT GOES ON and RISE UP, chronicling the explosion of Canadian pop music in the 1970s and 1980s, will have their World Premiere on CBC Television over four consecutive Thursday evenings at 9:00 pm ET/PT, beginning August 27.

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