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Preview: Save Me doles out excellent new episodes on CBC Gem

I was instantly enthralled with the first season of Save Me. Created, written and directed by Fab Filippo, the dark comedy follows Toronto EMT Goldie (Filippo) and his assorted partners (Amy Matysio and Suresh John are two), as they arrive on the scene of 911 calls.

The twist in the storytelling is Goldie et al. are the through line connecting those making an emergency call rather than being the mains. That’s not to say we don’t get some back story into Goldie and his fellow EMTs lives, but they’re not the focus.

The second chunk of new episodes have landed on CBC Gem—produced by Lisa Baylin—and they’re as strong as the first. The Canadian Screen Award-nominated program is in fine fettle, boasting not only great scenarios for EMTs Goldie, Dogf***er (John), Kevlar (Matysio) and Bizemmingway (John Bourgeois), but a plethora of guest performances by Schitt’s Creek‘s Emily Hampshire, Frankie Drake Mysteries‘ Rebecca Liddiard, Bad Blood‘s Lisa Berry, Kim’s Convenience‘s Andrew Phung, Hudson & Rex‘s Kevin Hanchard, Scott Thompson and Nicholas Campbell.

In the first instalment, it’s all hands on deck as the EMTs—including rookie Hubcap (Heartland‘s Kataem O’Connor)—are called to the scene of multiple ecstasy overdoses suffered by aging couples looking for some fun. Watching Thompson, Hanchard and Fiona Highet tripping out is something to behold. But where there is comedy, tragedy follows, and how each of the paramedics deals with it is also what makes Save Me so engaging. In just a few short minutes in each episode, the web series is able to jump from laughter to tears, while exploring the PTSD first responders experience.

In Episode 2, two men choose to trim some hedges using a lawnmower. It has the predictable, bloody, result, but also reveals a shift in the tale I didn’t see coming. You never know what’s going on in the lives of the folks calling 911; Save Me goes there with spectacular results.

Season 2 of Save Me is on CBC Gem.

Image courtesy of CBC.

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Link: Schitt’s Creek star Emily Hampshire on her rise to film and TV success

From Elizabeth Renzetti of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Schitt’s Creek star Emily Hampshire on her rise to film and TV success
She worked up the courage to audition for CBC’s Schitt’s Creek, although Dan Levy would later tell her that she prefaced her appearance with, “This is going to be horrible,” and hid her face in her shirt. Continue reading.

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Link: Schitt’s Creek: Emily Hampshire on delving into Stevie’s backstory

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Schitt’s Creek: Emily Hampshire on delving into Stevie’s backstory
“My first curiosity about Stevie from the beginning was ‘why is this girl who is clearly intelligent and can do so much more, why is she here and needing to be rescued by David to go to New York and escape?’ I realized this is Stevie’s choice. She’s choosing to stay here and to aspire to less than she’s capable of. That led to questions about her past, who are Stevie’s parents and more.” Continue reading. 

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Link: Life in Schitt’s Creek is good for Emily Hampshire

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Life in Schitt’s Creek is good for Emily Hampshire
Anyone who has watched Schitt’s Creek is aware that this isn’t your typical comedy, and that feel extends behind the scenes as well. “I feel like I’m super lucky to be on a show where the people are so great and nice. Schitt’s Creek is such a dream job.” Continue reading. 

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