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Casting for Season 7 of Global’s Big Brother Canada opens

From a media release:

Calling all #BBCAN houseguest wannabees! Big personalities, competition beasts, and strategic planners are all welcome as the Top 10* smash hit series Big Brother Canada is casting for Season 7. Following last season’s successful run which grew audiences year-over-year, most notably with a 21% increase in the coveted A18-34 demo**, the series returns to Global in 2019.

Starting today, Canadians can apply online at BigBrotherCanada.ca for a chance to compete in the explosive new season. Those who think they have what it takes to make it in the Big Brother Canada house are asked to submit a photo and short video explaining why they are the ideal candidate. Applicants must be 19 years of age by February 1, 2019, and the online submission deadline is Saturday, November 17. More information, including a complete list of rules and eligibility, can be found at BigBrotherCanada.ca.

Additional details about the national casting tour, including cities, dates, and venues, will be announced later this summer. For updates, please visit BigBrotherCanada.ca.

Airing exclusively on Global in the 2019 broadcast season, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, the houseguests battle in a series of challenges each week that empower or punish them, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.

Season 20 of Big Brother is currently airing Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Viewers who miss any of the dramatic moments can catch up following the broadcast the next day on GlobalTV.com, Global GO (available on Apple TV and Google Chromecast), and on demand.

Commissioned by Corus Entertainment, Season 7 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions in association with Corus Entertainment and Endemol Shine. Executive producers are John Brunton and Erin Brock.

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Global renews high-stakes drama Ransom for third season

From a media release:

Today Global announced a fourth renewal to its slate of Canadian content for the 2019 broadcast year, as suspense drama Ransom has been greenlit for Season 3. From global studio Entertainment One (eOne), Korda Studios, Big Light Productions, and producers Sienna Films, the 13-episode series will shoot in Budapest, Hungary, beginning in October 2018 and premiere next year on Global in Canada and CBS in the U.S. This announcement comes on the heels of Global’s recent renewals for Mary Kills PeoplePrivate Eyes, and Big Brother Canada.

With principal cast returning including Luke Roberts, Nazneen Contractor, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Karen LeBlanc, Season 3 of Ransom follows the world of international crisis and hostage negotiating with Eric Beaumont (Roberts) and his elite team as they save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they understand themselves and uses his insight into human behaviour to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases.

Viewers who missed any of the action from Season 2 can catch up on Ransom now on GlobalTV.comGlobal GO (available on Apple TV and Chromecast), and On Demand.

Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, who, along with his partner, Marwan Mery, are among the top negotiators in the world. They travel the globe to help multinational corporations and government agencies with complex negotiations and conflict resolution.

Ransom was created by David Vainola (DiamondsCombat Hospital) and Frank Spotnitz (The X-FilesThe Man in the High Castle) who also serves as Executive Producer. Ransom is a Canada-Hungary treaty co-production, produced by Entertainment One (eOne) with executive producers Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny (Sienna Films); Daniel Kresmery and György Rajnai (Korda Studios) are co-producing. The series executive producers include Valerie Pechels and Odile McDonald (Wildcats Productions). Ransom is developed in association with Corus Entertainment Inc., with the participation from the Canada Media Fund, and produced with the financial assistance of the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

eOne controls worldwide rights to the series.

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Preview: Shade and Angie play house on Private Eyes

It’s been a few weeks since I previewed Private Eyes—a couple of curve balls in real-life coupled with a preemption last Sunday thanks to Canada Day—but I’m back on the case (see what I did there) with this Sunday’s new instalment.

Here’s what Global has released as the official synopsis for “The Hills Have Eyes,” written by Derek Schreyer and directed by Anne Wheeler:

Hired by a precocious young boy convinced his missing neighbour was murdered, thanks to suspicious footage from his new drone, Shade and Angie are forced to go undercover and play house in hopes of separating the truth from the gossip.

And, as always, a few further notes from me after watching a screener:

A great mystery
Kudos to Derek Schreyer for penning a great script. From the moment 12-year-old Tyler used a unique way of hiring Angie and Shade, I was all in. Actor Anton Gillis-Adelman has a great chemistry with his older co-stars. Speaking of the adults, a stakeout provides the backdrop for Shade and Angie’s heart-to-heart on who could live in suburbia. And a backyard picnic makes for some hilarious—and super-awkward—conversation.

And great visuals
A hearty bow to director Anne Wheeler, who captures some truly memorable and unique shots never seen on Private Eyes before.

There’s a new menu at the diner
And it’s making me hungry. Also? We get some tasty backstory regarding Shona’s personal life thanks to some detective work by Don.

Private Eyes airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Global.

Images courtesy of Corus Entertainment.

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Preview: Private Eyes goes on a “Getaway with Murder”

I’ve been excited about Sunday’s episode of Private Eyes since May of 2017 when Cindy Sampson teased that Matt, Angie, Dr. Ken and Melanie were spending a weekend together.

Now that weekend is here and there’s, of course, murder afoot. And laughs. Here’s what Global has revealed regarding “Getaway with Murder.”

Shade and Angie are hired by the owner of a luxurious rustic lodge to investigate an infidelity case. Thinking it’ll be a breeze and a good opportunity for a mini-vacation, they invite Ken and Mel along to join them. But when their client ends up dead and the local sheriff proves to be out of his depth, they ditch their dates to solve the case – ultimately leaving them out in the cold.

And here is more info I can divulge of the instalment, written by Marcus Robinson and directed by James Genn, after watching a screener.

Ken has big plans for the weekend
It may be work for Angie, but Ken (Mark Ghanimé) has plotted some fun stuff for the couple, as well as a surprise for his lady love.

Kris Lemche guests
The veteran Canadian actor from such series as Emily of New Moon, Joan of Arcadia and a standout performance on Haven as Seth Byrne is unforgettable on Sunday as Deputy Conroy, who proves to be a tad inept when it comes to solving a grisly crime. Luckily, Angie, Shade, Mel and Ken are there to help in the investigation.

The Dream Team indeed
I’m not-so-secretly hoping there is a reason for Ken and Mel to join Shade and Angie on more cases. The quartet works really well together on this case and has a great chemistry. Fingers crossed the producers noticed this too.

Maz and Zoe together again
An escape room scenario allows the pair some quality time, leading to hilarity.

Private Eyes airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

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Preview: Private Eyes goes medieval

So, Private Eyes, fans, how do you feel about the way Angie and Shade’s relationship has shaken out so far? Clearly, Angie is still hurting from seeing Mel over at his house, hence the thinly-veiled jabs at him. For his part, Shade seems for the most part clueless, though he’s picking up on a certain vibe from his business partner.

In this Sunday’s new episode of Private Eyes, Angie and Shade head to Medieval Times. Here’s what Global says about “Long Live the King,” written by Thomas Pound and directed by Charles Officer:

Shade and Angie are hired by the “King” from Medieval Times after he believes he’s been poisoned. Initially doubtful of the King’s story – and weary of his refusal to break character – they soon get onside once they go undercover and see just how cutthroat the Middle Ages can be.

And, as always, a few more tidbits of info from me after watching a screener.

Samantha Wan kills with her comedy
Adding Zoe to Everett Investigations was the best decision Angie and Shade have made so far. Samantha Wan’s frantic portrayal of Zoe is hilarious and her comic timing is perfection; both are showcased this week. And her Sticky Note game is strong.

Rob Ramsay in a role fit for a King
I’ve been a fan of Rob Ramsay’s since I saw him on Blue Mountain State and then on The Thundermans. Here he’s super-annoying—and sidesplitting funny—playing Bob Sterling, a.k.a. King Lucien, the Medieval Times monarch who refuses to break character, frustrating Angie and Shade during their investigation.

Double entendres aplenty
This being a medieval setting, Thomas Pound’s script boasts plays on words, double entendres and discussions about men’s longswords. Yes, I laughed. Yes, I am 47 years old.

Private Eyes airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

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