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Preview: Jonny Harris showcases more Canadian communities in Still Standing

At long last, Jonny Harris and Still Standing are back on our television screens. In a bit of a shakeup, the programming folks moved Still Standing—and its Tuesday night partner Baroness Von Sketch Show—from summer until fall. That gives folks of Harris a double dose of the baby-faced comedian in this and his long-running gig on Murdoch Mysteries.

In the Season 4 return, Harris arrives in Tignish, PEI, a small community to—as is the series formula—showcase the place, the people, the struggles they’re enduring and then celebrate them through laughs and anecdotes. It’s a formula that works by playing to Harris’ strengths as a storyteller and wry observationalist. Still Standing isn’t a “woe is me” tale but one of making the best of things and/or striving to make them better.

That’s certainly the case in Tignish, located on the western tip of the province. Far away from the Confederation Bridge and Anne of Green Gables is this group of just over 700 citizens. The area, it turns out, was a favourite stomping ground for Stompin’ Tom Connors. The legendary singer-songwriter even wrote of the area in his tune “The Song of the Irish Moss.” The moss industry may have long gone, but the memory remains in that song and hoping to cash in on that Tignish built the Stompin’ Tom Centre. The facility, in addition to including Connors’ boyhood home and the one-room schoolhouse he attended, houses a concert hall where his gold and platinum records, guitar and hat and boots are on display.

Also keeping Tignish on the map is, of course, the lobster industry, which Harris gets an education on, and the life of dew worms. Both make it into his stand-up act and are very, very funny.

Upcoming locations on Harris’ journeys include Carcross, Yukon; Rogersville, Nova Scotia; Fraser Lake, British Columbia; Cobalt, Ontario; and New Denmark, New Brunswick.

Still Standing airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Image courtesy of CBC.

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Comments and queries for the week of September 7

Murdoch Mysteries followed by Still Standing are my favourite shows. Like Lost, I can hardly wait for the shows to begin. Both are so different and excellent in their own right. I hope they will never be cancelled. Great Canadian shows and amazing actors! —Lucy


A decent Leg [of The Amazing Race Canada] though not my favourite of the year. Limiting the Detour spots was smart and it was somewhat funny to see Phil and Martina struggle so much. Even one of the staffers in the chopper seemed to fall over pretty hard! Fit looked pretty hard. Still though, the Face Off made everything prior meaningless and was yet another sport task. Sudden death was interesting and unlike most times Phil and Martina actually caught up so their elimination wasn’t sealed right then with most other Face Off losers in the past. I appreciated the Road Block being in another language though it seemed more simple if you could use your ears and memory well enough. The biggest personality of the season is gone right before the finale; the producers were probably bummed. I think Taylor and Courtney have it, unless the guys can pull a Mickey and Pete. Adam and Courtney have never won a Leg and don’t seem to have an edge on the other teams with any major type of task. Stranger things have happened but I’d be surprised if they won it. Adam and Courtney and Dylan and Kwame are actually from Alberta, I wonder if that will give them an edge in the finale? —DanAmazing

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Link: Yannick Bisson and Hélène Joy Talk “Murdoch Mysteries”

From Sabrina Bellissimo of Beyond Fashion:

Link: Yannick Bisson and Hélène Joy Talk “Murdoch Mysteries”
Not many television shows are able to air over ten seasons. Even less Canadian television shows get that opportunity. But Toronto based Murdoch Mysteries, with its successful combination of wit, romance, mystery, and originality, begins its 12th season Monday September 24th on CBC. Continue reading.

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CBC announces fall premiere dates for Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Baroness Von Sketch Show and more

From a media release:

CBC today announced broadcast and streaming premiere dates for its fall 2018 lineup of new and returning series featuring a wide range of original programming produced by Canadian creators for Canadian audiences, including a new primetime schedule launching Tuesday, September 18th. In addition to broadcast on television, all programming will also be available to stream live and on demand for free on the CBC TV app for iOs and Android and cbc.ca/watch.

CBC’s Fall 2018 primetime schedule launching Tuesday, September 18th:

All following times local with the exception of Newfoundland, please add half an hour to all times.

TUESDAYS
7:30 PM – CORONATION STREET
(weekdays, back-to-back episodes on Mondays at 7 PM)

8 PM – STILL STANDING
Season 4 (13×30) premieres Sept. 18 *NEW TO FALL*

8:30 PM – THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES
Season 26 (19×30, 1×60) premieres Sept. 18

9 PM – BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW
Season 3 (10×30) premieres Sept. 18 *NEW TO FALL*

9:30 PM – HANG UPS
British comedy (6×30) starring Stephen Mangan as an online therapist premieres Sept. 19

9:30 PM – IN THE LONG RUN
Idris Elba’s comedy (6×30) inspired by his inner city-London childhood premieres Oct. 30

10 PM – THE NATIONAL
CBC News’ flagship program continues Sunday to Friday each week

WEDNESDAYS
8 PM – THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW
Season 2 (8×60) premieres Sept. 19

8 PM – CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON JUNIOR
New competition series (6×60) premieres Nov. 14

9 PM – VANITY FAIR
New British adaptation of Thackeray’s 1848 novel (7×60) premieres Sept. 19

9 PM – MR. D
Season 8 (8×30) premieres Nov. 7 *NEW NIGHT, FINAL SEASON*

9:30 PM – HALIFAX COMEDY FEST
Season 23 (6×30) premieres Nov. 14

THURSDAYS
7 PM – THE INVESTIGATORS WITH DIANA SWAIN
Season 3 premieres Sept. 20 *NEW NIGHT*

8 PM – DRAGONS’ DEN
Season 13 (20×60) featuring new investors Vincenzo Guzzo and Lane Merrifield premieres Sept. 20

9 PM – THE DETECTIVES
Season 2 (8×60) premieres Sept. 20 *NEW NIGHT*

9 PM – FROM THE VAULTS
New music archive series (6×60) premieres Nov. 15

FRIDAYS
8 PM – MARKETPLACE
Season 46 premieres Sept. 21

8:30 PM – IN THE MAKING
New original series (8×30) profiling Canadian artists premieres Sept. 21

9 PM – CBC DOCS POV
Season 3 launches Sept. 21 with documentary Just a Regular Kid, exploring what it means to be young, Muslim and growing up in the West *NEW NIGHT*

11:30 PM CBC ARTS: EXHIBITIONISTS
Season 4 (26×30) premieres Sept. 21

SATURDAYS
Afternoon – CBC Sports’ ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES fall season begins Oct. 20 with extensive coverage of Skate America from Everett, Washington

6:30 PM – HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

SUNDAYS
11 AM (12 PM AT) – THE WEEKLY WITH WENDY MESLEY
Season 2 premieres Aug. 12

Afternoon – ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES

7 PM – ANNE WITH AN E
Season 2 (10×60) premieres Sept. 23

8 PM – THE NATURE OF THINGS
Season 58 premieres Sept. 23 with special three-part miniseries Equus: The Story of the Horse​

9 PM – THE FIFTH ESTATE
Season 44 premieres Sept. 23 *NEW NIGHT*

MONDAYS
8 PM – MURDOCH MYSTERIES
Season 12 (18×60) premieres Sept. 24

9 PM – FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES
Season 2 (10×60) premieres Sept. 24

Which new and returning CBC shows are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below!

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Carter: How Kristian Bruun’s unemployment beard landed him the role of Dave

We’re loving Carter.

The light tone, humour and chemistry between the three main characters—actor Harley Carter (Jerry O’Connell), cop Sam Shaw (Sydney Poitier-Heartsong) and coffee truck owner Dave Leigh (Kristian Bruun)—is a big part of that. The trio is the heart and soul of the mystery series, airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo, and we couldn’t imagine anyone else in those roles.

Ironically, if it hadn’t been for his Murdoch Mysteries character, Constable “Slugger” Jackson being killed off, Bruun likely never would have scored Dave. We spoke to Bruun, who will also be seen in the excellent space web series Deep Six in the coming months, about landing the role.

What was it like working on Carter?
Kristian Bruun: It’s funny how this world works because I wouldn’t have gotten that job if I was back on Murdoch Mysteries, I think. And, like Peter Mitchell said back then about not being worried about me, he was kind of right. When I didn’t get to come back to Murdoch for Season 11, I was like, ‘Well, I guess I don’t have to be clean-shaven anymore.’ So I grew this hipster beard to fit in in my neighbourhood in L.A. I called it my unemployment beard. [Laughs.] I was looking a little more rugged and then an audition came along for this role, playing a dude from up north. I thought the beard could work and I booked the role.

Tell me about Dave.
He’s a very different character that I’m very lucky to play. We had a blast shooting it. Jerry O’Connell, Sydney Poitier and I are up north solving crimes. I kind of describe it as Magnum, P.I. meets Murder, She Wrote. It’s a small town, there are too many murders and we’re running around solving capers and getting into too much trouble. It’s a really fun role. We had a blast shooting it. It was like summer vacation. We were there from July to October in North Bay, Ont., a beautiful place to be shooting and every week friends of mine were coming up to film guest-starring roles on this. It was like, ‘Hey, come up and hang out with us for a week on this crazy TV show.’ It has a lot of humour, a lot of heart.

Carter airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.

Image courtesy of Bell Media. 

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