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Press Release: HBO Canada Celebrates Canadian Screen Week With New Original Interview Special, WOMEN WHO ACT WITH PATRICIA ROZEMA, Premiering February 28

HBO Canada (logo via Wikimedia)

HBO Canada (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (February 11, 2015) – HBO Canada marks Canadian Screen Week with WOMEN WHO ACT WITH PATRICIA ROZEMA, a new documentary that celebrates Canadian film and television talent. Written and directed by Barry Avrich (The Last Mogul), the special is hosted by celebrated Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park) as she sits down with four iconic Canadian film and television actresses to talk candidly about their craft. The 72-minute special premieres Saturday, Feb. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, just one day before the 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS broadcast.

The documentary features intimate interviews with Emmy®winner, Canadian Screen Award-nominee and 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS host Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding); Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page (Juno); Critics’ Choice Award and Canadian Screen Award-winner and Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-nominee Tatiana Maslany (ORPHAN BLACK); and Golden Globe-winner and Emmy-nominee Sandra Oh (GREY’S ANATOMY).

“WOMEN WHO ACT WITH PATRICIA ROZEMA is an exclusive look at the fierce, tender, funny, and powerful careers of four of our most outstanding actresses,” said Helga Stephenson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “An award-winning director herself, Patricia takes us truly behind-the-camera.”

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Press Release: ALL-STAR PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

CBC (logo via CBC)

CBC (logo via CBC)

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and CBC Television today announced the first group of celebrity presenters for the upcoming 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS. This year’s gala will be hosted by Emmy-award winning comedy legend Andrea Martin at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and broadcast on CBC-TV on Sunday, March 1st at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT).

Presenters for the evening represent some of Canada’s best and brightest stars of film and television, including CBC’s Eugene Levy (Best in Show, Schitt’s Creek) and Daniel Levy (Schitt’s Creek, The After Show), as well as Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Megan Follows (Reign, Anne of Green Gables), Patrick J. Adams (Suits) and Arisa Cox (Big Brother Canada). This group joins Kiefer Sutherland (Pompeii, 24), announced previously, as the first group of presenters for this year’s gala broadcast. Additional presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Canadians can watch these stars and more at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards, airing Sunday, March 1st at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT). For a full list of Canadian Screen Awards nominees, visit academy.ca.

Press Release: THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW Returns with Expanded Team of Lifestyle Experts: Season 5 Kicks Off Sept. 8 on CTV

CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (September 3, 2014) – She’s back! Coming off its highest-rated season to date, the #1 Canadian daytime lifestyle series THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW returns Weekdays at 10 a.m. ET, kicking-off its fifth season Monday, Sept. 8 on CTV and CTV GO. Canada’s reigning queen of daytime returns with an all-new season and new lifestyle superstars joining  her already impressive team of experts, including entrepreneur and personal finance mentor Kevin O’Leary (SHARK TANK), famed interior decorator Debbie Travis, celebrity chefs Michael Bonacini (MASTERCHEF CANADA), Lynn Crawford, and Anna Olson, and interior makeover maven Cheryl Torrenueva. To view a complete list of MARILYN’s lifestyle team, click here.

Opening highlights for Season 5 include “MARILYN’s 100 Day Challenge” (Sept. 9) aimed at helping viewers live their best life – from eating well and losing weight, to achieving personal financial goals; MASTERCHEF Season 3 winner Christine Ha (Sept. 11) cooks up a plan on how to throw a dinner party on a budget, while interior designer Jane Lockhart saves one lucky viewer thousands of dollars with a $0 room makeover; real-estate expert Scott McGillivray (Sept. 15) shares innovative ways to boost property investments; famed psychic medium John Edward (Sept. 16) discusses the power of the mind, before conducting live psychic readings on in-studio audience members; Marilyn launches the program’s 4th Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Makeover (Sept. 19) episode during “Think Pink Week” in support of Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure; design expert Amanda Forrest takes viewers inside her home transformation for Toronto Maple Leaf goaltender Jonathan Bernier (Sept. 25); and more.

Marilyn also helps kick off Fall Premiere Week (Sept. 22-26) on CTV, featuring daily one-on-one interviews with the stars of CTV’s highly anticipated new and returning series including GOTHAM’s Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, and Robin Lord Taylor (Sept. 22); PERSON OF INTEREST’s Michael Emerson (Sept. 23); THE GOLDBERGS’ Wendi McLendon-Covey (Sept. 24); and Aja Naomi and Jack Falahee (Sept. 25) from Shonda Rhimes’ new legal thriller HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. Continue reading

Review: Working the Engels covers all angles

Working the Engles title card (screenshot via globaltv.com)

Working the Engles title card (screenshot via globaltv.com)

A+

When I first heard about Working the Engles I immediately knew it would be a great series. Why? Andrea Martin, that’s why. She was just wonderful in the cult TV hit SCTV, and all these years later, she can still bring the goods.

Ceil tries to drink her problems away (Screenshot via globaltv.com)

Ceil tries to drink her problems away (Screenshot via globaltv.com)

Right from the first scene, Martin is just a riot. She had me laughing out loud right of the gate (How often can you say that about new series?) as her character Ceil struggled to come to terms that her husband passed away and left the family a law-firm drowning in debt. Absolutely dumb founded and overwhelmed by the situation, she manages to drink two glasses of wine at the same time and then goes into a spiel (to Miles the firm’s accountant who broke her the news, played by the always funny Colin Mochrie) on how messed up her adult kids are now. The dysfunction in the family kind of reminds me of Shameless as both series follow a dysfunctional family and every character has their own host of serious issues.

Working the Engles is a fun, fresh and modern series that’s quite refreshing compared to the multi-cam, laugh track ridden sitcoms we’ve seen churned out year after year in the US, and that City and CTV are trying to replicate with their new sitcoms Package Deal and Spun Out, respectively. Continue reading

The spectacular, iconic, awe-inspiring, extraordinary, stunning What To Watch (March 9-15)

Olympians team up with teens to take home The Amazeball grand prize on Cashe Craze this Tuesday (Photo: Corus)

Top Chef Canada
Monday 9 PM
Food Network Canada

In the season four premiere of this signature Food Network Canada series, seven men and seven women compete to win the grand prize of $100,000 as well as over $50,000 in kitchen renovations.

Cashe Craze
Tuesday 6 PM
YTV (Big Fun Weeknights)

To jumpstart its second season, Cashe Craze pairs three Olympians with three teens for its zany Fear Factor meets Wipeout meets Amazing Race style competition. Winner leaves home with something better than an Olympic medal, The Amazeball.

The Next Star: SuperGroup
Tuesday 7 PM
YTV (Big Fun Weeknights)

Remember that singing reality show on YTV that looked so terrible that you swore you never ever would watch it…ever. Well, now it has its own spinoff show: The Next Star: SuperGroup. This series follows contestants of previous seasons of The Next Star who come back and perform in groups. Why? Why not?

I’m betting it will probably make you long for the days where YTV would just air music videos by crappy artists on the Hit List and not try to create them. The good news is that the series is only six episodes long. Makes you wonder if we could get American Idol down to six episodes, or better yet none.

Working The Engles
Wednesday 9 PM
Global

Oh boy, am I ever excited for this. The brilliant Andrea Martin stars in this homegrown show co-produced with NBC. What it’s about doesn’t matter because Andrea Martin’s in it, and she’s awesome. That’s more than enough to get me to watch.

In Working The Engels Martin plays Ceil Engel, the mother of the Engel clan who finds herself and the rest of the family in big trouble after they’re left with an inheritance of a law firm that thousands of dollars in debt. If you thought the awesomeness stopped at Andrea Martin, you’re wrong. Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Scott Thompson, Colin Mochrie and Jason Priestly are all slated to appear during the run of the series. I just wish it wasn’t up against ratings juggernaut (stateside at least) Modern Family.

The Nature of Things
Thursday 8 PM
CBC

The Nature of Things plays host to Wild Canada, “a four-part series” featuring panoramas and close-ups of land and species. CBC uses words like spectacular, iconic, awe-inspiring, extraordinary and stunning to describe it. (Looks like the CBC hired some of the people who have also done PR work for Apple.)

So by the sounds of it Wild Canada is pretty much the same thing The Nature of Things has done for decades, but this time it’s all filmed with ultra-high-definition cameras (4K) at 10,000 frames per second. They also happen to be the same cameras used to film The Hobbit.

As a tie into the series, Wild Canada has a companion iOS app up for grabs that’s free until Friday.

Why you should watch this over The Big Bang Theory, Community, American Idol or whatever poor show ABC has in its Thursday at 8 PM death slot, I’m not sure, but it’s a thing, so there you go.

The debut episode “The Eternal Frontier” kicks it off.