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Author: Bill Brioux

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Hosted by veteran TV columnist Bill Brioux. Each month, join in on an outspoken hour with the actors, executives, and insiders that make the television industry pop. In each edition, Bill invites his guests to talk business, give up some great stories, and make it personal. Plus laughs.
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"Hearties" will be looking forward to the return of When Calls the Heart when the eighth season premieres Sunday, February 21 on Super Channel Heart & Home. So will Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith, who return as sawmill sweethearts Rosemary and Leland Coulter. The two Canadian actors returned to Hope Valley -- really a specially contructed outdoor set located East of Vancouver -- to shoot for the first time under COVID safety precautions. This was the first season, unfortunately, that fans were not allowed on the set.They talk about that experience as well as what to expect during this eighth season, including the big decision ahead for lead character Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow). They also explore their own career paths, with Pascale talking about her start on movies such as "Ginger Snaps 2" and "Hollywood Wives: the True Story." Smith goes even further back to his days on the Canadian series Destiny Ridge.Both single out their favourite TV series growing up as well as their all-time favourite TV theme song.
Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

2021-02-1048:45

Hard to believe, but Kristin Kreuk has spent over half her life before the cameras, starring on Smallville, Beauty and the Beast and Burden of Truth .Here’s something I didn’t know, however: she almost became half Klingon! In an engaging podcast conversation, Kreuk confides that, just before committing to play crusading lawyer Joanna Chang on Burden, she went after a lead role on a series shot in Toronto -- Star Trek: Discovery.“I auditioned a lot,” says the Vancouver native, who, when she wasn't studying karate and doing gymnastics, grew up a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.Kreuk also discusses shooting Season 4 of Burden of Truth in and around Winnipeg under strict COVID safety procedures. Catch new episodes Thursdays on CBC.She’s currently working on a degree in History from Queens University. She's also binging one of the greatest TV shows ever made. (Hint: it's 20 years old!)
Coroner's Serinda Swan

Coroner's Serinda Swan

2021-02-0237:20

Like every actor on every series these days, Serinda Swan, who plays Jenny Cooper on Coroner, wore masks, shields and "bunny suits" in order to safely shoot scenes through this pandemic. COVID is very much part of the storyline this season, which starts with an investigation of a Long Term Care facility. Did the fact all the actors had to gear up as a matter of course help her get into character? "The physical toll creates a special awareness and an empathy for people who are doing this for the rest of us every single day," says the East Vancouver native.Swan talks about having done her own share of "car crying" the past 10 or 11 months. "You can see it in people's eyes," she says. "There are a lot of emotions hidden behind masks."This podcast, therefore, leans into the funny where we can. Like the time she accidentally ate a chocolate or two spiked with a little something extra.That came up because Jenny Cooper unknowingly devours a Marijuana-laced brownie in one of the new season's lighter moments. Swan says she had to gobble down14 regular brownies in order to get the scene covered from six different set ups. She hasn't eaten a brownie since. She may never again.The chocolate she ate by mistake after not landing a part in a Star Trek movie. You'll have to listen to the podcast to find out how that all turned out.
You want to talk Pretty Hard Cases? That's the title of the new Toronto-based detective drama premiering Wednesday, Feb. 3 on CBC. It stars Meredith MacNeill (Baroness von Sketch Show) and Adrienne C. Moore (Orange is the New Black). They were the first choices of executive producers, writers and showrunners Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue) and Sherry White (Little Dog) -- a couple of pretty hard cases themselves. On this lively podcast episode, the producers  break down why they felt the time was ripe for this series now, what cool, '70s tunes they pumped into the soundtrack and how a four month delay in filming due to COVID may have actually been a blessing in disguise.
This episode, TV critic Bill Brioux is in conversation with two of the stars of the Citytv series Hudson & Rex. They are Mayko Nguyen, who plays forensics expert Sarah Truong, and Kevin Hanchard, superintendent Joseph Donovan. The actors set up the third season and talk about the challenges of giving their canine costar cues and direction through COVID times while wearing masks. The St. John's based, hour-long drama airs Tuesday nights on Citytv.
Had a lovely chat right before Christmas with Hélène Joy, who stars opposite Yannick Bisson as Dr. Julia Ogden on CBC's #MurdochMysteries. She talks about her roots in Australia where she studied acting with Hugh Jackman. We touch on her roles in Canada on everything from Durham Country to the cult comedy Puppets Who Kill, where her character had to... well, I'll let her tell it. She also talks about how the pandemic year has impacted her personally as well as professionally. Murdoch returns Monday., Jan. 4; to get the scoop on Season 14, listen to the podcast.
It's the most wonderful time of the year for fans of Christmas programming. This episode, we learn from the top organizer how North America's oldest Santa Claus parade will carry on despite COVID. Director Dylan Pearce tells us about his Edmonton-based Super Channel movie "Christmas with a Crown," and there's even a visit from St. Nick himself--who sounds like my ol' comedy partner pal Pat Bullock. Yule be laffin'! Ho-ho-ho!
Ask anyone who has ever acted across from him in a scene: Nicholas Campbell raises the bar. Demanding the best of himself and others has led to stellar work on Da Vinci's Inquest, The Englishman's Boy and now on CBC's Coroner. Then there are the stories along the way; hear him on Laurence Olivier, Donald Sutherland, Gregory Peck, David Cronenberg, Sonny Grosso, Chris Haddock, Don Johnson and many others.
Ron MacLean had to interrupt our podcast to do a COVID test. The veteran host of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada has been the boy in the bubble of late, isolating these days as host of Battle of the Blades. MacLean talks about getting swabbed every 24 hours to do television, about the athletes, male and female, featured this season on Blades and, oh yeah, about where things stand with Don Cherry.
Episode 15: Brent Butt

Episode 15: Brent Butt

2020-10-2250:23

A conversation with Canadian comedian Brent Butt, creator of Corner Gas Animated, The sitcom is back for a third season Monday nights on CTV Comedy Channel. Butt explains how making an animated version of the series has one big advantage: it avoids any COVID-19 shutdowns. Special guests this season include Arcade Fire's Win Barron, SCTV legend Andrea Martin and WWE stars Bret Hart and Trish Stratus.
During a break in production on Season 14 of Murdoch Mysteries, Yannick Bisson candidly takes stock of these COVID times. The father of three, married to his high school sweetheart, talks about how this period of isolation and distancing has affected him personally and professionally. An intimate look at a leading man who never wears out his welcome on television.
Episode 13: Jann Arden

Episode 13: Jann Arden

2020-09-2438:55

The Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter is back with a second season of her CTV comedy JANN (airing Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on CTV). Arden fulfills a lifelong dream and puts "Canada's Sweetheart," Sarah McLachlan, in a headlock in Season Two. She also expresses her recipe for living through these COVID times. It involves a good book, an old dog and bedtime by 8 p.m. C'mon, get happy, and sing along with her favourite TV theme song.
Who better to talk to about television than author, film critic and historian Leonard Maltin? After all, as the New York native explains, "TV was a living museum of movies when I was growing up." That's where he first encountered Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers and all those classic cartoons. Then along came "The Mickey Mouse Club" and before you could say, "Anything Can Happen Day," young Leonard was editing magazines and writing books. Meet the man behind the movie critic in an up close and personal conversation.
How do you explain to a dog that there is a pandemic? That's just one challenge facing Sherri Davis as she and the rest of the cast and crew resume production on Hudson & Rex. The shot-in-St. John's series co-stars Diesel vom Burgimwald, a four-year-old German Shepherd who plays police dog Rex. Sherri explains how she helps Diesel see past the masks in order to follow commands on the Citytv series. She also shares other stories from her dog-gone amazing career as an animal trainer for television.
Besides growing a COVID beard in 2020, I finally jumped into the deep end of the podcast pool. On this shorter-than-usual episode I recap some highlights including clips from conversations with Cardinal star Billy Campbell and Coroner's Roger Cross. There's also a quick look ahead at Season Two conversations with Hudson & Rex dog trainer Sherri Davis as well as author, former New York Times columnist and now CNN docuseries Executive Producer Bill Carter.
Roger Cross co-stars opposite Serinda Swan on the hit CBC drama Coroner. Premiering Aug. 5 on The CW, the series joins a select group of Canadian dramas ever to crack a U.S. network lineup. Raised in Vancouver, the Jamaican-born actor planned on a commercial airline career before roles on The X-Files and 24 changed his flight path. Listen as he tells of acting tips from Billy Dee Williams, meeting Muhammad Ali and 'tooning up as Green Lantern. Cross also shares his passionate views on racial injustice and how he was once told he was not "black enough" for a certain part.
What's it take to land on a top TV sitcom or drama? Here's the guy who knows: Jon Comerford. He's cast many of today's biggest hits, including Schitt's Creek, Cardinal, Star Trek: Discovery, Coroner and, further back, Due South. A fella by the name of Ryan Reynolds got his big break thanks to Jon, who I've known since we were both cub scouts in Etobicoke. Listen as he tells how far he had to cast himself to get to where he is today.
Who's in the middle of rescuing the Canadian television industry during this pandemic? None other than Canada Media Fund president and CEO Valerie Creighton. She very kindly found time to talk about several key issues of the day, including efforts to bridge producers through the pandemic with emergency funding and how television will best soldier on once safe practices are in place. Valerie knows; listen and learn!
Calgary native Andrew Phung recently won his third Best Supporting Actor award for playing Kimchee on the CBC/Netflix comedy Kim's Convenience. The one year he didn't win? The series wasn't eligible! With at least two more seasons on order, the emcee and comedian may have to make more room on his trophy shelf. Phung talks about the thrill of seeing Canadian stories play worldwide; his Vietnamese heritage and why "Star Trek" still rocks.
After four seasons, the Canadian detective drama "Cardinal" bows out on CTV. We reach Canadian Screen Award winner Billy Campbell in southern Norway. The actor, whose body of work includes "Once & Again," "The Rocketeer" and "The Killing," talks about why he considered this taut drama the best working experience of his life. The finale airs Monday, May 11; stream the series at CTV.ca.
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