This week’s podcast: cross Canada check up

November has been a travel blur. I’ve been criss-crossing Canada like Justin Trudeau, checking out new TV production sets in Vancouver and Halifax.
CHML’s Scott Thompson tracked me down at Vancouver’s Fairmont Hotel for our weekly radio chat. The Vancouver landmark offers patrons something I’ve never seen before–dogs you can borrow to take for a walk. It’s the latest in pooch posh.
I tell Scott about CTV’s upcoming crime drama Motive, something the network is calling a “howdunnit.” That’s because viewers learn the identity of the bad guy right up front, but must piece together the how and why right along with the detectives. They’re played by Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira, Roger Cross and Brenden Penny. Lauren Holly plays the squad’s sexy morgue M.D. Lucky stiffs!

Look for Motive to launch in late January/early February.
The series is shot at the Bridge Studios in Burnaby, B.C., the same lot where the ABC/CTV fantasy drama Once Upon a Time is also shot. A small gaggle of us press cats got to check out that soundstage, too. More on that in a future post.
Scott also asks about the renewed Bell-Astral deal, as well as the upcoming Grey Cup in Toronto. Ratings were in the 1.5 million range for the East and West finals last weekend.
Look for the big game to be a big draw on TSN this weekend. The Air Canada flight back from Vancouver was packed with CFL fans, many wearing team colours, with Green Riders and Eskies fans prominent in their green jerseys. One dude already had his helmet on and his sign ready. The name and number on the back of the jersey says it all.
For more TV talk, you can listen in here.

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