|The Murdoch Mysteries cast came cas to the CITF red carpet|
Santa Claus, the CFL, Mayor Ford…it seems nothing could stop the Canadian International Television Festival.
The inaugural CITF wrapped up Sunday with a packed house for a meet and greet session with the cast of Murdoch Mysteries. The weekend event wrapped on a busy Sunday in Toronto, with the CFL Eastern Final between the Toronto Argos and the victorious Hamilton Ticats happening down the street at the Rogers Centre, the annual Santa Claus Parade tying up traffic across town and Ford barging around with his exhausting media shenanigans.
Despite all the distractions, 500 happy Murdoch fans packed the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s biggest cinema. They were rewarded with a sneak peak at Monday’s episode, plus plenty of stories from the friendly cast members.
Sunday’s final day of the Canadian International Television Festival also saw two more “Golden Age” TV gems screened at the TV on Film Project.
|Thanks once again to designer daughter Katie Brioux
for the TV on Film Project on-screen graphics
The theatre audience sat through an over-long set up by the comedy team of Burns & Schreiber in order to witness NBC’s 1966 Fall Preview lineup. Two in a Taxi eventually featured clips from Star Trek and The Monkees. ABC’s 1967 reel, A Very Special Season, hypnotized viewers with its repetitive, Spirograph-like images and pounding ’60s rock score–all induced to make viewers not notice that ABC did not have any new hits that season.
As it was, Bell/CTV took full advantage of the TV festival opportunity, presenting a robust slate of domestic projects across several platforms. Festival goers were left with the positive impression that Bell is making and airing more Canadian content than ever.
UPDATE: Go here to “Katie Chats” to see some video coverage of the festival, featuring a red carpet chat with Murdoch stars Yannick Bisson and Helene Joy.