A Canadian drama about drug smuggling mennonites? Based on true stories? That could never last, right? Well, yes and no. CBC order it then cancelled it after a short, six-episode season. It’s now three years later and two other networks — Super Channel in Canada and WGR in the United States — are premiering a
Here’s a happy report on a Canadian series with a second lease on life: Pure. The drug-running drama about Mennonites and the mob is miraculously back after being canceled in 2017 by CBC. Distributor Cineflix wouldn’t quit on the show, needing a second season at least to land deals in America (at WGN) and elsewhere.
Comedies mixed with elements of horror have long been staples of movies and TV. The latest example: Cavendish, a new sitcom created by Canadian stand-up/sketch comedians Mark Little and Andy Bush. The former Picnicface co-founders have teamed on this shot-in-Nova Scotia and P.E.I. project, which premieres Tuesday night at 9:30 on CBC — right after the
Tired of coming here and being forced to read? Want to simply hear me yakking about television in the background while you goof off at home or at work? Here’s a link to a radio interview I did earlier this week with news anchor Sheldon MacLeod at Halifax’s News 95.7. Sheldon broke the news to
After eight seasons, Mr. D airs its final episode tonight on CBC. That’s a long run in Canadian television, especially for a sitcom. Corner Gas, for example, lasted six seasons (although it chalked up more episodes). The King of Kensington reigned for five. Schitt’s Creek returns for its fifth season in January. I happened to
Last July when I was in Halifax to interview the cast and producers of Pure I squeezed in a second set visit opportunity. A few kilometers away, Gerry Dee and the cast and crew of CBC’s Mr. Dee were wrapping up their eighth and final season, so I thought I’d better hurry on over before
Pure fans, your prayers have been answered. Super Channel has resurrected thee Mennonite mob drama for a second season. The series seemed deader than a Roseanne revival after CBC walked away after six episodes. That was a blow to the Halifax production community, coming on the heels of other series shut downs in the wake of
It’s new year, Jacob, so walk away from ye (snow) plow; CBC has a barn full of new TV shows comin’ atcha. This week is especially big with the premiere of the Menonnite drug drama Pure Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. That’s followed Tuesday by the third season premiere of the hit comedy Schitt’s Creek and the series debut