Q&A with Gerry Dee on the finale season of Mr. D

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… Read on



Halifax remains Pure thanks to Super Channel

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… Read on


Savvy moves shore up CBC’s fall schedule

CBC is back in business with The Junos! Much was made of this re-acquisition at CBC’s Upfront Wednesday in Toronto. Canada’s annual music awards showcase did seem to shed viewers the last few years at CTV, and CBC won praise for that Tragically Hip concert (to be re-broadcast June 24), so why not. Let’s bring back… Read on


Pure, Schitt: CBC starts 2017 off with ye bang

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… Read on



SET VISIT: Halifax puts happy cast in a Pure state

DARTMOUTH, N.S. — When I first heard CBC was doing a series about Mennonites dealing meth I went, “Whaaat?” That was back in the spring during CBC’s annual upfront presentation in Toronto. Among the talent they had assembled for interviews were the producers of Pure, who described it as an Amish Breaking Bad. At that point,… Read on


CBC draws curtain on 2016-17 with a lite launch

They had to know the risk. The headlines: “Curtains for CBC!” Thursday in Toronto at their rapidly rented-out broadcast bunker, CBC held it’s annual fall launch in Toronto. Reporters were lifted up to the 10th floor in service elevators and led down hallways where bare walls were wrapped in thousands of yards of curtains and drapes.… Read on