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Heads up, Headstones, Flashpoint, Durham County fans; Hugh Dillon joins AMC’s The Killing

- February 17th, 2013

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Hugh Dillon appears to be “killing it” career-wise in 2013.

Sun Media/QMI Agency has learned that Dillon has been cast in the third season of AMC’s The Killing.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Dillon, formerly the lead actor in both Flashpoint and Durham County.

I loved this show. I mean, I love the shows on AMC, but The Killing was my favourite. I remember watching it in my trailer while doing Flashpoint and thinking, ‘This is an awesome show.’ And so it’s just surreal to be on it.

I start shooting next week,” added Dillon, who currently lives in Los Angeles. “It’s funny, it shoots in Vancouver, so I’m going home (to Canada) to shoot it.”

The Killing is a dark and critically acclaimed series starring Mireille Enos that found itself engulfed in controversy at the end of its first season. The marketing campaign repeatedly had asked the question, “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” but some fans were outraged that a last-minute twist kept that question unanswered heading into season two.

AMC executives were forced to apologize, and the ratings took a hit in season two. The Killing was cancelled by AMC in July 2012, but in January 2013 the network confirmed a change of heart and announced The Killing was returning for a third season.

Besides his new job on The Killing, Dillon has some TV projects in development in Canada, too. And he also is the front man in the reunited Canadian band The Headstones, who have a new album coming out this year.

It kind of felt like business as usual, because Flashpoint usually had a hiatus, so instead of coming back to Flashpoint, all of a sudden it’s AMC and the Headstones,” Dillon said.

(The Killing) is just a quality show in every regard. When you’re a fan of the show and then you get to be on it – I’ve never been in this position. I’ve started shows kind of from the ground up.

So this is just, wow. I’m super-excited.”

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Christoph Waltz a holy terror on ‘SNL’

- February 17th, 2013

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Smile, damn you, smile!

That’s what actor Christoph Waltz ordered us all to do in his opening monologue of  ‘Saturday Night Live’.

So, did we?

Well, there was definitely a sketch or two worth flashing some pearly whites at – but was anyone even watching? Let’s face it – Waltz’s name doesn’t exactly hold a lot of weight with the kids online, and it’s hard hyping a 56-year-old Austrian on the same night as the NBA All-star slam dunk contest.

Those who did check out the show saw Waltz flexing his comedy muscle by playing a game show host, a man in love with a rude, snobby feminist (played by Fred Armisen), and a virginal soul brother who wrecked slow jams with his nerdy lyrics.

But perhaps Waltz’s best performance of the night was as a vengeful Jesus Christ in the pre-recorded movie trailer spoof  “Djesus Uncrossed.”

The trailer is an ingenious mashup of  “Django Unchained” and “Inglourious Basterds” (both Oscar-nominated Quentin Tarantino films starring Waltz) and features a blood-thirsty Jesus gunning down Romans and slicing through their heads ‘Walking-Dead’ style.

Some of the best lines of ‘Djesus’:

“He may be wearing sandals, but he can still kick ass.”

And this one:

“When you get to heaven, say hi to my dad.”

Check it out here and let me know what you think. Did you watch ‘SNL’ last night? How did you think Christoph Waltz fared? Let me know in the comment section.

The Amazing Cult on the March to the Jeselnik Offensive; TV must-sees for this week

- February 17th, 2013

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of Feb. 17:

 

1) The Amazing Race

Why you should watch: So, everybody keeps trying to tell me what a “small world” it is. So how is it that this series is entering its 22nd season (participants are pictured above) and they still keep finding exotic places to visit in different countries? Ex-NHL player Bates Battaglia is one of the competitors this time.
When: Sunday on CBS, CTV

 

2) Cult

Why you should watch: In the series debut, investigative journalist Jeff Sefton (Matt Davis) begins to delve into the dark underworld of a TV show called Cult, and its super-devoted fans. Yes, it’s one of those show-within-a-show things.

When: Tuesday on CW, CTV Two

 

3) Killing Lincoln

Why you should watch: Narrated on-screen by Tom Hanks and starring Billy Campbell in the title role, this two-hour historical drama isn’t a biopic, but rather focuses specifically on the assassination of the 16th president of the United States.

When: Sunday on National Geographic Channel

 

4) Leverage

Why you should watch: In the series finale, Nate (Timothy Hutton) takes a case linked to his son’s death. But when the job goes bad, Interpol interrogates Nate and tries to figure out not only what went wrong, but also what he really was seeking.

When: Monday on Super Channel

 

5) March to the Top

Why you should watch: A documentary about emotional and physical rehabilitation as 12 injured Canadian soldiers attempt to work together to climb the 20,305-foot Island Peak in Nepal.

When: Full-length version Sunday on Documentary Channel; one-hour version Monday on CBC

 

6) Come Date With Me

Why you should watch: An offshoot of the series Come Dine With Me, this new foray sees four eligible suitors try to out-dine, out-shine and out-date each other for the heart of one hottie. You know, just like every night in all bars.

When: Wednesday on W

 

7) The Jeselnik Offensive

Why you should watch: Comedian Anthony Jeselnik has produced some of the most fearless, or offensive, or hilarious Tweets (depending upon your point of view) that I ever have read. You may have seen him on some of those celebrity roasts. Now he gets his own series.

When: Tuesday on Comedy

 

8) Revenge

Why you should watch: The Graysons host their annual Labour Day party – my God, these people throw a lot of parties. Meanwhile, Jack and “Faux-manda” embark upon what is sure to be a stress-free honeymoon.

When: Sunday on ABC, City

 

9) The Good Wife

Why you should watch: Tensions flare when Will and Diane ask Alicia and Cary to face off against them in a mock trial. Hey, remember “Mock Trial with J. Reinhold” on Arrested Development? Now that was funny.

When: Sunday on CBS, Global

 
10) Once Upon a Time

Why you should watch: While Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle), Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Henry (Jared Gilmore) seek out Mr. Gold’s son in New York, Regina (Lana Parrilla) attempts to track down one of Rumplestiltskin’s most treasured possessions back in Storybrooke.

When: Sunday on ABC, CTV

 

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv