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Bomb Girls consult The Audience about Surviving Jack; TV must-sees for the week of March 23

- March 23rd, 2014

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of March 23

1 Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy
Finale: In a two-hour made-for-TV movie to wrap up this previously cancelled series, it’s the spring of 1943, and Gladys (Jodi Balfour, pictured above right) covertly is recruited to sniff out a traitorous saboteur working at Victory Munitions.
When: Thursday on Global

2 Girls
Third-season finale: Self-obsessed Hannah (Lena Dunham) gets some news that could change the direction of her stalled career on the very day that her boyfriend Adam (Adam Driver) is set to debut on Broadway.
When: Sunday on HBO Canada

3 Surviving Jack
Debut: It’s the early 1990s – that’s what the music tells us, anyway – in this sitcom about a gruff dad, played by Christopher Meloni, who suddenly must take more of a day-to-day interest in the lives of his teenage kids.
When: Thursday on Fox, CTV

4 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
First-season finale: An investigation by Jake (Andy Samberg) into a popular civic leader is shut down by higher-ups. When Jake won’t drop it, there could be serious consequences – well, “sitcom serious,” anyway.
When: Tuesday on Fox, City

5 Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge
Debut: Cookie Monster had to start somewhere. This reality-competition series sees 10 hopeful innovators vying for jobs in magical Muppet-land. One of the judges is Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson.
When: Tuesday on Space

6 Kroll Show
Second-season finale: Sketches include the PR tag team known as PubLizity (Kroll and Jenny Slate) organizing a red-carpet gala for Blisteritos. Also, C-Czar graduates from Dad Academy and Rich Dicks throw a party.
When: Tuesday on Much

7 Kids’ Choice Awards
Live: This 27th annual event is hosted by Mark Wahlberg, who is no kid any more. But the focus of the evening will be all those pop-culture things that most adults likely don’t understand, and the second you do understand them, they’re passe.
When: Saturday on YTV, Nickelodeon

8 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers: South Africa
Debut: As a follow-up to his cross-country adventures in Canada, Boorman and producer/director Russ Malkin embark upon a similar trek in distinctly different territory. To sum up, fewer polar bears, more tigers.
When: Wednesday on Discovery World

9 Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan
Second-season debut: The host embarks upon a Kenyan safari to track down the aggressive and deadly giant spitting cobra. And for anyone who didn’t see the first season, yes, Monaghan is doing this on purpose.
When: Tuesday on OLN

10 The Audience
Debut: Faced with life-changing decisions, individuals volunteer to have their situations scrutinized by 50 strangers. At the end of each episode, a verdict is delivered. Because group choices always are the best choices … right?
When: Thursday on W

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Some curses have bright sides if you’re a Lost Girl

- November 7th, 2013

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Open up your mind – and your mouth – to the possibilities, Anna Silk.

As the lead character in Lost Girl, which returns for its fourth season Sunday, Nov. 10 on Showcase, Silk plays a succubus named Bo. In a promotional clip for the fourth season, Bo says, “Sometimes it’s a curse to have a kiss that kills.”

Well, you know, maybe not always. What if Bo had, say, a lay-about, no-good-nik husband who really was starting to annoy her? Just give him a little peck on the lips.

I can hear Bo subsequently saying, “I just don’t understand what happened to my husband, officer. It’s not as if I’m a succubus or anything, because they don’t exist, right?”

Well, they certainly exist in the world of Lost Girl.

Season four of the acclaimed series sees fate casting a wide shadow over the Fae world (as if that hasn’t always been the case). The line between Dark and Light Fae is blurred, causing Bo and her cohorts – Ksenia Solo as Kenzi, Kris Holden-Ried as Dyson, Zoie Palmer as Lauren, Rick Howland as Trick and K.C. Collins as Hale – to realize that regardless of the challenges they face, united they stand and divided they fall, to quote an old song.

Paul Amos returns as the Dark Fae Mesmer, Vex, and Emmanuelle Vaugier reprises her role as the Dark Fae leader, The Morrigan. The fourth season also features an impressive lineup of guest stars, including George Takei, Linda Hamilton, Mia Kirshner, Kyle Schmid and Ali Liebert.

Helping to kick off the 13-episode fourth season is a pre-show special on Showcase. What’s more, Showcase.ca has a four-part original web series comprised of short vignettes that bridge the story between seasons three and four.

Lost Girl has boasted one of the most loyal fan bases on television since the show debuted all the way back in 2010. Viewers always have been eager to embrace Anna Silk’s Bo.

Just don’t kiss her, though. Immediate pleasure notwithstanding, it won’t end well for you.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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History haunts Charlotte Hegele of Bomb Girls; but seriously, it’s a good thing

- December 28th, 2012

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The past keeps calling to Charlotte Hegele.

Not in a ghostly kind of way.

But the Canadian actress keeps getting cast in period pieces. She’s one of the series leads in Bomb Girls, which returns for its second season, Wednesday, Jan. 2 on Global.

Bomb Girls, of course, focuses on a group of Canadian women working at a munitions factory during World War II.

“The thing with women in period pieces is that they tend to be a bit demure and a bit reserved, which is something that I guess I am,” said Hegele, who is pictured at far right in the above photo, and also below.

“So I guess it comes naturally to me, as opposed to someone who is a bit more assertive and aggressive. Although I still can do that, and I’m eager to play parts like that, I just haven’t had an opportunity to do it yet.

“But yes, I love period pieces and I keep getting cast in them. I think it must be the demeanor that I sometimes give off.”

Starring alongside Ali Liebert, Jodi Balfour and Meg Tilly (pictured above left to right) in Bomb Girls, Hegele plays Kate Andrews, a young woman who comes from a maniacally religious and abusive upbringing.

In season one, Kate winds up working at the munitions factory after escaping from her controlling father, only to have him track her down at season’s end.

Without revealing anything specific, there is a substantial development to Kate’s story line in the debut episode of season two.

“I got (the scripts for episodes) one and two at the same time, before we started shooting, and it was shocking,” Hegele said.

“Well, maybe I wasn’t totally shocked, because you knew something had to happen with Kate. But it was interesting that it happened in the first episode, that it happened so quickly.”

Kate’s link with her best friend Betty McRae (Liebert) also gets more intense due to the new circumstances. And that already was a complex relationship, with Betty having romantic feelings for Kate at a time when such things were not even remotely socially acceptable.

“Within each subsequent episode, my character goes through different phases of dealing with what happens,” Hegele said. “So in that sense, it wasn’t so much my choices in how to play it, the actions were written already for me.

“But the thing with Kate is that she’s very good at compartmentalizing parts of her life. She’s wired in a way that I’m not, and most people aren’t.”

Then again, as Hegele pointed out, the era in which Bomb Girls is set plays a part in that, too.

“Horrible things sometimes happen to everyone, and yet somehow most people still function,” Hegele said.

“Having this story take place during World War II, the characters kind of understand that your purpose is not just to find your own identity. It’s to be part of the larger picture, to be part of the war effort.”

Charlotte Hegele certainly has great perspective on her role in Bomb Girls. But as accomplished as she is with period pieces, shouldn’t her next role be in a project that’s set, like, 60 years in the future, to balance things out?

“Yes, definitely,” Hegele said with a laugh. “I need a character that’s fighting aliens or something.”

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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