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The hills are alive with Martians and asteroids in Mob City? Must-sees for the week of Dec. 1

- November 29th, 2013

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of Dec. 1

1 The Sound of Music Live!
As the title suggests, this is a live telecast based on the stage version of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Carrie Underwood (Maria) and Stephen Moyer (Captain von Trapp) star.
When: Thursday on NBC, City

2 Return to Downton Abbey
Host Susan Sarandon looks back at the first three years of this lush early 20th century-set drama, and also looks ahead to the fourth season, which makes its North American debut on Jan. 5, 2014.
When: Sunday on PBS

3 Futurama
Haven’t we been through this before? These guys have more series finales than the Who have farewell tours. Anyway, in what purports to be the REAL series finale, Fry asks Leela to marry him.
When: Thursday on Teletoon

4 Mob City
Based on a true story, this series follows the decade-long battle in 1940s Los Angeles between the mob and the police. Jon Bernthal, Ed Burns, Milo Ventimiglia, Robert Knepper and Neal McDonough star.
When: Wednesday on Bravo

5 Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans
Patrick Dempsey the actor bluntly has voiced his complete and utter boredom with his continuing role as “McDreamy” on Grey’s Anatomy. That just pays the bills. Car racing apparently is his real love.
When: Sunday on Discovery World

6 Mission Asteroid
Airing as part of the Doc Zone series, this examines what would happen if the Earth were pummeled by asteroids, as the threat of such a thing actually appears to be increasing.
When: Thursday on CBC

7 Christmas in Conway
Andy Garcia and Mary-Louise Parker star in this made-for-TV movie about a man who wants to build a ferris wheel in his backyard as a romantic gesture. Um, do the town bylaws enforcers know about this?
When: Sunday on ABC

8 Treme
The fourth and final season of this New Orleans-set series, which follows people trying to rebuild their lives post-Hurricane Katrina, begins in November 2008 as residents celebrate Barack Obama’s election.
When: Sunday on HBO Canada

9 The Great Martian War
Okay, I know it sounds confusing. But this is a Canadian film that re-imagines the years 1913-1917 with humankind fighting a war against extraterrestrial invaders. And you thought the Kaiser was tough.
When: Thursday on History

10 Once Upon a Time
Regina (Lana Parrilla) decides to adopt a baby. I would hope that a mere Google search by adoption authorities would turn up the term “Evil Queen.”
When: Sunday on ABC, CTV

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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

Evil Queen applies for job at CTV

- June 1st, 2012

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“Lana Parrilla, thanks for coming in. We’ll keep your resume on file. Our people will be in touch.”

That’s how my interview with Lana Parrilla ended at the Bell Media/CTV upfront event in Toronto on Thursday.

The interview had taken place in PR whiz Amanda Rinaldo’s office at the CTV building downtown, which actually was a perfect place – private, quiet – to have a chat. But it also led to a running gag, since I was seated behind the desk, and when Parrilla came in, it was as if she were interviewing for a job.

As Parrilla walked out, the joke continued as I bellowed “next applicant,” and Jordana Spiro from The Mob Doctor entered the office for our interview.

Later in the office of another PR whiz, Mary Costa, it was Kyle Bornheimer of The Family Tools behind the desk, and I was the one applying for the job. Kyle ended our interview by saying, “We’ve seen some pictures of you on Facebook that we aren’t completely comfortable with, so don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

CTV had a thick list of talent for its upfront. Stephen Amell of Arrow impressed me with his appropriately green socks, although he insisted it was a personal fashion choice, not a contractual obligation. I had a great chat with Hayden Panettiere of Nashville about how her career seems to be going in something of a diabolical direction. The story I wrote about that, as well as the scheduling of Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management and other things at the CTV upfront, for Sun Media/QMI Agency can be found here.

Who knew that women loved Shemar Moore of Criminal Minds so much? I haven’t felt so out of touch since last year’s Anderson Cooper incident (column here).

Anyway, The ladies went crazy on Thursday when Moore took the stage at the upfront presentation. Later, I hear people almost fainted when Moore was posing for pictures with some of the advertising folks and he took off his shirt.

In support, I also took off my shirt. Reaction: Different.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv