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The Killing, The Quest, Sharknado 2 and Hell on Wheels; TV’s must-sees for the week of July 27

- July 27th, 2014

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of July 27:

1) The Killing
Debut of fourth and final season: Sarah (Mireille Enos) made a really questionable decision at the end of season three. She always has been really tough, but is she tough enough to live with what she did?
When: Friday on Netflix

2) Sharknado 2: The Second One
Debut: It’s fin-tastic. See it with a chum. More bite for your buck. Something to chew on. Give it a hand. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are back to battle double shark storms headed for New York City.
When: Wednesday on Space

3) Hell on Wheels
Fourth-season debut: Awaiting the birth of his baby, Cullen (Anson Mount) toils under the thumb of The Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl), while Durant (Colm Meaney) feels the chill after an icy miscalculation.
When: Saturday on AMC

4) The Quest
Debut: This sounds like a reality-competition series for Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings geeks, as 12 contestants are transported into an imaginative realm, with ogres and dragons and a dark lord.
When: Thursday on ABC, City

5) Running Wild With Bear Grylls
Debut: Bear leads actor Zac Efron on a survival journey into the Northeast Appalachian mountain range. But then Zac dances his way out of it, dammit! Take that, danger! East High forever!
When: Monday on NBC, Global

6) The Bridge
Marco (Demian Bichir) gains a new ally while discovering that cartel leader Fausto (Ramon Franco) has a wider reach than anticipated. Meanwhile, a disruption at a local bank provides new intel.
When: Wednesday on FX Canada

7) The Leftovers
A hate crime tests the resolve of Laurie (Amy Brenneman), while Kevin (Justin Theroux) turns down an offer of assistance and Matt (Christopher Eccleston) brings his pulpit to the street.
When: Sunday on HBO Canada

8) Masters of Sex
When Bill (Michael Sheen) delivers a baby with ambiguous genitalia, he encourages the parents not to surgically assign a gender. Meanwhile, Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) learns about Bill’s troubled childhood.
When: Sunday on The Movie Network, Movie Central

9) Under the Dome
After a bad plan by Big Jim (Dean Norris) and Rebecca (Karla Crome) leaves the town divided, Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) takes over as leader of Chester’s Mill. But that’s not actually a paid position any more.
When: Monday on CBS, Global

10) Masters of Illusion
Debut: Hosted by Dean Cain, this series features illusionists performing everything from sleight-of-hand to great escapes, all in front of a live studio audience. I watched it. Or did I?
When: Friday on CW

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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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.”

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv