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Pretty Little Liars come Full Circle with a Crisis of Continuum? TV must-sees for the week of March 16

- March 14th, 2014

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of March 16

1 Continuum
Third-season debut: Kiera (Rachel Nichols) jeopardizes everything to stop Alec (Erik Knudsen) from altering history in his mission to save Emily (Magda Apanowicz). But can Kiera’s new allies be trusted? Experience suggests no.
When: Sunday on Showcase

2 Crisis
Debut: The children of Washington’s elite are on a school trip when their bus is ambushed on a secluded road. Who are the kidnappers and what do they want? With Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney and Rachael Taylor.
When: Sunday on NBC

3 Pretty Little Liars
Fourth-season finale: After years of questions surrounding the night Alison (Sasha Pieterse) disappeared, her four best friends – played by Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson and Troian Bellisario – finally learn what happened.
When: Tuesday on M3

4 The 100
Debut: The only human survivors of nuclear destruction were in orbit, on space stations. Now, a century and three generations later, 100 juvenile prisoners secretly have been sent back to Earth, to see if it’s inhabitable.
When: Wednesday on CW

5 Glee
This is the 100th episode. In some ways doesn’t it feel as if this show has been around longer than that? Anyway, past and current members of New Directions gather to reminisce and reinvent their favourite performances.
When: Tuesday on Fox, City

6 Doll & Em
Debut with back-to-back episodes: Real-life best friends Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) and Dolly West portray fictionalized versions of themselves in this semi-improvised comedy about an actress who hires her pal as a personal assistant.
When: Wednesday on HBO Canada

7 Love Under Cuban Skies
Documentary debut: Apparently there’s a steady stream of Canadian women partaking in sex tourism in Cuba. Many merely are looking for a little excitement. But some wind up bringing their new lovers back up north.
When: Thursday on CBC

8 Resurrection
Bellamy (Omar Epps) gets some help from Maggie (Devin Kelley) as he pushes hard for permission to exhume the tomb of Jacob (Landon Gimenez). Meanwhile, Pastor Tom (Mark Hildreth) reaches out to his childhood friend.
When: Sunday on ABC, City

9 Full Circle
Canadian debut: From DirecTV in the U.S., each episode has two characters talking in a restaurant. The next episode has one of those characters back, alongside a new character, and so on. Minka Kelly and Tom Felton get it started.
When: Thursday on Super Channel

10 Colin and Justin’s Cabin Pressure
Debut: The latest of many TV series from well-known Scottish interior designers Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan. In this one, they’re searching for a Canadian cottage in Muskoka on which to put their own stamp. Look out, loons!
When: Tuesday on Cottage Life

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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Trailer Park Boys on Netflix; please, don’t be awful

- March 6th, 2014

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Is this really a good idea?

True, the Trailer Park Boys never have been known for good ideas. It was their non-stop bad ideas that made them funny in the first place.

But sometimes things get to a point where you just think to yourself, “OK, guys, too much.” And I must admit, that was my first reaction to the news that two new “seasons” of Trailer Park Boys are coming to Netflix.

Season eight, consisting of 10 episodes, will be on Netflix this fall. According to the release from Netflix, Ricky (Robb Wells) recently harvested an enormous weed crop which he successfully has hidden in the walls of his trailer; Julian (John Paul Tremblay) has opened a bar and gym in his trailer; and Bubbles (Mike Smith) is in the process of opening what he calls a “Shed and Breakfast” business.

In addition to the series, Netflix will debut three stand-alone specials: Community Service Special, Swearnet Special and Trailer Park Boys Xmas; and two all-new feature films: Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It, and Swearnet, which will come to the service following their theatrical premieres this year.

That’s a LOT of new Trailer Park Boys content, especially given the massive amount of existing Trailer Park Boys content from their Showcase days that you can access on Netflix, too.

Hey, have the Trailer Park Boys made me laugh in the past? Yes, very hard. I went from being shocked by the series when I first saw it to being a big fan. And if the Trailer Park Boys have cut this deal, good for them. The entertainment business is tough, people gotta work.

But as a content consumer, I am wary of this. Sometimes comedy is “of its day.”

We can’t miss the Trailer Park Boys if they keep coming back. I just don’t want this to be awful, you know?

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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Will Star-Crossed and Jimmy Fallon appeal to Generation Like? Must-sees for the week

- February 15th, 2014

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of Feb. 16

1) The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Debut: Fallon becomes the sixth host in the history of this fabled late-night talk-show franchise, following Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, and then Jay Leno again.
When: Monday on NBC, CTV Two

2) Generation Like
Debut: Many teens today truly don’t understand the term “selling out.” This doc examines how kids are more than willing to work tirelessly for free online to market products, such as movies, to other teens.
When: Tuesday on PBS

3) Star-Crossed
Debut: Aimee Teegarden and Matt Lanter star as teens trying to overcome the prejudices of their respective peoples. Oh, did I mention Lanter’s character is an alien? That’s kind of important to know.
When: Monday on CW

4) Lost Girl
Season-four finale: Bo (Anna Silk) is forced to make the toughest decision of her life if she hopes to stop evil from bringing destruction to her world. No Fae-king this time.
When: Sunday on Showcase

5) About a Boy
Debut: Following nightly Olympics coverage, this is a sneak peak of a new sitcom that ultimately will air Tuesdays, on NBC and Global. David Walton, Minnie Driver and Benjamin Stockham star.
When: Saturday on NBC

6) Darknet
Debut: This horror anthology series shows the lives of everyday people being interrupted by vivid instances of unexpected strangeness or violence. Just in case you weren’t stressed out enough already.
When: Friday on Super Channel

7) Castle
Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) take on the case of a high school mean girl who apparently was murdered by someone with telekinetic powers. More proof, thinking too much kills.
When: Sunday on CTV, Monday on ABC

8) Intelligence
Gabriel (Josh Holloway) and Cybercom investigate when artificial-intelligence scientists are infected and eventually killed by microscopic robots. That’s pretty much the scariest thing I’ve ever heard.
When: Monday on CBS, CTV

9) The Following
While Joe (James Purefoy) acclimatizes himself to his new surroundings, Emma (Valorie Curry) realizes that she is in dangerous company. Hey, if Emma’s scared, we all should be, too.
When: Monday on Fox, CTV

10) Shameless
Fiona (Emmy Rossum) goes to jail while Frank (William H. Macy) wakes up in the emergency room. Um, philosophically speaking, couldn’t all episodes of this series end up that way?
When: Sunday on The Movie Network, Monday on Movie Central

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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Survivorman gets Bitten by Killer Women in Four Rooms at Downton Abbey? Must-sees for the week

- January 4th, 2014

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of Jan. 5

1 Downton Abbey
Fourth-season debut: This already has aired in Britain, so be aware that the internet is crawling with spoilers. But you know Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) will continue to resist the changing times.
When: Sunday on PBS

2 Helix
Debut: No, this is not a documentary about the 1980s Canadian hard-rock band. Rather, it’s about a team of scientists trying to stop a disease outbreak that could doom the world. Billy Campbell stars.
When: Friday on Showcase

3 Four Rooms
Debut: You have an item you’ve been hanging onto for years. What’s it worth? The twist with this show is, once you’ve turned down an offer, you can’t go back to it. Reshmi Nair hosts.
When: Sunday on CBC

4 Chicago P.D.
Debut: From producer Dick Wolf, this is a spinoff series from Chicago Fire, which is in only its second season but really has re-invented the procedural. This new show stars Jason Beghe and Sophia Bush.
When: Wednesday on NBC, Global

5 Survivorman
Sixth-season debut: Les Stroud finds a new home on a new channel. Well, I say “new home” in the philosophical sense, since each episode starts with him stranded in a remote location. Buy a map, Les!
When: Wednesday on Travel + Escape

6 Intelligence
Debut: Josh Holloway plays a high-tech operative who has a super-computer microchip in his brain. This means he always has access to internet, phone and satellite data. But is his WiFi ever spotty?
When: Tuesday on CBS, CTV

7 Enlisted
Debut: Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young star in this sitcom as three brothers who are getting to know each other again on a small Florida army base. Sort of a Gomer Pyle for the 21st century.
When: Friday on Fox, City

8 The Best Laid Plans
Debut: Political satire about a man trying to get out of politics, played by Jonas Chernick, who is given one last menial task: Run an election campaign in a can’t-win riding. You can guess what happens.
When: Sunday on CBC

9 Killer Women
Debut: Tricia Helfer plays Molly Parker, one of the first women in the elite group of law-enforcement agents known as the Texas Rangers. Executive-produced by Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara.
When: Tuesday on ABC, City

10 Bitten
Debut: Laura Vandervoort plays a female werewolf who is just trying to break away from the pack and live her own life. Can she forget her family ties and repress her own instincts? That’s a howl.
When: Saturday on Space

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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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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