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Alison Gillmor 4 minute read Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

The Last of Us, a best-selling 2013 videogame set against a post-apocalyptic landscape, is now a nine-episode HBO series (on Crave, Sundays at 8 p.m.).

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Star Trek rogue John de Lancie leans in to narrator role for Peer Gynt with WSO

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Star Trek rogue John de Lancie leans in to narrator role for Peer Gynt with WSO

Alan Small 6 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Few can snap their fingers so audibly, and so famously, as John de Lancie.

It’s a handy skill for an actor who plays an omnipotent alien that can change the universe with the snap of his fingers while making life miserable for Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation and other series in the franchise that explore “Space, the final frontier.”

Q, de Lancie’s roguish character that returned to the small screen last year in the Star Trek offshoot Picard, has become the actor’s calling card in the science-fiction realm.

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John de Lancie, who plays Q in Star Trek, will narrate a performance of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt alongside the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

New grant for Indigenous filmmakers launched in honour of Jeff Barnaby

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New grant for Indigenous filmmakers launched in honour of Jeff Barnaby

Noel Ransome, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

TORONTO - Sarah Del Seronde is a big believer in interrogating the word "legacy," particularly as it relates to her late husband, the filmmaker Jeff Barnaby.

Seronde, who is also a filmmaker, said it feels strange to switch from being Barnaby's partner to talking about the impact of his work now that he's gone.

“His work is still continuing, so I guess the word legacy feels finite," she said.

Before his death in October, the 46-year-old had an outsized influence on Indigenous storytelling — and Seronde said that part of his work is ongoing.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Director Jeff Barnaby is pictured as he promotes the film "Blood Quantum" at the Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Last week, Netflix and imagineNATIVE announced the Jeff Barnaby Grant in honour of his contributions to Indigenous narrative sovereignty, genre film, and Canadian cinema. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Lloyd Morrisett, who helped launch ‘Sesame Street,’ dies

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Lloyd Morrisett, who helped launch ‘Sesame Street,’ dies

Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Lloyd Morrisett, the co-creator of the beloved children's education TV series “Sesame Street,” which uses empathy and fuzzy monsters like Abby Cadabby, Elmo and Cookie Monster to charm and teach generations around the world, has died. He was 93.

Morrisett’s death was announced Monday by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit he helped establish under the name the Children’s Television Workshop. No cause of death was given.

In a statement, Sesame Workshop hailed Morrisett as a “wise, thoughtful, and above all kind leader” who was “constantly thinking about new ways” to educate.

Morrisett and Joan Ganz Cooney worked with Harvard University developmental psychologist Gerald Lesser to build the show’s unique approach to teaching that now reaches 120 million children. Legendary puppeteer Jim Henson supplied the critters.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

FILE - Honoree Lloyd Morrisett attends the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Washington. Morrisett, the co-creator of the beloved children's education TV series “Sesame Street,” which uses empathy and fuzzy monsters like Abby Cadabby, Elmo and Cookie Monster to charm and teach generations around the world, has died. He was 93. Morrisett’s death was announced Tuesday by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit he helped establish under the name the Children’s Television Workshop. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Indigenous music series launches third season

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Indigenous music series launches third season

AV Kitching 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

The third season of a video series highlighting live performances and original new music by First Nation, Métis and Inuit artists will première on Facebook and YouTube on Jan. 20.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Ila Barker (right) and vocalist Hera Nalam, record a session for Talking Stick at the Southeast Resource Development Council’s Wellness Lodge. (Supplied)

Ryan Reynolds, Catherine O’Hara among stars set for special Canadian Screen Awards

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Ryan Reynolds, Catherine O’Hara among stars set for special Canadian Screen Awards

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

TORONTO - "Deadpool" actor Ryan Reynolds has RSVP'd for this year's Canadian Screen Awards, assuring the Toronto bash some high-voltage star power.

Reynolds says in a release from gala organizers that he's grateful to learn he's won a humanitarian prize and is "excited to accept the award in person this April."

The A-lister is among special honourees including Marvel's "Shang-Chi" star Simu Liu who is getting the Radius Award for global success, and "SCTV" and "Schitt's Creek" star Catherine O’Hara, who is getting an icon award for exceptional, ongoing contributions to the industry.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television says former CTV anchor Lisa LaFlamme will receive the Gordon Sinclair Award for her "exceptional body of work in broadcast journalism," while Pierre Bruneau, longtime news anchor with Quebec network TVA, is getting a lifetime achievement award.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

Actor Ryan Reynolds and "Cityline" host Tracy Moore will be among the Special Award honourees at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. Reynolds attends a premiere at The Shed at Hudson Yards on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in New York. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Invision-Charles Sykes

‘Mayor of Kingstown’ co-creator Hugh Dillon on show star Jeremy Renner’s recovery

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‘Mayor of Kingstown’ co-creator Hugh Dillon on show star Jeremy Renner’s recovery

Noel Ransome, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

TORONTO - Hugh Dillon, lead vocalist of the rock band Headstones and co-creator of the TV series “Mayor of Kingstown,” doesn’t mince words when asked about his recently injured co-star Jeremy Renner.

"He's a family member. I'll tell you, I'd never been so shocked. He's like a brother," Dillon said during an interview ahead of Sunday's season 2 premiere of the Paramount Plus series, which he was supposed to be promoting alongside 52-year-old “Avengers” actor.

“I completely forgot about the show; I only cared about Jeremy.”

On Jan. 1, Renner suffered orthopedic injuries and blunt chest trauma as a result of a snow plow accident in Reno, Nev. At the time, the accident left the actor in stable but critical condition, leaving his fate up to speculation.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Actor Jeremy Renner is pictured as Mike McCluskey in the show "Mayor of Kingstown." THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Paramount **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Corus Entertainment reports Q1 profit and revenue down from year ago

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Corus Entertainment reports Q1 profit and revenue down from year ago

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

TORONTO - Corus Entertainment Inc. reported its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as its revenue also moved lower.

The television and radio company says it earned $31.4 million in net income attributable to shareholders or 16 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Nov. 30.

The result compared with a profit of $76.2 million or 36 cents per diluted share in the same quarter a year earlier.

Revenue totalled $431.2 million, down from $463.9 million a year earlier.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

The new Corus logo at Corus Quay in Toronto is photographed on Friday, June 22, 2018. Corus Entertainment Inc. reported its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as its revenue also moved lower. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

‘Wong & Winchester’ leads hope viewers will root for the scrappy duo in Citytv comedy

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‘Wong & Winchester’ leads hope viewers will root for the scrappy duo in Citytv comedy

Christian Collington, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

TORONTO - Grace Lynn Kung says “Wong & Winchester” is the show she always dreamt of doing.

The “Sort Of” actor says she’s been fortunate working onheavier and critically acclaimed projects, but her heart has always leaned towards comedy and drama.

“I love that our show is both serious and ridiculous,” said Kung, who is one of the leads in the upcoming prime-time Citytv series about two fumbling private detectives solving cases in Montreal. “I really love the dialogue.”

She also says the show's tone finds a balance by having gentle and caring moments between the two main characters — Marissa Wong, an unpleasant ex-cop and Sarah Winchester, a somewhat pampered young millennial keener — showcasing their dynamic while leaning into dark humour.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Actors Grace Lynn Kung (left) and Sofia Banzhaf (right) are shown in a scene from the show “Wong & Winchester.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CityTV **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Astronaut Chris Hadfield to guest star on ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ episode Monday

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield to guest star on ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ episode Monday

Noel Ransome, The Canadian Press 2 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

TORONTO - Astronaut Chris Hadfield's next adventure will be a blast to the past with an upcoming guest role on "Murdoch Mysteries."

The retired space veteran will add another notch to his modest acting career through a small part on an episode of the detective series set to air Monday on CBC and CBC Gem.

The storyline follows the pending arrival of Halley’s comet which has left Constable George Crabtree and the constabulary to contend with hysterical citizens portending the end of the world, and a doomsayer who is murdered.

Hadfield plays a self-proclaimed “Rocketman,” who thinks that the populace should instead be embracing the once-in-a-lifetime event.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Former astronaut Chris Hadfield attends the Canada's Walk of Fame event in Toronto on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's next adventure will be a blast to the past with an upcoming guest role on “Murdoch Mysteries." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Mattea Roach to appear on “Jeopardy! Masters” spinoff show

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Mattea Roach to appear on “Jeopardy! Masters” spinoff show

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

TORONTO - Canadian "Jeopardy" champion Mattea Roach will face off against other elite players in a new spinoff picked up by ABC.

"Jeopardy! Masters" will pit six recent super-champions against each other.

A different combination of competitors will play two "high-stakes games" in each hour-long episode.

The first class of "masters" will also include Matt Amodio, Sam Buttrey, Andrew He, James Holzhauer and Amy Schneider.

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

This image released by Sony Pictures Television shows Mattea Roach, a Canadian contestant on the game show "Jeopardy!" Canadian "Jeopardy" champion Mattea Roach will face off against her peers in a new spinoff show just picked up by ABC. "Jeopardy! Masters" will pit six recent super-champions against each other. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tyler Golden-Sony Pictures Television via AP *MANDATORY CREDIT*

List of nominees for the 2023 SAG Awards

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List of nominees for the 2023 SAG Awards

The Associated Press 3 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nominations for the 29th annual Screen Actor Guild Awards, which will be handed out on Feb. 26 in Los Angeles and shown live on Netflix:

FILM

Ensemble: “Babylon”; “The Banshees of Inisherin”; “Everything Everywhere All at Once”; “The Fabelmans”; ““Women Talking.”

Male actor in a leading role: Austin Butler, “Elvis”; Colin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin”; Brendan Fraser, “The Whale”; Bill Nighy, “Living”; Adam Sandler, “Hustler.”

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

This image released by A24 Films shows, from left, Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in a scene from, "Everything Everywhere All At Once." (Allyson Riggs/A24 Films via AP)

Dive into some promising debuts while awaiting return small-screen faves

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Dive into some promising debuts while awaiting return small-screen faves

Jen Zoratti 4 minute read Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

Already, 2023 is shaping up to be a banner year for the small screen.

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Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

Nico Parker, left, and Pedro Pascal in The Last of Us, HBO's upcoming video-game adaptation. (HBO)

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

The Associated Press 1 minute read Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas; Reps. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Andy Barr, R-Ky.; U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn.

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NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and James Comer, R-Ky.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas; Reps. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Andy Barr, R-Ky.; U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn.

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NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and James Comer, R-Ky.

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New this week: Margo Price and ‘Gold, Lies & Videotape’

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New this week: Margo Price and ‘Gold, Lies & Videotape’

The Associated Press 5 minute read Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week.

MOVIES

— In “I Didn't See You There,” filmmaker Reid Davenport captures his perspective navigating the world in a wheelchair as a disabled man with cerebral palsy. The film, which premieres Monday as part of PBS's “POV,” is a portrait of the challenges many with disabilities face and their often invisible struggle. (In one scene, Davenport is stuck on an airplane after landing.) But it's also the work of a keenly observant filmmaker, with an eye for beauty and a uniquely poetic point of view. Davenport shot this autobiographical film largely with a handheld camera and, sometimes, with one affixed to his wheelchair. Last year, the film won him the documentary directing prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

— The title of Sierra Pettengill's “Riotsville, USA” refers to a fake town the U.S. military created in the 1960s to hold exercises mimicking police and military response to rioting. The drills, staged in front of cardboard storefronts, helped make a violent playbook for controlling the era's social unrest. “A door swung open in the late ’60s,” reads Charlene Modeste in narration penned by essayist Tobi Haslett. “And someone, something, sprang up and slammed it shut.” Using archival footage from those exercises, “Riotsville, U.S.A,” which debuts Thursday on Hulu, wearily surveys the militarization of the police force.

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Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

This combination of images shows “Good Thing We Stayed” by Julia Wolf, left, and Margo Price’s fourth studio full-length album, “Strays." (BMG/Loma Vista Recordings via AP)

Bill Cosby documentary spotlights role of community in healing from trauma

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Bill Cosby documentary spotlights role of community in healing from trauma

Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

TORONTO - Though it may be called "The Case Against Cosby," a new documentary soon to premiere on CBC TV focuses more on some of the women who came forward with allegations against the comedian — and what it takes for them to heal from lasting trauma.

The film, which debuts on Sunday, focuses on the story of Andrea Constand, bringing her together for the first time in person with four other women who have come forward with sexual assault allegations against Cosby, who has consistently maintained his innocence.

They gathered at a retreat led by the Hungarian-Canadian physician Gabor Mate, with shots of the meeting interwoven throughout the film. There, they discussed their specific allegations against Cosby and the broader effects trauma has on a person.

"I think one of the most important things for healing trauma is recognizing that you're not alone," said Toronto-based director Karen Wookey. "In community, the opportunity to heal is so much greater because it's a safe container."

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Andrea Constand is shown in a handout photo from the documentary "The Case Against Cosby." The documentary, soon to premiere on CBC TV, focuses on some of the women who came forward with allegations against the comedian and what it takes for them to heal from lasting trauma. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CBC **MANDATORY CREDIT**

‘Run the Burbs’ has a new showrunner and renewed focus on authenticity for Season 2

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‘Run the Burbs’ has a new showrunner and renewed focus on authenticity for Season 2

Noel Ransome, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023

TORONTO - Newly minted “Run the Burbs” showrunner Anthony Q. Farrell firmly believes that authenticity is a central part of diverse storytelling — from the script to diverging perspectives on set that express what is real versus “what doesn’t feel true.”

“You see it all the time, I mean just growing up watching shows with Black characters would feel wrong and off,” says Farrell, who was also showrunneron the CBC sci-fi comedy “Overlord and theUnderwoods.”

“Then you find out all the writers are white guys from Harvard, and you’re like, 'Well, that’s the problem.'”

The architecture of inclusive and relatable television is rooted in the writers' room, says Farrell. It’s what informed the first season of “Run the Burbs” and continues in the second, which airs Wednesday nights on CBC and streams on CBC Gem.

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Andrew (Andrew Phung) and Camille (Rakhee Morzaria) comfort each other in a scene from the CBC Canadian sitcom “Run The Burbs”. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ian Watson *MANDATORY CREDIT*

‘That ’90s Show,’ ‘The Menu,’ ‘The Last of Us’ among January streaming highlights

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‘That ’90s Show,’ ‘The Menu,’ ‘The Last of Us’ among January streaming highlights

David Friend, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023

TORONTO - Here's a look at some of the standout TV series and films debuting on subscription streaming platforms in January:

“That ‘90s Show”

Swap out your bell bottoms for cargo pants and disco records for grunge CDs. Many things changed in the two decades between “That '70s Show” and its new sitcom update, but one hasn’t: Red and Kitty Forman. The Wisconsin parents watched their teenage son Eric grow up and marry his high school sweetheart Donna. And now, their granddaughter Leia is staying with them for the summer. That’s where “That ‘90s Show” picks up, as the cast quickly eases back into the familiar suburban habits: from high school crushes to getting high in the basement. Newcomer Callie Haverda steals the show as the youngest Forman, while many of the original “That '70s Show” cast members return for appearances throughout the season. (Netflix, Jan. 19)

"The Menu"

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Kurtwood Smith as Red Forman, left to right, Topher Grace as Eric Forman, Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman and Callie Haverda as Leia Forman in a still from "That ‘90s Show,” premiering Jan. 19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Netflix *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Toronto-based scenic artist Ray Lalonde’s winning streak on Jeopardy! ends

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Toronto-based scenic artist Ray Lalonde’s winning streak on Jeopardy! ends

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

Toronto-based scenic artist Ray Lalonde's winning streak on Jeopardy! has ended.

Lalonde, who was hoping for his 14th victory on the long-running trivia game show, had amassed winnings of US$386,400 going into Tuesday's show.

But the $24,000 he scored wasn't enough to beat challenger Lloyd Sy, a graduate student in literature from Rockford, IL, whose final score was $24,490.

Lalonde is among only 16 contestants in the show's history with winning streaks of at least 10 games, according to Andy Saunders, the Guelph, Ont.-based blogger behind "The Jeopardy! Fan."

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Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

Toronto-based scenic artist Ray Lalonde's winning streak on Jeopardy! has ended.

Lalonde, who was hoping for his 14th victory on the long-running trivia game show, had amassed winnings of US$386,400 going into Tuesday's show.

But the $24,000 he scored wasn't enough to beat challenger Lloyd Sy, a graduate student in literature from Rockford, IL, whose final score was $24,490.

Lalonde is among only 16 contestants in the show's history with winning streaks of at least 10 games, according to Andy Saunders, the Guelph, Ont.-based blogger behind "The Jeopardy! Fan."

From being bullied to falling in love, Mark Critch mines the past for ‘Son of a Critch’ S2

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From being bullied to falling in love, Mark Critch mines the past for ‘Son of a Critch’ S2

Noel Ransome, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

TORONTO - When Mark Critch stepson the set of “Son of a Critch,” wearing his dad’s signature aviator framesand a 1980s-styled fully buttoned suit and tie, it's a chance for the 48-year-old actor to reminisce about his upbringing.

“The weird thing is that a lot of my family’s furniture is on set. I’m dressed like my father, so every now and then while we’re filming, I have this weird, strange memory,” says Critch, who resumes the role of his father, Mike Critch, in the second season.

“You get lost in it and I forget that this show is about me. These characters are ghosts, and these people are making these ghosts real for me.”

Based on his 2020 memoir, the second season of “Son of a Critch,”set in the 1980s, resumes the St. John’s, N.L., life story of a 12-year-old Critch, played by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth.

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Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

Sophia Powers as Fox and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Young Mark are shown in a scene from "Son of a Critch". THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Derm Carberry

Another Canadian joins growing trend of ‘Jeopardy’ super-champions

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Another Canadian joins growing trend of ‘Jeopardy’ super-champions

Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press 3 minute read Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022

TORONTO - It's not your imagination: "Jeopardy" streaks are getting longer.

Ray Lalonde, the Toronto-based scenic artist who's won 11games and counting, is just the latest in a new generation of trivia titans to take up residence on the Alex Trebek Stage.

After Thursday's game, Lalonde had amassed US$311,500.

Consider also Mattea Roach, the 24-year-old Canadian "Jeopardy" phenom who won 23 straight games earlier this year, giving her the fifth-longest streak in the show's history.

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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022

JEOPARDY! host Ken Jennings, a 74-time champion of the popular quiz show, is seen in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, JEOPARDY! *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Edie Landau, TV and film producer, dies at 95

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Edie Landau, TV and film producer, dies at 95

The Associated Press 2 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Edyth “Edie” Landau, the Oscar-nominated producer and executive vice president of National Telefilm Associates, has died at 95.

The longtime entertainment producer died of natural causes on Saturday in her home in Century City, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.

After studying at Wilkes College, Landau began her trailblazing career in the entertainment industry. She moved to New York City, worked at National Telefilm Associates and launched The American Film Theatre. The company was founded by Ely Landau, who she later married.

She went on to produce Oscar-nominated films “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “Hopscotch” and “The Deadly Game" — and television shows “The David Susskind Show," “The Play of the Week," “The Mike Wallace Interview,” and “Open End.”

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Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Edyth “Edie” Landau, the Oscar-nominated producer and executive vice president of National Telefilm Associates, has died at 95.

The longtime entertainment producer died of natural causes on Saturday in her home in Century City, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.

After studying at Wilkes College, Landau began her trailblazing career in the entertainment industry. She moved to New York City, worked at National Telefilm Associates and launched The American Film Theatre. The company was founded by Ely Landau, who she later married.

She went on to produce Oscar-nominated films “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “Hopscotch” and “The Deadly Game" — and television shows “The David Susskind Show," “The Play of the Week," “The Mike Wallace Interview,” and “Open End.”

From funny to freaky: Five Canadian films and TV shows to watch over the holidays

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From funny to freaky: Five Canadian films and TV shows to watch over the holidays

David Friend, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022

TORONTO - One of the most cherished modern traditions of the December holiday break is the opportunity to gather with those closest to you...and binge-watch television.

With so much great programming at our fingertips, sometimes it's hard to know where to start, but here are five Canadian TV series and films worth fitting into your plans this holiday season.

1. "Viking"

As the first manned trip to Mars gets underway, a ragtag group of faux astronauts are recruited for a two-and-a-half-year parallel mission on Earth. The goal is to study their every move in hopes of heading off any conflicts between the real astronauts in orbit. Quebec director Stephane Lafleur uses that framing as the launch pad for a deadpan comedy about human relationships and the roles we play.

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Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022

Steve Laplante stars as one of the wannabe Mars crew members in the film "Viking" in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Les Films Opale *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Delayed gratification, spoilering and ‘squelching wetly’

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Delayed gratification, spoilering and ‘squelching wetly’

Jen Zoratti 5 minute read Monday, Dec. 26, 2022

The year-end television list is usually just that, a list. Top this, best that, in increments of 10 or 15 or, in the case of this year, 22. Sometimes, it’s not just “top” or “best,” but rather “essential” or “important” or “defining” (which, wow, relax).

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Monday, Dec. 26, 2022

Netflix

This image released by Netflix shows, from left, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, and Eduardo Franco as Argyle in 'Stranger Things'; The series was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards including one for best drama series.

Bell faces human rights complaint over alleged inaccessibility for blind customers

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Bell faces human rights complaint over alleged inaccessibility for blind customers

Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Monday, Dec. 26, 2022

TORONTO - Bell Communications Inc. is facing a human rights complaint over allegations that it's failing to provide full service to its blind customers.

The company's set-top boxes don't include the screen-reading technology that enables blind people to navigate through menus, use applications or discern what channel they're on, Toronto lawyer David Lepofsky alleges in submissions to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

In the initial submission filed in mid-2021, Lepofsky, who is blind, said he's not able to access the television services he pays for on his TV without the help of a sighted person.

"This is a corporate giant with gazillions of dollars," Lepofsky said in an interview. "It's not like it's some small little business. The accommodation I'm seeking is one that all their competitors provide. This is an accommodation that U.S. law has required since 2016."

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Monday, Dec. 26, 2022

The Bell Canada logo is seen Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in Montreal. Bell Communications Inc. is facing a human rights complaint over allegations that it's failing to provide full service to its blind customers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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