Megan Follows (Wynonna’s mom) is Diane in LIE EXPOSED, which stars Leslie Hope as Melanie, a happily married recovering alcoholic (sober for many years) who finds out from her doctor that she will die soon. Her reaction to the news is to leave her home (and her husband Frank) in Toronto and head for Los Angeles where she begins drinking again and meets a mysterious tintype photographer (Jeff Kober) who persuades her to pose for a series of erotic photographs, and helps her regain her sobriety. After she returns to Canada, Melanie and Frank (Bruce Greenwood) stage a surprise art show of the photos Melanie posed for in LA for their friends (none of whom know that Melanie is the photographer’s model) and the tintype images stimulate intense discussion. Directed by Jerry Ciccoritti and written by Jeff Kober, LIE EXPOSED will be in Canadian theatres on 6 March. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Jann Arden (Bunny Loblaw in “I Fall to Pieces“) has written her fifth book, IF I KNEW THEN: FINDING WISDOM IN FAILURE AND POWER IN AGING, a memoir described as “an inspiring account of how she has surprised herself, in her fifties, by at last becoming completely her own person”. Her own story is blended with tales of her mother, her father (with whom she did not get along), her grandmother, and her great-grandmother. She writes: “What I’m thinking about now aren’t all the ways I can try to hang on to my youth or all the seconds ticking by in some kind of morbid countdown to death, but rather how I keep becoming someone I always hoped I could be.” IF I KNEW WHEN will be released by Penguin Random House Canada on 27 October, and can be pre-ordered in either Hardcover or Kindle Edition from Amazon US or Amazon Canada.
Arden will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2020 Juno Awards in Saskatoon. CBC will broadcast the Awards live in Canada on Sunday, 15 March. Audiences outside of Canada will be able to stream the awards show at cbcmusic.ca/junos.
Kate Drummond (Agent Lucado) described her UTOPIA FALLS character Authority Phydra in an interview with Naluda Magazine. “Phydra,” she said, “is the head of New Babyl’s police force and is a staunch believer in upholding the law, order, and above all – the status quo of New Babyl. It was a super intense and challenging role to play and I loved every fiery second of it! Phydra is smart, cunning, and manipulative, and will stop at nothing in pursuit of a controlled and lawful nation.” UTOPIA FALLS (see previous post) can be streamed on CBC Gem in Canada and on Hulu in the US.
Drummond will also be part of the cast of the GHOSTWRITER reboot. The original show ran on PBS from 1992-95 and was about a group of children from Brooklyn who solved crimes and mysteries in their neighbourhood with the help of an invisible ghost. In the reboot, a ghost haunts a neighbourhood bookstore, and begins to release fictional characters into the real world. Four pre-teens get together to try to figure out why. Drummond is slated to appear in the last three episodes of the first season (Episodes 24, 25, & 26). Her character’s name has not been revealed, but it seems a good bet that she will be one of those literary characters the ghost is releasing. Episodes one through seven can currently be streamed on AppleTV+. A trailer is available on YouTube.