Emily Piggford (Yoki in “A Skinner, Darkly“) will be Esther Ishikawa in THE SOUNDS, an eight-episode psychological thriller set on New Zealand’s South Island, starring Rachelle Lefevre and Matt Whelan as Maggie and Tom Cabbott, a married couple who relocate to a small town to escape the oppressive influence of Tom’s father. Piggford described the show and her character to Sandy Lo of StarShine Magazine: “It centers around Maggie Cabbott as she deals with the fallout when her husband Tom goes missing, leaving more loose ends than just the fishery he was setting up in the Marlborough Sounds. Everyone in the town gets tangled in the web and my character is sent by Tom’s family to try and get to the bottom of things.” Created and written by best-selling Kiwi author Sarah-Kate Lynch, THE SOUNDS will screen on Sky TV in New Zealand, and on CBC in Canada. Acorn TV will premiere the show in the US in the spring.
Tommie-Amber Pirie (Ollie in “Boondoggie“) is Margo Elson in Benjamin Ross Hayden‘s aboriginal science-fiction mystery PARALLEL MINDS (formerly titled “The Eye of U.R.M.“) Red Eye, the company where Margo works, makes high-tech contact lenses that can record data and evoke buried memories. When the company’s head programmer is found dead, Margo, who was the victim’s best friend, joins forces with Detective Tom Elliot (Greg Bryk) in an attempt to solve the murder. (It seems likely that those fancy lenses Red Eye makes will become tools of the investigation.) According to Eye on Canada, PARALLEL MINDS will be released in Canada on 1 March.
George Tchortov (Martell in “The Harvest“) will be bodybuilder Bofill Pancreas in STANLEYVILLE, a dark comedy starring Suzanne Wuest as Maria Barbizan, a woman who has abandoned her family (which consisted of an irresponsible husband and an incorrigible teenage daughter) and gone off in search of a new identity. While hanging out in a shopping mall, she is approached by an odd fellow named Homunculus (Julian Richings) who urges her to participate in a strange contest, a challenge which she accepts. Pancreas is one of her four competitors. The others are: aspiring capitalist Andrew Frisbee (Christian Serritiello); failed actor Manny Jumpcannon (Adam Brown); and the “sullen and mysterious” Felicie Arkady (Cara Ricketts). The exact nature of the contest has not been revealed, but the prize is a habanero orange compact SUV, and there can be only one winner. STANLEYVILLE was filmed last summer in Canada and Germany. No release date has been announced.
Kimberly-Sue Murray (Louella Simms in “Meet the Parents“) will be Paige, a young mother trying to strike a balance between work and family, in the CITY-TV drama THE WEDDING PLANNERS, which follows the Clarkson family as they plan other people’s dream weddings while at the same time working through their own complex relationships. Paige’s brother James (Michael Seater) is a fashion designer with a troubled past. Her sister Hannah (Madeline Leon) is the peacekeeper of the family, and is herself searching for love. In the two-hour premiere, Paige, James, and Hannah deal with the loss of their mother (wedding-planner extraordinaire Marguerite, played by Michelle Nolden). As they sort through what she left behind, the siblings reconnect with each other, and commit collectively to the family business. THE WEDDING PLANNERS airs on CITY-TV beginning Friday, 27 March at 8pm ET/PT.