Created by Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik, STRANGE EMPIRE is a thirteen-episode series set in 1869 about three women who hold down a town on the border of Alberta and Montana after all the men are murdered. It can be streamed on CBC Gem in Canada and on Tubi in the US.
Tattiawana Jones (Isabelle Slotter) is Dr. Amelia Black in THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY, a romantic comedy starring Geraldine Viswanathan as Lucy Gulliver, a lonely young woman who has just gone through a breakup and decides to open up a place called The Broken Hearts Gallery where people are able to abandon things that remind them of their past relationships. The gallery is a hit, and becomes famous among broken-hearted romantics everywhere. Written and directed by Natalie Krinsky, THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY will be released in the US and Canada on 11 September. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Aaron Poole (Captain John Slotter) will be pierced man in THE EDUCATION OF FREDRICK FITZELL. The title character, Fred Fitzell (Dylan O’Brien), is a normal guy approaching his 30s and the biggest decisions he’s facing are whether he should get a corporate job and let go of his dream of being an artist, or if he should commit to his girlfriend. After a chance encounter with a long forgotten man from his youth, Fred takes a trip into his own past, which literally and metaphorically forces him to choose a direction in life. Directed by Christopher MAcBride, THE EDUCATION OF FREDRICK FITZELL is expected to be released later this year.
Michelle Creber (Kelly) will be Dylan in THE POWER, a 10-part adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s 2016 novel, in which women around the world suddenly gain the ability to electrocute anyone they choose with a simple touch. At first, the ability is treated like an infectious disease, and women are quarantined as it passes from person to person. But the condition spreads, and women begin to seize power, sometimes killing the men in power who stand in their way. (Barack Obama put this book at the top of his recommended reading list for 2017.) Production has not yet begun.
Tamoh Penikett (Marshall Caleb Macredi) is Jim Huden, lover of the murder victim’s wife’s best friend, in PRACTICE TO DECEIVE, a film based on the 2013 novel by Ann Rule. In a small island community, (in the book it is Whidbey Island in Puget Sound) a local businessman is found dead the day after Christmas (in the book he is found shot between the eyes with no gun anywhere to be found). An investigation into his death examines everyone in his life from neighbors to his wife to his best friend. April Telek (Constance Fogg in four episodes of STRANGE EMPIRE), is also in the cast. Directed by Ashley Williams (it is her first feature) from a screenplay by Christina Ray (who wrote “End of Days, Inc.“), PRACTICE TO DECEIVE will premiere on Lifetime on 15 February.
Penikett is also Eric in 2 HEARTS, a romantic drama loosely based on a true story of parallel events that bring people together in a completely unexpected way. Jacob Elordi stars as Chris Gregory, a college freshman who falls in love with a classmate named Sam (Tiera Skovbye), and then the lives of Chris and Sam are unexpectedly intertwined with the lives Cuban exile Jorge (Adan Canto), and flight attendant Leslie (Radha Mitchell) half a world away. .A trailer is available on YouTube. Directed by Lance Hool, 2 HEARTS was shot in Hawaii and Vancouver, and will be released in the US on 16 October.
Ali Liebert (Fiona Briggs) has been nominated for a Directors Guild of Canada award for Best Director in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for AMISH ABDUCTION (her directorial debut), the story of an Amish wife and mother (Sarah Canning) whose husband leaves to live among “normal people” but then returns to seek custody of their son by any means necessary. DGC Award Winners will be announced the week of 24 October. Liebert will also appear as Nina, a vampire with a colorful past that in some way involves Julius (Aleks Paunovic), in Season Five of VAN HELSING, which is expected to premiere on SyFy in October.
Melissa Farman (Dr. Rebecca Blithely) is currently a student in the honors program at the University of Southern California where she is double-majoring in English and political science.
Anne Marie Deluise (Mrs. Briggs) is Beatrice in MATCHMAKER MYSTERIES: A FATAL ROMANCE. When a romance writer is murdered, matchmaker Angie Dove (Danica McKellar) gets entangled in yet another case with Detective Kyle Carter (Victor Webster). A FATAL ROMANCE will next air on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Sunday 20 September at 9/8c.
Cara Gee (Kat Loving) co-stars with her husband Richard de Klerk (Jeremiah Loving) in Charles Ehrlinger’s thriller ALONE WOLF. Jonathan (de Klerk) lives sealed in his house. The walls covered in plastic and windows wrapped in paper. He does not suffer from agoraphobia, but has willfully rejected the outside world. His life changes when he meets a girl named Town (Gee).
In an interview with Kelli Marchman McNeely of Horror Fuel, Gee explains how she and her husband first met: “We worked on a TV show called Strange Empire actually where we played husband and wife and the very first day that we ever met, we met in the hair and makeup trailer. Richard says to me, ‘Are you Cara?’ and I said yes and he said, ‘Will you marry me?’ I responded, ‘Yes, later on, today.’ That day, our first day, our characters were getting married.” Gee is also Camina Drummer, Captain of the Behemoth, on THE EXPANSE.