Lauren Holly (Sadie in “Midnight Lamp“) will be Monique, director of the Archer School of Ballet, in TINY PRETTY THINGS, an hour-long drama series based on the 2015 novel by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. Monique is described as ambitious, ruthless, and powerful, using her “dark capacities” to defend the school by any means necessary (and to bring out the best in her students). Jess Salgueiro (Robin on THE BOYS) plays Isabel, a cop searching for the truth about what happened during a mysterious accident at the Academy. In the book, Bette, June, and Gigi are the three top students at the school. In the series, sisters Bette and Delia Whitlaw (Casimere Jollette and Tory Trowbridge) seem to be featured characters, along with their boyfriends Oren (Barton Cowperthwaite) and Ramon (Bayardo De Murguia). June is played by Daniela Norman, and the role of Gigi has not been cast. Production is underway in Toronto, and TINY PRETTY THINGS will be on Netflix sometime in 2020. Continue reading →
Vanessa Matsui (Cassie in “La Fae Époque“) will be Heather Sheer and Christine Horne (The Keeper in “Let The Dark Times Roll“) will be Julia Stansfield in BALDY, a film that stars Kasey Rohl as a desperate university dance major who is faking cancer to crowdfund her education. After applying for a scholarship, she learns she has one week to present medical records proving she has cancer. Lanette Ware (nurse in “Family Portrait“) and Shanice Banton (Iris in “It’s Your Lucky Fae“) are also in the cast. BALDY recently completed filming in Hamilton, Ontario. No release date has been announced.
Matsui is also Teddy in A SHOE ADDICT’S CHRISTMAS, the story of Noelle (Candace Cameron Bure), who stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, and accidentally gets locked in after closing. A strange woman appears out of nowhere in the shoe department, claims to be Nicole’s guardian angel, and shows her visions of Christmases past, present, and future. All of this leads to Nicole getting together with firefighter Jake (Luke McFarlane). A SHOE ADDICT’S CHRISTMAS will next air on The Hallmark Channel on Wednesday, 19 December at 4pm. Continue reading →
MOTIVE – Season 1 Episode 13 – SPOILERS
What a way to end the season. Guest star Amanda Tapping (Dr. Kate Robbins) kills off the killer (Cam Radcliffe, played by Chris Mason) and in turn gets shot dead by Angie Flynn. Prior to this episode, Detective Flynn has never fired her weapon on screen, and had only drawn it once.
The shooting is, or will be, complicated by the fact that Flynn once relied (as a juror) on the testimony of Dr. Robbins to acquit the very killer that Dr. Robbins killed. Vancouver is a small city.
There is a lot of auto wrecking yard imagery that I doubt I understand. And I am just going to assume that the subplot involving Flynn’s son Manny (Cameron Bright) going on a trip with his newly discovered Dad (whom we have not yet met) is totally unrelated to the rest of the episode and was shoe-horned in to pave the way for Season 2.
Killer Cam’s motive seems to have been jealous rage. The Doc’s motive was to hide the sexual relationship she had with Cam, who was her patient.
This was written by James Thorpe (who also wrote MOTIVE Episode 9) and I think he got a bit whimsical with character names. Kate Robbins means “virgin well-known”. Just in case you are not familiar with the definition of “cam”, it refers to “a projection designed to make sliding connection with another part, and to impart reciprocal motion”.
A MINOR CRITICISM OF THE DOCTOR’S METHODS – It might have made more sense for a doctor, who has access to many drugs, to induce her patient to kill himself with pills instead of carbon monoxide. Also, since the patient was known to be violent, and the Doctor had a gun, she could have shot hm and claimed self-defense. I mean, running that hose from the tailpipe into the SUV took some planning. Was that the best plan she could think of?
Josette Jorge, (Vanessa in MOTIVE Episode 6) has multiple roles, including that of Helen Lau “Canada’s newest conservative media sensation” in the world premiere of Sam Devine’s political satire EXCEPT IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF WAR at the Horsehoes and Hand Grenades Theatre in Vancouver. The play will run from 15-30 November.
Madison Smith, who appeared in Episode 3 of MOTIVE, will guest star in an as yet unnamed episode of PSYCH. His character will be named Maximillian. Smith will be Mitch in Karen Lam‘s second feature film, EVANGELINE, which will have its first showing at the Monsters of Film Festival in Sweden on 28 September.
Carly Pope (Episode 12’s killer) has been cast as the recurring character Morgan Burke in the CW series THE TOMORROW PEOPLE.
MOTIVE began shooting its second season on 3 September in Vancouver.