Meg Tilly (Lorna Corbett) has written her second romance novel. CLIFF’S EDGE. The book follows Eve Harris as she prepares to house-sit for her neighbour and run her bakery in a quiet village on Solace Island, which is somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Her sister Maggie is away on her honeymoon. (Eve and her sister opened the bakery in Tilly’s first novel.) Her neighbour Luke, it turns out, has already offered the house to his friend, movie star Rhys Thomas, who needs a quiet place to be after completing his latest film. Eve and Rhys find themselves attracted to one another, but they aren’t as alone as they might think. CLIFF’S EDGE can be pre-ordered from most distributors, including Amazon and Google Play Books, and will be released on 21 May.
UPDATE: 4 May 2018 — “The Queen of Sin” has been retitled “Dangerous Seduction” and will premiere on Lifetime Movies on 5 May at 8/7c.
Melissa O’Neil (Two) will be Los Angeles rookie police officer Lucy Benitez (the last name is tentative) in the ABC TV series THE ROOKIE. Nathan Fillion will star as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD by about twenty years. Nolan’s effort to work with the other, younger trainees makes his life dangerous, unpredictable, and sometimes humourous. Lucy is (we are told) intelligent, tough, and compassionate, and a possible love interest for Nolan. (She may have taken up law enforcement as an act of rebellion against her family, who are decribed as “law_breakers”.) Lucy’s partner will be Tim Bradford (played by Eric Winter), and Nolan’s partner will be Talia Bishop (Afton Williamson). Liz Frielander will direct the first episode. There is no word yet on when THE ROOKIE will premiere.
O’Neil will also be Janice in CONDOR, an AT&T original series inspired by the film THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR. The 1975 film centered on Joe Turner, an idealistic young CIA agent, who returns from lunch one day to find all his co-workers murdered, and then goes on the run in an attempt to outwit those responsible. (One of the murdered co-workers in the film is a data analyst named Janice Chong.)
In the reboot, Turner (Max Irons) is a millenial who joined the Agency in hopes of reforming it from within. He uncovers a brilliant but horrific conspiracy that threatens the lives of millions, and, shortly after that, the massacre of his co-workers happens and Turner is forced to do battle with shadowy and dangerous elements of the military-industrial complex. The leader of the plotting cabal (Brendan Fraser) is a fanatical bigot who believes that the government needs to wage war on Islam. The first of CONDOR’s ten episodes will air on Audience Network on 6 June.
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No non-human animal life, not even an insect, is shown in any KILLJOYS episode. This is not terribly surprising, because Westerley and Leith were terraformed by the Qreshi, Given self-pollinating plant life, there would be no reason for animals to be introduced. It should be noted that both episodes in which animal references occurred were written by Emily Andras. The only mention of animals is in the two quotes below.
“I’ll bet a bird flew into the grid again.”
“Ever go hunting for parson, out in the badlands? Sneaky little thing, but if you manage to catch one, you break its wings, throw it out onto the sand, and watch all its little friends come running.”
The only mention of meat on KILLJOYS is the quote (below) from Jenny the surrogate.
“It takes a lot of sacrifices to be fit for service. No booze no boys no flesh, not even bacon.”
It seems possible that residents of The Quad are, for the most part, vegetarians. There is no hint of anyone raising livestock for food. The ‘flesh’ (including bacon) referred to might well be imported from outside the system. The technology to grow meat without raising the entire animal also exists. If Pawter can quickly grow a new ear for Johnny (THE HARVEST) she could as easily grow him a steak.
While people in The Quad drink quite a bit, examples of eating on the show are few and far between. In fact, we only see food consumed on screen twice. The first time is in Episode 3, THE HARVEST, when both Johnny and Shyla (Hannah Anderson) eat some of Dutch’s chocolates. The second instance is in Episode 4 (VESSEL), when Johnny consumes the last two bites of what might be a sandwich.
The only alcoholic beverages shown in Season One are two kinds of beer (Pumpkin and Algae), and several brands of hokk. In Episode Three we get a look at the hokk harvest and see that hokk is picked by migrant workers, making it likely to be a berry or fruit, not a grain. When Dutch tastes one of Martell’s varieties in THE HARVEST, she describeS it as “peppery, with hints of citrus, and, if I”m not mistaken, vanilla”. One might infer from this that hokk is a wine and that it has a high alcohol content, since it is served in much the same way as whiskey. Pree (Thom Allison) saves two bottles of ’60 year old dry pressed hokk’ from his doomed bar in the season finale.
Of actors credited with appearing in two or fewer episodes, 58 were male, and 28 were female.
No KILLJOYS episode was directed by a woman.
Clara Pasieka (Vena in THE SUGAR POINT RUN) is now Amy Dudley, wife of Lord Robert Dudley, the first Earl of Leicester, on the CW’s REIGN. Her character debuted in the first episode of Season Three. Pasieka is also Caleigh in THE MARKET, a film based on the hit play by Bobby Del Rio (who also directs the movie). It’s about a plot to crash the financial markets and steal twelve billion dollars. No word yet on a release date.
Sarah Power (Pawter Sims) stars as Olivia Bletcher in THE HEXACUTIONERS, a film about two young women, Malison and Olivia, who work for a company that specializes in euthanasia. Dispatched to a remote location to perform an assisted suicide, they inadvertently summon the spirits of deceased members of a cult. ORPHAN BLACK’s Ari Millen is also in the cast. THE HEXECUTIONERS will have its world premiere at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival on 21 October. The trailer is available on YouTube.
George Tchortov (Martell in THE HARVEST) will reprise the role of Evgeni in LAST OF THE ENFORCERS, the sequel to GOON, which should be in theatres sometime next year.