Grant Bowler (Joshua Nolan) is Nua’s father Gideon Hamilton in “Side Effects” and “Blowout”, two episodes of the recently cancelled ABC series THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY (the American version of the 2013 Israeli comedy Lehiyot Ita which translates literally as “Being With Her”). The show is about an improbable relationship between Daniel, a baker, and Nua, a supermodel. In “Blowout”, the bakery is shut down because of asbestos, and Noa travels to see her father. There is an online petition to save the show and at this writing it has more than 156,000 signatures. “Baker and the Beauty is a show that depicts Latin families as warm, lovable, full of joy and compassion and humor,” said Nathalie Kelley (who stars as Nua) in a statement. “A cancellation by ABC means that there are now no shows on the networks with a Latinx cast. At a time when the public is marching in the streets demanding representation and diversity this is an extremely tone deaf decision.” All episodes of THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY can be streamed for free on the ABC website. Continue reading →
Episodes 1-3 – SPOILERS
V MORGAN IS DEAD is as much about the function of dreams as it is about the interconnectedness of people and the choices they make. One interesting thing about this 20-episode webseries is that it could develop either as a fantasy (Violet actually remarks on the similarity to TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL in episode two) or as science fiction (perhaps something akin to the Dr. Who episode Death In Heaven, in which the afterlife involved corporate enslavement of the dead).
V Morgan (only her mother calls her Violet) drops dead in a stairwell at work from a brain aneurism. Her coffee mug, which read “World’s Best Entry Level Employee” shatters dramatically on the stairs. She wakes up on the Sixth Floor of her afterlife, so, for V, death is something of a promotion. Aleister Benson, who runs the Sixth Floor, tells her its purpose is to “understand the moments that hold a person to their destined path and to fix those connections that are broken”, but what makes one immediately suspicious of Benson and his cohorts is the information on the lower left of the screen, indicating that we are watching a recording made by the “Sixth Floor”. It seems to be a technological afterlife.
Smooth-talking Aleister Benson is played by Conrad Coates (Coates was T’evgin, the leader of the Omec in Season Three of DEFIANCE, and The Black Thorn in LOST GIRL episode 2.2.) Benson has two assistants: the career-minded Jenn (Jenny Raven), who clearly wants Benson’s job, and Andrew (Andy McQueen) who has a more casual approach to his work. The three of them attempt to persuade Violet (Tara Joshi) to join the Sixth Floor team and become a Fixer.
THINGS THAT COULD BE IMPORTANT: There are computers on the Sixth Floor, but Benson’s office has none. There is no indication one way or another if the pen with which V signs her contract contains ink or blood (maybe a combination of the two?) The name Aleister has been associated with the occult ever since Crowley’s Book of Lies was first published under his own name.
V MORGAN IS DEAD was written by Sarah-Jane Sheppard & Mika Collins, and directed by Zoe Robyn. The series had a launch party at the Art Gallery of Ontario on 5 November, when the first three episodes were released, that included a live tattooing booth. Subscribe to the series on Vervegirl TV. New episodes will be released each Thursday at 5pm.
Sonya Salomaa, who plays Madison’s adoptive mom Allison on INTRUDERS, was First Mate Laura Nelson in THE GUARD, a 2008 Canadian TV series which also starred Zoie Palmer of LOST GIRL. THE GUARD is, inexplicably, not available anywhere on DVD. Allison O’Donnell is one of only four characters who will appear in all 8 episodes of INTRUDERS. Salomaa will appear as Sarah Roberts in episode #25 of the Hallmark Channel series CEDAR COVE, due to air Saturday 4 October at 8pm Eastern. The episode is titled Resolutions and Revelations
Ellen Fox, host of SyFy’s WIZARD WARS, has coined a lovely term for fans of the show — Magicianados (rhymes with afficianado, from which it derives).
In WIZARD WARS, two teams of two magicians compete in each episode. Each team is given three everyday objects and must build original magic routines around them, but it is more of a variety show specializing in magic than it is a competition. The judges are Penn, Teller, and Christen Gerhart. Fox at one point surprised Gerhart by calling her “Stephen Hawking in hotpants” (Gerhart is not only a magician, but a former JPL researcher. She now is a telescope operator at Mt. Wilson Observatory. And she was wearing hotpants at the time.) SyFy has picked up WIZARD WARS for six more episodes, to air in January 2015.
DEFIANCE has been renewed for a third season by SyFy (US). There is much hope for Season Three. Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating) is no longer considered a war criminal, because she helped thwart Arkrise in the last episode of season 2. The irritating lawkeeper Nolan (Grant Bowler) is, along with his daughter Irisa, securely encased in an underground pod and everyone in the town of Defiance thinks they’re dead.
Elsewhere in the Defiance universe, Kenya Rosewater‘s clone is off exploring something or other and could easily come back to Defiance and be given a normal lifespan by the Doc. On top of all that, Linda Hamilton has entered the show as Rafe McCawley‘s semi-sane wife Pilar, who has fled south after having kidnapped Christie Tarr, with the elder Tarrs in hot pursuit. There is the potential of having both Linda Hamilton and Mia Kirshner in one or more episodes of the show together. But that may be too much to ask for.