National Newswatch

Jann Arden to play a fictionalized version of herself in CTV comedy series

Jun 7 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden is getting her own meta comedy series on CTV. The eight-time Juno Award winner will play a "fictionalized version of herself" on "Jann," which is set to debut next year, Bell Media announced Thursday as it unveiled details of its 2018-2019 season. Her character is described as a newly single singer-songwriter who is trying to revive […]

Citytv picks up Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Murphy Brown’ reboot

Jun 5 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The past will meet the present in Citytv's upcoming season with timely reboots of "The Twilight Zone" and "Murphy Brown." In unveiling Citytv's 2018/19 schedule on Tuesday, Rogers Media called "The Twilight Zone" "a contemporary twist" on the original 1959-1964 sci-fi series, reimagined for the Trump era by "Get Out" director Jordan Peele. The CBS drama will debut next year. Meanwhile, the much-anticipated […]

Film, ballet and theatre collide as Robert Lepage directs ‘Frame by Frame’

May 29 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Quebec multimedia maverick Robert Lepage has built a career dazzling audiences with imaginative and innovative works in many different disciplines. Take, for instance, the opera he did with shadow puppets and an orchestra pit filled with thousands of litres of water ("The Nightingale and Other Short Fables"). Or the nine-hour stage production "Lipsynch," which he later turned into […]

Jason Priestley on Weinstein, ‘Private Eyes’ and Barenaked Ladies

May 22 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Jason Priestley says it's merely a coincidence that the upcoming return of "Private Eyes" is reminiscent of recent headlines surrounding the Canadian actor. Canadian heavyweight boxing champ George Chuvalo guest stars in Sunday's episode on Global, as the detective duo played by Priestley and Cindy Sampson investigate whether a match between female fighters was fixed. […]