Articles about CBC
Comic book author Jeff Lemire stepped into the role of showrunner for the first time to adapt his graphic novel trilogy Essex County for Canada’s CBC. He discusses world-building, swapping solitary creative endeavours for collaborative ones and why a multi-season adaptation didn’t feel right.
SkyMed showrunner Julie Puckrin reveals the family connection behind this series about a group of medics serving isolated communities in Northern Canada, its themes of identity and the secret star of the show.
Series to Watch: February 2022
DQ looks at the schedules to pick out 10 new series to watch this February, from the return of a Danish political drama and a US adaptation of an Israeli thriller to a UK literary adaptation and a fresh take on a beloved 90s sitcom.
Tricks of the trade
Filmmaker Michelle Latimer and executive producer Jennifer Kawaja tell DQ about bringing Canadian supernatural drama Trickster to the screen and discuss the importance of Indigenous storytelling.
Feud for thought
Showrunner Sheri Elwood opens up about the real-life origins of her Canadian dramedy Feudal and explains how a story set at a summer resort in Nova Scotia provided the perfect bubble for filming amid the pandemic.
Inquest into Coroner
Before walking the pink carpet at this year’s Canneseries, Coroner star Serinda Swan sat down with DQ to talk about the appeal of the crime drama and why she believes it’s time for Canadian creatives to come home.
Love, life, laughter and loss come under the microscope in family adventure drama Northern Rescue, a coproduction from Canada’s CBC and Netflix. Executive producer David Cormican tells DQ how the show meets audience demand for hopeful programming.
Telling the truth
Unspeakable star Sarah Wayne Callies and creator Robert C Cooper discuss the CBC and SundanceTV limited series, which dramatises Canada’s tainted-blood scandal as two families become caught in a tragedy that gripped a nation.
Speaking for the dead
Morwyn Brebner, showrunner of CBC series Coroner, tells DQ about making the Canadian drama – from adapting Matthew Hall’s series of novels and casting Serinda Swan in the lead role to the collaborative nature of making television.
Lauren Lee Smith, the star of period detective series Frankie Drake Mysteries, on starring in the 1920s-set series, the attraction of a female-driven show and why she no longer tunes into dark dramas.
By hook or Kreuk
A year after Beauty & the Beast came to an end, star Kristin Kreuk is heading back to the small screen in Canadian drama Burden of Truth. The actor tells DQ about the attraction of this small-town legal drama with social justice at its core – and her role in bringing the series to air.
A cut above
With more than 200 hours of television drama in the can, Canadian director Don McCutcheon tells DQ about working on Murdoch Mysteries, the changing role of directors and why he thinks his best work is yet to come.
On the ball
Soccer consultant Philippe Fallu tells DQ about creating match sequences for Canadian broadcaster CBC’s football-themed series 21 Thunder, which follows the drama surrounding the young players of the fictional Montreal Thunder on and off the pitch.
Getting the ball rolling
Canadian drama 21 Thunder charts the fortunes of the players and staff at a Montreal football team, both on and off the pitch. DQ chats to co-creator and writer Riley Adams about tackling a sports drama.
YouTube takes scripted Step
Google-owned YouTube is finally getting into the scripted origination business, while there are also new projects from drama heavyweights Netflix, ITV, Sky, JJ Abrams, UFA and Kudos.
Can-do attitude: Why Canada’s drama sector looks healthy
DQ speaks to broadcasters and producers about the state of the Canadian drama industry and finds a sector in positive mood when it comes to its place in the international market.
CBC steps into the cold with Balcer
This week we shine a spotlight on René Balcer, the Quebec-born writer/producer who is currently making The Council for CBC.
Turning the volume down
Seduction and espionage marry in Canadian thriller The Romeo Section. Showrunner Chris Haddock outlines the ‘quieter’ series’ origins and explains why showrunning is like a football match.
BBC makes premature call for Midwife
This week Andy Fry looks at the last burst of commissions and renewals before the festive break, a new project for Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery and Amazon’s latest assault on the pay TV market.