Super Channel adds two Canadian-made shows by Eleni Armenakis
Mar 20, 2014
Source: TV Guide
Super Channel may air some of the most popular American shows currently on TV, but it’s also been working hard to air and promote Canadian content—including two new made-in-Canada shows.
Spooksville, filmed on Vancouver Island, bows the first week of April. The youth-oriented show is based on a series of tween horror books and sees Adam Freeman (newcomer Keean Johnson) moving to the bizarre town from the title. With the help of friends Sally (Katie Douglas, Defiance) and Watch (Nick Purcha, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series), Adam joins the supernatural town’s battle between good and evil—and he just might be the key to victory.
Super Channel’s second acquisition makes its debut later in the month. Period drama When Calls the Heart follows Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow, Army Wives) as she takes her first teaching post in a coal mining town in 1910. Arriving right after the mine’s collapse, she becomes part of the town’s efforts to rebuild after losing most of the men in the accident. Helping her is new friend Abigail Stanton, played by Full House’s Lori Loughlin. And set up as her foil—and love interest—is Daniel Lissing (Last Resort) as a Mountie set to keep an eye on her by her wealthy father. When Calls the Heart is also filmed in British Columbia and is helmed by Canadians Vicki Sotheran and Greg Malcolm who’ve worked together on a number of films, including Lone Hero and 30 Days of Night: Dark Days.
Touting itself as Canada’s only national pay television network, the premium channel does boast a stacked line up of imported dramas, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and pirate newcomer Black Sails. The company has also been able to snap up sketch comedy Portlandia from IFC and TNT’s The Closer spin-off Major Crimes.
But while Super Channel is grabbing these American shows, it’s also supporting the Canadian television industry—and not just with these two pick-ups. The Super Channel Development Fund supports up-and-coming Canadian talent by offering financing to developing films and shows, and the company also leaps on projects like Canadian comic book hero documentary Lost Heroes, filling out its schedule with original and exciting CanCon–showing that there’s plenty for Canadians to offer on TV.
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