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Combat Hospital (ABC 2011 with Elias Koteas and Michelle Borth)

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RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 13 | AIRDATES: From Tuesday June 21, 2011 @ 10.00pm

CREATOR: Jinder Oujla-Chalmers | EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Daniel Petrie Jr, Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Gub Neal, Justin Thomson-Glover, Patrick Irwin, Simon Vaughan

Medical drama series Combat Hospital takes us back to 2006 and into the heart of Southern Afghanistan at the only military hospital in the area able to provide advanced surgical care. As the series begins trauma surgeon specialist Major Rebecca Gordon and newly graduated doctor Captain Bobby Trang arrive for duty at the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit based at Kandahar Airfield. It’s hardly the most salubrious or hygenic of environment, cobbled together out of wood and canvas and right in the firing line. The duo are working under the tutelage of Colonel Xavier Marks who soon makes it plain that they are in for a rude awakening.

Built on a massive 185,000 square foot set (the biggest ever mounted in Canada) in Toronto Combat Hospital is heavily authentic and full of fine detail. The location is based on the actual Kandahar Airfield and includes recreations of the helicopter landing zone, the “boardwalk” and the barracks (which is home to 15,000 people both military and civillian).

The series had the working title of The Hot Zone and is a US – Canada – UK co-production, it’s aired as a summer series fill in on ABC but given the amount that has been spent on it big things were clearly expected. Sadly only one season was made and in the US only 12 of the 13 episodes aired.

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ELIAS KOTEAS as Colonel Xavier Marks
MICHELLE BORTH as Dr Rebecca Gordon
LUKE MABLY as Dr Simon Hill
DEBORAH KARA UNGER as Major Grace Pedersen MD
TERRY CHEN as Captain Bobby Trang
ARNOLD PINNOCK as Commander Will Royal

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 21 June – 6 September 2011
1. WELCOME TO KANDAHAR (21 June 2011)
2. ENEMY WITHIN (28 June 2011)
3. IT’S MY PARTY (5 July 2011)
4. WRONG PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME (12 July 2011)
5. HELL’S BELLS (19 July 2011)
6. INNER TRUTH (26 July 2011)
7. RECKLESS (2 August 2011)
8. ON THE BRINK (9 August 2011)
9. SHIFTING SANDS (16 August 2011)
10. REASON TO BELIEVE (23 August 2011)
11. BROTHERS IN ARMS (Unaired originally scheduled for 30 August 2011)
12. TRIAGE (30 August 2011)
13. DO NO HARM (6 September 2011)

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True and the Rainbow Kingdom (Netflix 2017, Michela Luci, Jamie Watson)

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True and the Rainbow Kingdom

True is the guardian of the magical Rainbow Kingdom and the show’s bright and resilient girl lead. True, along with her best friend, Bartleby the cat, use ingenuity and creative thinking to solve problems big and small, and bring harmony and love to all.

The series is based on artwork by the Friends With You fine art collective and its positive messages of Magic, Luck, and Friendship.

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Michela Luci as True
Jamie Watson as Bartleby
Dante Zee as Zee
Eric Peterson as Rainbow King
Anna Claire Bartlam as Grizelda
Julie Lemieux as TTT Bus

crew details
Samuel Borkson, Arturo Sandoval as Creators

show type
children’s aimated comedy

broadcast from
Friday 11 August 2017

network and production companies
Netflix – Guru Studio – Home Plate Entertainment – i am OTHER

country
Canada

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Pure (CBC 2017, Ryan Robbins, Paxton-Beesley)

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Pure CBC 2017

Pure is the story of a Mennonite pastor trying to protect his family and preserve his faith while battling drug trafficking within his community. Inspired by true events, Pure was created and written by Michael Amo (The Listener) and directed by Ken Girotti (Orphan Black, Vikings), with Cineflix Media Inc.’s SVP of Scripted, Brett Burlock and President, Peter Emerson serving as Executive Producers, along with Girotti and Two East’s David MacLeod.

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Ryan Robbins
A.J. Buckley
Alex Paxton-Beesley
Peter Outerbridge
Rosie Perez

key behind the scenes crew
Brett Burlock as Executive Producer
David MacLeod as Executive Producer
Ken Girotti as Director of pilot
Michael Amo as Creator / Executive Producer
Peter Emerson as Executive Producer

show type
drama

broadcast from
2017

network and production companies
CBS – Cineflix Media – Two East Productions

country
Canada

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Defying Gravity (BBC-ABC 2009 with Ron Livingston and Laura Harris)

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USA – Canada – UK – Germany / BBC-ABC-CTV / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 August – 23 October 2009

Creator: James Parriott / Producers: Ron French, Sheri Elwood

In the scifi drama series Defying Gravity we follow a team of eight astronauts (four men, four women) as they explore our solar system aboard the ship The Antares, on a six year mission. Closely monitored by Mission Control back on Earth it soon becomes obvious that some unseen force is directing them in strange ways. Maddux Donner is ships engineer, Evram Mintz is the doctor, Jen Crane the biologist, Nadia Schilling is the pilot, Zoe Barnes is a geologist, Ted Shaw is the commander of the ship, Steve Wassenfelder is physicist and Paula Morales is the lander pilot.

Played pretty straight, like an updated version of the BBC’s Moonbase 3, Defying Gravity probably suffered from its pan-country financing and the idea about the constant filming of the crew for a documentary series back on Earth seems designed purely to cater for the reality TV fan, it builds nicely though and once it becomes obvious that something is going to happen when the ships lands on Venus the tension mounts quite a bit.

Three seasons were planned but it was not to be.

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RON LIVINGSTON as Maddux Donner

LAURA HARRIS as Zoe Barnes

CHRISTINA COX as Jen Crane

MALIK YOBA as Ted Shaw

FLORENTINE LAHME as Nadia Sschilling

EYAL PODELL as Evram Mintz

PAULA GARCES as Paula Morales

DYLAN TAYLOR as Steve Wassenfinder

KAREN LEBLANC as Eve Weller-Shaw

ANDREW AIRLIE as Mike Goss

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