For the first time, Canada’s film and television awards have come together under a single umbrella in the form of the Canadian Screen Awards. The show was hosted by Martin Short, whose Jimmy Glick and Ed Grimley characters took part in the awards presentation.
On the film side of the Screenies, War Witch – an 2013 Oscar® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film – dominated with ten wins including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Supporting Actor. James Cromwell was named Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in Still Mine and Seema Biswas got the Best supporting Actress award for her role in Midnight’s Children.
For television, Best Comedy Series went to Less Than Kind, which soldiered on despite the loss of its lead actor, Maury Chaykin. Flashpoint, which has just completed its fifth and final season, took Best Dramatic Series and The Borgias nabbed Best International Drama.
Now, I’m genuinely excited about something. Several months ago the folks at IDW announced The X-Files was returning to comics. That announcement seemed like this would be confused as all they said was that they were essentially reprinting old X-Files comics. Today they made it official, Chris Carter is overseeing an official Season 10 series.
Similar to how Joss Whedon handled Buffy and Angel. I hope this each “season” doesn’t go as long as Buffy and Angel did. First 15 issues of Buffy Season 8 was just as good as the TV show but then it seemed like the Twilight Arc would never end – same with Angel: After The Fall. Maybe Carter has his mojo back and fixes the mess he created in the later seasons.
In the opening story arc, “Believers,” readers will catch up with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, living normal lives together under secret identities. However, a visit from an old friend threatens to rip them from suburban anonymity, as they learn that someone is preying upon everyone involved in THE X-FILES. I want Charlie darn it! Official press release is after the break.
The season premiere of Doctor Who: Series Eight – featuring the mystery of the Woman Twice Dead, the series premiere of cloning drama Orphan Black and the series premiere of Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist power the March highlights for BBC America. Plus the television premiere of Gizmodo: The Gadget Testers!
Also featured, as part of the ongoing celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, is Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited: The Third Doctor – plus new episodes of:Top Gear Season 19; Bang Goes the Theory; Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan; Ripper Street (one of the best new shows of the season) and The Graham Norton Show.
BBC America makes its first appearance at SXSW with its @BBCAMERICA Roadhouse (Brush Sq Park, E 4th & Trinity). Attractions include a live performance by Frank Turner and Skinny Lister, and a special 50th Anniversary tribute to Doctor Who by Video DJ Eclectic Method.
Follow the jump for a complete list of events and times.
Syfy has renewed its acquired scripted series Lost Girl for a 13-episode fourth season. The sexy supernatural series is centered on Anna Silk’s Bo, a succubus who is a relative newcomer to the Fae world and is learning about that world – and herself – as we do.
I religiously avoid reality TV – even the competition shows – because they’re usually all about editing heroes and villains out of (or from) people who are neither. I avoid NBC’s The Apprentice because I loathe its figurehead. On the other hand, Penn Jillette is one of the smartest, funniest people on the planet and listening to him talk about The Celebrity Apprentice – and his approach to All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (premiering Sunday, March 3rd) – is fascinating and very entertaining.
USA Network’s Psych (Wednesdays, 10/9C) returns for its seventh season with the conclusion to the season six cliffhanger that saw fake psychic Shawn’s father shot by a dirty cop. Santa Barbaratown 2, Lethal Weapon 5 pokes fun at buddy cop movies while moving quickly away from the drama of Henry’s shooting. It may not be the show’s best season premiere, but it does show that no one connected to the show is phoning it in. Hit or miss, Psych is still swinging for the fences.
If you are going to talk to an Olympian and have nothing to ask, you might as well embarrass yourself in front of the greatest one alive. Yes, yours truly recently had a chance to catch up with Olympic great Michael Phelps and his golfing coach Hank Haney – he only helped a little known golfer named Tiger Woods. Not content to just relax and enjoy a well-earned break from swimming, Phelps has decided that what he really wants to do with his life is fix his Golf Game.
Well, that was different. Seth MacFarlane brought some attitude to the Oscars® but was only intermittently successful. None of the alleged frontrunners dominated – other than the Best Picture award, Argo only nabbed two technical awards.
For those counting, the most awards any film got was four, by Life of Pi (Director, three technical awards) – Argo and Les Miserables (Supporting Actress, two technical awards) had three each. Django Unchained (Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay), Lincoln (Actor, Production Design) and Skyfall (Song, Sound Editing) each had two. Nine films had one each. That makes for a grand total of twenty-five – there was a rare tie: Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty received Oscars for Sound Editing.
For a brief commentary on the actual awards and a few thoughts on MacFarlane as host, follow the jump.