Well, it’s another Tuesday and, for now, another new Flashpoint episode on CTV. This one is called Wild Card and, as it turns out, there’s some shuffling going on.
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First, tonight’s episode of Flashpoint is Wild Card (4×10) and boy does it have another slate of hard-working and well-travelled Canadian actors including, but not limited to Camille Sullivan and Arlene Duncan.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU HAVEN’T DONE?
Camille Sullivan has been on pretty much every major Canadian scripted drama from Da Vinci’s Inquest through Intelligence and up to (what some see as) Flashpoint’s homegrown direct competitor, Rookie Blue. She’s also worked a fair stretch across the border and in major motion pictures (she was “Cricket” in The Butterfly Effect, among others). She certainly has the chops to sink into the healthy fare which Flashpoint usually serves up for its guest stars.
Arlene Duncan has a similarly widespread résumé (I think actors have a different vernacular for résumé like filmography but it escapes me at the moment) (besides filmography sounds like a class no one took in college) which includes — and I’m not even kidding — The Littlest Hobo! She’s currently best known for playing the adorably crusty Fatima on Little Mosque on the Prairie but the oddest two bits about her résufilmograthingie is that her first acting role is listed as Three Card Monte and she also had a role in Zoe Busiak: Wild Card.
What? I like a little serendipitous wordplay in the afternoon.
I think it will be interesting to see what these two veterans bring to the Flashpoint table along with their co-starring guesties, Billy MacLellan (Combat Hospital, Republic of Doyle, Rookie Blue), the inimitable Lawrence Bayne (Black Robe, Living in Your Car, Black Hole High), and of course spec-fic junkie JR Bourne (no relation to Jason) who has a history which reads like the horror/fantasy/science fiction section of a video store — which, for you kids, is this place where we old people used to go to rent movies. Jordan Hayes rounds out the guestie cast and while she’s certainly the newest of the bunch, she is a cutie who may have the potential to break out into bigger roles.
And, speaking of relations, in keeping with the Flashpoint Heads-of-State’s wish to keep things fresh, Brett Sullivan (who directed eleven episodes of The Border) gets to take his first spin of the SRU Command Truck. Brett Sullivan and Camille Sullivan? Coincidence? I don’t know because I didn’t have time to do any more research than scanning IMDb (which of course means I’ve done more research than the average FOX News reporter).
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY COMPLETE.
So, in the run-up for Flashpoint’s October 18 debut on ION Television (and return to the U.S. airwaves), I started creating wallpaper images to introduce the main characters to the ION viewership. Of course, I was operating blindly and assumed they would start, at least in part, from the beginning.
Never make assumption as it makes an ass out of you and the umption. Wait, that’s not…
Anyway, as we now know, ION will hit the ground running with Shockwave and Grounded and more season 4 episodes. So, while I’ve completed two series of Flashpoint on ION images, the last set includes one of Raf alongside a team photo from season 1. So, you know, a bit of a fail on my part.
Hopefully, I can complete a smaller, third series in the next week which I’ve decided will avoid the rogues gallery approach so as to lessen any of the confusion I may have sown.
The road to good is paved with hellish intentions. Wait, that’s not…
SPEAKING OF THREE CARD MONTE…
Next week, CTV has Flashpoint scheduled on Saturday at 10 PM. No word yet on whether this is an official slot change or just a one-off. Either way, it has something to do with Simon Cowell’s American version of X-Factor (the talent competition, not the mutant team) (although…) and yet another reason for me to shake my fist at reality television.
Short version of an hours long rant: Reality television hasn’t been good since Eco Challenge. Of course, Eco Challenge launched Mark Burnett and Mark Burnett is the Grand Pooba of reality TV, so it’s a bit of a mixed affair.
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