Showcase’s 2017/2018 schedule has been announced!

Showcase has announced its 2017/2018 lineup!

Bolstering Showcase’s lineup is the captivating new fall series, The Sinner. Executive produced by and starring Jessica Biel, the series follows a young mother (Biel) who is overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage and commits a startling act of violence, and to her horror has no idea why.

Also coming soon to Showcase, is the gripping new scripted drama Absentia, which stars Canadian Stana Katic (Castle) as an FBI agent who disappears without a trace and is declared dead, only to be found barely alive six years later with no memory of the years that have passed, and soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.

As well, based on the comic book series, the all-new drama for 2018 is Marvel’s Runaways, the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. Also finding a home on the network is the fourth season of the Golden Globe®-winning series Transparent 

Signature hits returning to Showcase this fall include: season two of Travelers, featuring an all-Canadian cast led by Eric McCormack and new this season, Enrico Colantoni; the third season of the suspenseful Golden Globe-winning hacker series Mr. Robot; and season three of Supergirl.

Showcase Free Giveaways – Week 1

Happy new year! We’re celebrating all things Showcase this month with giveaways and other surprises. Plus don’t forget Showcase is on FREE PREVIEW until Jan. 31.

Tell us the #1 reason you love Lost Girl and you could win one amazing Lost Girl prize pack! Visit our Facebook page for your chance to win.

This is Week 1 of our giveaway celebration and to kick things off with a bang we’re calling all the Lost Girl fans out there. Keep watching our Facebook page for your chance to win an amazing Lost Girl prize pack.

Plus at the end of this week we’ll be pulling something extra special out of our hat. Do you believe in magic? Stay tuned!

Showcase Free Preview, January 2016!

Celebrate the new year with a Showcase FREE PREVIEW! With top tier dramas, blockbuster movies and incomparable star power, there is no better place to start your year than with us at Showcase. View the Showcase Channel Listings here.

This January catch The Magicians, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, Satisfaction, Rizzoli and Isles and much more.

In addition to this month’s free preview, we’ll be rolling out weekly giveaways for the entire month to celebrate Showcase with you, including exclusive digital downloads like Outlander wallpaper, Lost Girl wallpaper, Sherlock postcards, all eight episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Mr. Robot wallpaper.  Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for your chance to take part in our month-long free giveaway bonanza!

Happy New Year!

Showcase 2015 Fan Expo Schedule

This labour day weekend we’re bringing Lost Girl, Continuum, Mr. Robot, HavenOutlander and more to this year’s Fan Expo. We’ve got screenings, signings, giveaways, wedding ops, photo ops, fan videos and show props – all for you, the fans! Below is a full schedule of what we’re getting up to this weekend, so be sure to stop by booth #1448 to get a full dose of Showcase during your time at Fan Expo this year.

Booth Activities: Friday, September 3rd, 4pm – Sunday, September 6th, 5pm
Visit us at booth #1448 to interact with props, costumes and sets from Continuum and Lost Girl. And if you are so inclined, you can get married to a highlander - Outlander style – anytime over the course of the weekend. Also don’t miss daily giveaways of end-of-series Continuum and Lost Girl collector item posters.

Lost Girl Thank you Promo Shoot, Thursday 5-9pm – Showcase Booth
Join us Thursday, September 3rd at Fan Expo in Toronto for the opportunity to record your own personal “Thank You” message to the cast and crew of Lost Girl.

Continuum Screening, room 701B, Thursday at 7pm
Ep.402 “Rush Hour”
Kellog leverages Alec by exploiting his weakness…Emily. Kiera attempts to negotiate with him unaware that Liber8 have other, darker plans. Meanwhile Alec, tired of feeling helpless, impulsively sets off to save Emily on his own.Get up to speed by watching the Continuum Season 4 Premiere online here. 

Mr. Robot screening, room 701A, Friday at 3:30pm
Ep.102 “Ones and Zeroes”
Elliot tries to lead a normal life, but can’t escape fsociety. Gideon, meanwhile, grows suspicious; and Tyrell plays dirty. Get up to speed by watching the Mr. Robot Series Premiere online here.

Q&A with Christian Slater room 701A, following the screening, Friday at 4:30pm

Christian Slater autograph session, Friday at 5:30pm – Showcase Booth 

Lost Girl Screening, room 701B, Saturday at 5:30pm
Ep.510 “Like Father, Like Daughter”
Bo risks life and limb to retrieve an elusive Fae painting for a friend.  Lauren makes a stunning revelation. Get up to speed by watching the Lost Girl Midseason Premiere online here.

Watch the Haven midseason premiere before anyone else! 
Haven screening, room 701A, Sunday at 3:30pm
Ep.514 “New World Order”
As Duke unleashes troubles across town, Haven’s heroes fight to maintain stability.

Follow us for updates over the course of the weekend on Twitter: @showcasedotca

Watch a Special Pre-Release of Mr. Robot, Continuum and Lost Girl

We’re launching the Fall 2015 lineup with a massive pre-linear, multi-platform sampling opportunity for the premiere episodes of three highly anticipated series.

The premiere episode of Mr. Robot is available now, exclusively on ETCanada.com and Showcase.ca, before being made available on over a dozen platforms alongside the premiere episodes for the final seasons of two fan-favourite Canadian original series’, Continuum and Lost Girl, beginning August 21.

These platforms include Shaw Media digital properties: Action-tv.ca, ETCanada.com, MyLifetimeTV.ca, Slice.ca, Showcase.ca, GlobalTV.com, and the Global Go App; on YouTube, iTunes, on set-top box with most major television providers through Global On Demand and Showcase on Demand, the accompanying online portal for Showcase on Demand, and with Canadian streaming service, shomi (available August 25).

Fall 2015 Premieres
Mr. Robot Season 1 (10×60) premieres Friday, September 4 at 10pm ET/PT
Continuum Season 4 (6×60) premieres Friday, September 4 at 9pm ET/PT
Lost Girl Season 5B (8×60) special premiere time on Sunday, September 6 at 9pm ET/9:30pm PT (September 13 onwards, Lost Girl airs Sundays at 9pmET/PT)

We will continue to showcase the Fall slate of critically acclaimed dramas and thrillers at this year’s 2015 Fan Expo Canada, running September 3-6, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Showcase 2015 Fan Expo Canada Screening Schedule
Thursday, September 3: Continuum, Season 4, Episode 2
Friday, September 4: Mr. Robot, Season 1, Episode 2
Saturday, September 5: Lost Girl, Season 5B, Episode 2
Sunday, September 6: Haven, Season 5B, Episode 1

Bad People Make Good TV on ‘UnREAL’

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes on reality dating shows? On UnREAL, Lifetime’s new comedic drama premiering next week, we meet the crew of top TV reality series Everlasting, as they do whatever it takes to manipulate the contestants into creating shocking, dramatic television.

Constance Zimmer (House of Cards) plays the show’s demanding executive producer Quinn, who pushes young producer Rachel (Shiri Appleby, Girls) into meddling with the contestants’ lives and relationships as they compete for the love of the show’s handsome suitor, Adam (Freddie Stroma, Pitch Perfect). Drama ensues as Quinn offers Rachel cash bonuses for stirring more controversy and creating outrageous footage for the sake of compelling television.

Other stars in the cast include Craig Bierko (Damages) as Everlasting‘s eccentric creator, Chet, and Josh Kelly (One Life to Live) as Jeremy, a cameraman who is Rachel’s ex-boyfriend. Everlasting‘s contestants include Grace, portrayed by Nathalie Kelley (The Fast and the Furious), who immediately wins Adam’s heart; Anna, played by Johanna Braddy (Shameless), who is classy and shrewd, with her eye on the prize; Faith, a sensitive and vulnerable tomboy from the South portrayed by Breeda Wool (Betas); and Mary, played by Ashley Scott (Jericho), a gorgeous single mom who has been unlucky in love. Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries) will guest star as Britney, a contestant who has no filter and isn’t on Everlasting to make any friends.

Catch a sneak peek of UnREAL below, and don’t forget to tune in on Monday June 1st at 10pm for the special premiere event on Showcase.

’12 Monkeys’ coming to Showcase in 2015

Based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam-directed film, 12 Monkeys stars Aaron Stanford (Nikita, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2) as time-traveller Cole. The 13-episode series from Universal Cable Productions began filming in Toronto this summer.

Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, which commemorates its 20th anniversary next year, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of a time traveller from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race.

The time travel series also stars Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars, Center Stage) as Cassandra Railly; Kirk Acevedo (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Black Donnellys) as Ramse; and Noah Bean (Nikita, Damages) as Aaron Marker. Recurring cast include Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell on Wheels) and Canadian Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue, Cosmopolis).

12 Monkeys is slated to air in 2015 on Showcase.

Defiance Recap: 213 ‘I Almost Prayed’

Watch the episode online here. Below, some highlights from the episode. [WARNING: SPOILERS, SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!]
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Votan terraforming, stage one: take the urban out of urban jungle

“Do you know how many people I’ve killed?” “Do you know how many people you can still save?” That statement from Irisa, and the response from her father-by-adoption Nolan, perfectly encapsulates the finale of Defiance S02. Episode 13, “Almost Prayed” (titled after the song by The Weather Prophets) sees all of the major characters take steps to save their community, city, indeed their entire world; it’s a great title, because this is an episode about action to effect change, versus praying for help from a higher power. And of course, there is a power at work: the ship Kaziri’s Arkbrain, which has taken over Irisa in order to execute a long-dormant software program that will terraform the planet. Some characters make small sacrifices in this episode, some of them risk their very lives, but everyone focusses on the future. Hard not to, of course, with the aforementioned community/city/world crumbling before their eyes in the wake of the Votan “rapture.”

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Pilar and Stahma: the art of the matriarch

Easily the most selfish of these sacrifices involves the Tarr and McCawley families, the former reunited after a season of inter-family warring, the latter reunited (albeit with Rafe behind bars) after years of separation now that matriarch Pilar has returned to rule the roost. Alak and Christie, children of both families, married and expecting a child, agree to go to a commune with Pilar in order to spare their child the disdain of everyday world, which frowns on non-human/human mixed races. It’s difficult for everyone involved to let the couple leave, but the big picture involves the long-term welfare of their respective lineages. It’s impressive seeing the depth of love in the characters of the usually cruel Castithans, Stahma and Data. With the ultimate revelation this episode that Pilar’s commune does not exist and that she has kidnapped Alak and Christie on behalf of a yet-to-be-revealed agency, it will surely be impressive watching the Tarrs bring down their wrath next season.

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Doc Yewll: hands up, with a hands-on solution for the Irisa problem

There’s a little bit of good in everyone (well, except Pilar) in this episode. Doc Yewll returns from exile with a solution guaranteed to solve the Irisa crisis and restore the planet; granted, that solution involves killing Irisa, but… As the relationship between Amanda and Niles continues to flourish, they make the difficult decision to assist Doc Yewll. In death, Tommy’s character is manipulated by the Votan program in order to trick Irisa into fulfilling its goals, but Tommy’s moral fibre is so strong that Irisa refuses to believe the false face being presented to him. Berlin, down but not out, celebrates Tommy’s life (albeit in a bar) and makes sure that none of their compadres forgets him.

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And then there’s Nolan… Arrested by Pottinger over the legitimate concern that he will interfere with the plot to assassinate Irisa, he does what Nolan does best: refuse to take “no” for an answer. In the name of pure love, driven by the conviction that Irisa is a good person deep down inside, he escapes custody, prevents Doc Yewll and Amanda from killing his daughter, takes Irisa inside the Kiziri and manages to stop the terraformer. Too late? The ship crumbles around them and there is no time to escape. The final shot sees the two of them not so much trapped as they are wrapped in one of the ship’s hundreds of cocoons. They look peaceful, arguably happy. Do they know that they are alive? Are they alive? What are the cocoons? We’ll have to wait for S03 to know for sure. With the way Defiance spins its stories, you can bet that the answer will be worth the wait.

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Nolan and Irisa: cocooned, not killed — though their final fate remains to be seen.

See you next season on the Defiance blog!!

Defiance Recap: 212 ‘All Things Must Pass’

Watch the full episode HERE.

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Pilar and Rafe: reunited but separated

 

More macabre menace in the title of the latest (and second-last) episode of Defiance S02: “All Things Must Pass,” after the George Harrison song, is full of implicit threat. The 12 main characters caught up in what amounts to three major plot threads are all faced to deal with passing in various ways, none of it pleasant. Perhaps the most innocuous of the lot is the reunion of Rafe, imprisoned, with his ex-wife, Pilar, in a very emotional through-the-prison-walls conversation (particularly superb acting from Graham Greene, here). Reconciliation does seem to be a possibility for this couple, but let’s not forget that we have yet to learn why exactly Pilar has returned to the town of Defiance. When Rafe asks her is she is “still sick” and says that he knows people who can help her, and she declines… Well, I’m going to infer that she has come home in time to die; just, not this episode. Then again, knowing Defiance, Pilar could be another militant-with-agenda character. Surely, we’ll get to the bottom of this in the finale.

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Stahma and Datak: unbelievably, this is not a Castithan body ritual

 

For a nasty reconciliation story of a different colour (pallor?), look no further than Stahma and Datak, kidnapped by Niles Potting as a “gift” (my term) for his crush, Amanda. Yes, Niles has discovered that the Tarrs killed and buried Amanda’s sister, and he puts a gun in his maybe-girlfriend’s hands then walks her up to the bound prisoners. In a riveting will she/won’t she sequence, with superb dialogue among all three players, Amanda barely manages to restrain herself. Having escaped third-party judgement alive, Stahma and Datak renew their commitment to one another and, classic Castithan, go out and kill all of the members of Datak’s posse whom Stahma originally convinced to betray him. The only thing better than Stahma as a crimelord? Stahma and Datak.

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Nolan and Tommy: “You brought the instructions but forgot the tent?”

 

Of course, the real plotline that has all Defiance fans on the edge of their seats is the “Irisa got duped into destroying the world” thread, which in this episode advances to a literally earth-shaking degree. First, alas, the death of Tommy, despite Nolan’s valiant effort to rescue him. My money had been on Tommy surviving, but as the “marry me” flashbacks prove, he never would have been able to get through to Irisa even if she was still herself. As the Votan terraformers are sent to raze the earth’s cities in a spectacular closing sequence, it looks like only one person can stop Irisa: the disgraced, exiled Doc Yewll, who has to say a truly final farewell to her dead lover in order to become something she has never been before: a hero.

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Votan terraformers: the reversal of the concept of building from the ground up 

 

Watch new episodes of Defiance Thursdays at 10PM ET/PT.