Henson Hit Series ‘Fraggle Rock’ to Make Television Return on HBO

fragglerockBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

The worlds of Humans, Doozers, Gorgs, and Fraggles will be returning to television in the here and now (and in a digitally remastered form). So dance your cares away and tune in for Fraggle Rock this winter, 2016 on HBO. Muppet creator Jim Henson described Fraggle Rock as “a small place just beyond everyday reality.” The show followed a race of characters known as the Fraggles who showed an enthusiasm for play, adventure and singing songs. The Fraggles’ world existed between that of the humans, a large race of creatures when compared in size to the Fraggles and the Gorgs, an even larger race of creatures. Only the Gorgs took any real notice of Fraggles.

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Northwood Entertainment Searches for the Next CBC’s Anne Shirley

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Canadian film and television media company Northwood Entertainment has begun a worldwide search for the lead of Anne, an ongoing series based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless classic “Anne of Green Gables”. Greenlit by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), production for Anne will begin in the summer of 2016 with an initial Season One commitment of eight episodes. The series will premiere sometime in 2017.

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The Man Behind the Cigarette, William B. Davis

Where There's Smoke cover hi res

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

presenting at
Institute of the Arts
210 – 112 East 3rd Ave
Vancouver, BC

Sunday, November 15th at 7pm

William B. Davis is not just the Cigarette-Smoking Man (CSM) from FOX TV‘s cult hit, The X-Files (due to return in a mini-series next year). He is a well-respected veteran of the Canadian theatre scene. He directed A Man for All Seasons for United Players of Vancouver and he has plans for new productions. Anyone who has followed his career may recall his work with Sherlock Holmes, Stuff Happens, and The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.

But for those more familiar with his work in X-files, he can’t say too much about what’s to come. The cigarette smoking man is back, for a very enigmatic character, the man behind the veil of smoke is a gentle soul. His life prior to X-Files is written in the aptly named memoir, Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man.

This book looks at his life from his youth to getting the role as the CSM (with some thoughts on the production) to a chapter that deals with life after the series. The book was published in 2011, and its information is still relevant today; It very nicely details how Canadian theatre evolved. Davis’ involvement is huge. He also recaps what X-Files is all about. If fans want a quick way to get up to speed before the new series, this book does the job.

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Thar Be Treasures Found in Pirate’s Passage! A Review

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Available for streaming on CBC

Once when the word pirate is uttered, most people will think about the romance of sailing upon the high seas and catching sight of raging sunrises. These folks lived a scoundrel’s life and the only law they obeyed by was their own. Truth be told, life was not always rough; there’s more to how they endured for centuries than in how they are portrayed in cinema. In what one person values as property can become a ransom for high dollars under the right situation. In Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) animated film, Pirate’s Passage, that idea is played for high stakes.

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