Prime time, eh: 28 Canadians on U.S. networks this fall
TORONTO — The five major U.S. networks have unveiled their Fall 2014 prime time schedules and, as always, they are packed with Canadian talent.
On any given night next season, viewers can watch actors from all parts of Canada on American shows — whether it’s Nova Scotia’s Diego Klattenhoff hunting villains on The Blacklist or Vancouver-raised Grace Park dodging bullets on Hawaii Five-0.
Of course, Canada itself is showcased in a handful of prime time shows. ABC’s Once Upon A Time is shot in and around Vancouver and Fox’s Gracepoint was made on Vancouver Island. The CW series Reign is made in Toronto and Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural and The 100 are all filmed in B.C.
(Mid-season shows Beauty and the Beast and iZombie are shot in Toronto and Coquitlam, B.C. respectively.)
Here’s a day-by-day look at some of the Canadian talent that will be shining bright on the five major U.S. networks’ prime time schedules this fall:
Emily Van Camp and Henry Czerny – Revenge
ABC’s Revenge stars Emily Van Camp, the 28-year-old native of Port Perry, Ont. who once starred opposite Rookie Blue‘s Gregory Smith in the series Everwood and then made a splash as part of the ensemble of Brothers & Sisters. Revenge also features Toronto-born veteran actor Henry Czerny, a graduate of the National Theatre School in Montreal whose credits include Mission: Impossible with Tom Cruise and Clear and Present Danger with Harrison Ford.
Matt Craven and Mark Hildreth – Resurrection
Craven, of Port Colborne, Ont., returns as Sheriff Fred Langston for the second season of Resurrection on ABC. The 57-year-old is familiar for roles on NCIS and movies like the Montreal-shot White House Down. Vancouver-born Hildreth, 36, plays Pastor Tom Hale on Resurrection. A graduate of the National Theatre School in Montreal, he’s the longtime partner of Beauty and the Beast star Kristin Kreuk.
Gil Bellows – CSI: Cyber
The new CBS series CSI: Cyber includes Vancouver’s Gil Bellows in its cast. The 46-year-old is best known for starring on Ally McBeal and in the movie The Shawshank Redemption.
Donal Logue – Gotham
The Ottawa-born actor, who had a recurring role this season on Law & Order: SVU, plays Det. Harvey Bullock on the new Fox series Gotham. Logue, 48, was born in the nation’s capital but spent most of his early life in England and California.
Diego Klattenhoff – The Blacklist
The 35-year-old from French River, Nova Scotia returns for a second season as Agent Donald Ressler on the hit NBC series The Blacklist (which airs in Canada on Global). Klattenhoff moved to Toronto as a teenager and landed the role of Rachel McAdams’ boyfriend in Mean Girls.
Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic – Castle
Fillion and Katic are back for a seventh season on ABC’s Castle — the only U.S. network show with two Canadian leads. Fillion, 43, hails from Edmonton, and Katic, 36, was born and raised in Hamilton, Ont.
Daniel Gillies – The Originals
Gillies, who stars as Elijah Mikaelson in The CW hit The Originals, was born in Winnipeg but moved to his parents’ native New Zealand as a child. He later returned to Canada in search of work and then settled in Los Angeles. Canadian fans also know the 38-year-old from his roles on homegrown shows like Street Legal and Saving Hope.
Brett Dier – Jane the Virgin
The 24-year-old actor stars in The CW’s new series Jane the Virgin. Born in London, Ont., Dier excelled at swimming and music — he is a classically trained pianist — before he started acting in 2006. He had recurring roles on Bomb Girls, The L.A. Complex and Ravenswood.
Hannah Simone – New Girl
Although born in England, Simone spent her early childhood in Calgary and, after some time overseas, settled in B.C. After graduating from Toronto’s Ryerson University, she worked on Canadian television before heading south and landing the role of Cece Parekh on Fox’s New Girl. The 33-year-old is back for a fourth season.
Barbara Eve Harris – Forever
The 55-year-old actress was born in Tobago but moved with her family to Ottawa when she was just six years old. Familiar for roles on Prison Break and the Canadian series Side Effects, Harris is now playing Lt. Marcia Roarke on the new ABC series Forever.
Tom Cavanagh – The Flash
Ottawa-born Cavanagh is one of the stars of the Arrow spin-off The Flash on The CW. (Both series are shot in Vancouver.) After studying in Quebec and then at Queen’s University in Kingston, he worked on TV commercials and in theatrical productions before landing the lead in the series Ed. The 50-year-old plays Harrison Wells on The Flash.
AJ Cook – Criminal Minds
The Oshawa, Ont. native is back for a 10th season of the CBS series Criminal Minds, on which she plays Jennifer Jareau. Cook, 35, grew up in nearby Whitby, Ont. and once starred opposite Hayden Christensen in the Vancouver-shot series Higher Ground.
Stephen Amell – Arrow
Amell, a native of Toronto, will be back in Vancouver for a third season as Oliver Queen on The CW hit Arrow. Now 33, the actor appeared on Toronto-shot series like Queer As Folk, Degrassi: The Next Generation and Flashpoint before heading south for roles on CSI: Miami, NCIS: Los Angeles, Hung and Private Practice.
Marie Avgeropoulos and Devon Bostick – The 100
Born in Thunder Bay, Ont., Avgeropoulos’ list of credits include movies like 50/50 (starring fellow Canadian Seth Rogen) and the made-in-Vancouver Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief as well as TV shows like Fringe and 90210. She now stars as Octavia in The CW’s Vancouver-shot series The 100 along with Toronto’s Devon Bostick — an actor best known for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies.
Tamara Taylor – Bones
Kevin Zegers and Patrick Gilmore – Gracepoint
The new B.C.-shot Fox series Gracepoint has several Canadians in its cast, including Woodstock, Ont. native Kevin Zegers and Edmonton-born Patrick Gilmore. (The show also stars Montreal’s Darcy Laurie and B.C.’s Giacomo Baessato.) Zegers, 29, is familiar for roles in several Air Bud movies as well as films like Transamerica, The Colony and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Gilmore, 37, is best known for his roles in sci-fi series like Battlestar Galactica and Stargate Universe and for playing Tom Drexler on The Killing.
Will Arnett – The Millers
Arnett, 44, returns for the sophomore season of the CBS comedy series The Millers (which airs in Canada on Global). The Toronto-born funnyman is well known for Arrested Development and his recurring role on 30 Rock.
Megan Follows – Reign
Toronto’s Megan Follows, 46, is best known for portraying Anne Shirley in the 1985 Anne of Green Gables miniseries. The prolific actress is back for a second season on The CW’s made-in-Toronto series Reign as Catherine de’Medici.
Nina Dobrev – Vampire Diaries
Dobrev was born in Bulgaria (her birth name is Nikolina Dobreva) but moved to Toronto with her family when she was two years old. She became famous in her adoptive country for playing Mia Jones on Degrassi: The Next Generation and followed with more than a dozen jobs in films and television before landing a starring role on The Vampire Diaries. The CW series returns for a sixth season.
Robert Herjavek and Kevin O’Leary – Shark Tank
ABC’s popular Shark Tank, in which entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of investors, has a wealth of Canadian content. Montreal-born Kevin O’Leary, who graduated from both the University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario, is the investor known as “Mr. Wonderful.” Also bidding on ideas is Robert Herjavec, a longtime Toronto resident and graduate of the University of Toronto who was born in Croatia.
Grace Park – Hawaii Five-0
Park was born in Los Angeles but her family moved to Vancouver when she was an infant and Park grew up in the city and studied at the University of British Columbia. Now 40, Park was on the made-in-Vancouver series Battlestar Galactica before debuting on the CBS reboot of Hawaii Five-0 in 2010. In Canada, it airs on Global.
Len Cariou – Blue Bloods
The veteran actor from Winnipeg returns for another season as Henry Reagan on the CBS series Blue Bloods. The 74-year-old was a fixture on the Canadian theatre scene while working steadily on American films and television.
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