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Recent articles by Debra:

‘Sharing your joy with the world’: A new Mariah Carey special and more holiday TV

“Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues” debuts and there’s lots of other stuff, from holiday rom-coms to classic movies to a new Peanuts special. → Read More

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s art and turbulent life will be the subject of new exhibit ‘Frida: Immersive Dream’

“She was absolutely full of life, but her life was a very serious mix of pain and love. And what she did as an artist, she was very open and honest ab... → Read More

Julia Ogden’s surprise reveal on ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ turns out to be actor Hélène Joy’s too

Spoiler alert: When the actor learned she was pregnant showrunner Peter Mitchell decided to make Julia pregnant too. Joy says it’s been great fun to b... → Read More

The Stratford Festival will return with 10 productions in four theatres in 2022

A highlight of the season, the festival’s 70th, will be the grand reopening of the Tom Patterson Theatre with ‘Richard III,’ which was postponed in 20... → Read More

David Mirvish gets ‘sorted’ into a Hogwarts house in honour of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

“Harry Potter” mania appears to be with us once again, what with the 20th anniversary of the first film, the announcement of an HBO Max reunion specia... → Read More

Can Dexter find redemption, with a new season (and new blood)?

Michael C. Hall reprises the role he says is “as fascinating and mysterious to me as he is to anybody else.” “Dexter: New Blood” debuts Nov. 7 at 9 p.... → Read More

Sleeping in the desert and getting his ‘Godzilla face’ on: how Toronto actor Shamier Anderson immersed himself in ‘Invasion’

Scarborough actor plays an American Navy SEAL in the Apple TV Plus series about an alien invasion. But he didn’t really know what the show was about u... → Read More

Kevin Wendt is proud to offer a Canadian take on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

‘I think it kind of brings us back to what the show is all about,’ says the Toronto ‘Bachelorette Canada,’ ‘Bachelor Winter Games’ and ‘Paradise’ vete... → Read More

‘The Queen’s Gambit’? ‘WandaVision’? ‘Mare of Easttown’? Limited Series is the category to watch at Sunday’s Emmy Awards

The most competitive 2021 Emmys race is among the limited series, with a tough choice between ‘I May Destroy You,’ ‘Mare of Easttown,’ ‘The Queen’s Ga... → Read More

Victor Garber found ‘the miracle of chemistry’ with his three TV kids in ‘Family Law’

The veteran actor says the Global TV dramedy is one of the best experiences he’s had as an actor. It joins a handful of Canadian scripted shows debuti... → Read More

‘Bachelor Canada’ winner Bianka Kamber is back to find ‘her perfect match’ on ‘Bachelor in Paradise Canada’

The cast of the first season of ‘Paradise’ in Canada also includes Brendan Scanzano from Katie Thurston’s ‘Bachelorette’ season, U.S. ‘Paradise’ villa... → Read More

In ‘Sort Of,’ a straight white male and a queer brown trans-feminine creator combined to make a groundbreaking TV show

Fab Filippo and Bilal Baig found a creative connection when they acted together in a play. They channelled that into ‘Sort Of,’ the first Canadian TV ... → Read More

Joshua Jackson says Christopher Duntsch was ‘a terrible human being,’ but it was very rewarding to play him in ‘Dr. Death’

‘The outcome of what he did is so outlandishly bad that my initial instinct was to want him to be a simple villain’ but ‘he’s much more compelling and... → Read More

Creators, director and cast members of ‘Come From Away’ on bringing the musical to TV during COVID

For Jenn Colella, Petrina Bromley, Christopher Ashley, David Hein and Irene Sankoff it was magical and emotional being back inside a Broadway theatre ... → Read More

‘Schitt’s Creek’ alum tries a corset on for size in the gothic horror series ‘Chapelwaite’

Emily Hampshire shares top billing with Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the series adapted from Stephen King’s ‘Jerusalem’s Lot,’ debuting Aug. 22 on CTV... → Read More

Deprived of travel? Here are some TV offerings that let you live vicariously through idyllic settings, with a twist

Whether it’s the luxury Hawaiian resort of “The White Lotus,” the tropical paradise of “Fantasy Island” or the upscale wellness retreat of “Nine Perfe... → Read More

‘The Bachelorette’s’ Toronto nice guy Brendan flew under the drama radar this season but had fans asking, ‘who is this guy?’

Firefighter talks about his connection with star Katie, his friendship with fellow Canadian Blake, and how his ‘Bachelorette’ experience was ‘almost l... → Read More

Comedian Eddie Izzard will reopen the CAA Theatre with shows Aug. 7 and 8

Izzard, who is in Toronto shooting a TV series, will perform “Eddie Izzard The Remix: 1988-2018’ and ‘Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations’ for Mirvish... → Read More

In ‘The Pursuit of Love’ and other period shows, women push back against the conventions that bind

Netflix hit ‘Bridgerton,’ Amazon Prime’s ‘The Great’ and Apple TV Plus’s ‘Dickinson,’ ‘The Pursuit of Love’ gives its female characters a measure of s... → Read More

TV special will honour Terry Fox 40 years after his death

Factory Theatre announces it’s new season; Opera Atelier debuts the film ‘Angel’ in October; Super Channel, CBC and BBC will air the period murder mys... → Read More