Shaw Media and Indian Grove Productions have announced that production has begun on the new Global TV medical drama Remedy.
The new Canadian-made series, set to air in 2014, is described as a “high stakes, prime-time medical drama promis[ing] a distinctive ‘upstairs/downstairs’ glimpse behind the scenes of a downtown hospital, and goes beyond the OR and the ER to reveal the compelling community who together make the healing happen.”
Remedytakes a unique approach to a well-worn TV genre by depicting an urban hospital through the eyes of new orderly Griffin (Dillon Casey), who is also a med-school dropout and son of the Chief of Staff (Enrico Colantoni, soon to be seen in the Veronica Mars movie). Other members of this medical family include Griffin’s surgeon sister Melissa (Sara Canning), their sibling Sandy (Sarah Allen), eldest daughter and ICU nurse, and Slings and Arrows’ Martha Burns as the siblings’ absentee mom, described as “high functioning family drunk and power attorney.”
As Griffin works “downstairs” in the hospital, he meets a colourful crew of co-workers, including The Red Green Show’s Patrick McKenna as his supervisor. Also in the mix are Matt Ward as Sandy’s fiancé and Genelle Rivers as a female co-worker who catches Griffin’s eye.
“The production team has assembled a fiercely talented cast who will bring [series creator] Greg Spottiswood’s brilliant vision to life,” said Barbara Williams, Shaw Media’s Senior Vice President, Content, in a statement. “We’re looking forward to going to camera on this refreshing new series.”
“You can’t make compelling television without great writing, an outstanding cast, and the support and encouragement of your network,” added Remedy executive producer (and president of Indian Grove Productions) Bernie Zukerman. “Fortunately for us, we have all three.”
Filming on Remedy will take place in Toronto and Hamilton, and will continue until January 2014. Global has yet to set a premiere date.
On August 15, The CW launched CW Seed, a digital studio focused on developing original series on the Web, with the goal of establishing projects that can ideally be ported over to the broadcast network if they connect with an audience.
It’s a strategy that’s worked well for shows like Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy” on Showtime and Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital,” and CW Seed has launched with a diverse array of comedies, like the third season of critically-acclaimed “Husbands“; globetrotting “Backpackers” starring “Nikita’s” Dillon Casey; “The P.E.T. Squad Files” produced by “Heroes’” Milo Ventimiglia; and animated “Gallery Mallory,” which will feature guest voices from CW stars like Misha Collins, Justin Hartley and Kat Graham.
In an attempt to get over a serious case of cold feet, “Backpackers” finds recently engaged Ryan (Noah Reid) and Beth (Meghan Heffern) embarking on separate European adventures leading up to their wedding. While traveling they are free to act single, adopting the mantra “what happens in Europe, stays in Europe.” But hours into his adventure with his party animal, womanizing best friend Brandon (Casey), Ryan realizes he’s made a huge mistake and sets off in search of Beth. One problem: He has no idea where she could be. The series consists of eight episodes, each around 12 minutes in length.
HuffPost TV caught up with Casey to discuss the appeal and challenges of working on the Web, the experience of filming on location across Europe, and how he feels about his “Nikita” exit.
How did you first get involved with “Backpackers”?
“Backpackers” is a project that’s actually been around for a while. I auditioned for it first almost five years ago. It was one of these things where I was about to head back to Los Angeles; I had just moved there, and I was in Canada for a couple days. I went in for this thing where we were gonna get to do a lot of improvising and chemistry reads. It was a very vague idea of what it was going to be. So, I went in and had fun and, originally, I was cast with this guy named Chris Turner, so we originally went to Barcelona, Chris and I, and shot the presentation pilot that was about these guys who made this deal to go across Europe and have an amazing time.
Ryan, Chris’s character at the time, who is now played by Noah Reid, is trying to find his fiancée. She could be anywhere in Europe, but they made this deal where they’re allowed to go across Europe and have as much sex as they want, until they meet up two weeks later and get married. He quickly decides that he doesn’t want to do that, but by that time, she’s already lost, and my character, Brandon, is trying to keep his head on straight and make sure he has fun, but in the meantime he’s helping him find Beth … Half of that was how I got involved, and half of that was the plot of the show. [Laughs.]
Brandon is the wingman on the show, so is his goal in all of this to just screw his way across Europe and have as much fun as possible?
Well, I don’t want to paint him with that brush — his mission is to love his way across Europe, not “screw.” [Laughs.] He’s bringing a little bit of happiness to European women. He’s there for his buddy — he’s the best man, he’s the best friend. They couldn’t be more opposite when it comes to their love lives. Ryan is marrying his high school sweetheart, and Brandon has never been in a relationship in his life. So, I think that he’s looking for love, but he’s more open to the other stuff, I guess. So his mission is actually to get Ryan to screw his way across Europe. He’s already done it himself, it’s no big deal for him, so this is more for Ryan than for him.
The CW Seed has launched the pilot episode for Dillon’s new webseries called “Backpackers”. Click on the image below and watch the first episode. (US viewers only)
In an attempt to get over a serious case of cold feet, Backpackers finds recent college graduates Beth and Ryan embarking on separate European adventures leading up to their wedding. While traveling with their respective friends, they are free to act as singles, adopting the mantra “what happens in Europe, stays in Europe.” Hours into Ryan’s adventure, he realizes he’s made a huge mistake and sets off in pursuit of Beth.
Backpackers is coming soon to CTV.ca so stay tuned canadians!!
Take a look at this teaser trailer for Dillon’s latest project called “Backpackers”
Backpackers follows best friends Ryan and Brandon on a wild goose chase across Europe in search of Ryan’s fiancée, Beth. The 8-part digital series was shot on location in Europe and is premiering August 15th on CWSeed.com, and will be available in Canada on CTV.ca on August 26th.
Dillon Casey’s Web Series ‘Backpackers’ Location Hotspots
Creative Director Jay Bennett Shares Digital Series ‘Backpackers’ Filming Hotspots, While Star Dillon Casey Tweets About Prague
Dillon Casey’s latest tweets have been centered around Europe, with a visit to the Czech Republic on his list (not to mention the sex and parties which are sure to follow him around). Former Nikita operative and funny-man, Casey has been cast in digital series Backpackers as “Brandon” – wingman to soon-to-be-wed “Ryan.” In the series, the two traipse around Europe with every intention of curing Ryan’s pre-wedding jitters. Casey promises us that he’s “the party animal” and Brandon’s main role is to “help him [Ryan] get laid.” Whether this promiscuous plan works, we are yet to find out.
While Casey has been tweeting about his European desires, Digital and Creative Director of Backpackers Jay Bennett has been scouting Europe – searching Paris, Prague and Italy for the perfect hotspots to film the web series. Bennett took a small team with him as he scoured high and low for the right backdrop to use in the digital show. Backpackers is being developed for CW Digital and CTV by Smokebomb Entertainment, and the show began shooting in late April 2013.
As solemnly promised, a beloved Division vet did not make it out of this week’s unrelenting Nikita alive.
Determined, strong-willed and stalwart-to-a-fault Navy SEAL Sean Pierce died a sudden and tragic death in the final moments of the CW spy thriller’s latest installment. (Let’s pour one out for him, shall we?)
In an episode composed of explosive fights and fiery battles, Sean’s passing marked one of the hour’s more subtle and poignant moments; the fan fave — who was suffering internal bleeding from a gunshot wound — slipped away during one last kiss with his girlfriend Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca).
Here, Sean’s portrayer (and number one fan) Dillon Casey discusses exclusively with TVLine his reaction to learning about the hero’s death, his final moments on set and whether we’ll see the character again before Season 3 signs off.
TVLINE | Not many people get to die twice in one season — but you did!
Yeah, I did! [Laughs]
TVLINE | When did you learn about this death, and that it would stick?
I was told about two episodes before, so not a huge amount of notice — but these things are secretive. That’s the nature of the show. So, I wasn’t too shocked… I’ve learned in this business that you shouldn’t plan for much. [Laughs] After you sign a contract, there’s not much that you can rely on. I joined a show about assassins and spies and killers — we all have a [gun] to our head! I wasn’t too shocked by it, because I knew somebody had to go. I just embraced it. Sean had a really nice run and was able to die a hero’s death. It was good for the character and good for the show.
TVLINE | How do you feel about the way Sean went out?
Oh, it’s so sad. It was so sad. Of course, I was personally sad that I was leaving the show because I’ve made so many friends and it was a lot of fun. But when I read that script, I almost cried — I didn’t quite cry, but I almost did. [Laughs] I teared up a little bit because Sean is such a good guy; the best person that I’ve ever played. He’s so honorable and he’s so selfless. Even when he’s [dying], he accepts and knows that it goes with the territory. It’s a shame because he really doesn’t deserve it — if there’s anybody on the show that doesn’t deserve to die, it’s Sean! [Laughs] I don’t know if that’s going to come across the right way. [Laughs] …There’s no moral gray area for him. It was sad because this guy was just the victim of statistics, almost; he puts himself in these dangerous situations, and eventually he’s going to get hit.
Casey, who was raised in Oakville, wanted to be a comic and has a Funny or Die series, Living in L.A. With Dillon Casey
Oakville-raised actor Dillon Casey wanted to be a comic, but his career has landed him such roles as Navy Seal Sean Pierce on Nikita and hockey player Trevor Lemonde on MVP
When Dillon Casey landed his first role in the BBC science fiction series Torchwood, he had no idea what he was getting into. Mostly because he hadn’t read the script.
“They kept asking me if I would be OK being intimate with another guy,” said Casey.
That other guy turned out to be star John Barrowman.
But Casey knew what he had to do.
“I had to out-gay John Barrowman,” Casey said of his gay co-star, whose Torchwood character is bisexual. “I was biting his earlobes. . . . I went for it.”
The rest is minor television history, considered by some fans to be one of the small screen’s steamiest gay sex scenes.
And that’s kind of been Casey’s career trajectory: a combination of luck, talent and absurdity that he has captured in his digital Funny or Die series Living in L.A.
“People think you’re living this glamorous life as an actor in L.A., but most of the time you’re in a 99-cent T-shirt stuck in a crummy apartment somewhere trying to get a role,” says the Dallas-born, Oakville-raised Casey.
Most fans would recognize Casey, 29, as stoic former Navy Seal Sean Pierce on Nikita, starring Maggie Q, which is in its third season (Fridays at 9 p.m. on CTV Two).
But his big break was starring as hunky hockey player Trevor Lemonde in the short-lived CBC series MVP, which also led to an attention-getting giant billboard of Casey in his underwear in Times Square when the show premiered on SoapNet in the U.S.
“That was really my first big role. I was so green man, I had no idea what I was doing. But it worked because the character was a hockey player who was too scared to do anything, so that scared look in my eyes was all too real.”
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