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Here’s a list of 10 major films and tv series shooting late into the year.
Handmaid’s Tale | TV Show | Season 2
Filming: September 5, 2017 to February 16, 2018
This Margaret Atwood adaptation, which swept the Emmys this year, officially heads into production of its second season in and around Toronto. It doubles as both a dystopian American East Coast, and acts as Toronto itself, as a kind of refuge for those able to escape the system.
The shooting process will no doubt attract even greater fanfare this year than it did last year, with its stars – Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel– even more recognizable, and its notoriety at an all-time high thanks to its obvious resemblance to America’s current political climate.
Sets will no doubt spring up throughout Ontario, so keep an eye out.
The Romanoffs | TV Show | Season 1
Filming: October 3, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Maybe you haven’t heard of this one, but you will. It comes from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, and it boasts a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, Amanda Peet, Corey Stoll, and Andrew Rannells.
The series follows the lives of people who believe they’re descendants of the famous Romanov family.
Look for it early 2018.
Workin’ Moms | TV Show | Season 2
Filming: July 18, 2017 to October 4, 2017
Canada’s breakout favourite, Workin’ Moms, is back for season two. The show, led by Catherine Reitman (as in Ivan and Jason), follows the lives of women struggling to be true to themselves in their work, in their parenting, and in their marriage.
That may sound like an old idea, but the wit and charm of the cast liven the material up enough to easily warrant this second season.
Check it out soon.
Angel Falls | TV Movie
Filming: September 6, 2017 to September 24, 2017
Every Canadian shooting list needs a Hallmark entry, and this is that entry. Angel Falls is about a fallen angel who’s dispatched to the town of Angel Falls. You could not ask for something better than that. It stars Rachel Boston and Paul Greene and premieres December 3rd, because it is a gift.
Carter | TV Show | Season 1
Filming: July 10, 2017 to October 10, 2017
Jerry O’Connell and Sydney Poitier star in Carter, a new series looking to fill that Bones and-or Castle sweet spot. There’s a male lead, a female lead, chemistry, and lightweight investigations with room for plenty of banter.
If that’s your thing, this’ll be right up your alley.
Escape to North Bay if you want to see it in the flesh.
Level 16 | Feature Film
Filming: September 29, 2017 to October 27, 2017
Toronto’s on Markham Street Films has nabbed rising star Imogen Waterhouse (Nocturnal Animals) and Devery Jacobs for its newest project: Level 16. The film follows two past friends reuniting and working to discover the seedy secrets of the boarding school they are forced to attend.
Lots of angst, teen drama, and mystery. If you want another shade of what Riverdale‘s bringing to the table, give this a try.
Mary Kills People | TV Show | Season 2
Filming: August 18, 2017 to October 8, 2017
The series is as up front as you’d want it to be. Luckily, not only do viewers think she kills people, they think she slays! Despite a rocky start, Mary Kills People gained enough sturdy popularity and viewership to warrant a second season.
The good news is for anyone not yet on board with the Mary, many series with off the wall premises truly come into their own after the first season. It’s now officially binge-watchable.
Murdoch Mysteries | TV Show | Season 11
Filming: May 15, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Essentially a staple of Canadian television at this point, Murdoch Mysteries is going into its eleventh season. This is the proof bus ads really do help promote a show.
While season 11 premiered September 25, some episodes have yet to be shot, bringing the shooting schedule all the way to early December. Lots of time to discuss what could happen, and maybe even to visit a set or two.
The Beaverton | TV Show | Season 2
Filming: October 2, 2017 to February 5, 2018
It seems only fitting that as Rick Mercer announces his long-running series will end after one more season, another younger, harsher, purely satirical show rises up to take its place.
The Beaverton, first a popular Canadian satirical website, similar to The Onion, branched out into television where it was met with high praise. As both the site and the series develop a bigger audience, it’s no surprise shooting season 2 is sharply under way, with an eagerly anticipated premiere date.
Look for it next Spring. Let the fodder accumulate.
Anne | TV Show | Season 2
Filming: October 2, 2017 to March 20, 2018
Anne, the only series with a history older than Murdoch Mysteries, am I right? Against all odds, Anne has beaten the common bad luck of “the reboot”. The original book series and its adaptation, Anne of Green Gables, holds a special place in many Canadian hearts. That is why, despite positive early reviews and faith in an incredibly stacked behind-camera crew (the creator of Anne comes from Breaking Bad, for example), viewers held their breath.
But the full grade is out, and it’s an “A” (I’m not sorry). Look for it some time next year.