In Brief: Bachelor in Paradise Canada renewed for a second season

Bachelor in Paradise Canada
Plus: Cameras roll on CBC Gem's Revenge of The Black Best Friend, B.C. gets a boost from Superman & Lois, and more.

Bachelor in Paradise Canada has been renewed for a second season on Citytv. Rogers Sports & Media says casting is now open for season two of the homegrown version of the U.S. dating reality series, which recently wrapped its inaugural season. Toronto-based Good Human Productions produced both the 10-episode series and The Bachelor After Show: After Paradise Canada. Claire Freeland serves as executive producer, alongside Keely Booth as showrunner and Michael Margolis as series director.

The first season was set in Ontario’s cottage country. The filming location for season two will remain “top secret,” a publicist tells Playback Daily. Nataline Rodrigues, director of original programming at Rogers Sports & Media, said in a statement the company saw “an increase in digital viewership on Citytv.com and Citytv Now from week to week” during airing of Bachelor in Paradise.

 

iThentic rolls on Revenge of the Black Best Friend

Production wraps next week on the upcoming CBC Gem series Revenge of The Black Best Friend, created by Amanda Parris (CBC Arts: Exhibitionists). The six-episode series, which was first announced during the June upfronts, is produced by Toronto’s iThentic, with Parris, Jonas Diamond, Julian De Zotti and Motion Brathwaite serving as executive producers. It will premiere in winter 2022.

Revenge of The Black Best Friend stars Olunike Adeliyi as a self-help guru and talk show host whose mission to end the tokenism of Black characters led to a meteoric rise to fame, but now risks crashing amidst celebrity cancel culture. Directors include Thyrone Tommy (Learn To Swim), Jerome Kruin and Ian Keteku. The series is produced with the financial participation of CBC, the Bell Fund and Ontario Creates.

Super boost from Superman & Lois

The production of Warner Bros. Television’s series Superman & Lois in British Columbia has made a big economic impact on the region, with over $95 million spent in-province on the first season alone, according to new data. The analysis by Oxford Economics estimates just one season of production stimulated a total of 1,220 jobs in B.C., including 630 direct jobs created on the show. The series is estimated to have contributed approximately $137 million to the provincial GDP in 2020-21.

Based on the DC characters Superman and Lois Lane, the superhero drama is filmed in Surrey, Richmond, and Delta, B.C. “The economic impacts are quite phenomenal,” said Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC, in a news release.

The critics choose Dune and Nightmare Alley

Dune and Nightmare Alley have racked up big nominations for the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards, set for Jan. 9 in in Los Angeles.

The sci-fi epic Dune, directed, co-written and produced by Montreal filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, has 10 nominations including best picture. Montreal’s Tanya Lapointe is among the executive producers on the intergalactic tale, which also got three Golden Globe nominations including best picture and best director on Monday (Dec. 13).

Nightmare Alley, which is produced by Toronto’s J. Miles Dale and was shut out of the Golden Globes, has eight Critics Choice nominations including best picture.  The Guillermo del Toro-directed story starring Bradley Cooper as a carnival showman was filmed mostly in and around Toronto.

- With files from Kelly Townsend