“Schitt’s Creek” continues to flood the awards circuit.
The CBC series, which swept the Emmys’ comedy categories last September, is now up for five Critics Choice Awards.
The story of the riches-to-rags Rose family is nominated for Best Comedy Series and in acting categories for stars Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy.
Other series with five nominations apiece include HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” and FX’s “Mrs. America” and “What We Do In The Shadows.”
Two Netflix series lead the pack, with “Ozark” and “The Crown” each up for six awards, including Best Drama Series.
Netflix earned the most nominations overall, with a total of 26, followed by HBO/HBO Max with 24.
Film nominees for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards will be revealed on Feb. 7.
Taye Diggs will host the live awards ceremony on the CW on March 7. Organizers will announce the format of the show at a later date.
CBC Music launches ‘The Block’ and ‘Frequencies’
CBC Music is launching two new radio programs with the goal of giving Black and other global artists a national platform.
“We are expanding our range of music programming to amplify voices and genres that have not consistently had a home on mainstream or national airwaves,” Steve Jordan, senior director of CBC Music, said in a news release.
“The Block,” which launches Feb. 1 on CBC Music and the CBC Listen app, is a two-hour weekday show for music of Black origin, everything from Rihanna, J Balvin and Haviah Mighty to Drake and Beyoncé. It will air 7 to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, who has hosted CBC Music’s “Weekend Mornings” and “CBC Music Top 20.”
“I am so thrilled to be providing a platform to elevate the immense pool of talent in this country that has been largely ignored by traditional terrestrial commercial radio,” Tetteh-Wayoe said in the release. “Hip hop saved my life, but I have been left gasping for something on the air that represented people who looked like me. With this show we can finally breathe.”
“Frequencies,” which launches Feb. 2, will build on the format of existing program “Big City, Small World,” with host Errol Nazareth highlighting “musical storytelling from cultures and communities across Canada that are not always reflected in mainstream media.” It will air Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
“I love discovering new sounds and sharing them — and the stories behind them — with listeners. To have the opportunity to do this on a national level is, quite honestly, a dream come true,” Nazareth said.
Soupepper Academy is back with new members
Soulpepper Theatre’s academy has returned with five new members.
The training program known as the Soulpepper Academy was put on hold after allegations of sexual harassment against the company’s former artistic director in 2018.
On Tuesday, Soulpepper announced the five artists chosen for the sixth incarnation of the academy: actor Samantha Brown, who is of mixed Anishinaabe and European heritage; mixed race performer and theatre-maker Liz Der; actor Daniel Krmpotic, who grew up in Bosnia and Croatia; actor and writer Ahmed Moneka, who was born in Iraq; and Black playwright Natasha Adiyana Morris.
The five were selected out of a national pool of applicants by a committee that included Soulpepper artistic director Weyni Mengesha, herself a graduate of the academy. Mengesha sought the return of the program as part of Soulpepper’s ambition “to be a radically inclusive civic leader and provide a supportive home for all artists.”
In a news release, Soulpepper said the new academy members “each expressed a desire to change the industry with their inimitable perspectives — to think and listen, and tell vital stories for the future of Soulpepper and the future of theatre.”
With contributions from the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the federal Arts Training Fund and donor Sylvia Soyka, the artists will be paid a living stipend during the 26-week program and receive an artistic residency with the company after graduation.
Sterling K. Brown narrates series about Abraham Lincoln
Sterling K. Brown is lending his voice to a timely documentary series.
The St. Louis native and star of NBC’s “This Is Us” is the narrator of “Lincoln: Divided We Stand,” beginning next month on CNN.
Through interviews and recreations, along with photos, letters and artifacts, the six-part series explores the political career and personal life of Abraham Lincoln. In a time of civil war, the president faced challenges that resonate with recent American history.
Brown won Emmy Awards for his performances as Randall Pearson in “This Is Us” and as Christopher Darden in the FX limited series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” His films include “Black Panther” and “Marshall,” both starring the late Chadwick Boseman.
“Lincoln: Divided We Stand” premieres at 10 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 14.