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22 May 2013 @ 09:08 pm
New showrunner and female lead  
Some of you will have heard this already, but some of you might not. Stefanie von Pfetten was not asked to come back as Daniella Ridley for season two, a choice that seemed puzzling at the time as fan reactions about Daniella had been quite positive. I personally liked her very much, and I thought Daniella and Aidan had great chemistry.

Today CBC announced two things: Brooke Nevin has been cast as Dr. Clara Malone for season two as the new female lead, and Cracked gets a new showrunner as well, by the name of Bruce Smith.

And now this whole thing makes a certain kind of sense. Obviously something was going on behind the scenes there that we're not (and probably will never be) privy to. I'm sure it's all connected. Apparently someone--be it someone at CBC or someone in the creative team--felt that the show had to undergo changes to stay successful or be more successful. And Stefanie von Pfetten's rather ungraceful departure sounds like collateral damage of the workings of showbiz.

As for my personal view... I like Brooke Nevin. A lot. First time I've seen her was in a sweet, funny, and very under-the-radar horror comedy called Infestation, where she starred alongside one of my favourite young actors, Chris Marquette. I was also happy to see her cast in Breakout Kings, and in a small role in Chicago Fire just recently.

While there's that slightly bitter aftertaste of Stefanie von Pfetten's unwilling removal from the cast list, and Brooke Nevin's rather crude replacing her, I'm determined to keep an open mind and give Dr. Clara Malone the benefit of the doubt. I really hope the new showrunner doesn't mess with a good thing!

EDIT: Stefanie von Pfetten tweeted this yesterday: "I was dissapointed the lead actor felt he could not work with myself and Tracey Forbes our co-creator. I will miss the cast and crew. It was my dream job and I would've loved to fulfill my contract." Hm, sounds like there was some major friction behind the scenes. Such a shame, and I hope things work out better for the coming season.

PS: Can you add these new tags: actor: brooke nevin, character: clara malone?
goneaheadgoneahead on May 23rd, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
not sure if I am happy with the change of characters, but I am thinking a new showrunner might be a good idea.

I kept think the editing and directing choices were sometimes a bit odd, and that's something a showrunner could clean up and make the show better. Show has so so much promise - it needs a showrunner who will keep an eye all the aspects of making it!!
TeeJay: Chris nerdy guytj_teejay on May 23rd, 2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
I just added something to my post, because Stefanie von Pfetten tweeted yesterday: "I was dissapointed the lead actor felt he could not work with myself and Tracey Forbes our co-creator. I will miss the cast and crew. It was my dream job and I would've loved to fulfill my contract."

Looks like there was some major friction in the background. And it's hard to judge whose ego is to blame here. Such a shame, but I hope the chemistry behind the scenes is better for season two.

I'm gonna try and keep an open mind.

Edited at 2013-05-23 01:19 pm (UTC)
goneaheadgoneahead on May 23rd, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too. I think the show has a lot of potential, and I am going to keep an open mind and hope S2 gets here quick!
raktajinos: canadaraktajinos on May 24th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
That is disappointing to hear, and I wont be watching anymore.

I loved Daniella (and Stefanie's work) but I'm generally alright with character changes. The reason I will no longer be watching is the disturbing rumours about David Sutcliffe. It would appear that he has trouble working with strong women, as it seems like he's the reason he got the main female lead *and* the female showrunner fired.

I refuse to support a show where the male lead's sexist attitudes are cowtailed to by the network. I enjoyed the gender dynamics of the show and how all the female characters were treated with respect and were all independent characters. I fear that element will go away now.

I'm disappointed in the CBC for supporting this. Should have fired him for being a misogynist.
TeeJay: Neal - Bridgetj_teejay on May 24th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
While I hear what you're saying, right now we're basing this on one woman's tweet. There might be an entirely different story behind what we're interpreting into it.

I'm not saying misogyny or David Sutcliffe's ego should be supported, I'm just saying that maybe we're judging him unfairly because we don't have all the information.
raktajinosraktajinos on May 25th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
haha this is *very* true. Ive read a few other things about it (from some mother corp blogs) but I should really wait and hold judgement until I have all the facts.
Catherine PattenCatherine Patten on October 2nd, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
David Sutcliffe
is a rotten actor. He'll stay up in Canada and be nothing. There are so many good actors from Canada. Too bad for him. Now whenever he is in something I will write negative articles about him. He will go nowhere.
Catherine PattenCatherine Patten on October 2nd, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
David Sutcliffe is a terrible actor and Stephanie was better. Jealousy is such a terrible quality in a man. He got rid of the show runner and his co-star. He sucks - we won't be watching again. He's cracked.