By Mabell, Dave on March 2, 2019.
After a solid month of Arctic-like winter, Albertans are quite aware of the dangers they’d face in an outdoor emergency. Farther north, they could be in still greater peril.
Now a new TV series, co-created by former Lethbridge resident David Cormican, shows vividly just how precarious life can be in Canada’s far north.
His series, “Northern Rescue” debuts this weekend, streaming free on CBC Gem and – in other nations around the world – on Netflix. Gem is available as a free app for iOS and Android devices, and it’s available online at cbcgem.ca for desktop computers, laptops and tablets.
Cormican, president of Don Carmody Television, began his career as an actor. He went to university in Edmonton, studied theatre in Ireland and toured with Alberta Opera before moving along to TV production. His recent Netflix credits include the teen feature “Between” and the drama “Tokyo Trial.”
His new show’s concept originated several years ago, and Cormican has worked on it since with co-creators Mark Bacci and Dwayne Hill.
William Baldwin was signed as lead actor in the family-friendly drama, as head of a small-town search-and-rescue team. After his wife’s death, the father of three sees his life falling apart until he decides to move his family to a small town and live with his sister-in-law.
But the children are not impressed with small-town life, and that goes double for the teenaged daughter. Trouble ensues.
“Northern Rescue” has been described as a more realistic alternative to the CBC’s long-running “Heartland.”
But Cormican feels it is more upbeat and positive than so many of the dramas on TV these days.
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