2009 May 18 - a LEO Award for The Guard

On May 8 Eve Harlow won the LEO for Best Supporting Performance by a Female - CONGRATULATIONS Eve!

Old news that I seem to have forgotten top post:
ION Television bought the rights to two 60m original drama series, The Border and The Guard, with both making their US debuts on ION in 2009. Each agreement allows ION the US television digital media rights in addition to online streaming and VOD (Video on Demand):

ION Television's second deal with Lionsgate involves the broadcast rights for The Guard, an action/drama about members of a Coastguard Search and Rescue team.

You an read the entire Guard press release on ION Media

Rumors are that the last 8 episodes will air in Canada in the fall.

2009 April 8 - 7 LEO nominations for The Guard

Screenwriting - James Phillips for James Phillips - for 2x07, Out of the Woods
Guest Performance, Male: Brendan Fletcher - for 2x05, Boom
Supporting Performance, Male: Ryan Robbins - for 1x13, The Big Day
Supporting Performance, female: Eve Harlow - 2x05, Boom
Teryl Rothery - 1x10, Sound of Loneliness
Julie Patzwald - 1x08, The Hold
Lead Performanc, Male: Steve Bacic - 2x08, At Sea

In addition, Ryan Robbins is also nominated for Sanctuary, playing Henry Voss in episode - 1x08, Edward

Several of the nominated episodes haven't aired on Global yet, only on Mystery.

Congratulations to all the nominees - you're ALL winners!

2009 January 23 - The Guard on extended holiday break

From Mark Bishop, owner of the Facebook group for The Guard:
"So for those of you who were wondering why the show isn't on tonight, we found out today that the relaunch of the second half of "The Guard" Season Two will be postponed until an undetermined date in March.

The reason for this is that the American networks are adjusting their programming schedules and since CanWest Global is bound to their American broadcast partners due to simulcasts, etc, they could not guarantee an uninterrupted eight week run of "The Guard" at this time. If they had gone ahead with tonight's broadcast, "The Guard" would have begun bouncing around the schedule in three weeks time, further frustrating fans and likely having a negative impact on our ratings. Because of this, the decision was made at an executive programming level at CanWest to postpone us until the schedule settles down in two months.

Anyway, sorry for the bad news but hang in there -- many of the best episodes of the series are still to come and I promise it will be worth the wait!"

New episodes are airing on Mystery, Friday nights at 10 pm and sometime Sunday - please check your local listings for exact times.

2008 December 19 - The Guard on holiday break

The Guard is on holiday break. They will return Wednesday, January 14th at 8:00 PM

2008 November 25 - The Guard Poster

The Guard poster, featuring Steve Bacic When Steve Bacic visited Toronto, he met himself ;-)
Go to the gallery to get the poster - which GlobalTV generously have made avaialble to fans.

2008 November 19 - Ryan Robbins playing on the 21st

Ryan Robbins will be joining his friends The Town Pants on stage at the Commodore Ballroom this Friday. Local audiences will have seen him before play with the Town Pants, and longtime local music fans might remember Ryan from the much lauded industrial band Hellenkeller from the 90's.
Ryan is the band's dijeridoo player/bodhranist/madman ...

And another actor friend Aaron Douglas from Battlestar Galactica who'll be emcee'ing the whole event.

Watch the TV ad for the show on Youtube

There's also an event page on Facebook: BoozaPalooza II

Time and Place:
Start Time: Friday, November 21, 2008 at 8:00pm
End Time: Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2:00am
Location: Commodore Ballroom
Street: 868 Granville Street
City/Town: Vancouver, BC

2008 October 29 - NEW episodes start airing

Tune in to Global on October 29th at 10 pm to see the episode "The Hold.

The media page has been updated with links to several interviews with Bacic and Salomaa and the cast page now lists profile pages for Steve Bacic, Jeremy Guilbaut , Sonya Salomaa and Zoie Palmer

2008 October 11 - The Guard patrols global beat

From C21 Media:

Networks in Latin America, South Africa, Finland and Belgium have acquired Canadian drama series The Guard, ahead of season two's debut in Canada later this month.

A&E in Latin America, MNet in South Africa, YLE in Finland and RTBF in Belgium are the most recent to sign on the dotted line with the show's distributor Lionsgate Entertainment.

The deals take the show's total roll-out to 30 territories worldwide, following previous sales into France, Poland, Hungary and the Middle East.

"We've been extremely pleased with the reception The Guard has received internationally, said Craig Cegielski, executive VP of programming and sales, Lionsgate International Television.

The Guard stars Steve Bacic (Andromeda), Zoie Palmer (The Regans), Jeremy Guilbaut (Edgemont) and David James Elliott (JAG, Close to Home).

Produced by DHX-owned Halifax Film and Brightlight Pictures for Global TV in Canada, The Guard debuted in spring 2008. The second season will launch on Global on October 29.

Ed Waller
11 Oct 2008
© C21 Media 2008

Cast news

Steve Bacic and Sonya Salomaa were featured in several segments of ET Canada on October 8th - so they were not hosts, and it was not on the 7th - sorry.

Starting on October 29th, the role of Laura Nelson will be played by Sonya Salomaa.

There's going to be a new commanding officer in Port Hallett:
Jim McGregor, played by Roger Cross.

2008 October 06 - more VIFF tidbits

Pictures from Vancouver 24
Ryan, his wife Rebecca and Steve, 64 kb

Shawn Williamson, Eve Harlow, Camille Sullivan, Elfina Luk amd Stephen Hegyes, 65 kb
We haven't seen Elfina Luk yet, but she is in several upcoming episodes.

2008 September 28 - Tidbits from VIFF

Steve Bacic and Sonya Salomaa, 112 kb From Vancouver Sun,
Saturday September 27, by Malcolm Parry:

GENTLEMEN PREFER: Do blonds really have more fun? Yes, said naturally blond, Sudbury, Ont. native Sonya Salomaa, who accompanied Croatia-born fellow thesp Steve Bacic to the Brightlight Pictures party. In fact, "I was having too much fun," the forester-turned-actress said, tossing her now dramatically darker mane, "I was bored."

Was going brunette a good move or otherwise? "Good," Salomaa said. "They take me more seriously," they being the producers who cast her in such TV series as The Guard (with Bacic). A Gemini nomination for her role in the series Durham County likely helps, too.

Salomaa and Bacic are to host Entertainment Tonight Canada Oct. 7.

Just a reminder:
Season 2 premieres on Global on October 29th at 10 pm

2008 September 25 - Castmembers at the VIFF -
Vancouver Interntional Film Festival

From the Vancouver Sun, September 24:
"Brightlight Pictures and Bridge Studios will be the first out of the gate with an opening party Thursday at CinCin on Robson Street.

Company principals and producers Stephen Hegyes and Shawn Williamson will be the hosts for the evening.

Invited international stars, currently filming in Vancouver, include John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover and Ashley Judd. Lead casts from local productions, including the L Word and Stargate Atlantis, are also among the evening's selected guests.

Confirmed guests to date include the entire cast of the The Guard -- Steve Bacic, Sonya Salomaa, Jeremy Guilbaut, Teryl Rothery, Gordon Woolvett -- and Eve Harlow [also of The Guard] and Aaron Ashmore of Smallville."

Entire? Zoie Palmer - where are you?

2008 August 28 - The Guard nominated for three Gemini Awards

"Waheguru", episode One of The Guard, has been nominated for three 2008 Gemini Awards.
The Canadian Gemini Award corresponds to the American Emmy award.

Best Sound in a Dramatic Series
Anke Bakker, Kelly Cole, Kris Fenske, James Fonnyadt, Bill Mellow, Kevin Townshend

Best Visual Effects
Bruce Woloshyn, Simon Ager, Chad Lee Fox, Peter D. Hunt, Abel Milanes, Christine Petrov, Daniel Rubin, Wes Sargent

Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series
James Jandrisch - James is competing against himself in this category as he's also nominated for the Blood Ties episode "Deep Dark".
What a great opportunity to release a soundtrack CD, James! Hint, hint ....

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - Gemini Drama, Variety and Comedy Gala
Friday, November 28, 2008 - Gemini Awards Gala. It will be transmitted on E! Entertainment and Showcase in Canada. Check out for further details

Site news: Episode four gallery is online.

2008 August 25 - Airing resumes in Canada

Season 1 of the Guard will be airing on Showcase commencing the week of September 1st.
You will see The Guard on Fridays at 2 pm and at 8pm and Sunday nights at 7pm.

Season 2 premieres on Global on October 29th at 10 pm where they will most likely run 108-113 and then break over Christmas to return in the New Year with all new episodes, 201-209. The actual run of this schedule is yet to be confirmed, but the start date is locked.

2008 May 27 - site update

Six cast wallpapers (thanks to Monica) and a press item added to the gallery

2008 May 26 - LEO Photos

The 10th annual LEO awards - photos by Rajesh Taneja
Zak Santiago, Steve Bacic, Julie Patzwald and unknown, LEOs 2008, 126 kb
Steve Bacic, Zak Santiago, Julie Patzwald and Brendan Fletcher.

Ryan Robbins and family, LEOs 2008, 104 kb
Ryan Robbins and family

2008 May 25 - LEO Winners

One LEO for The Guard - YAY!
Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series:
Julie Patzwald - The Guard - Live Free

And a LEO for a cast member:
Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series:
Ryan Robbins - jPod - Sprite Quest


2008 May 24 - LEOs Tonight!

Break a leg guys and gals - and enjoy the gift bags!

These are the magazines, papers and TV stations to keep an eye on:
"Media that have confirmed their attendance at the Red Carpet include: Entertainment Tonight Canada, Shaw TV’s The Express, The BBC, The National Post, The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, The Creek Newspaper, The Office Journal, 24 Hours, The Metro, The Georgia Straight, Infamous Magazine, Hello Magazine, TV Week Magazine, Vancouver View Magazine, Playback Magazine, Ricepaper Magazine, and"
Source: LEO

Congratulations to Colin Cunningham who won last night:
Best Direction in a Short Drama: Colin Cunningham - Centigrade

2008 May 23 - Episode Three Gallery

A Gallery for Episode 3 - I thought the LEOs were a good occasion to get busy.

The forum had a little make-over - or rather, a new option.
Foxy from the has created a new theme.
It's not default - you have to select it via your profile.

2008 May 22 - LEO Awards

Steve Bacic, Ryan Robbins and Julie Patzwald are going to present LEO awards.
So are The Guard guest stars Teryl Rothery and Colin Cunningham - the latter is a triple nominee like Ryan Robbins.

The LEO AWARDS will also be featured as a television special of Shaw TV’s The Express. It airs weeknights at 6 pm.

"Join host Johanna Ward for Vancouver’s only completely on location program. The Express is a lifestyle magazine program that brings you an in-depth look at the fascinating people, events, recreation and attractions from Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley."

2008 April 30 - Renewal, nominations and filming again

The Guard has been renewed for a second season of nine episodes, making the total number 22 episodes.

It's a little confusing though.
Originally, the first season was planned to be 13 episodes and the second season 9, but due to breaking for the winter, season One was only 7 episodes and season Two will now be 16 episodes. For a total of 22 episodes.
Season Two should start airing in September - as far as I know.

Hopefully Global will rerun the first 7 episodes before season Two starts.

THE GUARD actors have been nominated for 4 LEO AWARDS!
In a Dramatic Series:
Best Lead Performance by a Male: Steve Bacic - The Guard - Coming Through Fog.
Best Lead Performance by a Female: Claudette Mink - The Guard - Coming Through Fog
Best Supporting Performance by a Male: Ryan Robbins - The Guard - Live Free
Best Supporting Performance by a Female: Julie Patzwald - The Guard - Live Free

Both Live Free(1x02) and Coming Through Fog (1x03) were written by Raymond Storey and directed by Lynne Stopkewich

Cast and crew are back at work again - filming resumed on April 29th.

2008 February 14 - Second episode gallery

I've added a gallery for episode 1x02, Coming Through Fog. You can access it from the episode page by clicking on the red episode number.
I'm working on the quotes ...

I've also added a Music page. It's a work in progress as I haven't added links for all the bands yet, but I wanted to get the list out there.

2008 January 29 - First episode gallery

Episode TWO airs.
And I've added a gallery for episode 1x01, Waheguru. Or you can access it from the episode page by clicking on the red episode number.

2008 January 27

Preview of episode 2, "Live Free" - check you local listing for the time.

2008 January 24 - Off to a good start

Publicity Buzz (CIII)
Sent: Wed Jan 23 15:51:54 2008
A Global Primetime Update‘

(TORONTO –January 23, 2008) – The Guard roars ashore…
Global Television’s new Canadian Original drama series, The Guard made its national debut last night with 813,000 viewers 2+, and 464,000 viewers in the key demo Adults 18-49, outshining the robust competition of homegrown premieres in past weeks.“This is an exciting time for Canadian drama, and our support of Original programming remains steadfast,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “The Guard is a reflection of the excellence found within our production community, and we’re so proud to be a part of it.”

The Guard edged out all other recent Canadian premieres including:
The Border - 710,000 (+14%)
Jpod - 472,000 (+72%)
Sophie - 630,000 (+29%)
MVP - 349,000 (+133%)
(All data BBM Nielsen Media Research based on total viewers Adults 18-49 unless otherwise indicated.)

Writer Denis McGrath posted about it on his blog
- three entries, so be sure to read them all.

Bannister C. Bergen posted on Facebook:
The ratings last night were absolutely fantastic. Global was hoping for a 2 rating, well we surpassed this in spades. The Guard got 4.5 in Vancouver an as much as a 3.8 in Toronto. This is amazing.

The series premiere of The Guard made waves on Global last night! Both Toronto and Vancouver exceeded projections for all 3 demos. The A1849 and F2554 demos in Toronto exceeded projections by 90% where the F2554 demo in Vancouver more than doubled in ratings versus projections. An impressive launch for this Canadian hit on Global TV!

I'll say that's cause for celebration!

2008 January 22

I'm on Central European Time, so I'm already on the 22nd.

And starting the day off right:
Steve is doing another chat show, maybe live and just him.
Global News 7:50 am PST

Also added a link to an interview with Steve on the media page. It's an interview in The Province, so check out the paper version today too.

It looks like viewers on Mystery have gotten a head start!
The Guard airs there 1 PM & 8 PM on Monday's and 8 PM on Saturdays, meaning they saw the premiere Monday!

2008 January 21

It was a good weekend for The Guard in the press.
David James Elliott was on the cover of Sun Television of Toronto Sun with an interview inside with a cast photo, and the cast was on the cover of Vancouver Sun TV Times and Steve Bacic was in the Victoria Times Colonist - probably also the paper version.
I've added links to the online stuff on media page

Jeremy will be on

Steve will be on CFUN Radio Tuesday the 22nd, around 3 pm. We should be able to pick it up on the net - hopefully ...

British Columbians might want to keep an eye on local entertainment program Urban Rush - the four leads have filmed an interview.

Urban Rush is broadcast 5 days a week at 5 pm - a new show every day that repeats at 7 pm and 11 pm and repeats the next day at 1 am, 7 am and noon.

Also tune in to ET Canada. Zoie Palmer was listed for the show on the 18th - hopefully it will repeat.

2008 January 19

Added cover of Vancouver Sun and a new wall paper in the Gallery

2008 January 18

Remember to buy the Vancouver Sun today - you will like the cover of TV Times.
Not sure whether there's also something in The Province, but the TV Times is a sure thing.

GlobalTV has added The Guard blog, written by Ryan "Wendell" Robbins, and it looks like there's more to come.

2008 January 15

Steve Bacic is doing a feature in the Vancouver Province that should run this Friday. Vancouverites might want to buy multiple copies ;-)

Jeremy Guilbaut will be on - he is doing the interview tomorrow.

Steve Bacic will also be on CFUN Radio next Tuesday, around 3 pm. Click on the "Listen Live" in the upper right corner.

Bamfield, a small fishing village in British Columbia, has an incredible Coast Guard station.
June 13 - 15, 2008, they are celebrating the centennial of the launching of the first powered lifeboat on the West Coast.
It will be a fun exciting weekend of events, speakers, food and music.
The official website is Bamfield Lifeboat

If you haven't made any vacation plans for 2008 yet, this could be it!

2007 December 16

I've added four new images in the Gallery - all in the top row.

The executive producer of the show, Charles Bishop looked at this site, and declared it "pretty cool". Wasn't that nice?

Global Television Announced Fall TV Season, Numbers and New Fall Programs "the highly anticipated launch of the new Canadian Original Series, The Guard"

2007 December 16

Tiny update - I've added a MUCH nicer headshot of Julie Patzwald and added a forum about her. I wasn't quite sure how high she was on the cast list until I saw the press kit. Pretty high ;-)

2007 December 16

The first promos were spotted on GlobalTV on the 15th - but we still got a nice one during the Survivor's Finale.

Added a link to GlobalTV's The Guard website on the Links Page

2007 December 08

According to Media in Canada, "the first on-air promo for the series will appear during the season finale of Survivor on December 16" on GlobalTV.
Premiere is Tuesday the 22nd at 10 pm ET/PT.

2007 December 06

The site was uploaded to the now domain,
Added new cast pictures - finally we get to see Gordon Woolvett as Barry Winters
Thanks go to Steve Bacic for the pictures.

2007 October 29

ET Canada aired a short interview with guest star David James Elliott.
Maybe they wil run it again ....

2007 October 26

First pictures in the Gallery.
Many thanks to the production for letting me use these pictures.

2007 October 15

I started making this website.

Article: Search & Rescue in the hunt for viewers

2007 October 3

Press Release: Canadian David James Elliott to guest star on new original drama ‘SEARCH & RESCUE’

2007 September 24

Press release: BRIGHTLIGHT PICTURES/HALIFAX FILM start production on

2007 August 19

Article: Global series calls Squamish home
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