Insecurity

Regina and Toronto (June 27, 2012) – After 15 years of producing over 250 episodes of award-winning primetime television in Regina, Saskatchewan, including the smash hit comedy series CORNER GAS, Vérité Films will be moving its Regina head office to Toronto effective June 30. The move is due to the elimination of Saskatchewan’s refundable film employment tax credit.

“Vérité will maintain a satellite office with one production executive in Regina with the hope that things will improve in the province,” says Virginia Thompson, president of Vérité Films. “Regina will always be in our hearts. We’ve raised three kids, built our home and our company here. But there is no longer a viable way to finance our projects in Saskatchewan. Our future is in Toronto now, where our projects can be financed. That said, should a new program be put in place that makes it possible for us to film in Saskatchewan, we would love to bring production back to the province.” Continue reading »

The nation’s most unconventional secret agents are back, as INSECURITY returns to CBC Television in a new time slot, Monday nights at 8:30 p.m. (9 p.m. NT), beginning October 3. The CBC original comedy now follows Monday night results shows for the mega-hit BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

Set in Ottawa, at the fictional National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), Season 2 of INSECURITY follows secret agent Alex Cranston, played by series star Natalie Lisinska (TOTAL RECALL, YOUNG PEOPLE F**KING, CHLOE), and her team of spies as they juggle dates, terrorists, pets, ex-boyfriends and the safety of the nation.

The only thing harder than protecting the country is protecting themselves from their own insecurity. The 10-episode half-hour series was shot in Regina this summer, with second unit photography shot in Ottawa.

Along with the new time slot, INSECURITY takes a new direction in Season 2, evolving from an action comedy into a classic sitcom.

“Season 1 was a parody of the procedural and spy genre,” says creator and executive producer Kevin White. “It was a send up of series like CSI and 24. The focus was on the plot – the mission – getting the bad guy and saving the day. This season, we flipped the pyramid and focused on the characters and their relationships. Season 2 is more of a classic workplace comedy, where the funny lies in the characters, their relationships and how their lives are complicated because they’re spies.’”

Starring alongside Lisinska are: Emmy-nominee William deVry (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, ALL MY CHILDREN) as NISA’s politically-savvy director Peter McNeil; multiple Genie and Gemini Award-winner Rémy Girard (INCENDIES, LES BOYS, LES INVASIONS BARBARES, LE DÉCLIN DE L’EMPIRE AMÉRICAIN, JÉSUS DE MONTRÉAL) as the veteran agent on the team Claude Lesage; Matthew MacFadzean (OWNING MAHOWNY, THE BIG HEIST) as the loyal team player Burt Wilson; Grace Lynn Kung, recently nominated for a Gemini for her role on INSECURITY (BEING ERICA, AWAY FROM HER), as the forensic specialist JoJo Kwan; and Richard Yearwood (THE PLAN) as unpredictable agent Benjamin N’udu.

In the Season 2 premiere on October 3, Claude comes to the office in a retro 70s get-up a la STARSKY AND HUTCH and the team makes a few digs at his expense. Harmless private jokes become international news when NISA is WikiLeaked. Alex scrambles to repair the personal damage with Claude. Meanwhile, Burt’s dealing with relationship problems of his own after a lie detector test threatens to reveal his secret office affair.

Also launching in conjunction with the broadcast premiere of INSECURITY on October 3 is the NISA Spy Training online game and contest. Designed around the six key characters in the series, aspiring NISA agents (and fans) can test their powers of observation, reflexes, memory and hand eye co-ordination. Top scores will be posted to the INSECURITY website and Facebook page. Top scorers will have an opportunity to win a MacBook Air. The contest closes October 15.

Also new for Season 2 and launching with the broadcast premiere of INSECURITY is a series of 10 NISA training videos available exclusively online. The videos, to be released weekly throughout the season, feature the INSECURITY characters offering advice to NISA recruits. Tips include stakeout etiquette, psychological support, undercover strategies and more. See them online at www.cbc.ca/insecurity.

Season 1 of INSECURITY premiered to over 800,000 viewers on January 4, 2011. It was one of the most-watched premieres of any scripted Canadian comedy series on CBC last season was nominated for 2 Gemini Awards. The Season 1 DVD will be released in November.

Vérité Films and Company Name Here Productions in association with CBC announced today that production on Season 2 of the comedy series InSecurity will begin July 4, 2011.

Set in Ottawa, the Nation’s Capital, at the fictional National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), Season 2 of InSecurity follows secret agent Alex Cranston (played by series star Natalie Lisinska, Young People F**King, Chloe) and her team of spies who make keeping the nation safe look easy and getting a life look hard; after all, spies are people too.

InSecurity will premiere on CBC as part of the 2011 fall prime-time lineup, airing Monday nights at 8:30 pm (9 p.m. NT) right after the BATTLE OF THE BLADES RESULTS SHOW. The 10-episode half-hour series is shot in Regina, Saskatchewan, with second camera photography shot in Ottawa, Ontario. Production wraps August 30, 2011.

In Season 2 of InSecurity, NISA agent Alex Cranston and her team of spies juggle dates, terrorists, parents and security threats. It’s tough being a spy when your worst enemy is yourself. Season 2 hits that funny, messy and unpredictable intersection between the spy world and everyday life.

Starring alongside Lisinska are: Emmy-nominee William deVry (The Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children) as NISA’s politically-savvy director Peter McNeil; multiple Genie and Gemini Award-winner Rémy Girard (Incendies, Les Boys, Les invasions barbares, Le déclin de l’empire américain, Jésus de Montréal) as the jaded veteran agent on the team Claude Lesage; Matthew MacFadzean (Owning Mahowny, The Big Heist) as the loyal but inexperienced agent Burt Wilson; Grace Lynn Kung (Being Erica, Away from Her) as the brainy forensics specialist JoJo Kwan; and Richard Yearwood (The Plan) as unpredictable agent Benjamin N’udu.

Season 1 of InSecurity premiered to over 800,000 viewers on January 4, 2011. It was one of the most-watched premieres of any scripted Canadian comedy series on CBC last season.

 

ENCORE BROADCASTS OF SEASON 1

Viewers can catch encore broadcasts of Season 1 on CBC Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. (9 p.m, NT) beginning June 21 and continuing to September 6, 2011. Season 1 is also available on demand at cbc.ca/insecurity.

 

MOST WANTED CONTEST: June 21 to July 5, 2011

InSecurity online at cbc.ca/insecurity brings viewers into the world of NISA (the National Intelligence and Security Agency) with exclusive video, contests, prizes and more. Beginning June 21, 2011, and coinciding with the rebroadcast of Season 1, InSecurity invites fans to submit a “mug shot” of themselves looking their most nefarious. Three winning photos will be selected by series star Natalie Lisinska and co-creators Virginia Thompson and Kevin White. The best photos will appear as villains, double agents or suspicious targets in Season 2. In order to win, photos must be submitted by July 5, 2011.

Kirstine Stewart, Interim Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC Television, today previewed the network’s Winter 2011 schedule, including the launch of new spy comedy INSECURITY, the return of the hit Down East detective series REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, the premiere of the groundbreaking new series VILLAGE ON A DIET and the 50th anniversary of THE NATURE OF THINGS.

New programming includes INSECURITY, an action-comedy following the exploits of agents at a fictional spy agency who have unorthodox and sometimes hilarious methods, but somehow manage to keep Canada safe—often unwittingly; VILLAGE ON A DIET, which follows the residents of Taylor, B.C., as they try to lose a ton of collective weight in three months, and PILLARS OF THE EARTH, a sweeping epic of good and evil set in the 12th century and starring Gordon Pinsent and Donald Sutherland.

Returning favourites include REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, a one-hour comedic drama starring Allan Hawco that follows the lives of a not-so-everyday family of detectives in Newfoundland, the internationally acclaimed comedy LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE, and the second season of the provocative family comedy 18 TO LIFE.

Meanwhile, award-winning CBC journalist Tom Harrington joins Erica Johnson as co-host of Canada’s most trusted consumer affairs program, MARKETPLACE. And this winter, the 50th season of THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki continues. Highlights include a two-hour special looking at the Alberta oil sands conflict, and a celebration of 50 years of programming, exploring and highlighting key elements in the history of a Canadian institution.

 

CBC Television’s Winter 2011 Schedule

(all times local; thirty minutes later in Newfoundland)

 

SUNDAYS (beginning January 2)

7 p.m. HEARTLAND

 

MONDAYS (beginning January 3)

8 p.m. 18 TO LIFE

8:30 p.m. LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE

9 p.m. VILLAGE ON A DIET

 

TUESDAYS (beginning January 4)

8 p.m. RICK MERCER REPORT

8:30 p.m. INSECURITY

9 p.m. THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH

 

WEDNESDAYS (beginning January 5)

8 p.m. DRAGONS’ DEN

9 p.m. REPUBLIC OF DOYLE

 

THURSDAYS (beginning January 6)

8 p.m. THE NATURE OF THINGS

9 p.m. DOC ZONE

 

FRIDAYS (beginning January 7)

8 p.m. RICK MERCER REPORT – Encore

8:30 p.m. MARKETPLACE

9 p.m. the fifth estate

 

SATURDAYS

6:30 p.m. CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

 

WEEKNIGHTS

10 p.m. THE NATIONAL, with Peter Mansbridge

10:55 p.m. CBC NEWS LATE NIGHT

11:05 p.m. GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT

 

DAYTIME

7 a.m. KIDS’CBC

2 p.m. STEVEN AND CHRIS

3 p.m. BEST RECIPES EVER