The Border

Thursday, Nov. 5, at 9 p.m., on CBC-TV

The Border recreates Afghanistan in a gravel pit in southern Ontario

Gemini Award-winning THE BORDER takes viewers to Afghanistan, where Sergeant Kessler (James McGowan) and young Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent Henry Masoud are kidnapped and held for ransom by the Taliban. The stakes are high as Kessler and Masoud face intimidation, torture and possible execution.

Darnell (Jim Codrington) and Carver (Grace Park) join NATO’s search and discover their prime suspect, General Zaki, is also their best hope of getting their colleagues out alive.

Under a blazing August sun in a gravel quarry in Caledon, Ont., production designer Benno Tuttor (2009 Directors Guild of Canada Award, The Border; Directors Guild of Canada Award Away from Her) and his team recreated an Afghan town that would have evolved over centuries.

Episode 305 “Missing in Action” is written by Alex Levine and directed by Phil Earnshaw. THE BORDER was created by Peter Raymont, the late Lindalee Tracey, Janet MacLean and Jeremy Hole. The series is produced by Brian Dennis, Janet MacLean and David Barlow. Peter Raymont is executive producer.

THE BORDER is a White Pine Pictures Production produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Cable Industry, The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Government of Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit Program, and distributed internationally by Fireworks International, a ContentFilm Company.

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Airs Thursday, Oct 22, 2009 on CBC

ICS hunts a respected financier suspected of running a massive Ponzi scheme.

When wealthy philanthropist Benjamin Herzog is murdered, the prime suspect is his financial advisor Cyrus Church. Church has engineered a massive Ponzi scheme to defraud his investors of billions. Foreign operatives determined to recover stolen funds are also looking for Church. And complicating matters, Church’s new trophy wife is Svetlana Karpov, a dead-sexy Russian stripper from Kessler’s past.  ICS’s newest agent, Khalida Massi, finally gets a chance to prove herself in the field.

Written by David Barlow
Directed by TW Peacock

Celebrated Canadian actors guest star in season three Tonya Lee Williams, Arsinée Khanjian, Kristin Booth, Patrick McKenna and more…

In its most explosive season yet, CBC’s Gemini award-winning hit show, THE BORDER, delivers more action and gripping storylines than ever, picking up from last season’s cliffhanger finale — a firefight with a vicious gang.

Premiering on CBC Television on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m., season three opens with Major Mike Kessler (James McGowan) critically wounded and wracked with guilt. Deemed a rogue cop, Gray Jackson (Graham Abbey) is suspended, while Liz Carver (Grace Park) fights for her life in a Washington hospital. Language specialist Khalida Massi (Athena Karkanis) joins the Squad, impressing colleagues with her motorcycle and her martial arts training, and Slade (Jonas Chernick) is completely smitten.

Ponzi schemes and white supremacists. honour killings and attempted presidential assassinations. China, Africa, Russia, Afghanistan, Britain and the United States, people and conflicts from around the world play a role in THE BORDER.

“This season will have Canadians hooked from the start,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Television’s general manager, English Services. “THE BORDER continues to deliver to audiences.”

As he tries to restore the Squad to its former strength and unity, Kessler struggles with powerful emotions – guilt, anger, suspicion and lust for MI-6 agent Charlotte Bates (Daisy Beaumont), and the surprising rekindling of his love for Terri (Julie Stewart), his soon-to-be-married ex-wife. While Kessler works to restore morale at the ICS, suspended cop Gray Jackson has his own plan: to avenge the deaths of everyone he has lost in the firefight.

Sophia Milos (CSI: Miami, The Sopranos) returns as DHS Agent Bianca LaGarda. Season three guest stars include Tonya Lee Williams (The Young and the Restless, Poor Boy’s Game), Arsinée Khanjian (Ararat, Adoration), Mimi Kuzyk (Sophie, Blue Murder), Kristin Booth (Prairie Giant, The Tommy Douglas Story, Young People Fucking), Patrick McKenna (The Red Green Show, Traders) television veteran Art Hindle (Paradise Falls, MVP) and Al Sapienza  (The Sopranos).

From a media release:

Tonya Lee Williams joins the 3rd season of CBC’s “THE BORDER”

Tonya Lee Williams will play a senior U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent, in the Canadian drama about elite Canadian immigration and customs officers working with U.S. authorities to defend the Canadian-U.S. border against outside threats.

Williams best know for her starring role as Olivia Winters on The #1 daytime Soap The Young and The Restless joins the cast of The Border a Canadian drama airing on CBC Television and 20 other TV networks worldwide. The series is set in Toronto and follows agents of the fictitious Immigration and Customs Security (ICS) agency, created by the Government of Canada to deal with trans-border matters concerning Canadian national security including terrorism and smuggling.

Williams will be recurring as Constance Meade, Director of Intelligence and Detection for the US Department of Homeland Security. Meade is a highly-placed American government official who knows where the bodies are buried. She operates in the murky backstage world of Beltway politics – secret meetings, political trade-offs, influence peddling, the constant maneuvering and jostling for power. She’s a conduit to the corridors of power, able to get things done in the bureaucratic thickets of Washington, she’s tough, uncompromising, and authoritative, willing to make hard choices and see them through. The issues in the show are drawn from issues that currently face Canada and the rest of the world such as 9/11, The Darfur Crisis, human rights violations in China and trans-national crimes such as pedophiles and international crime rings. The Border show’s the Canadian perspective in facing national security issues that would affect the country.