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Marina Antunes [Cathode Ray Mission 09.29.15] Canada scifi drama

The key to any successful TV show is story. You need a story that can keep audiences coming back week after week and in most cases, that also includes tackling multiple characters, arcs and points of view. "Continuum" creator and show runner Simon Barry knows all about that.

His show, now in its final season airing on Syfy in the US Showcase in Canada, stars Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron, a detective from 2077 who finds herself trapped in present day searching for a group of criminals who are also from the future and are trying to change the timeline to affect their shared future.

"Continuum" is a hugely entertaining bit of scifi. There are great visuals, great gadgets not to mention time travel but the show really works because of its commitment to storytelling and the characters, some of whom have changed drastically from the first episode. I had a chance to speak with Barry about the role multiple stories play on his show, the differences of working in the Canadian and US TV systems, the constant struggle of maintaining a hit show and why Canadian scifi shows expect more from their audiences.

Barry is a special guest at VIFF Industry which runs September 29 to October 3. He will be speaking at "Specific Voices," a panel which also includes Christopher Rogers, the co-creator and executive producer of "Halt and Catch Fire" and Warren Littlefield, the executive producer of "Fargo."

Recommended Release: Continuum Season 1

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