May 16, 2014

Canadians among TV conspirators

Call me weird, paranoid, a child of Watergate and Contragate or just a connoisseur of tense political drama, but my current three favorite TV programs are about conspiracies in America, each in a different era of U.S. history.

Not that there isn’t similar sinister material available in Canadian history, it’s just that not much of it has been turned into quality TV. Still, there are some more or less solid Canadian angles to my American faves.

I’ve got plenty of company in being a fan of the terrorist soap “Homeland,” though having not yet binge-watched Season 3, I live in terror of accidentally being exposed to plot spoilers.

I hope I’m not spoiling it for anyone by saying there was a treat for us fans in Quebec in the Season 2 season finale, as Carrie drove Brody to what we presumed was the backwoods of the eastern townships, where he would slip across the border into Canada. Brody loose among us hosers. Exciting, eh?

The big Canadian connection to “Homeland,” besides the cross-border plot, is an actor with one of the most intriguing names in showbiz, Diego Klattenhoff, the pride of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Ruggedly handsome Diego plays Brody’s old army chum Mike, who gets even chummier with Mrs. Terrorist Congressman.

Klatterhoff is making a bit of a career out of playing second leads in TV conspiracy thrillers. He’s also in “Blacklist,” spooky James Spader’s latest adventure on the small screen.

He also had a role in the original “24,” starring Canadian Keifer Sutherland. On the bigger screen Klatterhoff has found himself in two of the more notable blockbuster action flops in recent memory, “Pacific Rim” and “After Earth.”

Interestingly, one of the main characters in my second favorite show — going backwards chronologically — also hails from Nova Scotia, though she only spend the first few years of her young life there. In “The Americans,” Holly Taylor plays the daughter of Russian spies posing as Mr. and Mrs. Average American living in Washington, D.C. All this typical teenager wants is to go to church — this is Ronald Reagan’s era — while mom and dad angrily deny her the “opium of the people.”

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