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A long list of who's who in the Canadian entertainment world have agreed to play themselves on the series or take on some far-from-flattering roles: Road to Avonlea's Sarah Polley as the leader of the Spirentology Cult who's out to make some cash, spoofing the strong relationship between Scientology and the entertainment industry; Kiefer Sutherland as himself, trying to break in to TV producing; Maury Chaykin as an oversexed, wife--swapping children's entertainer; Trader's Bruce Gray as the penny-pincher at the helm of rival Prodigy Productions; Ann Medina as a journalist who does a scathing undercover report on Alan Roy; and Peter Gzowski, Gino Empry and Evan Soloman--all starring as themselves.
From the Classic Anne of Green Gables to its Emmy award-winning series, Road to Avonlea, Sullivan's productions have garnered numerous awards, achieved record-breaking ratings and conquered markets around the world.
Previously the most successful Canadian series was "Road to Avonlea," which aired on pubcaster CBC in 1989-90, drawing 1.97 million viewers.
The Prince Edward Island government did not want to miss out on Emily in the wake of missing the boat when producer Kevin Sullivan landed on shore in the mid-1980s with several Anne of Green Gables projects in tow and his finger pointing toward the Road to Avonlea. Jack McAndrew, president of Prince Edward Island's Association of Film and Television Professionals, files regular Prince Edward Island reports for CBC's This Morning.
The ability to bridge cultural boundaries has spurred tremendous growth in the Canadian industry, and series such as DeGrassi Junior High and Road to Avonlea have led to a reputation for producing quality programming.
It was in stays and corsets that Mag Ruffman first came to the notice of many TV viewers -- first as Alice Lawson on "Anne of Green Gables" parts I and II, and then for seven years as Olivia Dale on the "Road to Avonlea" series.
*In January, the CBC debuts Sullivan's Road to Avonlea series with an audience of 2.5 million for its first episode, the highest rating for a English-Canadian series launch.
At NATPE '93, in addition to highlighting a new cartoon, Michigan Films will also introduce a new feature film from Amblin Television and Overseas Group, along with a new program from Beyond International and the series Road to Avonlea from Sullivan Films.
The editorial control of the show rests in Halifax and Montreal, which is an improvement over the Road to Avonlea series which barely even shot second unit material in P.E.I., and yet one can't help thinking the Island's industry has exchanged one set of remote-controlled colonial masters for another.
Upcoming Sullivan projects include "An Avonlea Christmas," a two-hour telefilm featuring the characters from "Road to Avonlea," telefilm "Passion Play" and "Anne on lee," a skating special based on "Anne of Green Gables."
"We'll probably do another season of Road to Avonlea (a recent ACE award winner), as well as a six-hour co-production with Germany, Lucas B., that will be distributed as well.
The career of Jackie Burroughs runs the gamut on-screen from the multi-Gemini-winning role of the prime and proper Aunt Hattie in the long-running Road to Avonlea to the drug-addled tourist "taking a vacation from feminism" in A Winter Tan, for which she won a Genie in 1989.