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Natalie Lisinska on 'InSecurity' and Revamping the Genre

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Jan 4th 2011 12:02PM
Ever notice that procedural dramas like 'CSI' can be, well, kinda goofy at times? The producers of the CBC show 'InSecurity' certainly did, and figured it was time to parody the hugely popular genre. The new half-hour action/comedy series follows a team of incompetent national security agents who somehow manage to gather intelligence and bust up bad guys in spite of their total lack of skills.

'InSecurity' is set in Ottawa, but was filmed in Regina. It stars Natalie Lisinska ('Young People F---ing', 'Chloe') as team leader Alex Cranston, William Devry ('The Bold and the Beautiful') as Alex's hunky boss Peter and Grace Lynn Kung ('Being Erica') as the cold-as-ice forensics specialist JoJo. Rémy Girard, Matthew MacFadzean and Richard Yearwood round out the rest of Alex's incompetent team.

TV Squad caught up with Lisinska to get debriefed on everything from how her high-jumping background (she was a B.C. provincial high jump champion) helps her kick ass to what we can expect from Alex's love life on the show.

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Is It Too Soon for Security Satire?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 3rd 2011 3:00PM
CBC's latest comedy 'InSecurity' debuts this week, a decade after 9/11, but it still has me wondering if a series based on jokes about national security might be hitting the airwaves a little too soon.

Between the WikiLeaks Cablegate story and the introduction of the backscatter X-ray machines to airports, security -- as in homeland and travel -- is a topic still very much in flux. Will Americans -- and the rest of the world dragged along with them into forced nudity and patdowns -- accept the latest incursion into their privacy or reject it?

Is Julian Assange a journalist doing his job or is he some kind of freelance spy/traitor? It will take some time to figure out where history stands on these and other issues around how the west has dealt with the threat of terrorism. But it's into this murky water this half-hour show is set to premiere.

'InSecurity' is about a group of Canadian federal agents working for a fictional agency called NISA -- it's based on CSIS, which is the Canadian version of the CIA. The team tracks terrorists and spies, yet all they have to do this with is a few computers, spy cams and their brains. While the technology is equal access, the brains have been handed out willy nilly, with the vast majority going to series leads Alex (Natalie Lisinska) and Claude (the fabulous Rémy Girard). The cast is studiously multicultural, of course, which works better in the context of a high-end government agency than, say, a gas station in the Prairies.

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TBS Picks Up 'In Security,' 'Franklin and Bash'

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:15PM
Two more pilots have been picked up by TBS, bringing the number of new 60-minute comedies on the network's roster to four.

According the Hollywood Reporter, the two new pilot orders were for 'In Security' and 'Franklin and Bash.' The first concerns two sisters who run a private-security business for the high-and-mighty while trying to manage insecure family matters of their own. 'Franklin and Bash' pivots off the friendship of two gutsy, make-their-own-rules lawyers who beat a top-tier law firm on a case and are then invited to join the white-shoe firm.

Heading up the 'In Security' executive producing team are Ric Swartzlander ('Gary Unmarried'; 'Hidden Hills') and Peter Segal (the feature 'Get Smart') together with Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. Segal has been tapped to direct the pilot.

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