CTVA Canada - "The Rez" (1996-97) Drama Series

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Spirit Bay (1983-87)   -    The Rez (1996-97)
The Rez (1996-97)
 Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Clayton Self

references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Writers Guild of America (wga)
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THE REZ
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 Executive Producer Norman Jewison & Bruce McDonald
Supervising Producer Gary Harvey
Producer Brian Dennis
Associate Producer: G. Michael Currie
Creative Producer Peter Mitchell

Canadian Drama Series 1996-97   18 episodes x 30 min
 Starring:
Ryan Rajendra Black - Silas Crow
Jennifer Podemski - Sadie Maracle
Darrell Dennis - Frank Fencepost
Tamara Podemski - Lucy Pegamegaaba
Elaine Miles - played Mad Etta (season 2) / Monique Mojica as Mad Etta (season 1)
Featuring:
Kari Matchett ... Tanya Nanibush Beakhert
Patricia Collins ... Eleanor Nanibush
Herbie Barnes ... Joseph Crow
Shirley Cheechoo ... Simone Crow
Gary Farmer ... Chief Tom
Adam Beach ... Charlie
Denis Lacroix

Series Directors include:
John L'Ecuyer, Gary Harvey, T.W. Peacocke, E. Jane Thompson, Milan Cheylov
Series Writers include:
Jordan Wheeler, W.P. Kinsella, Peter Mitchell

Premise/ Background:
A spin-off series based on the characters from the popular 1995 Canadian movie "Dance Me Outside".
The show is centered around the goings-on of young Canadian natives on a reservation. Much of the time
the characters are hanging out at a small marina/restaurant ran by a white woman, who's daughter she gave
up for adoption and who comes for an interesting visit. The show introduced some fairly famous up-and-coming
Canadian actors- the most famous being Adam Beach, who incidentally played Frank Fencepost in Dance Me Outside.
The role of Frankie was played by Darrell Dennis in 'The Rez'. A lot of guest appearances and minor roles were
actors who 1st appeared on 'Spirit Bay' back in the mid 1980s.
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DANCE ME OUTSIDE (1995)(Pilot Movie) (85 minutes)


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1.1 [--] The Rez: DRESSED LIKE A FISH
1996
The marina's owner dies. For fun Frank stages his own mock funeral with the others.
Who will take over the marina? [CS]

1.2 [--] The Rez: GOLF AND POLITICS
1996
Sadie organizes a boycott against the bar/marina and insists that Silas and Frank quit working
for Eleanor, the new owner. [CS]

1.3 [--] The Rez: A LITTLE REVEALING
1996
Sadie showcases her revealing wear to Silas after Silas is asked to become a male stripper. [CS]

1.4 [--] The Rez: THE LONGHOUSE
1996
Frank locks Lucy in a shack in hopes she will think and reconsider her plans to leave for Toronto. [CS]

1.5 [--] The Rez: THE LARK
1996
Silas' mentally impaired brother goes to a group home. [CS]

1.6 [--] The Rez: DIRTY GIRLS, KILL KILL!
1996
Frank hires strippers to fight in a vat of pudding to raise money. Sadie is upset by what
she sees as sexism. [CS]

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2.1 [--] The Rez: STRANGE BEDFELLOWS
1997
A stranger comes to run for chief versus Chief Tom. Sadie backs him at first, until Charlie digs up
his past (and present) behaviour. [CS]

2.2 [--] The Rez: THEY CALL HER TANYA
1997
Eleanor's daughter is introduced to the Rez. All the boys are looking her way. [CS]

2.3 [--] The Rez: POSTER GIRL
1997
Jeffrey Knight ... Swen
Local girls are asked to try-out to become a covergirl for a clothing line. Sadie is against it at first,
but when she is chosen as the model she changes her tune. [CS]

2.4 [--] The Rez: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
1997
John L'Ecuyer
Silas' birth father comes back to the Rez, but Silas is not happy about it. His father is given the
sentence of living alone on an island to win back the respect of the locals. [CS]

2.5 [--] The Rez: GRANTED
1997
The reservation band announces a $5000 youth grant. [CS]

2.6 [--] The Rez: LUST
1997
Diane Debassige
Silas' challenged brother, Joseph, traumatizes a young girl with unwanted touch. [CS]

2.7 [--] The Rez: WINDIGO
1997
Silas and Frank think they are cursed and must fight and defeat the Windigo spirit. [CS]

2.8 [--] The Rez: NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY
1997
Caleb Marshall ... Room Service Waiter
Frank likes Tanya, but Tanya likes Charlie, which causes fricton at a party. More friction is happening
elsewhere when Eleanor and Simone are being hit-on by three troublemakers at a bar. [CS]

2.9 [--] The Rez: A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
1997
Charlie and Tanya's relationship grows. Meanwhile, he, Silas and Frank are working for a racist
construction foreman. Frank gets revenge on the foreman in an explosive finale. [CS]

2.10 [--] The Rez: DER DEUTSCHE INDIANER
1997
A German historian comes to the Rez to learn some native stories from Silas and Frank. The only problem
is that he knows more native stories and history than the boys do. [CS]

2.11 [--] The Rez: TOO MANY CHIEFS
1997
Sadie takes over from Chief Tom. [CS]

2.12 [--] The Rez: NO RESERVATIONS (One Hour Finale)
1997
Ryan Rajendra Black ... Silas Crow
Jennifer Podemski ... Sadie Maracle
Darrell Dennis ... Frank Fencepost
Tamara Podemski ... Lucy Pegamegaaba
Tre Smith ... Sam
Trevor Smith
Catherine King ... Michelle
Frank and Silas are in Toronto. Frank wants to check up on his ex, Lucy. While Silas tries to win
back Sadie's heart, though she is seeing another man. [CS]

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At the 1997 Gemini Awards, Jennifer Podemski was nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress in
a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role" for the episode "Golf and Politics".

At the 1998 Gemini Awards, Patricia Collins was nominated for "Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a
Dramatic Series" for the episode "They Call Her Tanya".
Producer Brian Dennis was also awarded the Canada Choice Award for this episode.

Also at the 1998 Gemini Awards, Ryan Rajendra Black was nominated for "Best Performance by an Actor in a
Continuing Leading Dramatic Role" for the episode "Lust".

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