“District 31”: Bruno’s hell

How is Bruno Gagné? A few months after striking a girl chasing Yanick Dubeau, the detective sergeant plays hard. But it does not take a big crystal ball to guess that he’s not doing well.
Thisis how we resume our normal life at 19h, with the return next Monday of District 31 on ICI TV, for the fourth season. At a time when many are disconnecting from the cable, the daily produced by Fabienne Larouche and Michel Trudeau attracted last season 1.6 million thirsty faithful. It’s pretty clear that it’s in the pocket for a fifth season.

In these first four episodes, shown to a handful of lucky journalists on Tuesday, there is no question of the Secret Service, Leopold Jean or Christian Phaneuf, but something else. Once again, Michel Charette will move you in the shoes of a man weakened, not to say annihilated. It must be said that a woman will make the life of Bruno a hell, harassing him anyway. Genevieve Schmidt, who excels in all her roles, is hallucinating in that of the mother of the little victim. And you do not know how far Ms. Riopelle can go to avenge the death of her daughter. Oh no!

A big plot of the first weeks is about ayahuasca. The author Luc Dionne had learned of the existence of this hallucinogenic drink in a reportage of Inquiry,few years ago. Ayahuasca – composed of roots and creepers – that Sonia Blanchard (Pascale Montpetit) pronounced “Yamaska” – is not considered a drug by Health Canada despite its delirious effects. Even if it is allowed to import if you are part of a religious group. A suspect who has used it will end up in an unfortunate situation. The whole question around this absurd law, let us say it, is very interesting. The other big plot revolves around a mafia boss, and involves the return of Mathieu Baron, who speaks impeccable Italian, in the role of crime investigator Nick Romano. But on that, I’ll stick to that.

In the coming weeks, you will see the emergence of new Detective Sergeant Florence Guindon (Catherine Proulx-Lemay), an experienced police officer, who is tough, who does not let herself be forced. She takes over from Isabelle to the family crimes, Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc having chosen to leave the series. Then, Yves Jacques, who we see too rarely, will enter the role of a coroner. But why do not I tell you about Yanick Dubeau (Patrice Godin)? The latest news is that the serial killer was still in the wild. And it’s certainly not me who will tell you where he is. Come on, suffer a little more!


Let’s say Pier-Luc Funk is in demand this year. In addition to seeing him this fall in Serge Boucher’s new series, Fragile , I learned that Catherine Brunet and he will star in a new series for young adults, titled Forever, plus a jour, and produced by Go Go, who gave us The cottage in VRAK. Fourteen 30-minute episodes make up the first season, scheduled for next winter on a Bell Media channel.

In this new comedy drama, Pier-Luc Funk plays Chuck, suffering from an incurable disease that leaves him little time to live. With her blonde Delphine, played by Catherine Brunet, he decides to do everything he wants, without thinking, and it may give rise to all excesses. Two of their friends are played by Karl-Antoine Suprice and Victoria Diamond, while Rémi Goulet plays Chuck’s brother, and Isabelle Brouillette, their mother. Guillaume Girard is the main author of the series, in addition to having developed with Kristine Metz. Érika Soucy and Patrick Dupuis second them to the texts. Marie-Claude Blouin, who directed Le chalet, is back behind the camera.


Pierre Nadeau was a monument of journalism, a model for many of my colleagues and me. A great gentleman, a gentleman I had the privilege of interviewing several years ago when he published his biography entitled L’impatient . He died yesterday at the age of 82, in the arms of his daughter Pascale, who has just lost her mother, France Nadeau, also a host and journalist, last July.

I admired Pierre Nadeau, the popularizer. But I also admited the formidable interviewer, the master of hot seat, an art that is practiced less and less on television. After a touch of humor, he could jam his guest and not let go. It was beautiful to see.

For several years, Parkinson’s disease had kept him out of the public sphere, even though he had lost none of his wit and humor. The TV has lost one of its greats.

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