Episode 183 – How To Make a Baby

August 29, 2019

How to Buy a Baby. No, it’s not somre nefarious criminal plot, but rather a Canadian web series that recently premiered its 2nd season. Creator Wendy Litner based it on her own experiences of having to use fertility treatments in order to conceive. In this case – IVF or in-vitro fertilization. As someone who was conceived via this method, this subject matter is quite close and meaningful to me and in the past I have done a variety of interviews on the topic. This is my first one like this. 

The series, which airs on CBC Gem and YouTube, won the award for Best Original Digital series, Fiction at the 2019 Canadian Awards. Creator Litner was also nominated for Best Writing in a web series. The first season’s director – Molly McGlynn – won for best direction at the 2018 Indie Series where the show also won best comedy. It was also a finalist for best short form series at the International Emmy Awards.

The show stars Meghan Heffern and Marc Bendavid. I got to speak with Marc about a week and a half ago regarding his work on the project. A graduate of Montreal’s National Theatre School, Marc has appeared in such Canadian shows as Murdoch Mysteries, Listener, Hard Rock Medical, Flashpoint and the iconic Degrassi in which in appeared in four episodes as a teacher. He was a regular in the sci-fi hit Dark Matter opposite two-time Endeavours Guest Jodelle Ferland, as well as Roger Cross and Zoie Palmer. He also starred as Dominic Blythe, the son of Barbara Hershey’s character in Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning.

Season 2 of How to Buy a Baby was directed by Adrianna Maggs. I spoke with Adrianna back in March about her feature film Goalie, which features comedian Kevin Pollak. She has worked as an actress and writer on both Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, and Three Chords from the Truth. Her other writing credits include Call Me Fitz, The Wilkinsons, Rookie Blue, Aftermath, Saving Hope, 21 Thunder and Frankie Drake Mysteries. She released her first feature film – Grown Up Movie Star – in 2009. Goalie was her second. Her interview originally aired back in March.

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