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Bethany Joy Lenz, actress, singer-songwriter and filmmaker

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Bethany Joy Lenz stars in the new movie “Snowed Inn Christmas” premiering on Lifetime, Saturday, December 16 at 8 pm. Canadian viewers can see it on W Network Sunday, December 17 at 6 pm.

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Bethany Joy Lenz in Snowed Inn Christmas
The Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Free Press picked “Snowed Inn Christmas” as a TV highlight of the week with the latter adding it’s a “feel-good movie… about a woman (Bethany Joy Lenz) and man (Andrew Walker), who have nothing in common – until they’re called upon to help save the historic town inn located in Santa Claus, Indiana.”

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Snowed Inn Christmas with Andrew Walker and Bethany Joy Lenz
Lenz plays a button-down journalist who, like her character in “One Tree Hill,” is smart and knows who she is – at least until she gets trapped on assignment with a colleague she’s competing with to save her job.

The setting, a gorgeous turn of the century Victorian home in Santa Claus, Indiana (a real town), provides a romantic and mysterious backdrop where the journalists discover the stories of their lives.

Check out this charming video of Lenz and Walker.

As well as appearing in “Snowed Inn Christmas” Lenz recently joined the cast of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

In the podcast, we cover everything from her appearances on the daytime soap “Guiding Light” to “One Tree Hill” and her new role in “Grey’s Anatomy.”

She opens up about the time she auditioned for “Once” on Broadway, it didn’t go well, and a new Broadway musical she’s written.

SHOW NOTES
Bethany Joy Lenz on Instagram
Bethany Joy Lenz on Twitter
Bethany Joy Lenz on iTunes
Bethanj Joy Lenz’s Jewelry on Stilnest

Snowed Inn Christmas on TV
Lifetime – Saturday, December 16 at 8pm.
W Network (Canada) – Sunday, December 17 at 7pm.
#SnowedinChristmas
Twitter – @LifetimeTV
Instagram – @LifetimeTV
Facebook – LifetimeTV

Writer, Comedian: Joanne O’Sullivan

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Joanne’s written for the hit TV shows “This Hour has Twenty Two Minutes” and the “Baroness Von Sketch Show.”

Joanne has performed stand-up comedy across the country, she’s also done storytelling at the Stratford Festival’s “Late Night with Lucy Peacock cabarets,” and improvisation for four seasons of “Sin City,” Toronto’s popular live, improvised soap opera.

Plus she’s had a hit Fringe Festival show and is about to debut her new show “She Grew Funny” at the Toronto Fringe.

We talk about parenthood and the impact having a daughter had on her career. Prior to writing her latest show Joanne took a course to help with her writing, something she never imaged herself doing at this point in her career, but as you’ll hear it really helped kick start the process that led to her second Fringe Festival show.

SHOW NOTES
Joanne’s Show “She Grew Funny“.
The crowd funding site.
Joanne O’Sullivan on Twitter.
Tracey Erin Smith Soul O Theatre.
Albert Howell on Twitter.

Sean Cullen, actor, improviser and writer

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Seán Cullen was regular on the Tonight Show and he’s appeared on stages in New York, Chicago, Toronto and at the Stratford Festival. He writes books for young readers, his “Hamish X and The Cheese Pirates,” won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Book.

Plus he has a podcast, the Seanpod, and with all that going on he still finds time to play hockey three times a week.

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Seán Cullen and I talk about his improvisation and writing, as well as his path to success in comedy.

He also talks about his work on stage and why he describes his time performing 8 shows a week in “The Producers” as “just trying not to get sick.”

Seán mentions his time as a CBC Radio host and says “I was rambling completely and this drove the CBC Mad.” But as he explains, his rambling got the attention of a book publisher that led to the opportunity to his write books for young readers.

Seán’s Books
Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates
Hamish X and the Hollow Mountain
The Prince of Neither Here Nor There
The Prince of Two Tribes[Paperback]

Show Notes
The SeánPod with Seán Cullen.
Twist Your Dickens at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
On Writing by Stephen King
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
Margaret Atwood’s Wandering Wenda to become Kids’ CBC series