Arctic Air

Arctic Air is a Canadian drama television series that began airing on CBC Television on January 10, 2012. The series was canceled on March 17, 2014, due to government budgetary cuts.[2]

Arctic Air
GenreDrama
Created byIan Weir
Starring
Theme music composerTim McCauley[1]
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes35 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael Chechik
  • Gabriela Schonbach
  • Ian Weir
  • Gary Harvey
Production company(s)Omnifilm Entertainment
DistributorCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
Release
Original networkCBC Television
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 10, 2012 (2012-01-10) 
April 8, 2014 (2014-04-08)
External links
Website

Synopsis

Arctic Air is about a Yellowknife-based maverick airline and the unconventional family who runs it. The owners are Mel Ivarson, an old school bush pilot; Krista Ivarson, Mel's daughter; and Bobby Martin, the son of Ivarson's deceased partner. Episodes focus on interpersonal conflicts between the characters as well as dramatic flying missions with their aging fleet of Douglas DC-3s, de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otters and other aircraft. Each episode has one or more flying missions.[3]

Cast

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 January 10, 2012 (2012-01-10) March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13)
2 13 January 9, 2013 (2013-01-09) April 17, 2013 (2013-04-17)
3 12 January 7, 2014 (2014-01-07) April 8, 2014 (2014-04-08)

Productions

In some episodes, the production crew used Buffalo Airways' hangar in Yellowknife as backdrop.

DVD releases

Entertainment One released the complete first season on DVD in Canada on November 20, 2012.[4] Season 2 was released on January 7, 2014.[5] The third and final season was released on October 14, 2014.[6]

Ratings

According to CBC, the total audience for the first episode was just over 1 million viewers.[7]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Tuesday 9:00pm 10
January 10, 2012
1.06[7]
March 13, 2012
0.96[8] 2011–12 0.96[9]
2 Wednesday 9:00pm 13
January 9, 2013
0.84[10]
April 17, 2013
N/A 2012–13 N/A
3 Tuesday 9:00pm 12
January 7, 2014
N/A
April 8, 2014
N/A 2013–14 N/A

Awards and nominations

Canadian Screen Awards

YearCategoryNomineeResultRef
2013Best Dramatic SeriesIan Weir, Gabriela Schonbach, Gary Harvey, Michael ChechikNominated[11]
2014Best Cross-Platform Project, Fiction - Arctic Air Extended Season FinaleChris Waind, Fergus Heywood, Gary Harvey, Nataline Rodrigues, Nick McAnultyNominated
2015Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleAdam BeachNominated

Leo Awards

YearCategoryNomineeResultRef
2012Best Dramatic SeriesMichael Chechik, Gabriela Schonbach, Gary Harvey, Ian WeirNominated[12]
Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic SeriesSusin NielsenWon
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic SeriesLara MazurNominated
Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic SeriesBradley StrykerNominated
Luke CamilleriNominated
Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic SeriesTimothy WebberNominated
Stephen LoboNominated
Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic SeriesCarmen MooreNominated
Emilie UllerupNominated
2013Best Dramatic SeriesGabriela Schonbach, Michael Chechik, Gary Harvey, Ian Weir, Robert Carney, Ian HayNominated[13]
Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic SeriesIan WeirNominated
Sarah DoddNominated
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic SeriesFranco PanteNominated
Best Casting in a Dramatic SeriesCorinne Clarke, Jennifer PageNominated
Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic SeriesAleks PaunovicNominated
Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic SeriesMichelle ThrushWon
Chelah HorsdalNominated
Lexa DoigNominated
Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic SeriesTimothy WebberNominated
Stephen LoboNominated
Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic SeriesEmilie UllerupNominated
Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic SeriesKevin McNultyNominated
Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic SeriesPascale HuttonNominated
2015Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic SeriesJohn Gajdecki, Mike Leeming, Carlos Federico, Guzman Roman, Max Schroeder, Richard GreenwoodNominated[14]

UBCP/ACTRA Awards

YearCategoryNomineeResultRef
2013Best ActressPascale HuttonNominated[15]
Emilie UllerupNominated
2014Pascale HuttonNominated[16]

Supporting content

Mini-episodes

CBC Television released 5 mini-episodes online, titled Man of the North as supporting material to the first season of the series. These webisodes were each 2–3 minutes in length.[17]

Online games

In support of the show's second season, an online game was launched on its official website, entitled Arctic Air Adventure.[18]

Season 2 Finale

A series of short clips, available exclusively through the series page on the CBC website, were produced to complement the second-season finale. This online content was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, in the Best Cross Platform Project, Fiction, category.[19]

VIP Lounge

For the third series of the show, additional content was provided through the show's page on the CBC website, which included additional scenes, and supporting material such as photographs taken by characters, phone conversations and additional graphics related to each episode.[20]

References

  1. "Download the Arctic Air Theme Song - Arctic Air - Watch online". Cbc.ca. May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  2. Vlessing, Etan (March 17, 2014). "Canada's CBC Cancels 'Arctic Air,' 'Cracked' as Budget Chops Bite". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  3. "About the Show - Arctic Air - Watch online". Cbc.ca. May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  4. "Arctic Air DVD news: Announcement for Arctic Air - The Complete 1st Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. May 25, 2007. Archived from the original on March 18, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  5. Arctic Air: Season 2
  6. Arctic Air - Season 3
  7. "ARCTIC AIR SOARS TO RECORD HEIGHTS IN SERIES DEBUT ON CBC TELEVISION". CBC Television. January 12, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  8. Brioux, Bill (March 21, 2012). "TV Feeds My Family: Brioux Report: Big Bang goes Missing". Tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.ca. Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  9. Wild, Diane. "Arctic Air boasts record season for CBC | TV, eh?". Tv-eh.com. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  10. "TV Feeds My Family: Murdoch Mysteries lifts CBC's premiere week". Tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.ca. January 13, 2013. Archived from the original on May 13, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  11. "awards database". academy.ca. Archived from the original on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  12. "2012 nominees" (PDF). leoawards.com. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  13. "2013 nominees" (PDF). leoawards.com. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  14. "2015 nominees" (PDF). leoawards.com. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  15. "Nominees Announced for UBCP/ACTRA Awards". Alliance for Arts + Culture. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  16. "UBCP/ACTRA – 2014 UBCP/ACTRA Awards Nominees Media Release". www.ubcp.com. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  17. "Arctic Air ; Webisodes - Man of the North". Cbc.ca. January 11, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  18. "Arctic Air Adventure - Arctic Air - Watch online". Cbc.ca. May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  19. "Descriptive Video Works Congratulates Canadian Talent" Descriptive Video Works, Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  20. "VIP Lounge - Arctic Air" "CBC", Retrieved March 3, 2017.
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