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Bomb Girls

TV series Bomb GirlsNetwork: Reelz
Episodes: 20 (18 + movie) (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: September 11, 2012 — May 26, 2014
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Meg Tilly, Jodi Balfour, Charlotte Hegele, Ali Liebert, Antonio Cupo, Sebastian Pigott, Peter Outerbridge, Anastasia Phillips, Jim Codrington, and Lisa Norton.

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TV show description:
Set in 1940s Toronto, this TV series explores the lives of various women who find themselves thrust into new worlds. They work in munitions factories, building the arms that keep their overseas husbands, lovers, brothers, and sons alive and fighting.

While they’re building bombs, the women also find themselves flourishing with newfound freedom, discovering strengths they never before imagined. At the same time they’re often woefully under-equipped for the new challenges they face. Amid propaganda and sexual harassment, crossing social and cultural boundaries, these remarkable women form a unique sisterhood.

Lorna Corbett (Meg Tilly) met her husband Bob (Peter Outerbridge) at age 18 before he shipped out to the Great War, and married after their affair left her pregnant. Bob returned a broken man, shell-shocked and paralyzed, and their dream of a happy life vanished. Lorna quietly relishes her new job as it’s a chance to escape an oppressive home and is secretly jealous of the other ladies’ happiness. She’s determined not to let them make the same mistakes she did. Lorna is especially resentful Gladys and seeks to break the spirited girl, even though she recognizes her own long-lost exuberance.

Gladys Witham (Jodi Balfour) is a wild child and the only daughter in a wealthy Rosedale family. Gladys’s privileged life has made her fearless with an appetite for life and she’s always gotten what she wanted. Now, what she wants is changing and its far less superficial. Does this leave room for James Dunn, her fiance?

New to Toronto, Kate Andrews (Charlotte Hegele) is eager to please and gifted at lifting spirits thanks to a staggeringly talented singing voice. Beneath her smile is a sheltered, insecure girl who’s on the run from her abusive street-preaching father. Cobbling together a new identity, Kate appears to have evaded punishment and her past, for now.

Betty McRae (Ali Liebert) is a recent arrival from rural Saskatchewan. An early arrival to Victory Munitions, Betty quickly rose through the ranks to be a well-regarded worker who doubles as Blue Shift’s on-floor trainer of the new workers. She fled her troubling past to live in a place with fewer men to mistrust. Betty has a hard attitude but for some reason, this doesn’t seem to apply to her interactions with Kate.

Blue Shift’s materials controller, Marco Moretti (Antonio Cupo), is responsible for the raw materials coming into the factory, as well as the export of every finished bomb. He gained his experience from his family’s fireworks factory, and now supports his mother, sister and nieces as the sole breadwinner. His father has been locked away in an internment camp alongside hundreds of other Italian immigrants. Though Marco considers himself a Canadian, he knows others see him as a potential enemy and is unable to enlist.

James Dunn (Sebastian Pigott) is smart, attractive, wealthy, and poised to take the world by storm. He’s a decent man whose refinement haven’t resulted in snobbery. Still, having been largely sheltered from the world’s harsh truths, he’s woefully innocent about matters of the heart. While he’s drawn to Gladys, her exuberance often threatens to overwhelm him. He was an American before Pearl Harbor and still doesn’t feel that the war is truly his to fight.

Vera Burr (Anastasia Phillips) is a Blue Shift worker and was disfigured in an accident at the factory and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. African-American Leon (Jim Codrington) works in the warehouse at Victory Munitions. A jazz musician and singer, he saves Kate from an attempted assault. Edith McAllum (Lisa Norton) is a floor worker at Victory, is close friends with Lorna, and befriends Bob while dealing with the aftermath of her husband’s death.
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Series Finale

Episodes #19-20
The two-hour movie has not aired yet.
First aired: May 26, 2014.

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What do you think? Do you like the Bomb Girls TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?

 

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Sherry Turner June 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm

The only show worth watching on Reelz.

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Nikki75 June 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Please don’t cancel. I love the show and look forward to watching the cast.

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Sandy June 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I hope this is renewed; I love it

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Lori May 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Please renew

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Vanessa May 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Please don’t cancel. I love this show. So sad.

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Rachel May 31, 2013 at 11:02 am

This is my favorite show. It is so well done. Great acting and story content. Please renew this series.

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Sharon May 31, 2013 at 1:26 am

PLEASE! Renew, renew, renew, great show. Love the story line, keep these going.

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Diane May 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I found this series by accident and totally enjoy watching. The show brings a different
outlook what women did during the war! PLease do not cancel the show,

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Caroline Gray May 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Oh,please renew this show. We are in the States and very close to Canada. Our Television Companies seem to think we all like watching the crap they broadcast. Or I think it is really cheaper for them to air shows and not pay for good scripts and actors. Bomb Girls was a breath of fresh air. We couldn’t wait for the next episode. So well done . Please bring it back. Thank you.

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Sharon May 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm

This is my favorite show – hope another network picks it up!!

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Malcolm McDonald May 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

To bad this show is cancelled I waited in suspense for the next weeks episode.
There are not enough shows with Canadian content and history.
Well I guess the public likes to live in lala land reality shows.
Hopefully maybe another network will pick it up

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kirstan nelson May 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Renew please!!!!! Awesome show!!!!!!

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Mary Woods May 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

This is a great series, there are so few about women, why cancel it? Market it more!

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Susan Meek May 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

I really hope they reconsider canceling this show. It is definitely the best thing on TV. I make sure I record it when I’m not home. It is so well written and well acted. I was really looking forward to more seasons. What possible logic is there in canceling it?

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June May 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Loved the series. It is so good that I cannot believe it has been canceled. Too bad (for me)

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Vanessa May 31, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Loved it. Great series. Please don’t cancel.

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