Question: What is the show about?
Joseph Kay, Executive Producer:
"This Life" is a show about a woman who finds out in the beginning that she's got a terminal illness, and it's about how she prepares for a life that won't include her. Although that framework sounds like it's about death, it's actually a show that's about life, and it's about her life, and it's about the life of her children, and the life of her brothers and sisters, and the life of her parents, and the lives of everybody that are sort of constantly going on around her.
Question: How would you describe the tone?
The tone of the show is emotionally real. We're trying to, she's going through this life and her family is going through their life, and we're trying to find, just the honest, human moments that aren't related to a disease. You know, that are just... you know, it's a family show that airs at 9:00 PM, so it's for an audience that would be watching that time. So, within that, so within that framework, it's, you know, we do make you cry, but really, we make you laugh, and we just interest you. And so the tone is funny, the tone is... honest. We try to find real moments, you know, the real little moments of life, that, those are the stakes.
Jocelyn Deschenes, Executive Producer:
When it's time to cry, it's time to cry. And when it's time to laugh, it's time to laugh.
-Or be appalled, or...
Yeah, and we don't avoid any of these moments, that's what I would say. And that's what people really like about the show.
Question: How will audiences react to the show?
I think that they'll relate to it, actually. I think that they'll see their own humanity in it. I think it's about you, and it's about your mom, and your dad, and your brother, and your sister, and your grandma, and your kids, and it's about all those people. And because we're looking at these moments, it's like, the small moments are the things that are important to us, you know, and that, I think they'll just find it relatable.
Question: Why did you want to make this show?
We talk about serious subject matter, but we want to talk about humanity. We want to talk about relationship and family. New relationship... well, not new, but... Now, the family faces new things. We want to talk about the subject matter as something that is part of life, and we don't want to avoid it. That's what is very important, and what I really... well, for myself, what I really like about this show is that we will face things, and we will face them naturally. You know? And that's what is very important for me.
And I think with this show, we want to create conversation in the living room.
So after the show, people will talk about it, and talk about the emotions they have when facing cancer, or things like that, so we want to create conversation. That's the biggest goal.
Question: Why is this show a good fit for the CBC?
I feel like the kind of storytelling that they want to do, serialized, interesting, surprising.
Taking risks, yeah.
- Facing real subjects.
This is the CBC.
They're encouraging narrative depth, and... it's not based on, I mean, it's a format, but it's such a unique format, there's no template for it, you know what I mean? It's not a cop show, or it's not a... They just want it to go where it would naturally go, and right now, in the landscape of Canadian television, or television in general, I think that's... CBC's a place to do that.