Skimp on the Champagne? Not This Cancer Patient.
Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times - Mar 13 2008
The premise of “Terminal City”—a cancer patient is hounded by the producers of a reality TV show—sounds as though it were something out of bad experimental theater. Right away you suspect an agenda. An award-winning Canadian mini-series being shown Thursdays on the Sundance Channel, “Terminal City” leads you to wonder if it might be trying to right the wrongs of so many years of “Survivor” and its culturally malignant offspring. I feared the worst: something that sought to tell us just how misplaced our priorities are. Read the full article on

5/6 Stars... A wry yet raw and understated drama unlike anything else presently airing.
Andrew Johnston, Time Out New York - Mar 5 2008
The well-traveled Maria del Mar (she’s had brief runs on 24 and JAG and has starred in a number of Canadian series) delivers a searing performance as a housewife with breast cancer in this ten-week miniseries from Canada, with a tone that strongly recalls Six Feet Under. Terminal City prominently counts reality TV among its subjects, but its chief concerns—marriage, family and mortality—are timeless ones that are given fresh urgency by the way screenwriter Angus Fraser approaches them from odd angles. Read the full article on

Amazing ‘Terminal City’ makes light of reality TV, but not cancer. It blew me away.
Curt Wagner, The Chicago Tribune - Mar 5 2008
The writers of the great drama series “Terminal City” must feel the same way about reality TV shows that many viewers do: What won’t they do? If you feel that way about reality shows—or you just enjoy good drama that can make you laugh too—you need to check out this Canadian series imported by Sundance Channel. Read the full article on

This Canadian-produced series stars the wonderfully commanding Maria Del Mar as Katie, and Gil Bellows ("Ally McBeal") as her husband.
Frazier Moore, The Associated Press - Feb 29 2008
It's easier to recommend than accurately describe. "Terminal City" is a wonderfully human, often darkly funny drama about a wife and mother who gets a lump in her breast - and, just as inadvertently, becomes host of a hospital-based TV reality show. Read the full article on

But be warned: Although "Terminal City" can be mesmerizingly good—and even funny—it has a kick on it like a mule. If you let yourself get dragged in, don't complain about the consequences.
Nancy DeWolf Smith, The Wall Street Journal - Feb 29 2008
Are we ready for a television series about a woman with breast cancer? The Canadian import "Terminal City" (Thursdays, 9-10 p.m. on the Sundance channel) is a chance to find out. The series takes the edge off its daunting theme by playing as a black comedy about television fame in the face of adversity... or something like that. Read the full article on

Maria Del Mar Wins 2007 ACTRA Award - Feb 23 2007
In TerminalCity, a 10-part TV series, Maria Del Mar plays Katie Sampson, a woman with breast cancer who becomes host of a reality TV series while she’s undergoing cancer treatment. It’s a tough role, and she’s earned accolades for her performance. Next, Ms. Del Mar will be off to Uruguay for the premiere of a Bill Marks comedy, 14 Days in Paradise. Maria is known for her roles in JAG, 24, Monk, The Practice, Frasier, Blue Murder and Street Legal.

Maria Del Mar Nominated for 2007 ACTRA Award - Jan 31 2007
Competing for Outstanding Performance – Female are Martha Burns of Slings and Arrows, Maria Del Mar of Terminal City, Deborah Grover of 11 Cameras, Martha Henry of At The Hotel and Kristen Thomson of Away From Her

Paul Soles Wins 2006 Gemini Award
Gemini Awards Gala - Nov 4 2006
Paul Soles wins a 2006 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series for his performance as Saul Sampson in Terminal City.

Kari Skogland Wins Director's Guild of Canada Award
2006 DGC Awards - Oct 14 2006
Kari Skogland wins a Director's Guild of Canada Award for Best Direction in a Television Series for Terminal City Episode 5.

Terminal City and Corner Gas Grab Lion's Share
Brunico Communications - May 29 2006
Terminal City and Corner Gas dominated the podium at the eighth annual LEO AWARDS earlier this month, edging out the heavily nominated, and cancelled, Godiva's and The Collector...

Terminal City Wins Six LEO AWARDS
Press Release - May 14 2006
Celebrating the best and brightest film and television talent and programs in British Columbia, Movie Central’s critically acclaimed drama series Terminal City dominated the evening taking home six awards including Best Dramatic Series, Best Direction and Best Screenwriting...

Canadian Pay-TV Original Series Terminal City Garners Recognition Alongside its International Peers
Press Release - April 10 2006
The critically-acclaimed Canadian original pay-TV series Terminal City has been honoured as a Hors Concours selection, becoming the only Canadian miniseries to receive recognition by the 27th Annual Banff World Television Awards...

The Last Laugh on Breast Cancer
Globe and Mail - Oct 24 2005
In Terminal City, Maria Del Mar is a mom fighting for her life -- and for ratings on a reality show about her illness. The result is a new breed of must-see Canadian TV...

Canuck Crew Mixes Cancer and Reality TV, Canada - 17 Oct 2005
When asked why any successful Hollywood actor would return to Canada, Gil Bellows does not hesitate even a second before answering...

New BC series Terminal City mixes cancer, reality TV and the Holocaust
Macleans, Canada - 16 Oct 2005 TORONTO (CP)
If Six Feet Under made compelling TV viewing out of death, then why not a series about breast cancer? Terminal City...

Terminal City: A Brave New Canadian Original Series from The Movie Network and Movie Central
Press Release - 23 Aug 2005
Terminal City, a darkly comedic exploration of a family living on the edge and in the shadow of cancer, stars Maria Del Mar (Blue Murder, Pentagon Papers), Gil Bellows (Shawshank Redemption, Ally McBeal) and Paul Soles (The Score, This Is The Law). Award-winning writer Angus Fraser (A Complicated Kindness, Kissed) created, wrote and executive produced the 10-part series...