TVO Original series “Political Blind Date” hits close to home in season 3, tackling hot button Ontario issues beginning January 21

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Toronto, Jan. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- are thrilled to announce the return TVO Original series for its third season, premiering Tuesday, January 21 at 9 PM ET on TVO and tvo.org. Produced by Open Door Co. and Nomad Films in association with TVO, this season takes a closer look at the hot button issues facing cities, towns and rural regions. It brings some of the most debated Ontario issues to the forefront: city finance, subways and public transportation, the housing crisis, agriculture and food, high tech manufacturing, and hydro rates and power solutions for our energy needs.

“With the ongoing popularity of the first two seasons, we are excited to continue to bring politicians and the issues they care about to Ontarians and Canadians looking for more than just sound bites,” said Tom Powers, creator and executive producer. “We hope to connect audiences to their representatives in a more meaningful and personal way,” added Mark Johnston, Executive Producer, Director and Writer of the series.

“The TVO Original series continues to create a space for real, in-depth and civil conversations between politicians with opposing views," said John Ferri, TVO Vice President, Current Affairs and Documentaries. “Season 1 and 2 proved that this show can be a counterpoint to the polarized and hyper-partisan nature that characterizes so much of the political conversation. We're proud of that and excited to move more of the series back to Ontario, where we get a chance to address municipal issues that affect people close to where they live.”

Each of the 6 half-hour installments brings politicians with different points-of-view together on a “date” to see if they can find common ground as they explore different perspectives of important issues that affect Ontarians. Each person introduces the other to interesting situations that best illustrate a point of view on the issue.

“Season 3 of has given us the chance to focus on the municipal level and look at issues that affect us all,” said series Producer Amanda Handy. “Whether it’s looking at Toronto’s housing crisis, agricultural policy in rural Ontario, or hydro rates across the province, we’ve got something for everyone this season – on issues that impact our everyday lives.”

Season three of TVO Original includes the following episodes, with one episode launching each week:

Toronto City Councillorsand consider mass transit needs.  They explore a full range of solutions, moving from the Bloor-Danforth Subway Extension to the Finch West LRT, and the Province’s new plan to expand the subway system.

TVO exists to ignite the potential in everyone through the power of learning. We provide learning opportunities for Ontarians of all ages through our portfolio of impactful digital learning products and services, in-depth current affairs analysis, thought-provoking documentaries, and award-winning TVOkids content that inspires and supports learning both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by thousands of sponsors and donors. Our TVO Original documentaries explore current affairs issues that matter through a diverse range of perspectives and under-represented voices. For more information, visit .

Open Door Co. is in the business of producing, distributing and acquiring “Content That Matters” for broadcasters that include HBO, A+E, Sundance, CBC/Doc, TVO, Bell Media, Corus/Shaw, SVT, SBS, NHK and Discovery, among others. Credits include feature documentary Cracked Not Broken for HBO, Black Nation for SVT, Pure Intentions for CBC and docuseries Intervention Canada (67x1) for A&E and Blue Ant Media, currently in production on Season 5. Visit: OpenDoorCo.com.

Nomad Films develops and produces documentary programming for film and television that focuses on a wide range of compelling stories about social and political change, science, the environment, and the arts. We are passionate about social-political films. Known for its international treaty co-production work, Nomad has successfully produced films such as the award-winning In the Shadow of a Saint (CBC, BBC, IKON, and SBS Australia). Director/Writer/Executive Producer Mark Johnston is the Founder of Nomad Films which is run by his partner Amanda Handy. Thirty years in the documentary business, Mark and Amanda have worked in a producer or director capacity on over ninety films. Visit NomadFilms.ca.

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Globe Newswire: 14:57 GMT Tuesday 14th January 2020

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