Newfoundland Connections to New Hockey Soap


The Newfoundland Herald (St. John's, NL)

The upcoming "hockey soap" MVP, debuting Jan. 11 on CBC, will have a couple of Newfoundland connections.

DEBORAH ODELL, who was born in St. John's, plays Evelyn McBride on the show, a wife of a hockey captain who discovers after his tragic death that his drug habits have left her financially destitute and must learn to fend for herself.

Meanwhile, SHERRY WHITE, well known to Newfoundland audiences in such shows as Hatching, Matching & Dispatching and Rabbittown, is one of the show's writers, writing or co-writing six episodes of the show's first season, including writing the entire episode entitled "Trades and Rumours." She also appears on the show in a smaller acting role as Diane Lewis.

The premise of the new show states that hockey is a religion and the fiery storylines off the ice are often as compelling as the action on it.

MVP teases itself as "an inside look at the temptation, romance and scandal of the characters who drive this rousing series. The wives, daughters, girlfriends, executive wannabes, handlers and puck bunnies all play their parts in this exciting, high-stakes world."

After a sneak preview of the pilot, this steamy drama loaded with naughtiness could be best described as Desperate Housewives on ice, and that's not a bad thing for cold winter nights.

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