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Mandel, Maslany head Canadian guest list for 'Kelly and Ryan' at the falls

 The guest list for the two “Live with Kelly and Ryan” programs from Niagara Falls, Ont., will have a decidedly Canadian flavor.

Tatiana Maslany, the Canadian actress who won a 2016 Emmy for playing multiple roles in the BBC America drama "Orphan Black," will join hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for the program airing Monday, June 5.

Canadian native Howie Mandel, the "American's Got Talent" judge who also starred in the NBC hospital series "St. Elsewhere," is on the June 6 program with Canadian-American actor Nathan Fillion. Fillion may be best known as the co-star of "Castle," but he also recently has had a guest-starring role on "Modern Family."

The episodes are being held at the Oakes Garden Theatre, which features terrific views of the American and Horseshoe Falls.

According to an ABC release, Ripa and Seacrest "will venture out across the area, showcasing many of the fun and exciting attractions that Niagara Falls has to offer."

We'll have to see if that includes any of the attractions on the American side.

The guest list of Canadians had me thinking about my frequent trips to Los Angeles for the Television Critics Association meetings to preview new American broadcast network programs.

After news conferences, one of my Canadian friends in the critical fraternity often scurries to ask some follow-up questions on stage to the Canadian actors who are cast.

Of course, Western New Yorkers realize that William Shatner is a Canadian. And Meryl Streep noted that Ryan Gosling is Canadian in a speech after one of her award wins.

But the list of Canadian actors starring in American television programs and movies may surprise you.

Kiefer Sutherland ("Designated Survivor"), Emily VanCamp ("Revenge," "Everwood") Ryan Reynolds ("Deadpool"), Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace"), Emmanuelle Chriqui ("Entourage"), Evangeline Lilly ("Lost"), Cobie Smulders ("How I Met Your Mother"), Jessica Pare ("Mad Men"), Holly Taylor ("The Americans"), Taylor Kitsch ("Friday Night Lights") Tom Cavanagh ("Ed"), Bruce Greenwood and Oliver Platt are only a partial list.

And would you believe Dwayne Johnson, aka "The Rock," reportedly has dual citizenship? His father is Canadian, but Johnson was born in America. That means he is eligible to run for president with Tom Hanks, so that "Saturday Night Live" joke had a realistic background.

Mini review: Stephan James, the co-lead of the stylish Fox series "Shot Fired" that has its finale at 8 p.m. Wednesday, also is a Canadian.

James and co-star Sanna Lathan have been the primary reasons to watch the show. They play federal investigators of the separate murders of a white teenager and an African-American teenager in a North Carolina town with a corrupt and overwhelmingly white police department.

The series was much stronger dealing with the political and racial aspects of the investigations than in the personal lives of the investigators.

But the series kept my attention. My fear was that it was going to be pretty difficult to have a satisfying conclusion if viewers are rooting for outcomes based on their sympathy or disgust for certain characters. I also thought wrapping up the emotional stories in a neat bow would be extremely difficult to do.

Sure enough, the finale illustrates that justice can be a fleeting goal. However, it has some decent twists and ends with an inspirational message about getting involved and trying to change things.

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