Departures (TV series)

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This article is about a television series. For the Japanese movie, see Departures (film). For other uses, see Departures.
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The logo used in promotion of the show.
Format Travel/Adventure Series
Created by Scott Wilson
Andre Dupuis
Starring Scott Wilson
Justin Lukach
Andre Dupuis
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 42
Production
Producer(s) Jessie Wallace
Steven N. Bray
Running time 46 minutes approx. (1 hour for tv)
Broadcast
Original channel OLN
Picture format 1080p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Original run March 17, 2008 – June 19, 2010
External links
[www.departuresentertainment.com Website]

Departures (also promoted as departures.) is a travel adventure television series. An original Canadian production created by Andre Dupuis and Scott Wilson and produced by Jessie Wallace and Steven Bray. The worldwide premiere was with the Canadian Channel OLN on March 17, 2008 and continued for a total of 42 episodes ending on June 19, 2010.

Series co-creators Scott Wilson (Host) and Andre Dupuis (Director and Videographer) have said that he and Wilson worked on another show, but that it seemed "kind of dry", and that it was not carrying across the feelings that they had, thinking he and Wilson "could probably do a better job".[1]

The team behind the series met at film school: Scott Wilson, Andre Dupuis, and Jessie Wallace worked on numerous projects together while at Sheridan College. Also from Sheridan came Steven Bray, Alvin Campana (Editor) and Stephen Barden (Audio Mixer).[2]

Concept[edit]

The show features high-school friends Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach travelling to various locations around the world, accompanied by cameraman Andre Dupuis.[3]

The show has been described as being about the journey, rather than just the destinations.[4]

Broadcast[edit]

The first season of Departures aired on the Outdoor Life Network in Canada and began airing internationally on the National Geographic Adventure Channel worldwide beginning October 2008[citation needed]. The second season began airing on the Outdoor Life Network on January 25, 2009 in 480i, and the third season began airing on the Outdoor Life Network on March 6, 2010. Starting on April 10, 2009, Departures began airing every Friday night on Citytv stations across Canada, with 1080p broadcast on CITY-TV Toronto high-definition channel. The final episode of the series, "Departures: Australia", aired on Saturday, June 19, 2010. The Departures Entertainment website speculated that Citytv will likely begin airing Season 3 within six months of the OLN broadcast.[5]

The series airs in Germany with RTL Living, DR HD in Denmark, TVB in Hong Kong, in 50 countries with National Geographic Adventure Channel, and on Air Canada's international flights.[6] Broadcast of Season one expanded to all of Europe, Middle East, Asia and Asia Pacific on Travel Channel International[7] on June 25, 2012. Season two was to begin in January 2013 on Travel Channel International.

Episodes[edit]

The first two seasons of the show have thirteen episodes each, while the third has sixteen episodes. Lukach has stated that a fourth season will not be made, as Wilson and Dupuis are working on a new show, Descending, which aired February 19, 2012.

Below is a chronological list of places visited in each season:

Season 1

  • Canada Canada: Ocean to Ocean
  • Jordan Jordan
  • India India x 2
  • Ascension Islands
  • Japan Japan x 2
  • Cook Islands Cook Islands
  • New Zealand New Zealand x 2
  • Thailand Thailand
  • Cambodia Cambodia
  • Canada Canada: Pushing North

Season 2

  • Morocco Morocco
  • Libya Libya
  • Brazil Brazil x 2
  • Cuba Cuba
  • Mongolia Mongolia x 2
  • Iceland Iceland
  • Zambia Zambia
  • Madagascar Madagascar
  • Chile Chile x 2
  • Antarctica

Season 3

  • Russia Russia x 2
  • Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
  • Vietnam Vietnam
  • Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea x 2
  • Ecuador Ecuador
  • Ethiopia Ethiopia x 2
  • Rwanda Rwanda
  • Greenland Greenland
  • North Korea North Korea x 2
  • Indonesia Indonesia x 2
  • Australia Australia

Canada Golden Sheaf Awards[edit]

Gemini Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee Episode Result
2008 Best Documentary Series [8] Jessie Wallace and Steven Bray India: Quest for Himalayas and "Cambodia" Won
2008 Best Directing [8] Director: Andre Dupuis India: Quest for Himalayas Won
Episode Result
2008 Best Photography in an Information Program or Series [9] Andre Dupuis India: Quest for Himalayas Won
2008 Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series [10] Joshua Eady India: Quest for Himalayas Nominated
2009 Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series [11] Joshua Eady Cuba Nominated
2009 Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series [11] Jordan Krug Zambia Nominated
2009 Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series [11] Alvin Campaña Cambodia Won
2009 Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series [11] Andre Dupuis Libya Nominated
2009 Best Photography in an Information Program or Series [11] Andre Dupuis Mongolia: Tribes and Tribulations Won
2009 Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series [11] Scott Wilson Mongolia: Tribes and Tribulations Nominated
2010 Best Photography in an Information Program or Series [12] Andre Dupuis Ethiopia: Saints and Snakes Nominated
2010 Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series [12] Jordan Krug Papua New Guinea: Fire and Water Nominated
2010 Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series [12] Joshua Eady Russia: The Bull of Winter Nominated

See also[edit]

  • Descending, an underwater spin-off hosted by Scott Wilson and shot by Andre Dupuis, produced through their own production company Echo Bay Media.
  • Madventures, a backpacker adventure journal.
  • Word Travels, a travel series also on OLN

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