Departures (TV series)
The logo used in promotion of the show.
|Created by||Scott Wilson
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||42|
Steven N. Bray
|Running time||46 minutes approx. (1 hour for tv)|
|Distributor||The ShootingStar Film Co.|
|Picture format||1080p (HDTV)
|Original run||March 17, 2008 – June 19, 2010|
Departures (also promoted as departures.) is a travel adventure television series. An original Canadian production created by Echo Bay Media Inc./Departures Entertainment Inc. (Andre Dupuis and Scott Wilson) and produced by Jessie Wallace and Steven Bray. Distributed by Departures Distribution Inc. an arm of the ShootingStar Film Co. 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".
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).
The show features high-school friends Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach travelling to various locations around the world, accompanied by cameraman Andre Dupuis.
The show has been described as being about the journey, rather than just the destinations.
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. 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.
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. Broadcast of Season one expanded to all of Europe, Middle East, Asia and Asia Pacific on Travel Channel International on June 25, 2012. Season two was to begin in January 2013 on Travel Channel International.
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:
Canada Golden Sheaf Awards
|2008||Best Documentary Series ||Jessie Wallace and Steven Bray||India: Quest for Himalayas and "Cambodia"||Won|
|2008||Best Directing ||Director: Andre Dupuis||India: Quest for Himalayas||Won|
|2008||Best Photography in an Information Program or Series ||Andre Dupuis||India: Quest for Himalayas||Won|
|2008||Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series ||Joshua Eady||India: Quest for Himalayas||Nominated|
|2009||Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series ||Joshua Eady||Cuba||Nominated|
|2009||Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series ||Jordan Krug||Zambia||Nominated|
|2009||Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series ||Alvin Campaña||Cambodia||Won|
|2009||Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series ||Andre Dupuis||Libya||Nominated|
|2009||Best Photography in an Information Program or Series ||Andre Dupuis||Mongolia: Tribes and Tribulations||Won|
|2009||Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series ||Scott Wilson||Mongolia: Tribes and Tribulations||Nominated|
|2010||Best Photography in an Information Program or Series ||Andre Dupuis||Ethiopia: Saints and Snakes||Nominated|
|2010||Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series ||Jordan Krug||Papua New Guinea: Fire and Water||Nominated|
|2010||Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series ||Joshua Eady||Russia: The Bull of Winter||Nominated|
- Descending, an underwater spin-off hosted by Scott Wilson and shot by Andre Dupuis, produced through their own production company and distributed through Departures Distribution Inc. (owned by The ShootingStar Film Co.)
- The ShootingStar Film Co., link to the series producers production and distribution company
- Madventures, a backpacker adventure journal.
- Word Travels, a travel series also on OLN
- Pertic, Gabor (2009-07-16). "An Interview with the cast of the hit Travel Show "Departures"". Press+1. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
- "Steven N. Bray & Jessie Wallace". Playback. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
- Turnbull, Barbara (2009-05-08). "'Wanderlust translates into worldwide hit'". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
- "Departures set to arrive". Calgary Herald. 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
- 23rd Annual Gemini Awards - Best Photography in an Information Program or Series
- 23rd Annual Gemini Awards - Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series
- 24th Gemini Award nominees for Departures
- 25th Annual Gemini Awards
- Departures Official website
- Departures on Facebook
- Departures on IMDB
- Travel Channel International
- Interview with Producer Steven Bray
- Toronto Star article (May 08, 2009)
- TSN article about Departures
- Globe and Mail article
- Indiantelevision.com Nat Geo acquires travel show 'Departures'
- OLN Canada
- Theme Song and Original Music, Ryan Latham