Paradise Falls

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Paradise Falls
Paradise Falls.jpg
Season 1 Cast of Paradise Falls
Created by Paula J. Smith
Starring Art Hindle,
Chantal Quesnel,
Kim Poirier and
Michelle Latimer
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 104 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ira Levy and Peter Williamson
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Original network Showcase Television
Original release June 25, 2001 – September 26, 2008

Paradise Falls was a weekly soap opera shown nationally on the Showcase channel in Canada, starting in 2001. It was set in a summer cottage community in Muskoka. The show's premise was that the Town of Paradise Falls' cottage life was not one would expect. Beneath its idyllic surface lurk scandal, murder, deceit, betrayal, steamy love affairs and political intrigue.

Like many major US soaps, sex is a dominant component of the storylines, although more explicit in nature. The show's open approach to sexual and homosexual themes caused reruns of the show to be carried on the Here! network in the United States, which targets gay and lesbian viewers. Like the soap Passions, murder and a little witchcraft are included in the mix of themes.


Unlike the typical studio based soap opera, the series was shot entirely on location on Sparrow Lake in Muskoka and Whitevale, Ontario, which gave the show an authentic looking background. It was produced entirely in digital format, to reduce production costs, and allow for easier editing when adapted for foreign markets. The show's production company is Breakthrough Entertainment.

The production schedule has been somewhat unorthodox and unpredictable for viewers. An initial 52 episodes were shot in a batch in 2001, then aired on Showcase. After the original 52 aired, no new shows were seen until 2004, leaving many to think the show had been cancelled. A second batch of 26 episodes began to air in the fall of 2004. The show was dormant again until it was announced shooting had begun on a third batch, 26 episodes, in July 2007. This third group of episodes started airing on April 11, 2008 on Here!, but did not run until September 2, 2009 on Showcase. With a seven year timeline for three seasons, and no new episodes as of 2014, it appears (but no confirmation) that the third season may have been its last.

Full Cast[edit]

Art Hindle as Mayor Pete Braga (Seasons 1-3)
Chantal Quesnel as Yvonne Bernini (Seasons 1-3)
Tammy Isbell as Rose Bernini (Seasons 1-3)
Dixie Seatle as Bea Sutton (Seasons 1-3)
Victoria Snow as Francis Hunter (Seasons 1-3)
Cameron Graham as Nick Braga (Seasons 1-3)
Kim Poirier as Roxy Hunter (Seasons 1-3)
Michelle Latimer as Trish Simpkin (Seasons 1-3)
Steve Cumyn as Tony Beroni (Seasons 1-3)
Kim Schraner as Jessica Lansing (Seasons 1 & 3)
Cherilee Taylor as Pamela Harman (Seasons 1-2)
Allen Altman as Billy Hunter (Seasons 1-2)
Joshua Peace as Samuel Sutton (Seasons 1-2)
Marni Thompson as Valerie Hunter (Seasons 1-2)
Andrew Gillies as Stanley 'The Admiral' Mansfield (Seasons 1-2)
Robert Seeliger as Jeff Bradshaw (Seasons 1-2)
Jim Thorburn as Michael Mansfield (Seasons 1-2)
Debra McGrath as Shirley Armstrong (Seasons 1-2)
Salvatore Antonio as Sacha Martinelli (Seasons 2-3)
Martin Roach as Ravenheart (Season 1)
Carla Collins as Rusty Sinclair (Season 1)
Gary Hudson as Brick Madison (Season 1)
Bill MacDonald as George Mansfield (Season 1)
Grant Nickalls as David Silverman (Season 1)
Kris Holden-Ried as Simon (Season 1)
Karen Racicot as Sarah Braga (Season 1)
Ian D. Clark as Dominic Bernini (Season 1)
Patrick Stevenson as Austin (Season 1)
Yank Azman as Mr. Bloom (Season 1)
Peter Outerbridge as Tyrone Fox (Season 1)
Ker Wells as Roman Wiancek (Season 1)
Kristen Booth as Trudy Sinclair (Season 1)
Mark Ellis as Neil Armstrong (Season 1)
Kent Staines as Clive (Season 1)
Harrison Wayne as the child-like apparition (Frances and Billy Hunter's dead brother) (Season 1)
Frank Pellegrino as Thomas Martinelli (Season 2)
Mike Realba as Ben Santos (Season 2)
Kate Trotter as Anne Sutton (Season 2)
Alan Van Sprang as Johnny Brice (Season 2)
David Ferry as Nick's father, Kirk (Season 2)
Raven Dauda as Kelly Fairview (Season 2)
Sean Bell as Travis Piercy (Season 2)
Danielle Hampton as Charlene 'Charlie' Piercy (Season 2)
Steve Belford as Colin Wagner (Season 3)
Meredith McGeachie as Cate Banning (Season 3)
Mark Humphrey as Wes Coleman (Season 3)
Julie Brown as Mimi Van Lux (Season 3)
Amanda Brugel as Lynnie Jordan (Season 3)
Kerry Lai Fatt as Julie Cordry (Season 3)
Stephen Huszar as Tucker Hardwood (Season 3)
Wesley Morgan as Ethan Banning (Season 3)


DVD/Internet releases[edit]

It was announced[when?] on Kim Poirier's MySpace blog that Paradise Falls would be getting a DVD release. There is no more information currently, though Here! TV confirmed that it planned to release the show.

Season Cover Art Ep # Release Date Additional Information
1 N/A 52 TBA DVD announced for release in near future, no extra information available yet.

The third season is available exclusively on Amazon's Video On Demand section and is the first time the show has been available to buy.[1]

Central characters[edit]

Actor/Actress Character Year(s) Description
Art Hindle Mayor Pete Braga 2001–2008 Mayor for over 20 years and a ruthless businessman, he tries to control everything in the town. Father of Roxy Hunter and grandfather of Nick Braga.
Michelle Latimer Trish Simpkin 2001–2008 Goth teen who acts tougher than she really is; she is bisexual.
Kim Poirier Roxy Hunter 2001–2008 Daughter of Frances Hunter and Pete Braga. Ex-girlfriend of Michael Mansfield and Travis Piercy.
Victoria Snow Frances Hunter 2001–2008 Alcoholic mother of Roxy Hunter, whom she raised in poverty.
Chantal Quesnel Yvonne Bernini 2001–2008 Returns to town after 14 year absence. Sister of Rose Bernini.
Tammy Isbell Rose Bernini 2001–2008 Owns and operates the Bernini Boutique that specializes in wedding dresses and is engaged to Tony Beroni.
Cameron Graham Nick Braga 2001–2008 Grandson of Pete and Jessica's former fiancé. He is gay and married to Sacha.
Steve Cumyn Tony Beroni 2001–2008 Radio broadcaster and engaged to Rose Bernini. Ex-husband of Lynnie Jordan.
Kim Schraner Jessica Lansing 2001, 2008 The character Jessica was the fiancée of Nick Braga. In their backstory, they met in college and were engaged for three years. She comes back to town get revenge on him.
Dixie Seatle Bea Sutton 2001–2008 Owner/operator of the local Marina and a central figure in town. Ex-fiancé of Pete Braga, ex-girlfriend of Thomas Martinelli and ex-husband of Anne Sutton. Falls for Wes Coleman and runs for mayor against Pete. It is revealed that she is a trans-sexual.
Debra McGrath Shirley Armstrong 2001–2004 Radio host from Fenmore who has had a secret affair with Dominic Bernini.
Salvatore Antonio Sacha Martinelli 2004–2008 Son of Thomas Martinelli. Runs a gay B&B and falls for Nick Braga whom he marries.
Amanda Brugel Lynnie Jordan 2008 Ex-wife of Tony Beroni.
Andrew Gillies Stanley 'The Admiral' Mansfield 2001–2004 Supposed English relative of Michael Mansfield.
Allen Altman Billy Hunter 2001–2004 Artist and husband of Valerie. He creates Paradise Falls' large tourism mascot- a large loon with breasts.
Sean Bell Travis Piercy 2004 Brother of Charlie and ex-boyfriend of Roxy Hunter.
Ian D. Clark Dominic Bernini 2001 Retired widower who has had a secret affair with Shirley Armstrong.
Carla Collins Rusty Sinclair 2001 Character is an American actress who doesn't realize her star has faded.
Raven Dauda Kelly Fairview 2004 Runs out of town with Michael Mansfield.
Danielle Hampton Charlene 'Charlie' Piercy 2004 Sister of Travis and ex-girlfriend of Trish Simpkin.
Gary Hudson Brick Madison 2001 An American actor and former action star with a cocaine addiction.
Bill MacDonald George Mansfield 2001 Never got over the suicide of his wife Lisa years ago. He is shot to death by Pete.
Grant Nickalls David Silverman 2001 Tourist renting a cottage. He murders Sarah, kidnaps Roxy and tries to murder his girlfriend, Pamela.
Joshua Peace Samuel Sutton 2001–2004 Son of Bea and Anne Sutton, fiancé of Pamela Harman.
Frank Pellegrino Thomas Martinelli 2004 Father of Sacha and ex-boyfriend of Bea Sutton.
Martin Roach Ravenheart 2001 A visiting warlock.
Robert Seeliger Jeff Bradshaw 2001–2004 Homicide detective who Valerie has an affair with and leaves her pregnant. They have a son called Jackson.
Cherilee Taylor (credited as Cherilee Garofano) Pamela Harman 2001–2004 Waitress at the Marina. Secretly a witch. Fiancée of Samuel Sutton.
Marni Thompson Valerie Hunter 2001–2004 Local police officer. Wife of Billy who falls pregnant with Jeff Bradshaw's baby, a boy called Jackson. She gets shot and killed at the marina.
Jim Thorburn Michael Mansfield 2001–2004 High school drop-out and chronic underachiever. Ex-boyfriend of Roxy Hunter. Runs out of town with Kelly Fairview.
Mark Humphrey Wes Coleman 2008 Reporter for the Paradise Falls Chronicle, who falls for Bea Sutton even though he's married.
Meredith McGeachie Cate Banning 2008 Local police officer. Sister of Ethan Banning. Girlfriend of Trish Simpkin. Ex-girlfriend of Julie Cordry.
Wesley Morgan Ethan Banning 2008 Brother of Cate Banning. Boyfriend of Roxy Hunter.
Steve Belford Colin Wagner 2008 Works at the B&B and helps Jessica Lansing get revenge on Nick.
Kerry Lai Fatt Julie Cordry 2008 Ex-girlfriend of Cate Banning.
Stephen Huszar Tucker Hardwood 2008 Porn star.


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