Link: New epic Canadian series ‘Frontier’ shakes the dust and cobwebs from fur-flying history

From Bill Harris of Postmedia Network:

Link: New epic Canadian series ‘Frontier’ shakes the dust and cobwebs from fur-flying history
Historical dramas about the United States are commonplace, but they’re rare in Canada. I’ve often wondered why that is.

“I wonder that, too,” said Allan Hawco, one of the stars and executive producers of the epic new Canadian historical drama Frontier, which debuts Sunday, Nov. 6, on Discovery. “I wonder, is it our psyche as a nation?” Continue reading.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and partner at TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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2 thoughts on “Link: New epic Canadian series ‘Frontier’ shakes the dust and cobwebs from fur-flying history”

  1. Gees, that ‘interview’ with Alan Hawco does not inspire me with anticipation for the show. He does not seem to know any more than most Canadians of Canadian History, nor what’s been done and not done of it on TV. My faith in him from Doyle is plummeting.

    1. I didn’t find that about his interview but you’re allowed your opinion. I think he was right when he said it’s an issue with our national psyche that our history rarely gets told in TV series form. I’ve long thought more attempts should be made and I’m glad to see this series. I live in Saskatchewan, a major centre of the fur trade era and I’m cognizant of just how much happened here as I’ve long had an interest in the topic. I’m 45 minutes from Fort Qu’Appelle, a major Northwest Company turned HBC post in the early 1800s which was a major place of violence between both. It’s also not far from where events in the Northwest Rebellion and the trial and execution of Louis Riel took place. The Northwest Rebellion was basically the product of the shift between the region being a fur trade economy to an agricultural one (in 1869, the HBC sold Rupert’s Land, it’s territory, to the Canadian government). Canada’s history is just as awesome (or awful) as America’s history. This wasn’t just some frozen wasteland in which nothing ever happened.

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