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Comments and queries for the week of May 15

What’s your favourite Canadian show of the 2000s?

This is a very difficult choice. From the list, I’d choose Da Vinci’s Inquest. I also loved Billable Hours, Intelligence and Little Mosque on the Prairie. —Iris

I voted for Rick Mercer Report, but I wouldn’t call it my favourite show of that decade; it was just the only one on the above list I actually liked. My favourite show from that decade is probably Degrassi but as its current maybe it doesn’t count for that decade.

Here’s my top 10 Canadian shows for that decade:
Jozi H (2006-2007)
Degrassi: TNG (2001-current)
MVP (2008)
Instant Star (2004-2008)
Wild Roses (2009)
Renegadepress.com (2004-2008)
Caitlin’s Way (2000-2002)
Canadian Idol (2003-2008)
Whistler (2006-2008)
Intelligence (2006-2007) —Alicia


What decade is Canadian TVs best?

70s wins for sure! Canadian TV has never been better than The Trouble with Tracy! —Pat


Love for over the air antenna

We still have regular cable. The alternative to what we have now costs more. Since our household pays for the one line, the other TV is set up with an OTA indoor antenna by RCA. Last year I also bought a digital converter from Best Buy for $60. This arrangement lets us keep using our old analog TVs and watch HD channels. On good days, I can get CTV, CBC, CBLFT, CHCH, TVO, Star Ray, City, OMNI 1 & 2, YesTV, CW, WNED, ABC and CBS. The digital converter by Homeworx is also a PVR that uses something as small as a USB key. Although, I’d rather use my JVC VCR. Been using this unit for over a decade. —Cindy

I’m a slave to Cablevision, because when the government took away the normal over-the-air channels, I could no longer use rabbit ears on my old TV to pull in the NYC stations. I’d need an antenna that can go at least 70 miles and give me the major networks, so should I win an antenna, well, I’d take the ClearStream 2V and stuff it in the attic. Not sure if contest applies to me as I live in U.S., all those pesky customs things and such. —Elyse

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Ratings: Week of March 16

From Numeris:

Top Programs – Total Canada

  • #10 Masterchef Canada – 1.659 million
  • #17 Murdoch Mysteries – 1.261 million
  • #19 Motive – 1.154 million
  • #21 Rick Mercer Report – 1.082 million
  • #26 Marketplace – 969,000
  • #27 Dragons’ Den – 960,000
  • #29 Heartland – 950,000

Tonight: Rick Mercer Report, 22 Minutes, Schitt’s Creek, Mr. D, Open Heart

Rick Mercer Report, CBC – season finale
Rick visits the three schools that won The Mercer Report’s annual ‘Spread the Net’ Student Challenge.

22 Minutes, CBC – season finale
On 22 Minutes this week, special guest Mike Holmes helps judge renovations on Parliament Hill and an openly covert report with a politician and his spy pen from Parliament Hill.

Schitt’s Creek, CBC – “Town For Sale”
Johnny finds a potential buyer for the town, while David and Alexis discover they may have become more attached to Schitt’s Creek than they ever thought possible.

Mr. D, CBC – “Coaching Prospects”
Gerry’s star player is being scouted by Syracuse University, and Gerry wants to come along as part of a package deal. Robert is selling tickets to his upcoming play, and Malik is spreading the love with his magical 20-second hugs.

Open Heart, YTV – season finale
Will Dylan find the truth she’s been furiously searching for?

Tonight: Rick Mercer Report, 22 Minutes, Schitt’s Creek, Mr. D

Rick Mercer Report, CBC
Rick goes to Calgary to spend a day with ‘the world’s best mayor’, Naheed Nenshi that includes both city hall engagements and greeting people on the street and then he’s off to singer Brett Kissel’s family farm in Flat Lake, Alberta to help with the chores and have some country fun.

22 Minutes, CBC
This week on 22 Minutes Thomas Mulcair (Mark Critch) considers political coalition; climate change investigated; and NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau.

Schitt’s Creek, CBC – “Surprise Party”
Johnny tries to arrange a surprise birthday party for Moira. Things backfire when Moira, unwittingly, takes over the planning of her own party.

Mr. D, CBC – “Teacher Conference”
Gerry meets an attractive woman at Barrel’s and drags Lisa with him to a teacher conference in Atlantic City to find her. Robert and Bobbi’s secret fling finally becomes public knowledge, while Trudy and Frank are at odds over his inappropriate phone calls in the staffroom.