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Top 5 reasons to be optimistic about Canadian TV

The days are getting longer, but they’re still pretty damn short. Spring with its warmer weather feels like a distant mirage. And there’s always something to complain about in Canadian television. But there are some hopeful signs this winter season:

  1. CBC is out of the gate this winter with fine ratings. Phew. Their newcomers Schitt’s Creek and The Book of Negroes found an audience, while returning favourites like Murdoch Mysteries continue to earn lots of eyeballs.
  2. Funny ha ha. City has launched two delightfully off-centre comedies in Sunnyside and Young Drunk Punk, and with them and CBC we now have a nice complement of the Canadian comedy old guard on our screens (Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and Bruce McCulloch) without simply trying to recreate the good old days.
  3. Please sir, can we have some more? Global’s got Remedy, the possibly-in-its-last-season Rookie Blue and … ummm … not a lot else coming up for original series. So they must have an announcement coming sometime soon about what else is up their sleeve. Right?
  4. 101 nights of awards. OK, the Canadian Screen Awards have only four nights of awards, but now that sounds like nothing right? What better than the recently announced nominations to keep us chatting through the winter about who was snubbed, why there’s a separate category for Best International Drama that doesn’t include any international dramas that aren’t Canadian, and why Tatiana Maslany wasn’t just nominated for all five slots under best actress in a drama. The broadcast on March 1 will be hosted by Andrea Martin — another Canadian comedy legend — or at least they will be if she shows up this time.
  5. Jay Baruchel knows how to fix Canadian comedy. He says give CBC more money (yes!) and get rid of the old boys club who “regardless of the quality” keep getting jobs. It’s an uncomfortable position for me, defending old guys, but I’m not entirely sure who he means, or who we can blame when relative newcomers’ shows tank. Canadian TV executives or marketers? Maybe, but I’m not sure how many of them have successful original programming in their job performance plans, and many of them are not boys. Still, it can only help when a homegrown celebrity is passionate about improving our homegrown industry. I mean, it might be better if he wasn’t getting lauded for starring in an American show while advocating for Canadian content, but baby steps.

Link: ‘Rookie Blue’ not Ending? ABC Still Hopes for More

From Amber Dowling of the Huffington Post:

Last year, when Global TV and ABC commissioned a super-sized, 22-episode Season 5order of Toronto-shot cop drama “Rookie Blue,” speculation arose that the run could be the show’s last, with showrunner Tassie Cameron reportedly poised to retire the uniform.

In an interview with HuffPost Canada TV last August, after 11 of those episodes wrapped (the remaining 11 will now serve as Season 6), Cameron weighed in on the show’s future, saying she was no longer sure if she would call it a day. Continue reading.

Link: Paul Gross honoured by Canadian Screen Awards

From The Globe and Mail:

Actor Paul Gross, documentary filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock and TSN personality Michael Landsberg are among six honourees set to be recognized at next year’s Canadian Screen Awards.

“Due South” and “Slings & Arrows” star Gross will receive the Earle Grey Award, given to an actor or actress for a body of work in Canadian TV.

“Rookie Blue” producer Tassie Cameron will receive the Margaret Collier Award for a written body of work in TV, GlassBOX founder Jeffrey Elliott will claim the Digital Media Trailblazing Award and Landsberg will be honoured for his humanitarian work. Continue reading.

TV eh B Cs podcast – Eric Johnson the dark and stormy

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Edmonton-born and raised Eric Johnson is most familiar to audiences for his roles in Global TV’s ROOKIE BLUE, CW’s SMALLVILLE and the SYFY series FLASH GORDON. With recent performances in both ORPHAN BLACK and CRIMINAL MINDS, Eric is currently starring alongside Clive Owen in Steven Soderbergh’s THE KNICK for HBO/CINEMAX as Dr. Everett Gallinger. The show is already picked up for a second season to commence shooting in early 2015.

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Link: GLAAD report recognizes Lost Girl, Rookie Blue, Degrassi, Orphan Black

From (US-based) GLAAD:

GLAAD’s Where We Are On TV
Following a decline last year, GLAAD has found an increase in the percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters anticipated to appear on scripted primetime broadcast television in the coming year. The annual Where We Are on TV report forecasts the expected presence of LGBT characters for the upcoming 2014-2015 television season. Continue reading.