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Link: Twenty years later, Twitch City is a work of genius and a reminder of what Canadian TV lacks

From Calum Marsh of the National Post:

Link: Twenty years later, Twitch City is a work of genius and a reminder of what Canadian TV lacks
Just about 20 years ago, the CBC inconspicuously broadcast the pilot episode of what remains, two decades later, perhaps the finest program in Canadian television history. It was called Twitch City, and with near-miraculous daring, it defied every trapping and convention of mainstream TV. Conceived by Don McKellar, who stars, in collaboration with Bruce McDonald, who directs, the series was, broadly speaking, an “anti-sitcom” — a misanthropic comedy that seemed actively hostile to the form. Continue reading.

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Link: Canadian born game show host Monty Hall dies at 96

From The Canadian Press:

Link: Canadian born game show host Monty Hall dies at 96
If not for the prejudice of the times, Monte Halperin, the Jewish butcher’s kid from Winnipeg’s north end, might have entered medical school and Monty Hall would never have been born.

Hall, the engaging, smooth-talking host of “Let’s Make Deal” for 23 years on all three U.S. broadcast TV networks was 96. Continue reading. 

 

 

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Link: Finally, the Canadian classic Intelligence has come to Netflix

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Finally, the Canadian classic Intelligence has come to Netflix
Intelligence (now streaming) is a joy to behold again. It ran on CBC from 2005 to 2007 and should never have been cancelled. That mistake happened during one of those periods when CBC was dallying with light and fluffy fare. Look where that got them. “Compulsively watchable” was The New York Times’ review of Intelligence, connecting it to The Sopranos and The Wire for its “novelistic richness.” All true. Continue reading.

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Link: Women behind Canadian TV: Helen Shaver

From Bridget Liszewski of the TV Junkies:

Women behind Canadian TV: Helen Shaver
One would be hard pressed to find a director with a more impressive resume than Helen Shaver. After spending 23 years in front of cameras as an actress, with roles in films like Amityville Horror, Desert Hearts and The Color of Money, she successfully made the transition behind the scenes as a director. She is now one of the industry’s most in demand and sought after directors. Continue reading.

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