Can you believe it? It’s already August, which means the Canadian fall television season is a mere few weeks away. We here at TV, Eh? are as excited as you, with all of our returning favourites hitting the small screen between now and the end of November.
So, to have a little fun—and celebrate the coming season—we’ve put together a poll where you pick the three returning Canadian-made shows you’re most looking forward to seeing this fall. Wondering exactly when those projects will be back? Check out our handy calendars and mark yours! The poll closes next Friday, so have fun!
Related: Which shows have been renewed, cancelled or we’re still waiting to hear about? We’ve got the details.
Whilst Ryan Reynolds is now one of the biggest names in modern cinema, it’s easy to forget that he’s had to fight against the odds to become such a big star.
The 40-year old Vancouver native was born to parents who worked in the food wholesale and retail trades, and when Reynolds dropped out of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, it was hard to see just where he would end up.
And even when Reynolds was given the chance to star as Billy Simpson in the Canadian teen soap, Hillside, it wasn’t massively clear that he would become one of the biggest stars of 21st century cinema.
Much of the 1990s was spent playing minor roles in television series like The X-Files and The Outer Limits. And although he appeared in an episode of Scrubs as late as 2003, it was clear that Hollywood was his true calling.
One of his earliest cinema successes was the gross-out comedy National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, but it was his roles in romantic comedies like Just Friends, Definitely, Maybe and The Proposal that showed that Reynolds had the good looks and the charisma necessary to bring in movie-going audiences.
So with Reynolds’ firmly entrenched as one of the cinema’s leading heart-throbs, it was curious to see how the star made an effort to become a player on the action movie scene.
Early appearances in comic book adaptations like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern showed that he could handle physically demanding action parts, but it was his starring role in the Deadpool movie that cemented his reputation as the ultimate action antihero.
This box office smash showed that Reynolds has a rare and natural comedy gift. And with the blog at Lucky Nugget Casino showing how he will be joined by John Brolin in the hugely anticipated sequel in 2018, it seems as though we can expect much bigger things to come from Reynolds.
But before we get to the dubious delights of Deadpool 2, we can look forward to The Hitman’s Bodyguard. This comes to our screens in August 2017 and will see Reynolds playing a protection agent opposite stars such as Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman.
Reynolds has proven to be remarkably consistent in his movie output. Although a few releases like the casino gambling movie Mississippi Grind and the animated flick Turbo have underperformed, its Reynolds ability to transfix movie audiences with some stellar acting performances that continues to make him one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood.
Back in April, we asked you to help celebrate Canada’s 150th year as a country. The question: what are your favourite Canadian television series of all time? Thanks to everyone who took the time to send their list of faves and the memories they have of those programs as well.
Here’s a sample of some of the feedback we got. Feel free to add your own thoughts and favourites in the comments section below.
Seeing Things, Traders and Cold Case. —Christian
1. Slings and Arrows
2. Corner Gas
3. Rookie Blue
That was my Top 3, but I also liked a lot: Due South, The Collector, Rent-A-Goalie, Almost Heroes, Seed, Being Erica, MVP, Wild Roses, Cra$h & Burn, The Guard, Flashpoint, ReGenesis, Lost Girl, Sanctuary, Continuum and Dark Matter. —Roger
1. Da Vinci’s Inquest
2. The Red Green Show
3. Due South
4. Corner Gas
I have listed my favourite Canadian TV shows through the years. I believe the are all Canadian. If not, please let me know. Some go way back. Some are current. The Friendly Giant Uncle Bobby What’s for Dinner Bizarre Rookie Blue Red Green Show Murdoch Mysteries Cityline This Hour has 22 Minutes Rick Mercer Report
Quentin Durgens, MP and SCTV. —Steve
The Beachcombers The Littlest Hobo Seeing Things SCTV Da Vinci’s Inquest 19-2 Motive Continuum
There was a time when CBC had Kids in the Hall, Codco and Street Legal all on one night. That was a great night for Canadian TV. Two innovative and edgy comedies from different parts of Canada followed by a great slick sexy drama that got into some issues. (I did work on Kids as a graphic artist, but I’m speaking here as a viewer.) —Gary
Wynonna Earp: there are not enough superlatives to describe how much I love this show. Lost Girl: my true introduction to how Canadians do genre TV and how special the Canadian are who make it.
(On behalf of my nephew, a pint-size shout out to his faves: Wild Kratts and Paw Patrol.) —Laura
Nice list. Here are a few of mine, mostly oldies. The Trouble With Tracy Red Green/Comedy Mill/Smith and Smith (basically any S&S production) Party Game You Can’t Do That On Television The Dini Petty Show The Pig and Whistle Canadian Bandstand The Elephant Show A Gift to Last (Gordon Pinsent mini-series) Definition/Beat The Clock (game shows count, right?)
Which reminds me of Front Page Challenge, and that other one that pitted two teams of high school students against each other. The name escapes me. I could go on but I’ll stop here. Oh! I just have to add Saturday Night at the Movies with Elwy Yost. Really miss him. —Chris
I have many shows that I like and out of all of them, I’ll highlight two that I regard as ground-breaking. After years of American programs with courtroom settings: Street Legal was the first to show how the Canadian system worked. Within the personal lives of the characters, it dealt with issues of feminism, mixed-race relationships, and schizophrenia, just to name a few. For a more recent show, it has to be X Company. I can’t name a series that had me living from one week to the next with such anticipation. We learned something about our history that had been mostly ignored. In this age of social media, we were able to connect with other viewers from around the world as well as the actors and creative minds involved. —Mel
My Top 3 are Slings and Arrows, SCTV and the 80s era Anne of Green Gables. More recent … I still miss the weirdness of Call Me Fitz and want to know what happened to Jimmy Reardon on Intelligence. —Diane
2. Kids in the Hall
3. Trailer Park Boys
4. Corner Gas
5. Kenny vs. Spenny
6. Wok With Yan!
8. Schitt’s Creek
I’m not going to rank them but off the top of my head, I’ll say these are my favourite Canadian shows. Reboot The Raccoons Continuum Billable Hours (I still quote this show all the time, underappreciated and hilarious)
The Stargate TV shows (frequently campy as hell but still enjoyable) 19-2 Speaker’s Corner Flashpoint jPod You Can’t Do That On Television
Link: Why aren’t we all fuming over the CRTC cuts? Because we don’t see ourselves reflected in TV and film
The CRTC was renewing the five year licenses for the big three private broadcasters in Canada who deliver much of the television we all watch: Bell, Corus and Rogers. In the renewal, the CRTC announced that they would be decreasing the minimum financial contributions these broadcasters are required to allocate to Canadian content from 9-10 per cent to just 5 per cent. The Canadian content that is supported through these contributions (a.k.a Programs of National Interest, or PNI’s) includes drama, scripted series, documentaries and Canadian award shows. Continue reading.