Ilona Beiks of Playback reports on the upcoming series About a Girl:
- Brightlight gets the Girl
“Brightlight Pictures heads Stephen Hegyes and Shawn Williamson are aiming to tap into the tween, twenty- and thirtysomething demographic with their new series About a Girl.”
2 thoughts on “In the news: About a Girl”
From what I’ve heard, this show is completely Americanized and a major effort was made to keep all hints of Canadian-ness out of it. It’s another one of those shows that tries too hard to be American and ends up alienating Canadians in the process. Canwest Global has done this repeatedly in the last couple years but seeing as they use Cancon money, they should really be trying to tell Canadian stories rather than American ones. My prediction is that this will be yet another Canwest Cancon failure. At least CTV, CITY and CBC shows don’t try to hide the fact that they’re Canadian. But Canwest Global continues to slap us in the face.
I’ve heard that too – John Doyle of the Globe and Mail mentioned its lack of Canadian content. I’m not sure what the funding was like on this one though. I’ve heard The Best Years, for example, was commissioned by the N and didn’t go for govt money, though it counts towards meeting Cancon requirements because of the behind the scenes talent and Global kicked in money. I’m not sure I’ve got the details right on that one, either, though – I’d be curious to hear what kind of taxpayer support these kinds of shows are getting.
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