I wish CTV and Global would commit harder to Canadian programming, in particular prime-time dramas and comedies. I donâ€™t really care all that much for sports, lifestyle, news programming. I try to stay informed, Iâ€™m not on top all the time on the stories, I do pay a little attention, but Iâ€™d rather be entertained.
Somewhere Iâ€™ve struck a balance and entertainment gets the preference maybe like 70 or 80 per cent (70/30 or 80/20). CTV has come a long way since I started paying more attention to their â€œoriginalâ€ programming way back in the 90s with Due South and look what weâ€™ve had since: Corner Gas, Corner Gas Animated, Cold Squad, Motive, 19-2, Orphan Black, Cardinal â€¦. and Transplant! (Admittedly, I watch a lot of murder mystery shows).
On Global, the pace of growth (in the direction Iâ€™d like to see them go) has been slow for sure, but they are getting there; since Traders weâ€™ve had Blue Murder, Rookie Blue, Bomb Girls, Nurses, Private Eyes, and Remedy, (yeah, there was Falcon Beach, but I never really watched it; glad there was a soundtrack album release though as Iâ€™m a collector of Canadian soundtrack albums.)
Hell, I loved Citytvâ€™s The Bletchley Circle: San Franscisco. But itâ€™s not enough for me. I want more from these networks! I want more original, Canadian programming on these networks. Recently Iâ€™ve signed up for Crave in order to see the Robbie Robertson documentary, Once Were Brothers (I highly recommend) and what else am I watching on Crave? Re-runs of 19-2! The American shows donâ€™t interest me at all. So, luckily, I have the CBC to watch more Canadian shows on than CTV or Global. Man, I wish CTV and Global would catch up to the CBC! â€”Stephen
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Right on, I so agree with the need for far more good Canadian tv shows, and movies, like the ones you mentioned. Intelligence, Re-Genesis, Murdock Mysteries, Continuum, to add a few, and there’s been more, like ENG. We can’t get enough, so we turn to British shows, on cable and stream from Acorn TV.
I can’t remember the last time I watched an American show. I tend to watch a lot of TVOntario and many British shows like Midsomer Murders (who doesn’t love very peculiar locals and overly convoluted methods of murder with a high body count). Have also enjoyed Agatha Raison on VisionTV which is a so lighted-hearted and fun. I’ve been watching reruns of Corner Gas on CTV Throwback and some of the Classic movies they have been pretty good.
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