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X Company, Strange Empire among CBC shows available for Netflix binge-watching

Good news for binge watchers: Netflix Canada recently added CBC’s X Company and Strange Empire to their lineup, joining fellow CBC mates Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, Republic of Doyle and more to the service’s ever-rotating and growing lineup.

The shows not only get exposure to a broader audience through browsing plus Netflix’s superior recommendation engine, but CBC gets an additional revenue stream from Netflix licensing on top of advertising, iTunes sales, and selling their kidneys.

World War II spy drama X Company is currently working on a second season, so a Netflix catch up may boost the future audience for the show. It will be interesting to see if there is a measurable effect, or if once a Netflix viewer always a Netflix viewer — if the audience simply waits for season two to appear on the service. Best case scenario for CBC is audiences find it so compelling they want to watch as it airs instead and binge watch later.

Dark, female-driven western Strange Empire was cancelled after one season, but other than some last-minute action that would have set up a second season, the first feels mostly like a satisfyingly complete mini series.

While CBC keeps most of their series available online, the Netflix user experience is vastly superior to the glitchy, repetitive-advertising-filled network website players. Netflix also captures an audience who may not watch CBC, search for CBC’s website, or even have heard of CBC’s shows.

Licensing agreements have expiration dates, so Netflix content comes and goes, but audiences should have plenty of time to discover X Company and Strange Empire and see what they’ve missed — for good or for bad — or relive the experience at their own pace.

Don’t look for Bell, Shaw or Rogers series on the streaming service any time soon — they want you to sign up for their own streaming services, CraveTV or shomi, instead.


TV Eh B Cs podcast 22 – Joanne Boland’s Groovy Empire


Joanne’s role as Morgan Finn in CBC’s Strange Empire comes after an impressive list of television appearances in Copper, Saving Hope, Lost Girl, Flashpoint, Haven, The Listener, Being Erica and Blue Murder.

Some remember her as Gail Summers in Zone of Separation, Margaret from Slings and Arrows or Dana Davin on Train 48.

Boland’s other acting credits include Khaled, Sex, Lies & Obsession, Charms For the Easy Life, UBU The Barbarian, Angels In The Infield, Two of Us, Year of the Phoenix, Harlan County, Thin Blue Line, and, Rated X.

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Remedy showrunner urges support of Canadian TV

It was the news Remedy fans had been dreading. After two seasons, Global announced it was pulling the plug on its medical drama.

And while the show’s fans, cast and crew took to Twitter to vent frustrations and/or say goodbye, showrunner Greg Spottiswood had a different message on Monday morning. He took to social media to champion Canadian TV shows and urge people to tune in and talk them up with friends.



Will you watch more Canadian TV because of Greg’s message? Comment below or via our Twitter account @tv_eh.





Poll: Who are your favourite Canadian TV cops?

Have you heard the news, Rookie Blue fans? Season 6 of Global’s homegrown cop drama returns on Thursday, May 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Andy, Swarek, Oliver, Dov and the rest make up the latest crop of cops created for Canadian TV shows. How do the Rookie Blue folks stack up against Det. Murdoch and the Toronto Constabulary? Where do Haven‘s east coast coppers rate against B.C. boys and girls in blue?

We’ve put together an exhaustive list of current and past Canadian TV cops for you to choose your three favourites from. If we missed any, type them up in the comments section. Let the voting begin!

Who are your favourite Canadian TV cops?

  • Ed Lane, Flashpoint (30%, 5,737 Votes)
  • Sam Swarek, Rookie Blue (19%, 3,636 Votes)
  • Davis Quinton, Corner Gas (8%, 1,542 Votes)
  • Mike Sweeney, Durham County (8%, 1,465 Votes)
  • Karen Pelly, Corner Gas (5%, 995 Votes)
  • Gail Peck, Rookie Blue (5%, 898 Votes)
  • Andy McNally, Rookie Blue (4%, 757 Votes)
  • William Murdoch, Murdoch Mysteries (2%, 375 Votes)
  • Nathan Wuornos, Haven (2%, 334 Votes)
  • Oliver Shaw, Rookie Blue (2%, 333 Votes)
  • Benton Fraser, Due South (2%, 332 Votes)
  • George Crabtree, Murdoch Mysteries (1%, 216 Votes)
  • Jules Callaghan, Flashpoint (1%, 175 Votes)
  • Tamsin, Lost Girl (1%, 161 Votes)
  • Dyson, Lost Girl (1%, 153 Votes)
  • Traci Nash, Rookie Blue (1%, 127 Votes)
  • Nick Collins, Rookie Blue (1%, 126 Votes)
  • Greg Parker, Flashpoint (1%, 119 Votes)
  • John Constable, The Beachcombers (1%, 117 Votes)
  • Thomas Brackenreid, Murdoch Mysteries (0%, 95 Votes)
  • Ray Kowalski, Due South (0%, 91 Votes)
  • Mike Scarlatti, Flashpoint (0%, 89 Votes)
  • Sam Braddock, Flashpoint (0%, 82 Votes)
  • Michelle Kenidi, North of 60 (0%, 77 Votes)
  • Ray Vecchio, Due South (0%, 73 Votes)
  • Kevin Wordsworth, Flashpoint (0%, 71 Votes)
  • Chloe Price, Rookie Blue (0%, 66 Votes)
  • Kiera Cameron, Continuum (0%, 60 Votes)
  • Dwight Hendrickson, Haven (0%, 60 Votes)
  • Angie Flynn, Motive (0%, 54 Votes)
  • Leslie Bennett, Republic of Doyle (0%, 51 Votes)
  • Kerri, Sunnyside (0%, 50 Votes)
  • Dov Epstein, Rookie Blue (0%, 48 Votes)
  • Donna, Sunnyside (0%, 47 Votes)
  • Art, Orphan Black (0%, 39 Votes)
  • Ben Chartier, 19-2 (0%, 36 Votes)
  • Ben Sullivan, Shattered (0%, 29 Votes)
  • Oscar Vega, Motive (0%, 27 Votes)
  • Chris Diaz, Rookie Blue (0%, 26 Votes)
  • Eric Olsen, North of 60 (0%, 25 Votes)
  • Tinny Doyle, Republic of Doyle (0%, 22 Votes)
  • Carlos Fonnegra, Continuum (0%, 22 Votes)
  • Henry Higgins, Murdoch Mysteries (0%, 21 Votes)
  • Mick Leary, Da Vinci's Inquest (0%, 20 Votes)
  • Slugger Jackson, Murdoch Mysteries (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Aidan Black, Cracked (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Nick Barron, 19-2 (0%, 15 Votes)
  • Harding Welsh, Due South (0%, 14 Votes)
  • Ali McCormick, Cold Squad (0%, 14 Votes)
  • Joshua Nolan, Defiance (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Leo Shannon, Da Vinci's Inquest (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Brian Fletcher, North of 60 (0%, 11 Votes)
  • James Harper, North of 60 (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Jessica King, King (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Kat Loving, Strange Empire (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Angela Kosmo, Da Vinci's Inquest (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Mary Spalding, Intelligence (0%, 7 Votes)
  • J.M. Brouillard, 19-2 (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Mark Cross, Motive (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Brian Lucas, Motive (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Inspector Dillon, Continuum (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Liz Carver, The Border (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Audrey Pouliot, 19-2 (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Diane Caligra, Cracked (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Ted Altman, Intelligence (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Gray Jackson, The Border (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Poppy Wisnefski, Cracked (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Tyler Joseph, 19-2 (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Ed Oosterhuis, Blue Murder (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Isabelle Latendresse, 19-2 (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Mickey Kollander, Cold Squad (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Frank Leo, The Bridge (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Jack Pogue, Blue Murder (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Amy Lynch, Shattered (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Beatrice Hamelin, 19-2 (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13,495

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TV Eh B Cs podcast 18 – Aaron Poole and the Charcoal Lemonade Conspiracy


Aaron Poole broke out in his defining performance in Ed Gass-Donnelly’s This Beautiful City, a film for which he was also a producer. He’s played a recurring role on TMN’s Z.O.S: Zone of Separation and was featured in Atom Egoyan’s Adoration. After filming the third act to American indie hit, Circumstance, in Lebanon, Aaron teamed up with Ed Gass- Donnelly and producer Lee Kim once again for the feature Small Town Murder Songs.

Poole is an executive producer and one of the lead actors in The Conspiracy, a mockumentary thriller about secret socieities. Additionally he’s been in Showcase’s Crash and Burn, HBO Canada’s Living in Your Car, the Global series King, BBC America’s Copper, and most recently on CBC’s Strange Empire. He was also featured in Samuel L. Jackson’s The Samaritan, Jason Priestley’s Cas & Dylan, and Jon Cassar’s film Forsaken, starring opposite Kiefer and Donald Sutherland.

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