Canadian TV shows
"The Beachcombers"! "Kidstreet"!
"Oh Marge, anyone can miss Canada, all tucked away down there!"
In recent years there has been a slight, but noteworthy, incursion of Canadian TV series onto American TV. Cable series like Bitten and Orphan Black and even primetime network programs like Rookie Blue and Motive. But there has been grumbling about these and other shows.
Recently Huffington Post presented the results of a reader's choice of the "best Canadian" TV series ever. You can't build an industry, or develop an audience, around celebrating things that are "so bad it's almost good" -- despite what a multitude of B-grade filmmakers tell themselves.
A few weeks ago, American commentator Mike Gallay at Huffingpost listed the five greatest series in TV history as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos, and Twin Peaks. So, um, the greatest shows ever are largely about men, mainly crime dramas, and mostly aired in the last decade?
Being a proud Canadian, I am thrilled to be a part of a television series that is unapologetically Canadian. For years I have watched our cities double for American cities on television. With Hard Rock Medical the landscape of the North is just that -- ours.
Canadian TV executives constantly cluck their tongues and ask, "How -- oh, how! -- can ratings be improved?!" You want to know how to improve Canadian TV? Make more #@$%! Canadian programs!!!! Period.