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Old 10-25-2012, 04:07 PM
 
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Do any of America's TV shows and movies seem "foreign" to Canadians? Like old westerns, for example.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:23 PM
 
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Do any of America's TV shows and movies seem "foreign" to Canadians? Like old westerns, for example.
You know what show has really struck me as American in a foreign kind of way? That new, I think HBO, show the Newsroom, by the guy who did The West Wing. I'm used to watching American TV with American themes, so even if a movie is about, say, African American culture it won't seem as foreign because I've learned alot about this culture from American Entertainment despite me not having personally met any African Americans before. But the Newsroom does come off as foreign because it deals with the American collective experience and civic realm in ways that I think really resonate with Americans, but not with Canadians who aren't really coming from the same place. It seems like a show I'd enjoy much more if I were American and a Democrat, which I couldn't say about a show like Lost.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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In the same vein, does Keifer Sutherland or his dad, Donald Sutherland, or Ryan Reynolds, seem foreign to Americans? Also Dan Akroyd, Hayden Christensen, Jim Carrey, Mary Pickford (!!!!!!!!) etc etc etc...

Famous Canadian Actors

I would say, some locations would seem a bit exotic (like Arizona/New Mexico desert) but the moment the actors speak, we are back to familiar territory.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:19 PM
 
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The fact that the US is essentially not a "foreign country" in any meaningful sense to most canadians it's entertainment certainly isn't in most regards.

Frankly canadian tv and films are much more foreign to canadians than anything produced south of the border.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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^^^^that is very true.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:47 AM
 
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I live in Canada and maybe a quarter of the houses on my street have Directv satellite dishes. So, no, I don't think American entertainment is seen as foreign. The Canadian channels I can pick up over the air are usually playing the same (American) programs as the American channels I pick up from Buffalo.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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In most of Canada, American entertainment is THE mainstream. It's often distinctively Canadian stuff that is "fringe".

A TV show or movie about cops in LA or Chicago is "normality" to most people. A similar production about cops in Halifax would seem less familiar and perhaps even "unnatural" and "fake". This is not the case for everyone of course but for the vast majority of Canadians this would be the case. TV ratings and box office numbers back up what I am saying quite evocatively. I've often heard Canadians say that Canadian TV shows and movies don't "look real".

Also, video stores are dying dinosaurs but when they were common all across the country many Canadian video stores would have Canadian movies in the "foreign" section! And I am not just talking about French Canadian films from Quebec. English Canadian films too.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:57 AM
 
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A similar production about cops in Halifax would seem less familiar and perhaps even "unnatural" and "fake".
That reminds me...

Mystery films about Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) were all filmed in Halifax (2007-2012).

Jesse Stone: Sea Change - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Haven (show) was filmed in Lunenburg, NS:

Haven (TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Call Me Fitz (with Jason Priestley, the 90120 darling) was filmed in New Minas, NS.

BC probably has more "L.A." locations than L.A. itself - lots of filming there.

This is interesting: directors chose locations in Canada for The Shipping News, Legends of the Fall, Good Will Hunting, Little Women, The Scarlet Letter.

http://www.thetravelfiles.com/articles/115
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:45 AM
 
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While many of the American tv shows wouldnt be a hit if focused on Canadian locations we certainly get most of the American shows and understand them.CSI Timmins? Granby Vice? just wouldnt work..
Although a merging of Honey Boo Boo and the Trailer Park Boys would be a smash hit up here.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:55 AM
 
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Stuff like Glenn Beck would be considered satirical comedy up in Canada but many in the USA including my Brother take this type of show as the truth...Amazing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQcvb...eature=related
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