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Old 08-08-2013, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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God I almost forgot Danger Bay.
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I actually loved, loved, loved J-pod, one of my favourite CBC shows of all time and totally underrated. The Foundation was also hilarious but didn`t last long as a comedy about the crooked director of a charity. Alot of the modern Canadian shows, I like, but they seem aimed at an eventual expansion into the US and tone down their Canadianness in weird ways. Like 18 to life, about 18 year olds in Montreal, but where they ignore the existence of CEGEP and everyone goes from highschool to University, and for some reason football is suddenly a really big deal. Or Lost Girl, set in Toronto but where they do everything in their power to make it "àny metropolis USA" and never mention anything that might be distinct from the US or even the name of the city they reside in. Good shows, but modern Canadian non-CBC stuff seems to either be a sitcom or a procedural and to suffer from this placelessness.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I actually loved, loved, loved J-pod, one of my favourite CBC shows of all time and totally underrated. The Foundation was also hilarious but didn`t last long as a comedy about the crooked director of a charity. Alot of the modern Canadian shows, I like, but they seem aimed at an eventual expansion into the US and tone down their Canadianness in weird ways. Like 18 to life, about 18 year olds in Montreal, but where they ignore the existence of CEGEP and everyone goes from highschool to University, and for some reason football is suddenly a really big deal. Or Lost Girl, set in Toronto but where they do everything in their power to make it "àny metropolis USA" and never mention anything that might be distinct from the US or even the name of the city they reside in. Good shows, but modern Canadian non-CBC stuff seems to either be a sitcom or a procedural and to suffer from this placelessness.
It's not a modern phenomenon - it's always been there.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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King of Kensington
Littlest Hobo
The Beachcombers
Corner Gas
Tommy Hunter Show
I grew up as a border resident (Niagara Falls, NY) and remember King of Kensington as a good depiction of the neighborhoods in Toronto where I recall visiting family.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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It's not a modern phenomenon - it's always been there.

Do Quebec's shows maintain their "Canadianness"?
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Do Quebec's shows maintain their "Canadianness"?
99.99% of them. The Quebec TV industry's business model is based on that premise.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:32 PM
 
Location: 905
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Degrassi, starting from The Kids from Degrassi.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Due South.

Amazing production values, great scripts, even better music ( all written for the program ), with a few well known exceptions. Do a google for " Ride Forever "/You can't keep horsemen in a cage ". Written and sung by Paul Gross, the leading actor. The video is amazingly evocative, with 50 RCMP horsemen riding off a series of freight train cars, into the snows of Alberta, in the dead of winter

.Everybody who is anybody, in Canadian acting, from the youngest to the oldest, was a guest star, and even the characters who were "supposed to be Americans " were played by Canadians.

A deaf wolf, named Diefenbaker, and a female RCMP senior officer who insisted on being called "Sir " were only a few of the dozens of running insider jokes, that went right over the heads of the American audiences. Shot entirely IN Toronto, except for the Chicago skyline in the intro, it was fun looking to see what locations in TO were being used in each episode.

Here is a link to one of the fan sites, for Due South.


Due South funeral - Wondrous Love - YouTube

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Toronto.
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:38 AM
 
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Do Quebec's shows maintain their "Canadianness"?
If you are referring to the French Quebec shows many of them are the usual American sitcoms with French voice overs..
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:47 AM
 
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This might be a little off topic but I too am a border resident and grew up watching the smurfs in french cause it was the only thing on the four channels we had. To me Canadian television never seemed any different from USA TV, I've never noticed anything distinctly Canadian about it. And I've always thought USA citizens and Canadians were pretty much the same, I was one of 2 Americans out of 20 students in my grad program ten years ago and we all clicked really well. So I'm wondering what makes something "Canadian" for TV? Or am I just more like a Canadian because I'm a border child and relate more with that culture than say a person from NYC or Boston?
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