Canadian TV shows certainly made their mark in 2012, for better or for worse. Homegrown favourites like "Continuum," "Lost Girl," "Bomb Girls" and "Republic Of Doyle" continued to delight legions of fans. Plus, Canada finally got its own versions of international hits like "The Bachelor" and "Real Housewives," with adaptations of "The Amazing Race" and "Big Brother" on deck for 2013.
Meanwhile, the much-touted drama "The LA Complex" was picked up south of the border by The CW, only to be unceremoniously dumped shortly afterwards. And cult hit "Todd & the Book of Pure Evil" was axed in April, with rumours of its impending resurrection emerging shortly after the surprising announcement.
It's been a bit of a roller-coaster, but here are the best, worst and most emotional moments in Canadian television this past year.
"Lost Girl" Dominates
"Lost Girl" continues to charm fans both in <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-ryan/lost-girl-syfy_b_1249995.html">Canada and abroad</a>. The fantasy show about a sexy succubus (is there any other kind?) finished on a slightly sinister note earlier this year, leaving viewers anxiously wondering what's in store for Season 3 as Bo (Anna Silk) indulges her dark side.
"Flashpoint" Takes A Bow
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/flashpoint-season-5-enrico-colantoni-interview_n_1900894.html">"Flashpoint" wrapped up its fifth and final season</a> in December. The creators of the popular cop show wanted to go out on a high note instead of endlessly milking it for all it's worth. Even the most disappointed fans can appreciate the commitment to creative integrity.
Canada Got Its Own "Bachelor"
After years of loyally watching American beefcakes dole out roses to groups of amorous women vying for their attention, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/bachelor-canada/">Canadians finally got their own Bachelor</a> this year in the form of former CFL star Brad Smith, of Hudson, Quebec. He, of course, wound up offering the final rose to Mississauga nurse Bianka. Awww.
"Continuum" Racks Up Numbers
"Continuum" debuted to over 1 million viewers on Showcase. The sci-fi/crime show about a cop from the future shattered records to become Showcase's most-watched premiere ever. No wonder it's already been <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/25/continuum-renewed-for-sec_n_1830325.html">renewed for a second season</a>.
"Bomb Girls" Is Dynamite
So dynamite, in fact, that Global quickly renewed the wartime drama for a second season. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/27/bomb-girls-season-2-rosie-o-donnell-cheryl-hickey_n_2199105.html">Season 2 will feature some fun guest spots</a>, including appearances by Rosie O'Donnell and ET Canada host Cheryl Hickey.
"Degrassi" Pushes Boundaries
"Degrassi" has had some pretty high-profile guest stars over the years, including Kevin Smith and Billy Ray Cyrus. But Chaz Bono just might be the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/15/degrassi-season-12-cast-interview_n_1672085.html">most talked about yet</a>. The activist and "Dancing With The Stars" alum plays himself, and shares a scene with Degrassi's transgender character Adam Torres (Jordan Todosey).
Reality Shows Aplenty
Following the success of Canadian adaptations like "The Bachelor Canada" and "The Real Housewives of Vancouver," CTV and Global announce that they've got <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/amazing-race-canada">Canuck versions of "The Amazing Race"</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/06/big-brother-canada-auditions-turnout_n_2082816.html">"Big Brother"</a> in the works for 2013. No more living vicariously through our American neighbours!
"The LA Complex" Cancelled
In spite of its critical acclaim, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12/03/the-la-complex-canceled_n_2233208.html">"The LA Complex" was dropped by MuchMusic in Canada and The CW in the States</a>. The promising drama followed a group of struggling Canadian actors trying to make it in Hollywood. Unfortunately, the fickle business portrayed on the show proves to be just as harsh in real life.
"Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil" Done
Space confirmed that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/24/todd-and-the-book-of-pure-evil-cancelled_n_1449838.html">it won't be renewing "Todd & the Book of Pure Evil"</a> for a third season, in spite of the show's status as a cult fave. After fan outcry, rumours emerged that eOne has plans to resurrect it.
"Republic Of Doyle" Maintains
Beloved show "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/10/allan-hawco-republic-of-doyle_n_1194635.html">Republic of Doyle</a>" continues to attract loyal viewers and inspire people to visit beautiful St. John's, Newfoundland. CBC smartly renews it for a fourth season, which is set to premiere in its new Sunday timeslot on January 6.
Get A Life ... time, Canada
Lifetime Canada debuts, enabling Canadians to watch Jennifer Love Hewitt prancing around in revealing clothes on the Lifetime hit "The Client List," and kids pulling off outrageous gags on "Prank My Mom."
Oprah Comes To Canada
Oprah filmed episodes of her new show, "Oprah's Lifeclass," in Toronto. Fans screamed, cried, cheered and even passed out in the presence of the great O, making this our pick for the year's most emotional moment in Canadian television. (If you were there, you'll understand. If you weren't there, words cannot possibly capture how high emotions were running inside the Metro Convention Centre on that very special day.)
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