As a guy who has long advocated for more Canadian presence in Canadian movies and TV, I'm literally the last person to suggest a country should exclude itself from its stories. But there's a danger in being too insular. Although Canadian productions over-emphasize America...they can be reluctant about recognizing the multiculturalism within Canada's borders.
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.
Part of the strength of it is the fact that it seems un-selfconscious and unapologetic about its Canadian setting. It isn't like the writers are struggling to cram in some awkward Canadianism just to say they could...but because they're trying to be true to these characters and their world.
The Oscars are over but don't return your tuxes yet, because next up is...The Canadian Screen Awards. Hip, hip...huh. Canada desperately wants its equivalent of the Oscars/Emmies even as -- particula...
A recurring gripe of mine is how many Canadian movies and TV shows slavishly pretend they aren't Canadian -- such as by disguising Toronto as New York or as a generic "Anytown, North America." So how to best test this idea...and have fun at the same time? Let's make a drinking game out of Canadian references!
In early 2012, viewers tuned in for an entertaining history lesson with "Bomb Girls." The fictional miniseries followed several Canadian women who selflessly contributed to the war effort by building...
The last year has been a comeback of sorts for Meg Tilly. American-Canadian actress Tilly (don't get her confused with her fellow actress sister Jennifer) is currently working hard on the hit Canadian...
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 f...
I was going to try and write up a clever headline that Rosie O'Donnell is da bomb -- but that would've been lame. Instead, I just got right down to the nitty-gritty to let you know that the former tal...
Why do we stop running, spinning, jumping, singing out loud just for the joy of it? Why do we care if no one else is? Why should we care if people think we are bonkers? Just because we are grownups we are supposed to stop throwing our bodies on the ground and smelling the earth?
I feel clever because I took something that an ordinary person would throw away, or eat and resent because the yellow/peach coloured apples were mealy. But as applesauce, those pathetic specimens are going to be so good that I might even lick the bowl, and because it's just me here, nobody will know the difference.
I am a bomb girl. I'm sure when you read that you got an image of high-heels and a tiny cinched-in waist and voluptuous breasts spilling out all over the place. And yes, I'm sure some of the younger girls in the mini-series will look just like that. My character in Bomb Girls does not.