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Canada's Film And TV Biz Has Untapped Potential For Self-Satire

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

Storytellers often draw upon what they know. You could program an entire cable network with nothing but movies and TV shows self-reflectively set within the world of Hollywood. Yet the Canadian film and TV industry has rarely been explored in Canadian films or TV.

Nielsen Just Proved People Don't Watch TV On Their Phones

Barry Kiefl | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada TV
Barry Kiefl

Nielsen, the gold standard in TV ratings, has just made an important discovery about smartphones: All those people walking around staring at their phones are not watching video. At least, not very often or for very long. They aren't streaming much audio either. So if mobile streaming isn't killing TV -- what is?

The Unspoken Reason Why Canadian TV Lacks A Canadian Identity

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

Is the problem deeper than faceless executives supposedly redacting Canadiansms from scripts? Maybe too many of the writers and actors and directors themselves don't know any better. And they don't care.

Exploring Canadian Identity In Canadian TV

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

There are different ways we define our society: One: the way we genuinely perceive it. Two: the way we want to perceive it (and how we want others to perceive it). Three: the society we want it to become. The Canada I perceive, the values I think it represents -- might not be yours.

Big Changes Are Coming To Local News In Canada

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — Canada's broadcast regulator is forcing English-language TV stations to air at least seven hours a week of local news, and creating a new f...

CTV Cancels 'Canada AM' After 43 Seasons

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Business

The final episode will air on Friday.

Private Eyes: A Home Team Of TV Crime

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Premiering May 26th on Global is a new light-hearted Canadian detective series starring Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson and called, bluntly enough, Private Eyes. It's a fairly generic light-hearted PI series. And I actually mean that as a compliment!

Diversity Begets Diversity In Film And Television

D.K. Latta | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

The point is: when people resist more open casting, in a lot of cases they don't really think they have any particular prejudice. They are acting upon a vague feeling. It feels "right" to them to have a white man as the hero because those are the heroes they grew up with, that inspired them to then create their own stories. It feels "normal." Until someone comes along, challenges that norm -- and they realize, 'Hey, this works, too!'

Netflix Won't Make Degrassi 'Sensational,' Creator Says

CP | Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.01.2016 | Canada Living

"I think if anything, we're back to our real roots."

Why Is CBC TV So Consumed With Sports Broadcasting?

Barry Kiefl | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Business
Barry Kiefl

Some would say, so what, it's the best the CBC can do in an era of shrinking budgets and audience fragmentation. Besides, that's what the audience wants. True, people love sports but has CBC ever asked the audience if all the sports programming could be found on other channels, would they prefer a CBC focused more on quality drama and entertainment?

Canadian Films Are Becoming Available to Everyone

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada
D.K. Latta

One of the first pieces I had posted on Huffington Post Canada was commenting on a proposal for an ill-fated TV specialty channel -- Starlight -- ded...

8 Things Mr. Dressup Taught Us Canadian Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Parents

From crafts to singalongs, the Canadian icon not only entertained us, but shaped what we know and love today.

10 Amazing Canadian Things You'll Want Your Kids To Experience, Too

The Huffington Post Canada | Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Parents

We take pride in our home-grown entertainment and would love nothing more than to take a trip down memory lane with our kids, re-experiencing the things that solidified our childhoods.

Ukraine Pulls Plug On Russian Shows, Wants Canadian TV Content

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Business

The country needs both hardware to improve its own radio and television signals and replacement programming.

Two New Shows Take Canadian TV to Space

D.K. Latta | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Science fiction fans might want to note two series that recently premiered: Dark Matter and Killjoys. Killjoys is created by Michelle Lovretta, who created the popular fantasy series, The Lost Girl. While Dark Matter comes from creators who oversaw the Canadian-made StarGate TV series.

The Canadian TV Schedule That Wasn't

D.K. Latta | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Recently the various major Canadian TV networks and media conglomerates have announced their up-coming Canadian fall programming. Um -- so what do you call a press release announcing something that doesn't exist?

Canadian TV Has Been Feminist for Decades

D.K. Latta | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

But that's an interesting aspect of these Canadian series: not only are there still male-led series (like Murdoch Mysteries) but there are plenty of good male roles in these female-led series. There's far more gender balance in casting than a lot of the traditional male-led series.

A Post-Mortem for TV's Remedy

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada
D.K. Latta

I was mulling over writing again about the TV medical drama, Remedy -- when it was announced that Remedy has been cancelled! So maybe that gives an (u...

The Best Sites for Canadian TV and Film

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

Personally I think sites like TV, Eh?, First Weekend Club and Eye on Canada that focus on Canadian productions are good, at least for people specifically looking for that topic. So maybe a preferred venue is a more mainstream newspaper or website that include Canadian coverage next to the more obvious Hollywood stuff.

Canadian TV Needs Better Criticism

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

If we want people to take Canadian film and TV seriously -- then we need critics to take them seriously. I think it was Socrates who said: "The unexamined sitcom isn't worth laughing at." (I might be paraphrasing).

21 Canadian TV Shows That Are Overdue For A Comeback

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada

"The Beachcombers"! "Kidstreet"!

WATCH: Ed The Sock Deciphers CRTC's New Rules

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Business

Just last week, Canada’s telecom regulator, the CRTC, announced the end of mandatory channel bundling. They also sounded the death knell of speci...

Is Canadian TV Doing Better Than We Want to Admit?

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Business
D.K. Latta

People maybe should be talking about Canadian TV drama more. I know that's a strange opening statement given blogs are a-buzz over the CRTC's new rules and regulations overhauling television broadcasting. But quotas and points systems and funding is all well and good, but the main goal is getting shows on the air and eyeballs glued to those shows. And there are recent occurrences that warrant a bit of analysis.

Does Canadian TV Need Hollywood Approval?

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Let's look at two Canadian medical dramas: the aforementioned Remedy and CTV's Saving Hope. Both are slick, set at a big city hospital, featuring some Canadian stars with an international profile, mixing soap opera-y threads with medical crises of the week.

Canadian History is Going Hollywood

D.K. Latta | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

It's great to see storytellers embracing Canadian culture as grist for daring spies, gun-totting cowgals and sweeping epics. But when even professional journalists have never heard of spy schools or know much about early black history, it gives you an idea of how much damage has been done by generations of Canadian film and TV makers cravenly setting stories in "Generica" -- and how much farther there is to go.