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A Post-Mortem for TV's Remedy

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.25.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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.

Hating Canadian TV Is No Longer That Funny

D.K. Latta | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

There are people within the Canadian entertainment biz (as well as their fans) who feel the industry is so fragile it behooves critics to "get on-side." And that you have to like particular shows or movies to be considered Canadian. Which is complete and utter balderdash.

Joanna Adams

10 Best Canadian Reality TV Moments Of 2014 | Joanna Adams | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada TV

Canadians are hungry for reality TV, apparently. In fact, their appetite is pretty ravenous. For the second year in a row, "The Amazing Race Canada...

Mohawk Girls and Other Canadian TV and Film Notables

D.K. Latta | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada
D.K. Latta

In the last couple of years Canadian TV programmers have gone nuts for comedy -- specifically so-called "American-style" sitcoms. So far it hasn't really worked out too well with a lot of cancellations and even those series that continue often receiving mixed reviews. So maybe it should come as no surprise that one of the best comedies to come along on Canadian TV is out of left field -- APTN's Mohawk Girls!

Chris Jancelewicz

Canadian TV Doesn't Have To Suck, And It Didn't This Year | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada TV

Every Canadian knows it's true: our homegrown TV has a horrible reputation, both here and abroad. The first things that pop into people's minds are sn...

The Horror of Science Fiction Movies

D.K. Latta | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

I recently saw a Canadian-made movie called Debug. It's kind of a "meh" movie (as I once saw an online reviewer define something not good enough to praise, but not bad enough to disparage). If you're predisposed toward the sub-genre, you'll probably find it a passable waste of 90 minutes. And if you're more ambivalent, you probably won't. And therein lies today's rub.

Strange Empire Just Isn't Strange Enough

D.K. Latta | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Strange Empire is arguably intended as the jewel in the crown of the CBC's fall season. Yet its ratings were around 300,000 and, according to some reports, have actually dipped below 250,000. Why is it struggling? And can something be done?

Is Canadian TV Stuck With 1970s Attitudes?

D.K. Latta | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

It seems to me I've been noticing that a lot lately on Canadian TV. Particularly recent sitcoms that seem as though the scripts are decades old -- including with a leering sexism I don't necessarily associate with modern American or U.K. sitcoms. Maybe the 21st century really did just happen to other people.

We're Asking the Wrong Questions About Canadian Television

D.K. Latta | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

The only time people aren't complaining about government regulation is when they are complaining about the lack of regulation! When Netflix speaks against regulations, they do so out of two motives. One, as a corporate entity that wants nothing to interfere with their profits. But secondly, as an American company.

What 'Let's Talk TV' Isn't Talking About

Jerry Dias | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada TV
Jerry Dias

For almost a year now, Canada's broadcast regulator has been holding an important conversation with Canadians about the future of television. And while the effort, dubbed "Let's Talk TV," has heard from individual Canadians, the Commission has so far not addressed some of the most important issues.

Another Canadian TV Show Cancelled

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada TV

So much for "Starbuck." CityTV's "Seed" will no longer be accepting donations in the form of viewers. The comedy, which centred around the exploits...

This Website Could Help Canadian Television

D.K. Latta | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Hopefully the new TV, Eh? -- assuming it gets going -- won't fall into the trap of just being a cheerleader, of seeing its sole purpose to do PR for any and all Canadian productions. That should certainly be part of it, of course. But a healthy industry is one where issues can be discussed, opinions can be traded back and forth, and sacred cows tipped over.

Should Canadian Celebrities Welcome Controversy?

D.K. Latta | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

It seems like you can barely turn around without some celebrity or public figure saying something racially or sexually offensive. But it's unusual when it involves a Canadian entertainer. Recently there was a minor explosion when Canadian TV executive Brent Piaskoski sent out a series of comical tweets ridiculing the behaviour of some Asian commuters at an airport.

Canadian TV Shows Are Slowly Creeping on to American Networks

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

In recent years there has been a slight, but noteworthy, incursion of Canadian TV series onto American TV. Cable series like Bitten and Orphan Black and even primetime network programs like Rookie Blue and Motive. But there has been grumbling about these and other shows.

Why Is the CBC Trying To Crowdsource Its Own Vision?

D.K. Latta | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

I'm all for the CBC brass stepping out of their ivory towers and walking among the people, but I'd also like a sense they have a vision themselves. A vision that can be shaped by public feedback, perhaps -- but a vision nonetheless. Because if you ask a hundred people what they want from the CBC, you'll get a hundred different answers.

Consider This Before You Cheer CBC Cuts

D.K. Latta | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

When I defend the CBC, it's because I'm defending the idea of Canadian culture and identity and I see the CBC as, for now, a necessary part of that. But when people criticize the CBC, I suspect it's part of a deeper and far more, well, insidious agenda that stretches well beyond public broadcasting.

The Trouble With Canadian Sitcoms

D.K. Latta | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Working the Engels started out tepid, but is improving week-by-week. With the most recent episode (the one about the sister dealing with her divorce) I found myself chuckling pretty consistently. I'd argue the secret weapon in their comedy quiver might be Less Than Kind's Benjamin Arthur who injects a sympathetic innocence into the brother.

Who Said Americans Are Denied Work in Canadian Film Productions?

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

A big difference between casting in American and Canadian productions is this: when a Hollywood production casts a Canadian it's in spite of the fact that the actor is Canadian. Yet often when Canadian productions import American actors, they do so because the filmmakers were told they had to have an American lead.