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Mohawk Girls and Other Canadian TV and Film Notables

D.K. Latta | Posted 12.21.2014 | 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!

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Canadian TV Doesn't Have To Suck, And It Didn't This Year

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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.

Have You Seen These 10 Good Canadian-Made Movies?

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Canadian suffers from a Goldilocks and the Three Bears syndrome: "Serious" Papa Bear films that win accolades but tank at the multiplexes, or lowest common denominator Baby Bear horror films and comedies. This often squeezes out the Mama Bear films -- those that don't require a degree in Film Appreciation 101, yet neither do they demand you check your frontal lobe at the door.

The Trouble With Awards for 'Canadian' Movies

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Although The Mortal Instruments didn't exactly grip me, if you loved the movie -- great. But The Mortal Instruments has already won a prize -- by selling more tickets than any other Canadian-produced movie in 2013. If there is to be a Golden Reel Award, shouldn't it celebrate movies that are actually trying to build and develop a domestic Canadian industry?

Where Are the Black Actors in Canadian Film and TV?

D.K. Latta | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Canada is, literally, one of the most multiracial/multicultural nations in the world. And yet you probably wouldn't get that impression watching a lot of Canadian movies and TV series. When it comes to Canadian film and TV, things have come a long way -- but it can also feel like two steps forward, one step back.

There's Nothing Good About a "So Bad It's Good" Movie

D.K. Latta | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

I have a fondness for fantasy/SF and I've long been an observer of and advocate for Canadian film and TV. And I see deliberately "bad" films as corrosive to both. It doesn't build anything. It's just a bunch of bad movies for which even your supposed fans have little respect.

Is French the Answer for English-Canadian TV?

D.K. Latta | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Bravo TV (Canada) has started airing a new cop drama called 19-2. It's an English-Canadian series -- based on a pre-existing French-Canadian series. English-Canadian film and TV producers have long looked to their more successful French-Canada brethren with something akin to pop-culture envy. But I've wondered if the reality is a wee bit more ambiguous than some cultural observers claim.

When Can We Expect a Canadian Fantasy That Admits it's Canadian?

D.K. Latta | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Sometimes identifying "Canadian" productions gets down to what you want to believe. I know people who will identify a co-production as "American" if they like it, and dismiss it as "Canadian" if they don't. Who knows what the future holds for Canadian genre TV? Maybe on the horizon is a Canadian genre series that isn't just grudgingly set in Canada, but unapologetically so.

The Rise of Canadian Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV

D.K. Latta | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Since fantasy/science fiction and Canadian film/TV are two things I think about way too much, pull up a big chair for two to cozy up in, and let's look at where this combo has been, where it's at -- and where it could go, should go, or is going.

Best Canadian TV Of 2013

HuffPost Canada TV | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 12.31.2013 | Canada TV

It's been a crazy year for Canadian TV, with new shows springing up almost every month from different networks across the country. Be it a foodie show...

I'm Still Waiting for the Great Canadian Christmas Movie

D.K. Latta | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Despite the plethora of Canadian-made Christmas movies sprinkling the Yuletide floor like pine needles, the "Great Canadian Christmas" movie still seems to be that one item Santa never gets around to delivering. And I mean that on two fronts -- both a great "Christmas" movie, and a Christmas movie that is unapologetically "Canadian."

Fictional TV Town Built In B.C.

CP | Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

LANGLEY, B.C. - About 45 minutes south of Vancouver, on a farm field surrounded by vineyards, sits a village from another century. The place is called...