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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 08.02.2015 | 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 06.28.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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.

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?