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Critics Feeling Left Out By 'The Story Of Us' Miss The Point

D.K. Latta | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

Any time someone pontificates about Canada, they're going to get it in the neck - from regionalists who get red faced when any region but their own gets a moment in the spotlight, from people who simply feel their agenda isn't being represented. But those decrying the series' omissions are missing its intent.

On TV: Killer Doctors And Murderous Mennoites

D.K. Latta | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Two Canadian dramas are aiming to bring a bit of cable edge to mainstream networks. "Pure" is a crime-drama whose premise might sound like a joke: The Mennonite Mob! While "Mary Kills People" is about a doctor who has an illegal side-line helping people commit suicide.

How Will Donald Trump's America Affect Canadian Film And TV?

D.K. Latta | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada
D.K. Latta

How will Donald Trump's America affect Canadian film and TV shows? OK -- that probably sounds like the weirdest angle on the recent U.S. election yo...

'Corner Gas' Star Janet Wright Dead At 71

CP | Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada

"Janet was like no other person I've ever met.''

Taking Stock Of TV's 'Kim's Convenience'

D.K. Latta | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Kim's Convenience may be breaking ground with its Korean-Canadian focus. But arguably it can still fall into the trap of putting people into "us" and "them" boxes. And, sadly, that too shows how truly universal it is.

Canada Gets A New Streaming Service For Horror Fans

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Business

"We're not necessarily trying to go with the mainstream.''

Who Is Being Served By The CTRC's New Content Rules?

D.K. Latta | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Business
D.K. Latta

I'm going to bang on some more about the recent controversy about the CRTC (the Canadian TV/Radio regulatory body) and its proposal to loosen rules regarding importing talent to work on Canadian productions. I'm re-visiting it because folks in Canadian film/TV are angry and it's worth drawing more of the audience's attention to the matter.

Loosening Talent Rules Would Be A Move Backwards For Canadian TV Industry

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Business
D.K. Latta

The rules weren't put in place to keep out imported talent -- they were put in place because no one trusted producers to give domestic talent a fair shake. (And history has shown this isn't just paranoia). So why does the CRTC want to change this?

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 03.22.2017 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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.