Writer living in Montreal
Stephanie Earp is a writer living in Montreal. She was a staff writer at TV Guide Canada, and a TV columnist for AOL and Huffington Post. Her work has appeared in Elle Canada, Canadian Living, Kingston Life, The Kingston Whig-Standard and other publications. She recently completed a novel about music, fame and bad decisions.
I lived in a rooming house in Parkdale when I was 15 years old. In remembering all this, I realize I was one of those 'vulnerable people' we see cited in discussions about housing and the effects of gentrification. I don't know what particular struggles the other tenants were facing, because I was too caught up in my own teenage angst and awkwardness to ask, but what we had in common was that we were alone. A rooming house was a landing place for me, so why are we treating it like a slur?
Of the top 20 TV shows in Canada, 18 of them are American. In this rather bleak landscape, what is the future of Canadian television? Should we even bother producing TV anymore?
12/13/2011 14:19 EST
While most TV shows need to be taken out back and mercifully shot after about five seasons, sketch comedy has a longer lifespan, and 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' demonstrates this perfectly.
12/13/2011 12:43 EST
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