This is really a great discussion.
Here in Quebec the situation is totally different , we have our own unique tv shows and series. You might think this is only a question of language barrier but it's not that simple
1-US shows ans series can always be dubbed in french. During the 80's , there was a lot of american series on quebec tv
2-Having our own tv industry doesn't mean we don't watch anything else, we do watch american series , either in french or in english , a lot of quebecers understand english.
Part of the success , as already pointed out, is funding , we have the SODEC which is dedicated to the promotion and support of Quebec's culture.
Our culture is different , Quebec isn't just a french speaking US state .
Regarding that filter thing you were talking about , there's a Qc filter on our shows , it's not a 80's , a 90's or anything but a very specific one and I believe it has more to do with cultural differences rather that budget , it's recognizable even in a big budget serie.
For me , Quebec and American TV are complementary.
Last edited by SakeW; 2012-02-18 at 01:52 AM.