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post #31 of 36 (permalink) Old 2016-03-18, 01:30 PM
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Cancon rules are very restrictive. A show can be filmed in Canada with 75% Canadian talent and still not qualify as Canadian. Something very basic, like using a foreign director or lead actor can disqualify a show as being Cancon.
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post #32 of 36 (permalink) Old 2016-03-18, 01:54 PM
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The long list of TV shows (and movies) filmed in Canada (for decades now) for American audiences proves that Canada is capable of making top-rate shows, or at least shows that appeal to a wide audience on both sides of the border. So for me, American TV is to a large part Canadian.

The exception is that TV that is almost solely made for Canadian audiences isn't usually as flashy and seems to be more about personal drama rather than action for the sake of action. (Although The Listener, as an example, fit into the American model.)
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post #33 of 36 (permalink) Old 2016-03-18, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by bigdoubledee View Post
As others have said, it all comes down to money. However, 90% of the programming on the 4 major US networks is celebrity worshiping or reality based crap. They haven't had an original idea in 20 years, 30 cop shows isn't enough I guess.
The amount of cop and investigative type shows has definitely become overkill!

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post #34 of 36 (permalink) Old 2016-03-18, 06:41 PM
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Being able to produce shows technically means that we are able to produce shows , that's all (still a great feat) .Most of these shows are american shows. I don't really feel there are really any true canadian shows anymore , just about everything these days has to be done with an international distribution in mind . I take that back, there are shows that are truly canadian like Republic of Doyle for instance but even these have to be produced with international distribution in mind .There still can be to me a great difference in tone, sense of humour and moral and ethical considerations between us and our american neighbours .
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post #36 of 36 (permalink) Old 2016-03-20, 03:39 PM
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Pretty much all non-news/sports programming is created with the possibility of international distribution in mind, even in the US. That's just the reality of the industry. A show can have a higher budget if it's sold in other countries. A show can even be set in Canada and get picked up elsewhere.

One issue I've seen though is that even shows created for a Canadian channel that are then sold to or co-produced with a US one are frequently seen as belonging to the US channel when they aren't, so people think that Canada's not making anything. Granted, they aren't making much overall compared to elsewhere, but they do make some.
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