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There are 18 comments on the Zap2it.com story from Feb 1, 2008, titled Networks Look North for New Shows - NBC wants Canadian 'Listene.... In it, Zap2it.com reports that:

'The Listener' star Craig Olejnik The trickle of Canadian-bred shows on American network TV may soon become a flood.

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i heart canadian tv

Barrie, Canada

#1 Feb 1, 2008
I'm surprised that there are not yet bidders surrounding CBC for rights to "When the Women Went Away", "Heartland", "j-pod" and "MVP", and "The Guard" from Global which have all gotten off to strong creative starts and opened to substantial viewership levels.
Mr TV

United States

#2 Feb 1, 2008
I'm actually really excited about these networks picking up Canadian TV shows, which most are better than the current US shows.
Flashpoint sounds really good and I think fans of "24" will really like The Border.
Jane

Tolleson, AZ

#3 Feb 1, 2008
If they are anything like DaVinci's Inquest, I'll give them a try. That was one of the best shows I've ever seen.
Trigger

Toronto, Canada

#4 Feb 1, 2008
As a Torontonian, I think it's great that some of these Canadian actors, writers and producers will get some US air time. At the same time, some of these shows may not translate well south of the border because let's be honest, US residents couldn't care less about what goes on up here and some of the writing will have Canadian references that they won't understand. I've watched The Border and it's comparable to lower quality but popular US shows like CSI Miami and CSI New York so it might do well. Anything is better than putting Big Brother back on the air.
John Holmes

Berkley, MA

#5 Feb 1, 2008
D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-I-O-N
Minerva

Moncton, Canada

#6 Feb 1, 2008
"ReGenesis" (one of the best Canadian series) is already in syndication in the U.S.; it's totally primetime quality and so much more literate and reasonable than most U.S. shows. Fascinating, too, with occasional lovely anti-U.S. comments that are dead on. The best Canadian shows share more in common with intelligent Brit shows than run-of-the-mill U.S. product, but honestly, pacing might be a concern as ours tend not to be as frantic. It's never good to generalize, but as a U.S. ex-pat I love Canadian TV and find it refreshingly different. Wouldn't hurt the American audiences to occasionally see something that's not filtered through the total-sell-out mentality of U.S. TV.
squeekymama

Bristol, IN

#7 Feb 1, 2008
So why can't we get get a commitment for another season of Blood Ties? It is a fab Canadian show with a large fan base,which is growing all the time, even as it was not promoted much on Lifetime.
paladin

Tupelo, MS

#8 Feb 1, 2008
A very good idea. But why stop with Canada? England and the Aussies hav e much to offer too.
dacman

United States

#9 Feb 1, 2008
Which US network will have the balls to pick up 'Little Mosque on the Prairie' from CBC?
Penny

United States

#10 Feb 1, 2008
Whatever keeps more reality shows from taking up good timeslots is a wonderful idea. Obviously Canada has great programming and its good that we Americans will now see the work being done there too. Bring on the British and Australian series too if need be.
Bam Bam

AOL

#11 Feb 2, 2008
Good lord, Canadian television sounds pretty much like what we already have. Crap for crap, it'll fit right in.
Bam Bam

AOL

#12 Feb 2, 2008
Minerva wrote:
"ReGenesis" (one of the best Canadian series) is already in syndication in the U.S.; it's totally primetime quality and so much more literate and reasonable than most U.S. shows. Fascinating, too, with occasional lovely anti-U.S. comments that are dead on. The best Canadian shows share more in common with intelligent Brit shows than run-of-the-mill U.S. product, but honestly, pacing might be a concern as ours tend not to be as frantic. It's never good to generalize, but as a U.S. ex-pat I love Canadian TV and find it refreshingly different. Wouldn't hurt the American audiences to occasionally see something that's not filtered through the total-sell-out mentality of U.S. TV.
It's never good to generalize and yet here you are doing it. What an angry little ex-pat you are.
Bam Bam

AOL

#13 Feb 2, 2008
Trigger wrote:
As a Torontonian, I think it's great that some of these Canadian actors, writers and producers will get some US air time. At the same time, some of these shows may not translate well south of the border because let's be honest, US residents couldn't care less about what goes on up here and some of the writing will have Canadian references that they won't understand.
And the hypocrisy continues.
mcc777c2

Carrollton, TX

#14 Feb 2, 2008
I already watch several shows from Canada on cable. "Life with Derek" on Disney channel and "About a Girl" on The N are my favorites.
Alex

Calgary, Canada

#15 Feb 2, 2008
It's a shame that CTV jumped the gun in selling Corner Gas to that single superstation. I'm sure they would have loved to see it on CBS or NBC.
MarsViews

Shilo, Canada

#16 Feb 3, 2008
Honestly, I doubt Corner Gas would fly in the States, Alex.

I'm kind of excited that some Canadian productions are going to receive a bigger audience. There are a lot of shows here that just don't get the budget or viewership only attainable south of the border. This can only be a good thing for both countries.

(I'd be interested to see The Rick Mercer Report added to Comedy Central's late-night lineup with Stewart and Colbert. The only problems: It's a weekly show, and everything would be lost in translation. Guess it's just wasted thought.)
Hudson

Davenport, IA

#17 Feb 4, 2008
The real question is whether anybody who doesn't follow the industry will notice they're not American productions.
Lisa

Springboro, OH

#18 Feb 9, 2008
With all this interest in Canadian TV, surely some network will snatch up Blood Ties! It's been airing on Lifetime and had gatheringa huge following. The show is well written, cast fabulously, and is just entertaining television!

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