Canadian TV gets a makeover

By: Ralph C. Ortega - Published: • References: tv-eh
Let’s face it, Canadian TV never was the most glamorous especially compared to our American counterparts. For every The Wire, Breaking Bad, and Scrubs, Canada’s answered with insignificant shows such as Dan for Mayor and Heartland, Degrassi at best. Now that we’re entering the so-called “Golden Age of Television” however, Canada’s seemed to join the Bube Tube race.

With the recent successes of CTV’s supernatural medical drama Saving Hope and Global’s summer TV police procedural Rookie Blue, original Canadian programming seems to be having a coming out affair. The steady ratings of CTV’s Motive and Flashpoint is also a testament to original Canadian programming.

That’s not all. Our most successful genre in original Canadian programming, comedy, also seems to be flourishing. Past successes of Trailer Park Boys, Corner Gas, and the widely underrated Billable Hours has paved the way for City’s (so-so) sitcom Seed, a comedy about a sperm donor, and CTV’s relationship comedy Satisfaction (a personal favourite of mine).

The sci-fi genre is also having a blast. Space’s sci-fi series Orphan Black and Showcase’s Continuum both enjoyed profitable first seasons. This trend could go no other way but up.

Expect upcoming series to share the same successes as its predecessors mainly CTV’s office comedy Spun Out and CTV’s backpacking bromance Backpackers.

Oh yeah. The next few years of Canadian television is looking pretty good so far, eh?