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The Battle For TV Dollars

Some of Canada's biggest names on the little screen came down hard on the CRTC, cable companies, and Canadian broadcasters Monday afternoon at an ACTRA-organized rally on Parliament Hill.

Actors from shows such as Little Mosque on the Prairie, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Beachcombers, and Kids in the Hall called on the federal regulator to put Canadian programming first by “ending the free-ride” for big cable and private broadcasters.

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According to ACTRA, last year broadcasters spent some $740 million on U.S. and foreign programming and just $54 million on Canadian English-language drama.

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Degrassi, The Next Generation star Samantha Munro said her younger brother’s favourite show was Corner Gas and that she grew up watching Mr. Rogers and Kids in the Hall. Jamie Johnston, who plays Peter in Degrassi, said Canada should be selling its programming to the U.S., not the other way around.

“Now more than ever, we need to show what Canadians can do,” added Degrassi star Dalmar Abuzeid.

Canada, I don't know how to tell you this, but your television programs suck shit. That why even Canadian TV channels prefer to show American content. The following table will demonstrate:

High Quality American TV Programs of the Last 20 Years High Quality Canadian TV Programs of the Last 20 Years
  • 30 Rock
  • Action
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • CSI
  • Cheers
  • Chapelle Show
  • The Cosby Show
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • The Daily Show
  • Deadliest Catch
  • Family Guy
  • Fairly OddParents
  • Firefly
  • Fraiser
  • Futurama
  • House
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • The Larry Sanders Show
  • Lost
  • Mr. Show with Bob and Dave
  • My So Called Life
  • The Office
  • Rescue Me
  • Roseanne
  • Seinfeld
  • The Simpsons
  • The Sopranos
  • South Park
  • The West Wing
  • The Wire
  • The X-Files

[list truncated due to space constraints (on the internet)]

  • Kids in the Hall
  • Pelswick
  • The Red Green Show

Also, Mr. Rogers is an American show, dumbass. I sent a tweet to Samantha Munro (Anya) calling her out on that. She tweeted back that it was Charlotte Arnold (Holly J) who said that, not her. I guess the Canadian reporter doesn't even care enough about Canadian TV.

The new students of 'Degrassi' fail in high school drama

I don’t know what it was about the high school drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation” that reeled me in. Maybe it was the insane story lines, maybe it was J.T. Yorke’s cracks about bacon-flavored condoms, or maybe it was the funny way Canadians say “sorry.”

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However, the past few seasons have been pretty weak with the original kids going off to college and the introduction of a new high school class.

The latest season, nine, is just flat-out awful.

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These new kids are just unwatchable [and] seemed to be thrown upon us all at once, which doesn’t give any of them time to integrate into the continuing story and develop into interesting characters....The worst part about the new season, though, is the writing.

My God, I think I've found my sole mate.

The story lines are worse than Emma’s dolphin jeans.

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Seventeen Interviews Sam Earle (KC)

10. What's your favorite Web site?
I think lately "Boycott the Caf," which is a Web site that makes fun of Degrassi in a loving way. It's very entertaining. It can be completely over the top and cross the line sometimes, but I think sometimes it's even more fun reading people parodying you rather than complimenting you. You need a balance.

I'm not sure I make fun of the show "in a loving way." At least not for a few years and certainly not since this kitten has been on it. I've kind of grown to hate the show.

by Billie Green