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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #75 on: Dec 19, 2006, 11:04 PM »
I have to say I'm thrilled that Degrassi The Next Generation is back and it is back with a vengeance!  What with the back to back episodes 2 weeks in a row! 

It was chosen in this thread, or at least the Degrassi series was, as the best Canadian show of the last 20 years.


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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #76 on: Jan 04, 2007, 08:11 AM »
'Little Mosque on the Prairie' = big laughs?


TORONTO, Ontario (Hollywood Reporter) -- "Little Mosque on the Prairie," a Canadian sitcom that debuts Tuesday, January 9, depicts immigrant Muslims bumping up against white locals in rural Saskatchewan.

Zarqa Nawaz, creator and writer of the groundbreaking show, insists she's an equal-opportunity satirist taking dead-aim at both Muslim and Canadian stereotypes in a post-September 11 world.

"I expect both groups will be wondering if the other finds the showexternal link funny," says Nawaz.

There are predictable jokes about Muslim beliefs clashing with Canadian traditions. In one scene, a father wearing a kufi, or a knitted cap worn by devout Muslims, protests that his Canadian-born daughter wearing a revealing tank top looks "like a Protestant."

"Don't you mean prostitute?" the daughter asks.

"No, I meant a Protestant," the father replies.

In another scene, a young man of Middle Eastern origins with a Canadian accent is heard in an airport check-in line telling his mother via cell phone that his father shouldn't think his choosing to stop being a Toronto lawyer to become an imam in Saskatchewan amounts to career "suicide."

"This is Allah's plan for me," the young man says in passing, before an arresting cop appears suddenly and tells the surprised lawyer that he won't be making that appointment in Paradise.

Nawaz, a British-born Muslim and mother of four who settled on the Prairies with her family a decade ago, downplays the idea that the homegrown comedy may spark widespread controversy.

She insists her comedy springs from a relatively uneventful life in multicultural North America, unlike Europe, for example, where relations between Muslims and the wider Christian community are often a powder keg.

"North America should be the first place where a comedy like this would come about, where Muslims can be comfortable in their own skin and questions of Canadian identity can produce a sitcom," she says.

To ensure it doesn't cause unforeseen offense with "Little Mosque on the Prairie," the government-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) has hired an independent Muslim-Canadian consultant to comb through the sitcom's creative elements and suggest possible alterations.

Kirstine Layfield, CBC executive director of network programming, says recent preview screenings with select Muslim audiences elicited encouraging results -- laughter.

"Just doing the series is a risk in itself, but one the public broadcaster should take on if we're to help communicate authenticity of living in Canada," Layfield adds.

Mary Darling, one of three executive producers shopping the Canadian comedy stateside, says a U.S. airing may help break down barriers between faith communities.

"It won't do any harm, and maybe it can do some good," she says.
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #77 on: Jan 08, 2007, 12:10 AM »
Yeah , I'm looking foreward to that one SMG .

I saw Rent A Goalie tonight , after TPB . Looks like I'll check it out again , as it seems worthy.
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #78 on: Jan 08, 2007, 07:16 AM »
yeah, I liked rentagoalie the two episodes I've seen.  Looks like it'd be good with a few seasons under it's belt, like the TPB.  Hopefully the canadian movie/tele people put some support into these new shows.
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #79 on: Jan 14, 2007, 08:47 PM »
Well I just finished watching the last episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation.  I missed it but heard on their promos the eps are available on broadband on their site.  So apparently anyone outside Canada can check it out it they desire, www.ctv.ca

So I tried with IE I went to the site clicked what I thought were the right buttons but nothing happened.  So I figured I’d try FF, see if that was any better.  First though I’m told I had to download the latest version of FF.  After that was done I was told I had to download the latest Active X for media player.  So I did that and only got the audio.  So I went back to IE and yes this time it worked, perhaps the new active X thing was all that was missing. 

Lard tunderin!

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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #80 on: Jan 14, 2007, 08:55 PM »
Shake, is the series ending? I didn't follow Degrassi TNG, & I thought that it was still in it's prime.
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #81 on: Jan 14, 2007, 08:59 PM »
Oh ok I see what happened I wrote I just saw the last episode of Degrassi, what I should have said was the "latest" episode.  The latest episode caused me all that damn frustration not the last episode.  Hopefully it will be around for awhile.

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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #82 on: Jan 14, 2007, 09:12 PM »
I hired out every episode of Degrassi during my holidays..

There's an episode (I think in the second series.. not sure) where Wheels is wearing and old Victorian Football League, Australian Rules football guernsey.. Footscray Bulldogs, here in Melbourne (now known as Western Bulldogs). Made me feel warm and fuzzy.

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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #83 on: Jan 14, 2007, 09:25 PM »
I hired out every episode of Degrassi during my holidays..


Lard tunderin' that is dedication!

Yous are in for a treat ladies and germs through the miracle of youtube, one of the most brilliant pieces of comedy ever made.  From SCTV s spoof of the British punk rock movement, and, more specifically the Sex Pistols “God Save the Queen”.  The great Martin Short on vocals, Eugene Levy on guitar, and the late great John Candy on drums. 

What makes it even more brilliant is that it's is a fucking kickass tune, one of the best punk rock songs ever written!

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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #84 on: Jan 14, 2007, 09:33 PM »
Shake, that's so funny! I was at a friend's yesterday & we were looking up old Sesame Street cartoons & skits on YouTube & somehow we came across that clip from Mel's Rock Pile! I think I we came across it because I was looking for a clip of Melba the Disco Queen who appeared on Mel's Rock Pile, but I didn't find anything.

'I hate the bloody queen!'

P.S. Stoney, I got Degrassi Jr High season 2 for Xmas & watched all the shows within a couple of days & had to go out to get the season 3 of Jr High. I can't wait until Degrassi High comes out on DVD! MmmmmSnake. ;)
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #85 on: Jan 28, 2007, 09:50 PM »
Ha yeah I remember Melba the Disco Queen.

Good news Showcase is airing The Newsroom!  If you like The Office, you will like The Newsroom, and remember The Newsroom came first.

http://www.showcase.ca/ontv/titledetails.aspx?titleid=24867

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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #86 on: Jan 29, 2007, 03:40 AM »
Shake, that's so funny! I was at a friend's yesterday & we were looking up old Sesame Street cartoons & skits on YouTube & somehow we came across that clip from Mel's Rock Pile! I think I we came across it because I was looking for a clip of Melba the Disco Queen who appeared on Mel's Rock Pile, but I didn't find anything.

'I hate the bloody queen!'

P.S. Stoney, I got Degrassi Jr High season 2 for Xmas & watched all the shows within a couple of days & had to go out to get the season 3 of Jr High. I can't wait until Degrassi High comes out on DVD! MmmmmSnake. ;)

Yeah! I got to the end of season 3 and realised that I needed more! But I have a therapy group and a sponsor now..  :P He's only a phonecall away if I feel weak at any time..BUT look out for that football guernsey.. blue, red & white.. Can I have witness?!?!
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #87 on: Jan 29, 2007, 07:01 AM »
Should I be shot since I recently enjoyed a Corner Gas rerun?
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #88 on: Feb 19, 2007, 10:19 AM »
Ha ha no SMG Corner Gas is aiight.

So I watched Brain Candy, the Kids in the Hall movie recently.  I saw this when it first came out and hardly remembered it.  I watched it again and really liked it, found it really funny.  Also I thought that the big boss man of the company sort of reminded me of Dr.  Evil.  Then I remembered that Dr. Evil’s mannerisms and voice were inspired by Lorne Michaels.  Michaels also produced Kids in the Hall.  So I did a search and found out that yes McKinney based his character on Micheals’ mannerisms and voice.  Remember Brain Candy came out before “Austin Powers”.  I always thought Dr.  Evil was the funniest part of that show.  Lorne Michaels has contributed so much to comedy  :)

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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #89 on: Feb 19, 2007, 07:07 PM »
I recently saw the 1st season of "Slings & Arrows" - picked it up for $2 at the local library's book sale. Not the best show but definitely worth the investment. I would think that theater types would relate to it best, but it was entertaining enough to hold my interest to the end, and make me want to see the next season (which I suspect I'll have to pay a bit more for!). Don McKellar was in a couple episodes and he is a genius.
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #90 on: Apr 09, 2008, 09:44 PM »
I'm super excited! The Kids in the Hall are doing a tour & I've got tickets for their show at the Seneca Casino in Niagara Falls, NY!! I think this deserves a dancing banana or two:

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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #91 on: Apr 27, 2008, 03:28 PM »
I highly recommend Twitch City.  It was a pretty ahead of it's time (very oddball) show and sadly I think it only lasted two seasons.  I just checked and miracle of miracles it's on DVD.  I'll be ordering that soon.
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #92 on: Apr 27, 2008, 05:17 PM »
Should I be shot since I recently enjoyed a Corner Gas rerun?

Stabbed in the ass with a 12" rusty knife actually...

I actually like some of their episodes, my wife hates it!
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Re: What else should i watch ?
« Reply #93 on: Nov 21, 2008, 07:34 PM »
This is a great list.

Might I add Men with Brooms and Paschendale, both directed by and starring Paul Gross.

and The Littlest Hobo

Which, by the way, does anyone else note the resemblance between Mike Clattenburg and Paul Gross?


I'm surprised that no one has thought of....

The Red-Green Show!  (I mean come on.. thats funny.)
Or how about Chilly Beach!  (It easily gives the Simpsons a run for their money.)
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Then there are great Canadien shows that aren't necessarily comedy related.

La Femme Nakita
Forever Knight.
Due South
This is Wonderland
DaVinci's inquest.
Women in Prison
To Catch a thief.
Tech Wars
Degrassi
Night Heat
Cold Squad
Neon Rider
Beach Combers.
The Rez.

Movies:
Strange Brew  (Tell me this isn't funny)
Videodrome
Agnes of God
Jesus of Montreal
Dance Me Outside
Les Boys 1, 2 and 3  (Again tell me this isn't funny)
Whale Music
The Grey Fox
Fly away home

Man I can compile an entire list of some really great stuff.  Hell compared to the rest of the world.... We produce alot and some of the most origional and best stuff out there.

Not trying to Flame... but if there is one thing I have noticed and that is Canadiens have an blooming inferiorty complex about our televions shows and entertainment.  

There is only apx 30 million of us compared to almost 300 million americans.  Thier shows can suck worse than some of ours but they manufacture sooooo much of them that we get flooded with cheap programs that have a ton of hype and promotion behind them.  (Like American Idol.... Cheap to make and gets an entire nation voting for who is the best karaoke singer.)

It transfers to the music industry too.  When I lived in L.A. I can't tell you how many people were convinced that Niel Young, Lover Boy and Nickelback are american.  Why? because we won't admit that we can make good shit!

And don't forget we are responsible for some awsome cartoons too.  Hell Mainframe from B.C did the newest Transformers saga "Beast Wars." And although Astroboy was campy, telefilm made some cool crap too.

As for L.A. and the american entertainment industry down there.  There are over 600k Canadiens in Los Angeles and that makes L.A. our 5th largest city.  We dominate a major part of their industry.  

Even on my side of the entertainment coin we are well represented and most of the top male performers are Canadien.

I was in the nexus of Television and movie central and I spent many many many night flipping through over a 100 channels of NOTHING but crap.  I was ready to blow up my TV if I was going to be forced to watch one more stupid american family sitcom like Full House.

I say again, the american product is not any better than ours... It's just marketed like a McDonalds Big Mac hamburger.  

"You get a whole lot of empty calories with sweet sauce to help ease the grease past your taste buds.  It's flavour is far from  that of a good old fashion backyard barbque banquet-burger with all the toppings.  It is mass produced, easy to get and the advertising is there to tell you to believe it is better than any other burger you can have.   And it tastes the same every friggin time regardless if you buy in Calgary or Portland."

For me.... No thank you, I don't want something that can only promise me a triple heart bypass from clogged arteries.  I want something I can sink my teeth into and lick my lips in satisfaction.

If you ask me and no one has.  In the entertainment industry it is high time we stop trying to get the American seal of approval before we consider ourselves good.
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #94 on: Nov 23, 2008, 04:45 PM »
You can add "Foolproof" and "Bon Cop, Bad Cop" to the list.  Also, Foolproof is a poster in TPB movie - in the cinema where they do the big dirty and in "The Littlest Hobo" is also scene on Ricky's TV in season 3.
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #95 on: Nov 23, 2008, 05:20 PM »
I've been watching testees which is think is from Canada.  REally funny show.

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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #96 on: Nov 23, 2008, 06:29 PM »
Lately I've been watching North of 60. A decent show , plus one of my wife's students dads was a castmember , and another guy who lives in my hometown as well.

Another , with lots of TPB connections, is Black Harbor. It's shown daily here , in the morning. Takes place in Nova Scotia. John Dunsworth is the Halifax casting director , and Barry Dunn plays a nasty gangster. I was chatting with Sarah D last night , and mentioned the show , turns out she was the assistant director for 3 years , plus had some bit parts!!
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #97 on: Nov 23, 2008, 06:42 PM »
Yeah I used to watch Black Harbour when it was on, that show seemed to get better every year.  Yeah Barrie Dunn played a real badass!  I remember Sarah saying she was good friends with the girl in the show as well.

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« Reply #98 on: Nov 23, 2008, 06:59 PM »
Yeah , she said that Melanie Foley, who plays Tasha was her roommate for years... 8)
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Re: What other Canadian shows should I watch ?
« Reply #99 on: Apr 30, 2009, 08:35 AM »
Great news!!!  One of the funniest shows ever is now available on DVD!  This show was shot here in Ottawa and was on The Comedy Network but hardly anyone knows about it.

Butch Patterson, Private Dick

TPB fans should really like this show, I highly recommend it!

You can get it here

http://expressmedia.ca/store/index.php?cPath=21_34

I posted this link before but here it is again

http://www.angelfire.com/on2/bpatterson/