Lessons From the Writer's Strike - The Good

By Bryanna Brown

Despite the losses, Canadian production companies managed to find benefits from the writers’ strike.

Courtesy shot, Illustration by Laura Cicchirillo

For the first time in 10 years, American networks have picked up Canadian television series. CBS has picked up 13 episodes of Flashpoint, a new one-hour police drama, which was given the go ahead by CTV in December, says Scott Henderson, CTV spokesperson. “Flashpoint will become the first Canadian series since CTV’s Due
South in 1994 to air in network prime time in both Canada and the United States,” says Henderson. CBS isn’t the only American network to get its hands on Canadian talent. ABC is also interested in Canadian productions and chose Sophie, an English comedy produced entirely by francophones. Jeff Keay, CBC media spokesperson, has hopes for the new comedy about a busy career woman who deals with everything from cheating partners to single mother parenting.

 “Sophie has been picked up by ABC and has already gained just over 634,000 viewers in the United States,” he says.

Keay says this is no small feat for Canadian television. NBC chose a fantasy drama called The Listener to get in on the Canadian action.

“NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the one-hour drama series, which was shown by CTV last December,” says Henderson. “It’s been incredible,” says Susanne Boyce, president of creative content and channels of CTV. “Canadian television stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best content in the world.”

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