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So much for pride in Canadian television. Shaw has dropped their show The Firm to make room for some really fucked up show about a cop who doesn’t know what is real and what is in his head. It has Tim Minear as a consulting producer so it has promise. Despite being a Tim Minear junkie i love getting my weekly Josh Lucas fix and Josh trumps Tim.
Shaw used to be very pro-Canadian but it seems they have gone pro-American these days. NBC gets rid of The Firm and it has a belated parting from Global too. Bell loves to be the bitch of whatever US network is broadcasting a Canadian show and now Shaw is too. Disappointed.
The ratings took a megagiganticmassive hit with episode seven. Duh. Media everywhere was reporting the show was dead and being moved to Saturdays. Did you see any mention that in Canada it was still on Thursdays on Global? Nope, none, not a single bit. Rather than tell their audience that the show was NOT moving to Saturdays in Canada Shaw decided to leave it to American media to inform Canadians. And that had zero percent accuracy and benefit.
Tonight’s Law & Order : LA carried a viewer warning on CTV that due to recent events the subject matter may be upsetting to some viewers. This makes it two weeks in a row for a warning attached to the new LOLA. Last week’s episode was inspired by the shooting of the Senator and her audience in Arizona early this year. The NBC station where the shooting happened refused to broadcast the episode. Tonight the warning on CTV is due to the forest fire which consumed about 1/3 of the buildings in the rural town of Slave Lake, Alberta. At one point there was concurrent mandatory evacuation of the town and all roads and air space closed, trapping the 6000+ residents.
While those most connected to the inspiring real-world events are not likely to watch it is these kinds of stories which made for the best of the LONY episodes and which bring in the audience that NBC and Dick Wolf were used to getting. That had been rather lacking in the LOLA episodes even though they have been inspired by less well known crimes.
Tonight also marks the second part of the return of Bradley Whitford, best known here as Detective Dan Stark on The Good Guys, to broadcast television. His hair has been cut and the mustache is gone but he is still an amazing actor. He plays the defence lawyer. It is reminiscent of his character on The West Wing. The first part of his return to broadcast television is in the role that came up in the schedule a few days ago. In the season finale of The Mentalist it is revealed that Bradley Whitford is Red John. Hopefully this isn’t too much of a spoiler since the episode was on four nights ago. Bradley isn’t even named as a guest star in the opening credits so as to ensure maximum surprise though when the camera pans to include him in a wider shot of the scene you kind of know that the man over there is more than just an extra.
Next week LOLA gets even more interesting as Detective Winters somehow returns from the dead and Morales goes back to being a DDA and Connie is still in New York.
The cedars of Lebanon couldn’t build a fortress strong enough to save Detroit 1-8-7 from gunned down. At least it had a proper ending. As a contained 18 episode story it was the most brilliant police mystery drama in many years.
Of all cop shows made on location the only that remain alive are CTV’s Flashpoint, which stars season 4 on 17 June, Global’s rookie blue, which starts season 2 on 16 June, and TNT’s Memphis Beat. The fate of CTV’s The Listener is presently undecided but not looking good while Showcase’s king is half way through its 8 episode first season and its ratings are actually pretty good for basic cable in Canada. Shattered, The Good Guys, Chase, and The Chicago Code are all done or ending shortly.
ABC’s most interesting potential show is one that has not yet been confirmed either way. POE. A period mystery drama in Boston with the famous Edgar Allen Poe in Boston. If you love Murdoch Mysteries then you would probably really enjoy this show. Writer solving crime. Remind anyone of the famous fictional Richard Castle. There is word going around that Poe is already dead. For now i shall be overly optimistic.
Other ABC cancellations of the day are V, No Ordinary Family, Brothers & Sisters, Off The Map, and Matthew Perry’s odd but brilliant comedy Mr Sunshine. Hope ABC shows the remaining episodes of Mr Sunshine. ~hugs~ The writing has been on the wall for V for some time now.
Word broke a few hours ago that the studio space in Highland Park, Detroit used by ABC for filming of Detroit 1-8-7 has been vacated. There is also the looming promise that state tax breaks will be disappearing for the film industry in Michigan. To that add the less-than-impressive ratings and a Sunday night season finale after some reality crap show for a Tuesday night crime drama and you begin to have the big picture come in to focus. Though not officially cancelled one would need to be extremely ignorant to think there remains much chance for a second season. So far the only thing going in the show’s favour is that no cast members have so far signed on to do other projects.
This is somewhat like what happened in Dallas with The Good Guys in that word of the demise of the show trickled out via everyone save for the broadcaster. Filmed on location in Dallas. Filmed on location in Detroit. Could Hollywood’s grand experiment with filming tv shows on location rather than Santa Clarita go bust? Of the cop shows filmed on location to premiere since May 2010 The Good Guys, Chase, and Shattered are all but officially cancelled. Detroit 1-8-7 has the tiniest of threads it is hanging on by. The Chicago Code is in the middle of its first season but even now there is uncertainty about it being back for round two. The new-comer in Canada last month is Endgame but it is more like Sherlock than NYPD Blue. Only Memphis Beat and rookie blue have so far secured sophomore seasons and rookie blue doesn’t count since it is not an American show. And Memphis Beat is mostly filmed in Louisiana not Tennessee.
This past summer through this mid-season has seen a rather unconventionally high number of new shows that have been filmed on location. This is of course excluding the likes of Law & Order Los Angeles. There have been cop shows since the early days of television. Every fan of CSI, CHiPS, The Mentalist, 24, and Detroit 1-8-7 owe their gratitude to the man behind and in front of the microphones and later cameras of Dragnet.
Filming on location is not that uncommon for shows set in Los Angeles or New York. Even sometimes New Jersey or New Hampshire is close enough to film on location. Still, they don’t come along that often. In the last year there have been seven new cop shows (six network and one cable) filmed on location in cities other than LA or NYC. This is an attempt to compare them. This site is named after a working title of The Good Guys, i am rather passionate about Canadian tv shows, i am a huge & long time fan of D.J. Cotrano, and Jennifer Beals is my ‘Mrs Robinson’. I have a bias to almost each show in some way. Read the rest of this entry »