Schitt's Creek concludes its 3rd season on Pop TV tonight. Canadians and select Americans got the season finale last night on CBC. Schitt's Creek has been renewed for a 4th season on CBC and Pop TV. Though the Pop TV viewers struggle to get the show in HD, having the 3rd season in sync has been an absolute joy. In past years, CBC promos would talk about an episode that would air weeks later in the United States.
The show has clearly let the characters grow within the premise of living in this town. The show is character-driven and those characters get to stretch. Stevie doesn't have the laid-back experience of previous seasons. Moira has found the city council has opportunities. David is taking over the general store and maybe finding love. Alexis is back in high school. Johnny has been helping/bugging Stevie in running the motel.
Season 4 has great potential, though Americans still want that HD feed.
X Company reached its series finale on March 15. The program ended after 3 seasons on the CBC. The show, based in the real-life Camp X in between Whitby and Oshawa, Ontario. The camp trained covert agents in the methods required for success in clandestine operations. The camp even included Americans before the U.S. officially got onto WWII. A similar camp in the United States was built after the Americans got into the war; Camp X was the inspiration for that camp.
The program was shown in a number of countries. The Canadian-Hungarian production was shown in France, Latin America, Japan, Turkey, Iceland, the Middle East, Greece, Slovenia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. A spy thriller with young, good-looking actors involving World War II in English; Americans wouldn't watch something like that. #sarcasm
We also had a soft spot for this show since Évelyne Brochu was one of the stars. Her shooting schedule, often in Hungary, reduced her Orphan Black appearances in recent seasons. There shouldn't have been any conflicts with Brochu in Season 5 of Orphan Black.
Speaking of Orphan Black, the final season debuts June 10 on Space in Canada and BBC America in the United States.
We already know that This Life is done after 2 seasons on CBC. The show was adapted from Radio Canada’s Nouvelle Adresse and set in Montréal. The French language version is still on the air, also having started a year before the English language version.
19-2 will have its final season on Bravo this summer.
Saving Hope on CTV is also not coming back. The show ran 5 seasons on CTV and will have its series finale later this spring. NBC carried the first season of the show, though the network only ran 11 of the 13 episodes in that season. Season 5 is currently running on Ion Television in the United States.
What Would Sal Do? is getting a second life on Crave TV after Bell Media rescued the program from SuperChannel.
We would need a therapist to figure out whether Michael: Every Day was an aberration or will the show see new life beyond the 6 episodes this season. The Sunday night timeslot didn't seem a good fit. Even if the show is reduced to a summer series, the program deserves a spot to continue.
The deal with the new Anne series on CBC is that the show will run on Netflix. We know the Netflix debut is May 12 and will be available globally.
CBC has aired 4 of the 8 episodes on Sunday nights. The Stanley Cup playoffs may push off the rest of the schedule a bit.
We've been hearing good things about the adaptation. Moira Walley-Beckett had a track record that would take Anne in a new direction: she worked as a writer and producer on Breaking Bad and created the drama Flesh and Bone.
When I told people I was traveling to Prince Edward Island, I heard a lot of memories of Anne of Green Gables. I hope the U.S. audience takes advantage to see this update on a classic.
We have bemoaned the lack of a late-night Canadian talk show on Canadian television. One thing missing on both sides of the border is a late-night show that doesn't bow down to the latest project by the artist. But we may have found something that is pretty close on both accounts, even if that isn't on television.
Steve Patterson is the host of the The Smartass-ociates streaming online through the CBC Web site. The show involves experts matched up with comics and they discuss various topics with Patterson as the moderator.
There is an appetite for relevant and funny late night content on Canadian TV. If online is the place for experimentation, let's see what kind of talent is out there.
photos credit: Schitt's Creek/X Company/Anne/CBC