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All Isabelle wants for Festivus

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 18th 2007 1:23PM
JourneymanAh, Festivus! A time of year where we reflect on the months that have passed in TV land and what we would like to see happen in the future.

As you will see, my "All I want for Festivus" list is tainted by the fact I live in Canada. Since I know there are a lot of Canadians reading TV Squad, I decided to not remove these items from my list as I know I'm not the only one out there wanting them.

Without further ado, here is what I wish Festivus Claus will bring me this year!

I want...

Journeyman and Moonlight to get full seasons. In light of cancellation reports for Journeyman, I'm not expecting to find that gift under the Festivus tree. However, I still have a tiny light of hope. If the strike lasts too long to have a pilot season maybe NBC will go back on its decision to cancel this gem of a show? The future is brighter for Moonlight because CBS decided to keep the show on its winter schedule (while other more established shows like The Unit will not air in reruns). Let's hope these Moonlight reruns get more people addicted to the new vampire on the block and help CBS decide to order more Moonlight episodes. (P.S.: I'm not mentioning other series here because Santa already gave some gifts when he picked up Chuck and Pushing Daisies. He could, however, put Samantha Who? on his list.)

Networks to air all completed-before-cancellation-announcement episodes of any series before taking them off the air. Isn't it frustrating to have a series disappear from the schedule, especially when you know the network paid big bucks to produce episodes that will never see the light of a small screen. I don't care if they air those episodes at 2 a.m. but at least air them so we have some sort of closure or at least are rewarded for sticking with those new shows. (See series like Eyes, Reunion, Firefly, etc.)

The WGA strike to be over. Even if I support the strike, I want my shows back on TV ASAP. I'm going through withdrawals here and it's not a pretty sight! However, the upside is that I'm planning to watch reruns of series/episodes I didn't have time to watch this fall such as Dirty Sexy Money (my friends badly want me to give it a chance), Jorja Fox's final appearance on CSI, Numb3rs, and any cable shows that will make their way to a channel near me.

For FOX 44 programming staff to understand the error of their way and start airing The CW shows as they did for years and years. I wrote many emails to the programming department of my local FOX station when they decided to take all CW programming off their schedule earlier this fall and that AFTER starting to air new episodes! FOX 44 was my only legal way to watch the entire CW lineup because there is no CW station available in my area. Another great perk of having FOX air CW shows was that said series aired from 10 p.m. to midnight: a joy when trying to come up with a TV watchlist! Because of FOX 44's unannounced decision, I had to stop watching the The CW shows not carried by a Canadian-based station. When you are a TV addict, it's painful to lose a channel like that! Thanks to CTV, Global, Space, and CityTV for airing some of the CW's shows. The best gift Festivus could bring me though would be to add a The CW channel to what my cable-provider offers. Even if I'm giving an example that doesn't affect much people, I'm sure loads of people would like some networks to be added to their cable-provider lineups (FX? Showtime? USA?).

Network sites to add Canadians to the list of people who can watch streaming episodes online. It's frustrating to not be able to watch episodes online because you are not from the US, especially when you get the US stations on your TV and that you watch the US feed with the US commercials, etc. I know there are laws that probably forbid Canadians to watch that online content on a US site but still, it's frustrating!

TV on DVD to cost the same price (after exchange rate is applied) in Canada as it does in the U.S. It's cheaper for me to buy through Amazon.com instead of Amazon.ca, pay the exchange rate and pay the international shipping, than ordering through Amazon.ca. For example, on December 11, I compared how much it would cost to buy the third season of Lost on DVD and the second season of How I Met Your Mother. Via Amazon.ca, the total was of CAN$110.50, which included taxes and free shipping. Via Amazon.com, both DVDs plus international shipping roughly came up to CAN$70. That's about a $40 difference! Imagine if I didn't qualify for free shipping at Amazon.ca! I would prefer to buy in my own country but it's too pricy.

All TV Squad bloggers and readers to have a fantastic year!

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Didn't Festivus have a pole instead of a tree?

December 20 2007 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes! Save Journeyman!!! Such an awesome show that keeps getting better and better! You people are totally missing out on a smart show with great acting!
Im so sad it's going away because not enough people know about it!! NBC is making a huge mistake.

December 19 2007 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes we need to keep Journeyman around!!!! What a great show with wonderful acting and great WRITING, to you writers.

NBC keep Journeyman or you will lose two viewers of new shows as you will probably cancel those right as they get good.

December 19 2007 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am SOOOOOOOO with you on Journeyman.


December 18 2007 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike K

I've finally been catching up on Journeyman episodes I'd TiVoed and I'll be very disappointed if it gets canceled. It really picks up, and I can't wait to watch the last couple episodes I haven't gotten to yet.

December 18 2007 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow this is EXACTLY what happened to me. I live in Montreal so my only access to Smallville for the past 7 years have always been with FOX44 so you can imagine how pissed i was that they decided to can the CW shows in favor of gossip shows like TMZ! I quickly emailed the station and got pretty much the same responses you did.

And since i'm also with Videotron's Illico service i don't have that special channel. And switching to Bell isn't an option since well.. they suck! :P

So now the only way i have of watching Supernatural, Reaper is on CityTv and i have to resort to downloading Smallville.

And i totally agree on having Canada being able to watch streaming episodes on the big networks websites.

The U.S really needs to realize how important of an audience Canada is for their shows and networks.

December 18 2007 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

If you have Illico (and if you have CityTV, I suspect you do unless it's on your basic cable? [it's not in Qc City]), Smallville airs on Sundays at 8 pm on Space, channel 70. It reruns at least once during the week. They show the episode that aired the previous Thursday on CW.

If we didn't have the US stations airing in our country, I would totally get why we couldn't watch streaming episodes online on the US websites. However, we watch THEIR feed (well, sometimes the Canadian feed goes over the US feed but still) and THEIR commercials, shouldn't we get some lovin' back? ;) Then again, since we don't count in their ratings, I guess we mean nothing!

December 18 2007 at 5:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Isabelle, I'm surprised that Videotron doesn't offer a US Superstations package even for digital cable. I know that Rogers and Shaw both do. In fact I can (and do) get the Superstations package (WPIX New York, WGN domestic Chicago, KTLA Los Angeles, WSBK Boston) as part of their "Digital Basic package" without having to buy the whichever version of the premium movie channels are available to you, something which Rogers and the two satellite providers both require you to do.

December 18 2007 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
5 replies to Brent McKee's comment

I totally agree! I stopped watching a lot of the cw shows when FOX stopped airing them, mostly because I coudn't watch them online either because I'm in Canada. And I also agree that cancelled show should have a chance to get an ending. I hate to invest myself in a story and never know how it ends...

December 18 2007 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

On the plus side, the Canadians get some shows BEFORE we in the US. I was able to watch Pushing Daisy a full day before the rest of the US. Lost was an hour earlier too.

And to relate to the this thread's topic. What about Fox's Drive? 3 episodes, then it's gone. I still want to know the point of the race. Yet some how Family Guy still lives. I just don't understand (sorry Family Guy fans)

I have thought there should be a network devoted to old shows. They can show failed pilots and cancelled shows.

I think people would watch, even if to see big stars in bad shows.

December 18 2007 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to D\'ster's comment
Isabelle Carreau

Indeed we get some series earlier. Pushing Daisies a day earlier, Gossip Girl a day earlier (if not two like yesterday), but we also get some series later like Smallville 3 days later.

As for Drive, I would love to watch the remaining episodes. In the meantime, you can learn about what would have happened in those episodes in beyond in this article:

December 18 2007 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry but Drive is a terrible example. They showed tons and tons and tons of ads and no one watched it. Most of their shows they don't show any ads and then cancel it before people know it's on TV.

December 18 2007 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I also hate not being able to watch the shows online, and also sometimes they wont even let me watch some of the clips or behind the scenes.

I know Bell ExpessVu carries the CW, so thats an option to get your fix.

December 18 2007 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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