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The New Biopics: Undistinguished Canadians

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 29th 2010 5:02PM

On Sunday night, I watched 'Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story' on CBC because, as my beloved said, "We kind of have to, don't we?" I think he was thinking of my job as a Canadian TV columnist, our status as hockey fans or maybe he only meant there wasn't much else on.

But watch it we did (the first half anyway - the rest airs Monday March 29, 8 pm, CBC) and frankly, I thought it was pretty good, and I'm a little surprised about it.

CBC miniseries are not usually my cup of tea. The subjects are usually dead white guys who made Important Contributions to Our Country, which I always feel I'm supposed to know about already.

Don Cherry even agrees with me. "I feel like I should be dead," he said at a press conference for the series. "Don't they usually do these kinds of movies about dead people?"

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'Corner Gas's Nancy Robertson Returns to TV on 'Hiccups'

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Feb 26th 2010 9:09PM

'Corner Gas's Nancy Robertson just can't get away from working with her real-life husband and long-time co-star, Brent Butt. The two both star in the Butt-created sitcom 'Hiccups', with Robertson playing Millie Upton, a children's author with anger management issues, and Butt as her quirky life coach.

'Hiccups' also features Laura Soltis ('The Guard') as Millie's long-suffering publisher who has to deal with the fallout from her star author's frequent freak-outs, and David Ingram ('Doc') as Millie's sleazy agent.

We caught up with Robertson to chat about working with Butt again, her own Millie-esque moments and why she doesn't want Millie to have any love interests.

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'Corner Gas's Fred Ewanuick Returns to Prime Time

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Feb 23rd 2010 11:58PM

Fred Ewaniuck is probably best known as Hank, Brent's goofy sidekick on 'Corner Gas.' The affable actor is now ready to shed his sidekick status and step into a leading role as the title character in the new CTV comedy 'Dan for Mayor.' The show takes Ewaniuck to a new fictional town - Wessex, Ont., where his character, Dan, blurts out to his ex-girlfriend that he's running for mayor. Rather than brushing his off-the-cuff comment off, Dan the slacker bartender decides to actually go for it, and begins actively campaigning. As expected, antics ensue.

'Dan for Mayor' is written by Mark Farrell, Paul Mather and Kevin White, who all worked with Ewanuick on 'Corner Gas.' It co-stars Mary Ashton ('Degrassi Goes Hollywood'), Paul Bates ('Welcome to Mooseport') and Benjamin Ayres ('jPod,' 'The Vampire Diaries'). It premieres on Monday, March 1 in a juicy timeslot leading into 'Two and a Half Men' and 'The Big Bang Theory,' along with 'Hiccups', which stars fellow 'Corner Gas' alumni Nancy Robertson and Brent Butt.

Filmed in Toronto and the Kitchener-Waterloo area, the show promises some good ol' Canadiana. Also, watch out for some cameos by real life mayors throughout the season, including Toronto's David Miller. AOL TV caught up with Ewanuick to chat about what it's like being a leading man, life after 'Corner Gas' and his not-so-secret passion, golf.

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Great Moments in Canadian TV 2000-2009

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 22nd 2009 11:14AM

10. CBC Gives 'The Tudors' Royal Treatment
By 2007, long-form historical dramas like 'Rome' and 'Elizabeth I' were established award winners, but incredibly expensive to produce. By joining a multi-national production alliance that includes Showtime in the US, CBC managed to get its claws into a Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning show, which in the US, has set some ratings records. Granted, 'The Tudors' has had a mixed critical reception, but it continues to do well with viewers.

9. Ron Rescued
In 2001, Ron MacLean was ready to leave his job at 'Hockey Night in Canada' and the CBC. When word leaked that the Ceeb wasn't willing to fulfill Ron's contract demands, Canadians revolted. Who else, they figured, would be able to contain Don Cherry to his allotted minutes on 'HNIC'? Public pressure resulted in a quick about-face from the broadcaster, and Ron is still safely ensconced to this day. And really, it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

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Canada's laugh reserves running dangerously low

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 4th 2009 8:14PM
The nation of Canada, as viewed through South ParkAmericans might be running out of money, steady jobs and patience, but Canadians are dealing with an equally depressing depletion.

And no, it's not beer. A shortage of Canadian beer would be a blessing, not a curse.

Variety reports that the land of milk and hockey is low on laughs because the CTV network hasn't produced a new hit sitcom that has won the nation's maple syrup pumping hearts.

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