|Don Draper can see us. Can we see him?|
Wrote a feature for The Canadian Press this week on American shows Canadians have read or heard about but have a hard time finding. Mad Men's not a great example--any basic plus cable package gets you AMC--but plenty of viewers who have read or heard about shows like Men of a Certain Age or Party Down may not realize they are available on way-up-in-the-300s Super Channel (channels 334-340 on Rogers in Brampton). Other shows just aren't available here yet at all, like Burn Notice (coming to Showcase in September), Louie (comedian Louis C.K.'s edgy new FX comedy) or Covert Affairs, a spy drama shot right on the streets of Toronto. These shows are all on the radar screens of Canadian show buyers, but for whatever reason--price, timing, potential ratings--they either haven't been picked up or simply haven't been announced.
The upcoming Television Critics Association press tour, which begins Tuesday in Los Angeles (check this site daily for reports and updates), will present a whole new crop of American cable fare to reporters. Every year, there are always a handful that never make the Canadian cut. Some of that is a very good thing (not getting some E! programming now is undeniably one of the cultural advantages of living in Canada), and some of that is a shame.
Fans of Damages may have read that Emmy-winning series starring Glenn Close has jumped from FX to DirecTV in the States. The good news is that Showcase, which carries it in Canada and buys it directly from Sony TV International, will keep right on offering it.
Read more about these Yankee dawdlers here.