As I point out, Rogers, which owns City and OMNI, hasn't exactly been providing a ton of screenwriting opportunities lately for Canadian writers. When I've raised this point in the past I've been assured by various network executives that the door is open and that the plan is to get into the Canadian content game.
Good to hear, but let's see some evidence, and not just with Canadian reality shows like Canada's Got Talent. There is growing evidence that, after a dozen years, the reality ride has eclipsed.
There's a great article in the New York Times by Bill Carter and Brian Stelter looking at the rise of scripted TV south of the border as we head deeper into the DVR/PVR/on-demand era. Modern Family and NCIS are suddenly the top two shows on television in terms of total Live+3 and especially Live+7 viewers. American Idol, not so much anymore.
There is also evidence this winter that Canadians actually like to watch Canadian scripted fare. Republic of Doyle, Bomb Girls, Arctic Air, Flashpoint and Rookie Blue have all drawn over a million viewers an episode or more this season.
So step up and show Canada's got talented screenwriters, Rogers. Read the full WGC article here.