OTW: Canadian shows that cry out for reruns

Welcome to Open Thread Weekends™, a feature the new and improved Tea Makers hereby introduces. We come up with a topic that isn’t quite soft news and isn’t all that hugely contentious, then open the floor for discussion. Sort of what Inside the CBC tries to do, but full-assedly instead of half-assedly.

This week’s topic: CBC Television loves to air reruns in the early-overnight slot. Things like Kenny vs. Spenny and Fashion File. But despite lax requirements that literally decimated CanCon output, the Privates have still managed to put a few shows together that deserve a second window, or a third window. Plus there’s the old CBC library.

What I’ve got in mind here is the late-’90s Zed feel: “CBC gets cool after midnight.” They don’t necessarily have to be cult shows or whatever, just something you wouldn’t mind watching while you put off going to bed, or wouldn’t mind TiVoing (or otherwise recording via your hideous white-label DVRs).

Only rule? Gotta be Canadian. No Project Runway or Mythbuthterth or Top Gear. All of which I like, actually.

I can think of a couple:

  1. Cock’d Gunns: The producers once called 22 Minutes and Red Green “heavily-funded CBC programs.” Showcase buried this lightning-fast, supertight miniseries last winter. I couldn’t believe how good it was. Smart, even. And, in the British style, it ended, just like that, after six episodes. Spawn of Hard Core Logo?
  2. The Star Lost (DVD): Not quite the worst Canadian science-fiction series. The scenario it conjures up is Baton Broadcasting sitting through a pitch for Silent Running, then cloning it on a budget of a hundred bucks an episode. Is “camp value” such a bad thing here? And while we’re at it, can we decide if the title is two words or three? (The episode guide calls it The Starlost.)

Others? Free soyaccino to the first person who can make a credible case for The Trouble with Tracy.

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous
    Posted August 26, 2009 at 7:17 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Supermarket Sweep!

  2. Anonymous
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 8:50 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Razzle Dazzle, The Forest Rangers… Juliette!!!
    Come on, if we’re going retro, let’s go all the way.
    Front Page Challenge stands up remarkably well.

  3. Fake Ouimetjoined April 10, 2009
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 10:03 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Prisoners of Gravity. Wojeck (again â€Â I know they reran this one already, but I didn’t get the show at the time).

  4. anonymous
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 1:31 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Pitfall with Alex Trebek

  5. Anonymous
    Posted August 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Madison

    • Fake Ouimetjoined April 10, 2009
      Posted August 24, 2009 at 12:59 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      No! Northwood. Check and mate.

  6. Fake Ouimetjoined April 10, 2009
    Posted August 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I know I talk about this one so much it sounds like grandfatherly nostalgia, but: Big Life.

    Also: Seeing Things? +1.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted August 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    “Seeing Things” and “Kids in the Hall”…Maybe “Chez Helen” if they got all”adult’swim” with (fake) sub-titles.

  8. continued
    Posted August 21, 2009 at 10:26 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece
  9. Anonymous
    Posted August 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Night Moves.

    • Fake Ouimetjoined April 10, 2009
      Posted August 22, 2009 at 12:13 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      OMG I was thinking of Night Moves OMG

  10. Anonymous
    Posted August 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    “The City” from CTV, I miss that show that nobody probably remembers. Plus it’s got Robin Brule!


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