Saturday, December 6, 2008

Co-productions make a comeback

Cops will be chasing robbers and medics will be saving lives across North American television screens in 2009. What's new is that these dramas will unfold not only in New York and Los Angeles but also on the mean streets of Toronto.

Canadian TV drama has taken a beating in the past decade as broadcasters turned toward reality shows, which are cheaper to make, popular with audiences and – since a change in government regulations in 1999 – count toward Canadian-content credits. These days, however, there are signs the one-hour drama may be poised for a comeback, thanks in part to co-productions with American networks showing a willingness to air programs not set in the United States.

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