John Doyle Nobody will watch TV out of patriotism

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Nobody will watch TV out of patriotism. They might want to see the heavily promoted drama Designated Survivor (coming to ABC and CTV) because Kiefer Sutherland is in it and he’s Canadian, but it’s not quite that simple. He’s a very famous Canadian, and the show sounds like a good thriller. That’s the gist. Nobody will watch a TV series to be patriotic and help claim our cultural identity.That’s a point worth remembering in the context of the current contretemps regarding Canadian content rules and changes made by the CRTC. A lot of wild talk about supporting Canadian talent has been thrown about, as if patriotism is involved in making and watching Canadian TV. Advertisement School’s back, night comes earlier and thoughts turn to television. That’s the way it works at this time of the year.Soon there will be an avalanche of new programs on networks, cable and all the platforms that have emerged in the last few years. A cornucopia with the usual numbers of duds. People will decide what to watch based on several factors. A favourite actor is involved; the new series has been promoted relentlessly with a clever trailer, a friend recommends it or, heaven help us, critical buzz based on reviews in the newspaper or magazine. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img

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