Never mind Canadian TV, let’s just watch the U.S. fall apart

Yes, there’s undoubtedly a link between Netflix hiking its monthly charges and the business’s commitment to invest $100-million annually on Canadian-made TV. If you’re annoyed with the rate increase, your best bet is to take it up with Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly. Apparently she is tight with Netflix.

At exactly the exact same time, something is awry with Canadian TV. The majority of it is getting killed in the ratings. It is a not a low-impact circumstance. It’s a no-impact circumstance.

Throughout CBC’s current “premiere week,” when heavily promoted new and returning shows aired, the amounts were shockingly bad. (These will be the quick overnight ratings. PVR and online viewing consistently adds more audiences, but instantly numbers tell us a great deal about effect.) A new Murdoch Mysteries attracted 978,000 viewers. Alias Grace had 442,000. Rick Mercer Report and This Hour Has 22 Minutes both had 591,000. Kim’s Convenience had 516,000, Mr. D had 227,000 and Dragons’ Den had 590,000.

By comparison, Survivor on Global had 1.84 million, Seal Team, also on Global, had 1.53 million. On CTV, Criminal Minds got 1.2 million and Designated Survivor had 1.03 million. The really big U.S. displays did even better, The Big Bang Theory on CTV had 2.95 million, and spinoff Young Sheldon had 2.55 million.

The reasons for the minimal attention to Canadian string are many and complex. It’s partially the subject of regular escapism and familiarity. But it’s also about our increasing, extreme fascination with the drama which is the United States right now. We’re watching, transfixed, as a nation tears itself apart.

The standout figures in the list of evaluations numbers are those for Seal Team. It is a CBS show, part of a trio of community army dramas flying the flag of American patriotism this year, along with NBC’s The Brave and the CW’s Valor. All three are fair melodramas, but Seal Team, about a group of Navy Seals who carry out secret missions against terrorists, is the one which has actual angst. It really has scenes of depression as the figures wonder if they are doing the right thing and resent the USA at a morally righteous way.

This TV season, more than ever, traditional TV’s content is steeped in the here and now of Trump’s America. Canadians watch, frequently gobsmacked, as divisiveness reaches even the most benign areas in amusement. The new version of Will amp Grace, for example, puts Trump’s family front and center as the focus of jokes.

And three, count ’em, three, flag-waving dramas. Incidentally, NBC’s The Brave had, until just before it was introduced, the name For God and Country.

The drama that’s American divisiveness reaches into late-night with a ferocity that’s entirely new. Another day I was telling you that Jimmy Kimmel is the most dangerous comedian in america, together with his scathing attacks on the planned new health-care bill. He probably helped scupper it, ultimately. And his change, from jokester to national spokesman for the mad, keeps on going. Following the dreadful mass shooting in Las Vegas, Kimmel left all joking in his monologue and wept openly as he mourned the loss of life and raged at politicians lacking the guts to act on gun-control laws. He pointed his finger with a range of photos of politicians that he deemed directly accountable.

Now, the late-night talk show hosts all behave as sort-of grief counsellors. Or, as The Hollywood Reporter called them “anger translators{}”

It is Kimmel that is emblematic, though. Long steeped in the tomfoolery of ordinary comedy, he’s got an almost outsider’s take in the Trump age, as though he had just arrived in this stadium and found himself mad, not able to hold back. He’s Donald Trump’s most blunt scold. One recent night, he went after the information that Russian-bought Facebook advertisements targeted key states in last year’s election.

This is the way he ended his monologue. “Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators are attempting to determine if Russia received any aid from Trump or his staff about where to put those ads. Needless to say, for that to be true, Trump would have to have the ability to find Wisconsin on a map, which he probably can’t.

“But if Trump was involved or not? It is a diabolical plot, it really is. I need to say, you know, these Russians, perhaps we should just let the Russians take over because they are excellent at what they do. At this time, how much worse is it?”

It has come to the stage where Kimmel is the national conscience of america. It’s that crazy. It is why Canadian TV takes second place to what emanates daily in america on TV. Now more than ever.

If you would like more escapism, try Netflix, but I will cost you more nowadays.

Courtesy: The Globe And Mail

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