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How to Make a TV Series More (and Less) Canadian:
Or, with apologies to George Carlin, “8 Canadian things you can’t say on TV”.
June 26, 2009)
(Added a postscript July 13)

Canadian Series on U.S. Networks:
Aberration…Wave of the Future…or Slippery Slope?
June 19, 2009

Heroes...and Compassion:
"Flashpoint" and the new "Star Trek"
May 18, 2009

RACE in Canadian Film & TV:
or: "I"m not a Nazi, but my best friend is."
May 1, 2009

How to Make a Successful Canadian Movie:
"One Week", Joshua Jackson, and a possible trend in Canadian film
Apr. 8, 2009

Good, Bad and Indifferent -- Looking Back at the TV Season:
From Flashpoint to Being Erica, Wild Roses to Soul (and Monsoon House, too!)
Apr. 1, 2009

President Obama:
Here comes the new boss...same as the old boss?
Mar. 4, 2009

Paul Gross' Passchendaele vs. Porky's:
Defining success and failure in Canadian film
Oct. 30, 2008

An Amorality Tale:
"The Border" and musings on the modern hero
Oct. 2, 2008

Demonstrating that "Old School" is still a good school!
Sept. 25, 2008

A Play by Play of MVP:
...why it's not quite scoring its goals
Feb. 25, 2008

Scab Labour or Savvy Opportunity:
...Canadian TV success at the striking WGA's expense?
Feb. 1, 2008

But What's Wrong with Being Pro-Canada:
...the other side of the equation
Jan. 30, 2008

...myth or malice?
Jan. 17, 2008

Marking "The Border":
...what's it trying to be?
Jan. 10, 2008
Added a post-script Jan. 15

But is "Intelligence"...Intelligent?:
...The anvil test and other theorems
Jan. 8, 2008

"Intelligence" and the Ratings:
...Conspiracies or fickle fate?
Dec. 30, 2007

Canadian Pride (in Canadian Film):
...Oxymoron or just endangered species?
(Canada Day ~ July 1, 2007)
(Added a postscript Aug. 8)

Defining the Tygers:
..."Little Mosque" and looking for "edginess" in Canadian TV
(Feb. 25, 2007)

Afghanada and Other Radio Dramas:
...Reflections on the highs and lows of recent Canadian radio plays
(Jan. 31, 2007)

Little Mosque, Dragon Boys and more:
...some recent Canadian TV notables
(Jan. 23, 2007)

Ratings, Ratings -- Who's Got the Ratings?
...and who's to blame?
(Dec. 12, 2006)

Controlling the Discourse
..."Battlestar Galactica" and Canadian values in an American (pop cultural) world
(Dec. 4, 2006)

The Myth of Cultural Identity
...just what the heck is it?
(Nov. 5, 2006)

Amazing! A Canadian Fall TV Season! CBC vs. the private networks
(Oct. 16, 2006)

"Trailer Park Boys" is No. 1
...Who'd a thunk it?
(Oct. 13, 2006)

Rick Mercer and the Death of "The Crocodile Hunter"
...or: Who's laughing now?
(Sept. 20, 2006)

"Monsoon House" and "Man, Woman and Child""
...two new sitcoms you've never seen
(Sept. 14, 2006)

The CBC Aquarium and "Street Cents"
...selling out the present to buy the future
(Sept. 9, 2006)

Bon Cop, Bad Cop
...translating the pros and cons
(August 28, 2006)

..Can't Love it...Can't Live Without It
(July 21, 2006)

"The One" and "Canadian Idol"
..and Canadians take it on the chin again!
(June 30, 2006)

When Did Maclean's Become a Tabloid?
and other laments for the state of Canadian journalism
(June 6, 2006)

Crash-ing Brokeback Mountain
or: Where are the Genies Awards controversies?
(May 6, 2006)

Does Anyone Know How to be Canadian Anymore?
or: I'll give yoo a twoonie for yur Relic-hat, eh?
(Mar. 22, 2006)

Post Mortem
Sifting through the remains of CBC TV shows
(Mar. 16, 2006)

Weathering the Axe
The CBC cancels half its shows
(Feb. 25, 2006)

The Story's the Thing
or, Why do so many Canadian movies not work?
(Oct. 14, 2005)

Where Are the Corner Gas Wannabes?
or, If Canadian TV is dying, why is it thriving?
(Oct. 6, 2005)

Kristin Kreuk: Indian Princess?
or, Dealing the "race" card
(Sept. 9, 2005)

Zed vs. Zee
Canadian identity in a science fiction world
(June 26, 2005)

Separated at Birth
"Men With Brooms" and "Slings & Arrows"
(June 8, 2005)

Radio Days
Saving Canadian drama with an old fashioned solution
(May. 28, 2005)

Guylaine St. Onge and "my" Canada
(Mar. 11, 2005)

The Almost Sitcoms
or: TV executives would like to be excused now
(Feb. 2, 2005)

The 19th Gemini Awards
a belated look at who...
(Dec. 15, 2004)

Paul Gross ain't apologizing
(Nov. 10, 2004)

The Saviour of English-Canadian Cinema...the French?
(and Vice Versa)
(Oct. 24, 2004)

The Smell of Fascism in the Morning
StarGate, cop shows, and the real world
(Sept. 14, 2004)

Exposing the Secret Lie About Canadian Entertainment
(May 4, 2004)

Better Than Ever
..Believe it or not, Canadian TV is in a Golden Age!
(March 21, 2004)

Saving "Snakes and Ladders"
or: How to Kill a TV Series in One Easy Lesson
(Feb. 13, 2004)

Robert Altman Won't Film in Canada Neither
..and so there!
(Jan. 31, 2004)

The Fall of Alliance-Atlantis
or: Good Ridance to Bad Rubbish?
(Jan. 8, 2004)

A Review

How to Save Canadian TV
A Manifesto
(Sept. 3, 2003)

Something Smells Fishy in the Canadian TV Industry
What's wrong with Canadian TV? (August 26, 2003)

Tomb Raider vs. Spy Kids:
...and Canadians caught in the middle
(August 5, 2003)

When is a Canadian Not a Canadian?
Just clearing up some confusion
(May 27, 2003)

Hitler Comes to TV...
..and Ed Gernon loses his job
(May 11, 2003)

The Absence of Vision:
(Pat Buchanan, Stepin Fetchit and the wacky world of Canadian Identity)
(Nov. 21, 2002)

What Happened to Canadian TV Drama?
(Sept. 17, 2002)

Did Atom Egoyan Ever Swing a Light Saber?
(June 13, 2002)

The Franklin Conspiracy, Part 2
Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the X-Files...the Real Modern Culture (Feb. 24, 2002)

 The Populist Experiment 
(Testing the Waters with "An American in Canada" and "Rideau Hall") (February 12, 2002)

(or The Vindication of Stepin Fetchit) (September 4, 2001)

 The Franklin Conspiracy: Mysteries, Monsters and Canada's "Phantom Culture" (May 19, 2001)

Why Should Americans Care? (or Can Rick Mercer Get Any More Desperate) (April 6, 2001)

The End of (Mid)Days (June 29, 00)

The Genie Awards (January 29, 00)

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