News outlets all over the country are rewriting a CTV press release into news. It’s announcing that the network has secured Canadian rights to the show So You Think You Can Dance, and like Canadian Idol, our version of the show will be in the same format but with different hosts.
Am I the only one getting tired of Canadian networks creating Canadian versions of shows developed in other countries and selling it to the CRTC as original Canadian content? Think of what we’ve done so far:
- Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? (Global), adapted from Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (FOX)
- Canada’s Next Top Model (Citytv), adapted from America’s Next Top Model (CW)
- Canada’s Worst Driver (Discovery), adapted from Britain’s Worst Driver
- Canada’s Worst Handyman (Discovery), adapted from Britain’s Worst DIYer
- Canadian Idol (CTV), adapted from American Idol (FOX), which was in turn adapted from Britain’s Pop Idol, all part of Simon Cowell’s empire
- Deal or No Deal Canada (Global), adapted from Deal or No Deal (NBC)
- Entertainment Tonight Canada (Global), adapted from Entertainment Tonight (Syndicated)
- No Opportunity Wasted (CBC), adapted from No Opportunity Wasted (New Zealand)
- Project Runway Canada (Slice), adapted from Project Runway (Bravo)
- Who Do You Think You Are? (CBC), adapted from Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC)
And that’s the only ones I can find on a quick search.
I’m not the only one who thinks this is a problem. Canadian actors, writers, and other artists are objecting to the trend, demanding the networks invest in Canadian ideas instead of American ones, and stop sending hundreds of millions of dollars down south to license their shows.
What’s wrong? Is it because we don’t have as much money as they do? Is it because our ideas suck? Is it because Canadian viewers are so allergic to home-grown content that we have to be weaned onto it using comfortable American shows?
Or is there nothing wrong? I enjoy Canada’s Worst Driver/Handyman, and I watch American TV a lot during prime time. Is the problem me?