CTV (ended 2012)
|It is set in Toronto, which is why you can't figure out what US city it is; though as I've mentioned elsewhere, they've refused to specifically state that it's Toronto, despite all the visual cues such as the CN tower, other landmarks and identifiers, but they're probably meaning to do that to get just this reaction.|
its definetly canadian..the timmies..the CN tower not to mention the ontario plates on all the cars they drive..the last show mentioned young street...i love this show and hope it continues..
|I don't think that they're hiding the fact that it's set in Toronto, they're just not throwing it in your face, probably because it might make it more palatable to American audiences. If they were trying to hide it, they would leave out such iconic Canadianisms like Timmies, they certainly wouldn't have the Canadian flag on their uniforms, they wouldn't show the CN Tower in the opening and they wouldn't mention recognizable street names such as Yonge and Queen, or film in Dundas Square. They'd be using made up names and film in areas that look like generic big city streets.|
I doubt they are hiding the fact that is in Toronto. Living in Toronto myself, they show many noticeable parts of Toronto and it isn't that too in your face per se.
On the top of my head in the episodes that aired, they showed and mentioned:
Toronto police service vehicles
Toronto police emblem
Gardiner ExpresswayCN Tower
Formerly closed down bank near the above location
Part of Dundas Station
The Highway of Heroes scene in the latest episode
The Toronto Star
It's just the cinematography is not too in your face like you said. They try to make the locations look like a typical American city to satisfy some viewers.
Well it is a canadian show, and I am pleased they are proud of it instead of sticking American mailboxes on the street corners. Thought living in toronto its obvious to me where they are filming, they clearly don't want to name a city, in Attention Shoppers they have a fake name for the Eaton Centre.
On the CBS website (also happy an american channel is picking up a canadian show) it does say the SRU is based on Torontos Emergency Task Force.
They are not specifying its Toronto because they are hoping for bigger success in the States but they are putting that stuff in there to appease the Torontonians and other Canadians watching. I read about another Canadian show called Falcon Beach actually going to the extent of refiliming scenes to say Boston instead of Toronto. The article also said that Americans weren't interested in anything foreign and felt they could not relate to it.
I can't blame the makers of this show for doing this because for high ratings they will need the American audience since our population is like a tenth of theirs.