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    Due South

    Due South

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    CTV (ended 1996)
    In this popular series that ran from 1994 to 1996, Benton Fraser comes to Chicago in an attempt to find out who killed his father. After solving the murder, he decides to stick around and work for the local Canadian consulate. He has made friends with a local detective, Ray Vecchio, whose sister, Francesca, has a major crush on him. Although Vecchio is often confused by Benton's strange way of doing things and Benton is often confused by how things are done south of the border, the two get along famously, having an incredible on-screen chemistry. Due South was originally a made-for-TV movie on CBS, with location shots done in Chicago, but most shots were in Toronto. After the end of the 1994 - 1995 season, CBS dropped the show, and CTV had to secure outside funding to finish off the year, even though CBS did order more episodes as a mid-season replacement in 1995 - 1996. The show was cancelled in 1996 due to low ratings, with the final episode airing in Canada in May of 1996. A year later, they resurrected some of the cast and crew to create the 1997 - 1999 spin-off. While many of the cast from the original show returned, they were unable to secure David Marciano to continue his role as Ray Vecchio. The ratings never lived up to the producers hopes, and the spin-off was cancelled after 26 episodes. There is often confusion as to whether the 26 episodes with Callum Keith Rennie is part of the original series with David Marciano, because the two series were combined and presented together in the United States as one series with three seasons. See Due South (1997-1999).moreless
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    Power Play (1998)

    Power Play (1998)

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    CTV (ended 2000)
    Ruthless New York sports agent Brett Parker returns to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario intending to move their NHL franchise, the Hamilton Steelheads, to Houston for a pile of cash. Once home, however, Parker becomes the team's new General Manager after the current GM dies in front of him. He sets out to turn the bumbling team around, while forging a relationship with his estranged daughter and clashing with the Steelheads' equally ruthless corporate president. The series was made in Toronto, and aired for two seasons on CTV. In the US, UPN bought the show, but yanked it after two episodes. Hamilton, Ontario is a real city. The Spectator is really their newspaper, and Copps Coliseum, where the Steelheads play, is a real arena. The Steelheads, however, are an entirely fictional team. Their name is a play on the fact that Hamilton is the steel town of Ontario. The steelhead is also a fish, which is the team's logo.moreless
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    You Can't Do That on Television

    You Can't Do That on Television

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    CTV (ended 1990)
    This was a sketch comedy show for young adults that was very popular in the 1980s. The series began life as a live variety show in Ottawa, Canada in 1979, which featured comedy sketches, music videos, and call-in contests. After the first season, the series was given a massive retooling and became a videotaped sketch comedy series. Its biggest success came when the series found its way south to the United States and became one of the trademark shows of Nickelodeon, a new cable channel aimed at children, where it aired until 1992. YCDTOTV may be long gone, but one of the shows trademarks, people getting covered in green slime (usually when they said "I don't know?"), has become a Nickelodeon staple.moreless
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    Due South (1997)

    Due South (1997)

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    CTV (ended 1999)
    This series is a continuation of the comedy-drama Due South and ran from 1997 to 1999. The earlier series followed the life of Benton Fraser, a Canadian Mountie. He first came to Chicago on the trail of the killers of his father and stayed as a liaison for the Chicago Police Department. His American partner Ray Vecchio was originally played by David Marciano. Due South was canceled after the first season and canceled again after the second. The presumably final episode aired in Canada in May of 1996. Almost a year later, in 1997, the show was picked up again. Over the course of two years, 26 additional episodes aired which are covered in this guide. They are often considered as season 3 and 4 of the original series. In 1997, David Marciano was no longer available for the role of Fraser's partner. On screen, his character goes deep undercover with the mob and is replaced with Stanley Raymond Kowalski (Callum Keith Rennie), who poses as Ray Vecchio to protect the cover. Fraser, his new partner, and the deaf half-wolf Diefenbaker continue to battle crime.moreless
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    Kevin Spencer

    Kevin Spencer

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    CTV (ended 2005)
    Imagine the television program South Park taken to the next level, with more irreverent humor, more social commentary, more adult content, and more foul language That next level is Kevin Spencer, an animated television program that was on Canada's Comedy Network, starring Kevin, a chain smoking, cough syrup-addicted child from a welfare family. Kevin Spencer was produced by Ottawa-based Ocnus Productions and technically executed by Atomic Productions, a film, video and new media production and post-production company. Saturday Night Live purchased the Kevin Spencer series soon after it launched, but the series subsequently aired on CTV and The Comedy Network. The program uses provocative humor to comment on the social system in Canada, but according to its producer, the main intent is simply to make the viewer laugh at the irreverence and shock-value of the characters and plots. Opening Intro Kevin Spencer Something's wrong with that kid Kevin Spencer His head don't work it never did Something's wrong with that kid He's a chain smokin' alcoholic sociopath Kevin Spencer You better not cross his path Kevin Spencer He's a chain smokin' alcoholic sociopath (Sociopath) Percy: Oh not this crap again. Characters: Kevin E. Spencer: Kevin is a broken-head sociopath hooked on cough syrup and smokes. His only desire in the world is to just fit in. Despite blacking out almost every episode and drinking to the max, he gets right back up to his feet and continues his journey to life. Percy B. Spencer: Percy is Kevin's dad and is often arrested by the cops for fraud, robbery, or just being stupid. If a crisis is at hand, Percy would disguise himself as Drunken Welfare Man to save the day, sort of. Anastasia Spencer: The mother of Kevin and Percy's wife, she too likes to drink a lot and cheat on welfare checks. She gets irritated very easily and often cheats on Percy when he's out at the bar or in jail. Ideally she wants to have the perfect family with Kevin and Percy which is rarely seen in any episodes. Allen the Magic Goose: Allen is Kevin's imaginary friend. He is equally addicted to smokes and booze as his host and often prompts Kevin to procure more. Kevin would pretty much be dead or left in the streets if Allen never existed. Overall he's Kevin's guide through life and is always on hand to give advice and warn the boy about possible danger calamity. Marty the Bartender: He's a standard red-haired Irish bartender who isn't afraid to speak his mind to the Spencers. He also enjoys the money the Spencers keep dishing at him despite knowing that the family are criminals but overall it doesn't bother him too much and he sees this as "just business". The Narrator: He's the voice of the show and the viewer's insider. His active and main role is to narrate what Kevin says and thinks. This also applies to other characters in some cases. Charlie Plunt: He's the man who Anastasia always has an affair with. Charlie has a French accent and is always running away from Percy when he catches the 2 locking lips from time to time. He currently lives in a trailer just outside of town. Some episodes contain quotes with strong language.moreless