As NBC is poised to launch its’ re-imagined series, Bionic Woman
, in the fall, CanWest MediaWorks’ in Canada announced on June 6th that the said re-imagining is among those included in their own fall TV lineup.
CanWest Media Works has bought several American shows, including Bionic Woman
, with the intention of airing them on Global TV and the recently branded E! (formerly known as CHCH-TV).
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American shows that are slated to premiere on Global TV are Journeyman
(which stars Kevin McKidd as a modern-day time traveler), Cane
(which stars Jimmy Smits), Life
(which features Damian Lewis as a detective back on the force after being imprisoned for several years), Canterbury's Law
(which has Julianna Marguilles portraying an aggressive attorney), Swingtown
(which stars Canadian actress Molly Parker) and Back to You
(a new sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton).
As for the new E! channel, their U.S. show lineup includes K-Ville
, Cashmere Mafia, Kid Nation
, Viva Laughlin
, In Plain Sight
, Life Is Wild
and Bionic Woman
, which began filming its first season in Vancouver mid-March of this year.
The launch, however, was disrupted by a protest attended by the Canadian Actors Union. Canadian television stars like Peter Keleghan, Gordon Pinsent, Shirley Douglas, Colin Mochrie and Wendy Crewson rallied outside of Massey Hall, distraught with the addition of more American shows in the fall lineup.
"Our airwaves are now filled with American shows 24-7," Crewson complained. “"We're here to say that they have a responsibility to the Canadian public out of the millions and millions of dollars they make from advertising, by showing American shows, to put some back into Canadian content… We need to hear our stories, we need to see our people and our stories on the airwaves during prime-time hours.”
In response to the actors’ protest, CanWest’s senior vice-president of programming, Barbara Williams, said, "we want to work more with U.S. cable networks on developing scripted drama series… like Painkiller Jane
She also gave examples of several Canadian shows that are either currently airing (‘Da Kink in My Hair, The Best Years
) or about to debut this fall (About A Girl, Search and Rescue, Burn Up
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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