Quality Control

April 15, 2008

I’m a bit slow at times, especially when it concerns the elimination of something I enjoy. I guess I realised some weeks ago that CBC TV was not going to renew the wonderful drama called “Intelligence“, but it wasn’t until yesterday that it struck me. I suspect that what triggered my response was the realisation that the network is keeping and promoting the grossly embarrassing American clone (and American-starred) “The Border” while dropping the intense and truly Vancouver series “Intelligence“.

Intelligence” came from the same team (and included many of the same actors) that wowed us with “Da Vinci’s Inquest” (another truly Canadian show) for so many seasons. With its passing, we have lost a depth of plotting and wonderfully crafted dialogue rarely seen on TV anywhere, and we are left with a dumb Toronto-based cop show that relishes the Canadian services being crushed beneath the heel of their American counterparts, and stars a talentless American woman from “CSI: MIami“.

I try hard to support my national broadcaster and I don’t begrudge the tax money that pours into CBC headquarters. However, when they cancel “Gullages” after 13 episodes, “This is Wonderland” after three seasons, and now “Intelligence“, you have to wonder what the heck they are playing at. I guess I’ll have to do a better job myself of quality (remote) control.

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