In last year's Holiday Fiction issue, my smarty predecessor Tara Thorne fooled y'all with her fictionalized Dope Show column, which included news of a mega-rep cinema and a provincial arts council funded by Sarah McLachlan. But it was her pretend roster of CBC TV programming that got knickers in a twist—and gave the Ceeb a few ideas?
This year I decided to keep the column truthful, and to ditch the fiction. But let's compare the real winter 2008 CBC TV programming with Thorne's 2007 make-believe picks.
Thorne: "Duke Street, an art-school sitcom, was shot at NSCAD—called Halifax College of the Arts here (pronounced "Ha-cah")."
CBC: Douglas Coupland's jPod. "A quirky new drama series." Coupland is also an artist, and this book-to-TV adaptation screams skirts-over-jeans and legwarmers to me.
Thorne: "Pictou County, an ensemble drama about small-town kids and the hockey rink they play in/work at/hang out in back of."
CBC: MVP, a ""keyhole look' at the sexy and scandalous world of a fictitious professional NHL hockey team of hunky players and their gorgeous girlfriends, wives, lovers and puck bunnies."
Thorne: "The Hill is a purportedly gritty drama about Citadel Hill and its goings-on after sunset. The city announces a crackdown on all prostitution, and veteran cop Peter MacDonald (Nicolas Campbell), a gruff homophobe in the Sipowicz vein, is assigned to the Citadel beat."
CBC: The Border, "a new hard-driving drama series set against the backdrop of today's turbulent world...confronts Canada's toughest border-security issues."
OK. She was wrong about the Sidney Crosby biopic, but for a bigger taste of realsies, there's The Week the Women Went, a new reality show that "chronicles the drama, humour and calamities" when the women from Hardisty, Alberta, leave for a week-long vacation and the men are left to deal with housework and the kids. Imagine the hilarity. Don't worry we still have 22 Minutes's sweathouse Raj Binder, pacing Rick Mercer and Arrested Development reruns. Caw, caw caw, caw caw!