Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Outrageous (Good) Fortune

Just wanted to rave about Slings and Arrows, the Canadian mini-series that wraps up Monday on the Movie Network/Movie Central. Starring Paul Gross, Susan Coyne, Mark McKinney, Don McKellar, Martha Burns, Stephen Ouimette, Sean Cullen and Luke Kurby (to name just a few), the show is a real ensemble drama -- none of the cast are showboating. Slings and Arrows has the behind-the-scenes snarkiness of my fav CanCon series The Newroom, but has a bigger heart than that show did. It's my favourite non-Finkleman Canadian series ever, methinks.

Slings and Arrows was supposed to air on CBC, but the public broadcaster pulled out. Thankfully, The Movie Network and Movie Central stepped in.

In some ways it's unfortunate that the best shows on TV these day are only available to those who can afford pay-TV channels (or have access to promotional screeners), ie. Six Feet Under and The Sopranos. On the other hand, these shows all become available on VHS and DVD soon enough, which are arguably more accessible.

The final episode of Slings and Arrows airs Monday night at 10 pm on The Movie Network in Eastern Canada and Movie Central out west.

Post-script

Speaking of The Newsroom, 13 new episodes are finally hitting the air next year, six years after its first season aired. For those who were disappointed with last year's Escape from the Newsroom movie, no worries. I hear that the new episodes will be funny and less drenched in Fellini references.

Here's what I don't understand... Last I heard, the new Newsroom debuted in January, but there's no mention of it on CBC's website. What the hell?

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