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NBC Orders Canadian ‘Listener’

February 1, 2008 12:40 PM

Following through on NBC Universal President-CEO Jeff Zucker’s mandate to order shows direct to series, NBC has picked up 13 episodes of “The Listener.”

The drama, about a young man who can hear people’s thoughts, was greenlit by Canadian broadcaster CTV last month and is produced by Toronto’s Shaftesbury Films.

“We’re delighted that ‘The Listener’ will broadcast on NBC in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada,” said Christina Jennings, chairman-CEO of Shaftesbury Films. “There seems to be a new pattern emerging at American TV networks, which have lately become more open to working with production companies outside the U.S.”

That “new pattern” is due, of course, to the writers strike, which has caused network programmers to search beyond U.S. borders for original content. Earlier this week, CBS acquired 13 episodes of CTV’s upcoming drama series “Flashpoint.”


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My note to the woman quoted above? Don't get too comfortable with this, it wouldn't be happening without a writers' strike.

And certainly the US nets look to the Britain before Canada.

It's just a better pool of shows.


My note to Joe Bua. Our shows are far better than England considering the lack of support the government shows them here. British shows get a lot of hype from American mags and critics, who have always been willing to kisss up to the Brits. While they do have some good ones, I would put our programs against them any day of the week.


Both Canada and Britain produce many good shows.
And it appears the CBC likes the BBC, considering that the CBC has been co-financing the current Doctor Who series since the first season with Christopher Eccleston :)

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