Saturday, October 28, 2006

Deal? No Deal!

Global Television in Canada had a BIG news announcement the other day...perhaps they were producing and airing a whack of new Canadian drama or comedy series...no, they were bringing the U.S. via Europe hit show 'Deal Or No Deal' to Toronto for a week long 'Canadian version' of the show.


Now I know Howie Mandell is Canadian (though he hasn't lived here in over twenty years), and I know this isn't really any different than country/region specific versions of 'American Idol' (Canadian Idol) et al, but still...

Global TV has come under such attack and criticism over the past several years for unenthusiastically developing Canadian programming, or when developing material - rarely taking anything to production or to air...

So I wonder, will DOND qualify as CanCon (Canadian content)?

I keep picturing a stage full of attractive network execs holding metal briefcases containing license fee contracts of varying amounts...except unless you have a US partner or network in your corner, Howie will shout 'No Deal' before any player can tap the Deal button. And the Banker would be played by...the CRTC?

2 comments:

Heart Of Darkness said...

I go for case number 8... tell when I win the million! :)

Caroline said...

Canadian Idol does, so DOND should if they shoot it here and hire an independent Canadian prodco. Only they won't get tax credits, because it is a game show.