Axed shows not an in­dus­try con­cern

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re­cent can­cel­la­tion of sevThe eral Cana­dian-shot se­ries doesn’t seem to be rais­ing alarm bells in the coun­try’s film and TV in­dus­try.

But Canada’s per­form­ers’ union is call­ing on broad­cast­ers here to help re­place the lost shows with drama pro­gram­ming.

As TV net­works re­veal their up­com­ing sea­sons in an an­nual spring­time tra­di­tion known as the “up­fronts,” some Cana­di­an­shot shows have been chopped. They in­clude B.C.-shot The Cross­ing, and the Toronto-shot Taken, Des­ig­nated Sur­vivor and The Ex­panse.

The Toronto labour union IATSE Lo­cal 873, which rep­re­sents tech­ni­cians, ar­ti­sans and craftsper­sons in the in­dus­try, says “it’s not a con­cern.”

“The lion’s share of our work right now is tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion and it’s inevitable that se­ries get can­celled. It’s the way the in­dus­try runs,” Monty Mont­gomerie, busi­ness agent with the IATSE Lo­cal 873, said in an in­ter­view.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate; we never like to see a show get can­celled, we wish they’d stay here for­ever. But on the pos­i­tive side it does present an op­por­tu­nity for an­other project to come to town, and hope­fully spend a few years here and fill the void.”

TV pro­duc­tion in On­tario has “been very good” and “seen a steady in­cline of vol­ume” for the past seven or eight years, he added, not­ing they’re ex­pect­ing the same strength for the year to come.

Find out some of the new projects film­ing in On­tario at thes­­ter­tain­ment


Ralph Mac­chio and Wil­liam Zabka take a selfie on­stage at the screen­ing of Co­bra Kai at the Tribeca Film Fes­ti­val on April 24. The se­ries will soon live on the forth­com­ing YouTube Premium.


Des­ig­nated Sur­vivor, star­ring Kiefer Suther­land, is among the Cana­di­an­shot shows that have been chopped.

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