Cana­dian sit­coms en­dan­ged species, Dee says

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO — CBC sit­com star Gerry Dee is feel­ing a bit lonely. The standup comic-turned-TV per­son­al­ity says there aren’t enough Canuck come­dies on the tube. Dee says he was dis­ap­pointed to see CTV’s Sat­is­fac­tion con­clude af­ter just one sea­son, but is hope­ful for up­com­ing ar­rivals, in­clud­ing CTV’s Dave Fo­ley project, Spun Out. “If we keep hav­ing shows can­celled it’s cer­tainly not in­cen­tive for net­works to go, ‘Let’s keep do­ing this,’” Dee said. “We’ve got to get th­ese shows more suc­cess­ful and keep them on the air. Be­cause oth­er­wise Cana­dian come­dies are go­ing to go by the way­side and they’re go­ing to hire Amer­i­can shows.” Dee notes that his high school com­edy Mr. D is the only scripted sit­com on CBC’s win­ter sched­ule.

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