Canadian sitcoms endanged species, Dee says
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.