Axed shows not an industry concern
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 thestar.com/entertainment
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.