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post #151 of 738
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

This is some great news, nice to have some intelligently made sci-fi for TV, even if we do have to use roundabout methods to view it.smile.gif

Amen to that!
post #152 of 738
My bet is SYFY and it will pair with the January return of BEING HUMAN on Monday nights. I would expect that after BEING HUMAN's run of 13 is done CONTINUUM will then pair with DEFIANCE.
post #153 of 738
Mind warpped, then blown.
post #154 of 738
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ALSO-- just announced it will be on a major US network in January, with season 1&2 running consecutively
What network, and do you have a link?
post #155 of 738
Again I say, if it's the SyFi Network, you'd better be careful what you wish for (remember 'Charlie Jade'?). TNT would be a better fit, paired with 'Falling Skies' which is a bona fide cablenet hit.
post #156 of 738
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Again I say, if it's the SyFi Network, you'd better be careful what you wish for (remember 'Charlie Jade'?). TNT would be a better fit, paired with 'Falling Skies' which is a bona fide cablenet hit.
What ever network it is, and I'm assuming a cable network as I don't see this show having any shot at all on one of the Big 4, running 20 episodes consecutively does not seem likely at all. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any show that has run 20 episodes consecutively on a cablenet. You know darn well Syfy is not going to do that, they love their x.5 seasons too much, unless, as you note, it's run very late night/very early morning where it's never going to get any ratings anyway.
post #157 of 738
Having a Canadian show fail on a US channel doesn't necessarily mean it will die; after all, The Listener got renewed for a fourth season on CTV, even though NBC pulled it in the middle of its first season.

A bigger problem with Canadian imports is that seasons prior to the pickup get censored and post-pickup seasons end up with watered-down dialogue to comply with the FCC's asinine regulations. Be prepared for Kiera to start saying "Fiddlesticks!" every time the terrorists best her in season 2 if the show really did get picked up in the states. rolleyes.gif It's sadly better for the integrity of Canadian shows if they stay in Canada, even if it means they will have a smaller audience.
post #158 of 738
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

What ever network it is, and I'm assuming a cable network as I don't see this show having any shot at all on one of the Big 4, running 20 episodes consecutively does not seem likely at all. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any show that has run 20 episodes consecutively on a cablenet. You know darn well Syfy is not going to do that, they love their x.5 seasons too much, unless, as you note, it's run very late night/very early morning where it's never going to get any ratings anyway.

Well sure. How many eps did this show have in its first season? Is it on the equivalent of a broadcast network in Canada?

SyFy doesn't have a very good track record with "adult" sci-fi, much less so when they buy a program on the cheap and have no skin in the game, a la 'Charlie Jade'. They didn't promote it at all, and then vanquished it to burn-off hell when an audience didn't just miraculously stumble on it right out of the gate. Why would anyone think they'd treat 'Continuum' any differently?

Can't remember what network 'Defying Gravity' was on, but wasn't it a Big Four summer fill-in? That was guaranteed to fail.
post #159 of 738
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Well sure. How many eps did this show have in its first season? Is it on the equivalent of a broadcast network in Canada?
SyFy doesn't have a very good track record with "adult" sci-fi, much less so when they buy a program on the cheap and have no skin in the game, a la 'Charlie Jade'. They didn't promote it at all, and then vanquished it to burn-off hell when an audience didn't just miraculously stumble on it right out of the gate. Why would anyone think they'd treat 'Continuum' any differently?
Can't remember what network 'Defying Gravity' was on, but wasn't it a Big Four summer fill-in? That was guaranteed to fail.
Continuum had 10 episodes in this first series, which is typical of how many a cable network will usually run here in the US, once in awhile there's been 13. Showcase could be described as similar to a TNT or USA in that they have loads of syndicated shows from major broadcast nets in the US, the UK and elsewhere I'm sure, and they also have their own original series as well, Continuum being one of those.

Yeah, I really don't see this showing up on Syfy, for one thing I can't see Showcase/Shaw allowing it to be treated as schedule stuffer when it's one of their most popular and successful shows.

Defying Gravity was on ABC and was without question schedule stuffer from the get go, it's one of the reasons they never aired all the episodes.
post #160 of 738
SyFy runs LOST GIRL which is a Canadian production and in fact they have a shared agreement with Canada in HAVEN.
post #161 of 738
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SyFy runs LOST GIRL which is a Canadian production and in fact they have a shared agreement with Canada in HAVEN.
That's true, and it looks as if Lost Girl has run 22 episodes consecutively so there are exceptions to the general cablenet rule of 10/13 episodes per.

I don't however, consider Syfy as being a "major US network", I generally associate that description with the Big 4 OTA broadcast networks, not a cable-only network.smile.gif
post #162 of 738
what about TBS or TNT / USA?

wgn america?

AMC?

FX?

A&E?
post #163 of 738
Is it totally imperative that a USA based station picks this show up to ensure it's survival? Lost Girl was renewed for a second season before any Syfy involvement, wasn't it? I was hoping for a 20 ep run for season #2, but still, I ask again is it necessary for a US station to have involvement in the making of this show?
post #164 of 738
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post #165 of 738
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Is it totally imperative that a USA based station picks this show up to ensure it's survival? Lost Girl was renewed for a second season before any Syfy involvement, wasn't it? I was hoping for a 20 ep run for season #2, but still, I ask again is it necessary for a US station to have involvement in the making of this show?
Not that I can see.
post #166 of 738
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Is it totally imperative that a USA based station picks this show up to ensure it's survival? Lost Girl was renewed for a second season before any Syfy involvement, wasn't it? I was hoping for a 20 ep run for season #2, but still, I ask again is it necessary for a US station to have involvement in the making of this show?

I hate to keep making 'Charlie Jade' references in regard to this show but the uncanny similarities to this one make it relevant. Robert Werthheimer, the EP and showrunner of CJ, said it was absolutely imperative to have a viable and enthusiastic U.S. partner in order to see a second season of that show. As as been mentioned, Sci-Fi Channel, as it was then known, was not that partner. That said, 'Continuum' may have a deeper pocket of investment dollars. But I doubt it's a better show.
post #167 of 738

Having a US broadcaster would be ideal for any series-especially one with a significant budget. But it isn't necessary for a show's survival if that show is performing well in it's home country. NBC picked up a Canadian ''genre lite'' show called The Listener for a summer run a couple of seasons ago...it failed on NBC and they pulled it without airing all 13 episodes. It's now in it's third season and CTV has ordered a fourth.

post #168 of 738
I would rather it run on TNT but I'll take any channel.
post #169 of 738
I'm sad and miss this show. frown.gif

I don't have a preference of what channel it's on.
post #170 of 738
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TNT, USA or FX would be great. I would also suggest AMC, but as of now I don't get it (Dish Customer).
post #171 of 738
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Having a US broadcaster would be ideal for any series-especially one with a significant budget. But it isn't necessary for a show's survival if that show is performing well in it's home country. NBC picked up a Canadian ''genre lite'' show called The Listener for a summer run a couple of seasons ago...it failed on NBC and they pulled it without airing all 13 episodes. It's now in it's third season and CTV has ordered a fourth.
From what I can find, Continuum has a much more robust money backing operation than Charlie Jade ever had, so I agree, whether or not a US network is involved is not a make or break situation for the show.
post #172 of 738
My biggest concern is that they don't sell out to a US broadcaster(as in give them input into the creative process), it's a great show, but I'm more worried a Syfy or similar outfit thinks they could make it better.
post #173 of 738
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My biggest concern is that they don't sell out to a US broadcaster(as in give them input into the creative process), it's a great show, but I'm more worried a Syfy or similar outfit thinks they could make it better.
Absolutely!
post #174 of 738
Not to worry- Continuum is too "Sci-Fi" for Syfy, they'd be more interested in Canadian wrestling programs rolleyes.gif
post #175 of 738
http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/syfy-to-acquire-canadian-sci-fi-drama-continuum/
Sigh...I was really hoping another outlet would carry the show. Just wanted to have a different network give it the care, promotional support, and attention that would help it thrive and survive.
post #176 of 738
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http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/syfy-to-acquire-canadian-sci-fi-drama-continuum/
Sigh...I was really hoping another outlet would carry the show. Just wanted to have a different network give it the care, promotional support, and attention that would help it thrive and survive.

Bad news: They treat it like 'Charlie Jade'. frown.gif
Good news: They learned something from CJ and will treat it better. Hey, here's an idea: give it some promotion so people will know it's actually on the schedule.
post #177 of 738
Crap.frown.gif
post #178 of 738
Ouch... Charlie Jade only did one season and judging by the youtube trailer of it didn't look that great....
post #179 of 738
Well hopefully Aquire means only the rights to air in the US. If that's the case then so be it, it doing well here shouldn't mean a lot if it stays in Canada. Praying and hoping that SyFy doesn't take this show over completely because IMO the production values and story would probably be ruined.
post #180 of 738
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Well hopefully Aquire means only the rights to air in the US. If that's the case then so be it, it doing well here shouldn't mean a lot if it stays in Canada. Praying and hoping that SyFy doesn't take this show over completely because IMO the production values and story would probably be ruined.
Definitely, but given the companies involved in creating the show it doesn't seem likely.
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