Cash-Strapped CBC Cancels 'Arctic Air,' 'Cracked'


Cashstrapped CBC Cancels 'Arctic Air,' 'Cracked'


It’s a sad day for wholesome Canadian programming. The CBC, Canada’s beloved and beleaguered public broadcaster, is canceling a pair of dramas due to governmental budgetary cuts and loss of revenue.

The network on Monday announced that ‘Arctic Air’ will be permanently grounded and will not return for a fourth season. The uniquely Canadian show starred Adam Beache, Pascale Hutton, and Kevin McNulty, following the exploits of a fictional Yellowknife airline (a Great White North version of ‘Wings,’ sort of).

Similarly, the cop procedural ‘Cracked’ has been canned too, ending its run after just two seasons.

Both moves are in a response to simply a lack of funds. Amid what seems like endless budgetary cuts, CBC took a big hit earlier this year when their hottest commodity, ‘Hockey Night in Canada,’ was bought by Rogers Media after failing to reach a deal with the NHL.

So not only will both these show not return, but CBC looks to rethink the way in which they approach original programming.

"In terms of procedurals, we are not making a blanket statement that we are not considering procedurals," said Sally Catton, executive director, commissioned and scripted programming at CBC, told the Hollywood Reporter in an email. "Going forward, we are looking for a balance of programming on the schedule with an eye to a slate that distinguishes us from what is on offer from private broadcasters.”

The network will look to rebound, searching for new (and cheap) ways to tell Canadian stories that will resonate with homes and sustain in competitive markets. No word yet on whether ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ will return for an eighth season.

- Cracked
- Arctic Air

Written by: AnthonyWrites
Mar 18th, 2014, 10:15 am

Images courtesy of CBC


Message Posted On Jul 11th, 2014, 10:55 pm
A really sad day, yet again TV Execs can't see further than the end of there noses, a short term fix for a long term problem. If you stop making good original drama programs and try to 'save money' by buying in cheap crap (from south of the border) you'll just become like all the other channels and won't stand head & shoulders above as you've done in the past. Come on CBC, let's have a serious rethink, stop buying the trash from elsewhere (which'll save money) and keep producing good Canadian TV (Arctic Air, Cracked etc) that can be sold / syndicated around the world to make money. "Don't cut your nose of to spite your face"

Message Posted On Apr 15th, 2014, 9:55 pm
Finally CBC puts together a very solid series and blows it up. Those whining about saving the CBC should simply take a look at the over paid, ego inflated executives who Shoot themselves in the foot. Stop waiting for hand outs and go sell your product, like your competitors. The product is worth it. Time to step out of your cozy ivory towers and actually earn your way. So disappointing!

Message Posted On Apr 7th, 2014, 8:37 pm
I knew I should never have admitted I liked Cracked! My approval and enjoyment of good shows seems to be the kiss of death. Maybe CITY will pick it up in exchange for Murdoch Mysteries.

Message Posted On Apr 2nd, 2014, 10:26 am
A real shame!!! Maybe one of the independents will pick it up.. .

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Message Posted On Mar 23rd, 2014, 10:23 pm

Not fare, I only discovered Canadian TV a couple of years ago and found that the shows made there are better than most. Now we have lost 2 of the better shows for good. A sad day in TV land no matter what country you live in.


Message Posted On Mar 20th, 2014, 2:04 pm
It's really sad. I really loved those two shows that told Canadian stories. I think Canada needs to tell more about itself on tv or otherwise.

Message Posted On Mar 19th, 2014, 7:01 am
Network TV, but with so much heart. Extremely disappointed.

Message Posted On Mar 18th, 2014, 1:47 pm
Shame, like Cracked, didn't like the cast change in season two but the show still had substance.

Message Posted On Mar 18th, 2014, 11:08 am
What a shame. Were these shows cheesy? Yes, a bit. But they were also very different than the usual fare on offer. Also, I'm always amused that 3 of the 4 cast members that work both Arctic Air and Continuum play good guys on one show and bad guys on the other.
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