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.