March 21, 2009

Canadian Content? No Problem.

So everyone is constantly ragging on Canadian television shows. And rightfully so, in some cases - there are some horrid shows that scream 'low rent' and make me wince. Remember a million years ago, when Canada had its own game shows? If you were home sick, you could watch someone win a yacht on The Price is Right, or crazy people careening a grocery cart around for 60 seconds, all to win the grand prize of hams and Pillsbury rolls. Yeah, twenty bucks worth of groceries made for some riveting TV. You had to go on the American show to win the car; the Canadian one would give you the Turtle car wax.

Well, I do not know what the complaining is about now. I've discovered two of the coolest shows around, and they're both Canadian. Roz made me watch Mantracker. It is awesome. This guy, Terry Grant, gets to track people down. They're on foot, he's on a horse. It's fun. And you sit there yelling at the TV all the things the trackees are doing wrong. Because it must be so easy to be lost in the wilderness for 36 hours being chased by a guy on a horse. I so want to go on this show, and not just because I think Mantracker is hot. Roz knew I'd think that; so did the Poor Sod, who just shakes his head.

The other show? Survivorman. Another Canadian. They dump this poor bugger (Les Stroud) off in the middle of nowhere for a week at a time, and he has to figure out how to survive and get out. Last night? Way north in Ontario, in winter. No food, no matches, nothing. And of course, I sat there yelling at the TV all the things he should be doing. But I admit, he's pretty smart. In fact, if I'm stranded in the middle of nowhere, I think the only thing I would need would be Survivorman.

These are classed as 'reality' TV, but they're so much cooler than the usual crap. In fact, the Poor Sod suggested a new format for all the other shows: they should take the same ten people, and make them do Survivor, then American Idol, then the Dancing Show, then the Rehab Show, then the Stupid Trump Show, then one of the Chef Shows, the Amazing Race show, I'd like Mantracker to catch them all next, then they'll probably need to do the Rehab again.

Now. What ten people would you watch put through all this, one show after another?
I would be entertained by the following: Joanna Lumley, William Shatner, Matt Lucas, Angelina Jolie, Naveen Andrews, Chelsea Handler, Conan O'Brien, whatever kid is currently playing Annie on Broadway, Gene Hackman and my friend Tonia Cowan. She's one of the coolest people I know. Even though she's at the G&M now. But I know she and Joanna and Chelsea would be fun. In fact, let's make it 11 - I want to go too.

Gimme your lists.....alive, dead, cartoon...somebody claim Homer Simpson....


Blogger Webgod Jeff said...

I've watched Survivorman and Mantracker for a few years. Sorry I didn't tell you about them.

March 21, 2009 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in no particular order, Bob Cowan (chch), Sheila Copps, Dan Quayle, Celine Dion, Will Farrell, Ryan Seacrest, Sara Palin, Rachel Ray, Anna Nicole Smith and Stewie from Family Guy


March 21, 2009 9:29 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

Guy from Sham-Wow Commercials
Oliver, The Guy who buys the gold
Fran Descher
Britney, her parents, sister, and the rest of her kinfolk from the trailer park

That should cover it

March 21, 2009 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about that yelling lady from the CLR commercials (just to drive you nuts, Lorraine. However, Mantracker might hear her "whispering" in the forest), that old lady from the Fabreze commercials who sniffs the dog bed (she looks like Camilla Parker Bowels), I agree with Sarah Palin (but she might bring a gun and cheat and kill Mantracker). Or we could really test his skills and put Osama Bin Lauden out there (along with Bart Simpson). I'd watch it.


March 22, 2009 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take it the Mantracker request is for entertainment purposes only, hence my list:Baron Samedi from James Bond Live and Let Die,Posh Spice, Steven Seagal,Oliver North, Oliver Stone, Rob Van Winkel,Kathy Gifford, Rosie o Donnel, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant and finally; the Glad Garbage Man.

March 22, 2009 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey buzz,

why the last one? so he can pick up any litter that may occur?

March 22, 2009 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, no I just thought he'd be hard to snare with that white polyester suit he wears! Actually if Mantracker gets Baron Samedi, he's doing 10 for 10. Any guy that can rise out of the ground,escape from a coffin of snakes and laugh like that is pretty creepy!
Geoffrey Holder did great 7UP ads too.

March 22, 2009 4:13 PM  

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