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A Cop Version of a Doctor Show

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 22, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 22, 2009 |

The United States may be broke-ass, but our $1 still has $1.23 in Canadian buying power, so the networks are looking north for new shows for their primetime schedules. The latest acquisition is ABC’s pick up of the Canadian cop show, Copper, which — get this — is being billed as “Grey’s Anatomy in the world of cops.”

That’s right — apparently, with 25 or so cop shows currently airing on American television, they couldn’t find one that would make an apt comparison, so they’ve compared it to a doctor show. They’d probably compare it to a lawyer show, too, but every year, it seems, the networks try to launch a new legal show that focuses on 1st year associates or prosecutors, and they always seem to fail.

The title role in “Copper” — which will be set in Toronto (do cops even carry guns in Canada? Or do they just wag their fingers at the criminals?) — belongs to still-to-be cast female lead. I understand that Katherine Heigl is likely leaving “Grey’s Anatomy” at the end of the year, if the producers want to strengthen the “Grey’s” comparison.

Anyway, I kind of thought that “Southland” was the “Grey’s Anatomy” of cop shows. Alas.

There is apparently a growing trend toward picking up Canadian shows for American television. CBS recently ran “Flashpoint,” an oft-mentioned cop show in our top ten cop shows list the other day (sorry, I’d never heard of it). CBS also picked up another Canadian cop drama recently, “The Bridge,” which has Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”) in the lead role.

Strange that there are so many Canadian cop shows, particularly since the murder rate is less than 2 per 100,000. What kind of crimes would a Canadian cop show investigate? Grain elevator hijackings? Stalkers of “Degrassi” cast members?

And get this. NBC is also about to debut a Toronto-set drama called, “The Listener,” about a telepathic paramedic turned crime sleuth.

At least it’s not “Grey’s Anatomy.”

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