Live-Tweet | X Company 1.3

X Company is currently three episodes into its run, but that’s enough for CBC to announce its second season renewal on March 4, 2015. It’s a unique situation in Canadian television. CBC, as a public network, doesn’t base its programming decisions purely on ratings (witness the revival of Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays after four and a half years, which instantly makes the “complete series” DVD set a misnomer), yet if a show can’t pull its weight on a competitive night, it will be gone. 250,000 viewers following Murdoch Mysteries never helps a show’s cause, which is why Strange Empire is no longer with us.

I’m surprised at X Company’s renewal. I think this is an attempt to nail down Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis for the time being, given the success of Flashpoint. I don’t think X Company is a bad show – fairly well-versed in broadcast network-style storytelling, yet given the premise, not settling into young adult clichés that would be right at home on The CW. X Company is better than I thought it would be, kind of like Mark Pedowitz-era The CW. As an aside, iZombie.

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Episode 1.3 (“Kiss of Death”)

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