News | What Would Sal Do? on CraveTV; This Life cancelled

Andrew De Angelis-created sitcom What Would Sal Do? is about Sal (Dylan Taylor), a warm body who discovers he’s the second coming of Christ. The series was originally greenlit by Super Channel in 2015, for a tentative spring 2016 launch on the premium cable service. Super Channel parent Allarco Entertainment filed for Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) creditor protection in May 2016, disclaiming (i.e., terminating) a majority of its broadcast licences in the process, including What Would Sal Do?’s licence.

Bell Media obtained What Would Sal Do? in 2016. This is the first official announcement for What Would Sal Do?, as it follows the announcement of a Letterkenny St. Patrick’s Day special on January 19, 2017. New Metric Media, in partnership with DHX Media, produces both WWSD? and Letterkenny.

While Gloryosky thinks the end is near for Super Channel – the service has rarely made profits large enough to dramatically reduce what is currently $115.7 million in liabilities/debt – Super Channel has a better-than-average track record with Canadian series. At the very least, CraveTV needs Canadian content beyond Letterkenny. Placing What Would Sal Do? on CraveTV is a no-brainer. Gloryosky would like to see more movement on the Super Channel disclaimer front.

Sphère Média Plus’ This Life is officially cancelled by CBC after two seasons. The cancer drama is the English version of Ici Radio-Canada Télé series Nouvelle adresse. While the show’s cancellation isn’t surprising – relatively low audience figures aren’t enough to sustain a show beyond a two-season window – at least the Facebook post the video below is attached to officially announces the show’s end.

The timing of the cancellation is awkward – This Life has a Best Dramatic Series nomination at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards – yet said awkward timing is par for the course in Canadian television (see: Sunnyside, 2016). With X Company ending after its third season, and likely more culls on the way (The Romeo Section better watch its back), CBC has at least two spots open in the 2017-18 season for dramas. It will be interesting to see what CBC has in store post-cull.

C. Archer
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