Next Monday night, September 12th, maybe you’re watching the 74th Annual Emmys.
A third of the trophies are undoubtedly awarded to series or programs that you haven’t seen or even knew existed.
Six years ago, when the CRTC was headed by Jean-Pierre Blais, a brilliant and visionary lawyer, the paragovernmental organization organized the Discoverability Summit. The brightest minds have had to find ways to find what interests us in the billions of Internet content. “Too much, as Quebecers say, is like not enough”! That saying has never been truer than in the digital age.
Even I, trying to keep up with all the new tech, I’ll honestly admit that I’m often lost when trying to find that show or series that a co-worker or friend told me about, without telling me where to see them.
THE PROBLEM IS GROWING
Far from improving things, the creation of new platforms like Crave or Disney+ has only compounded the problem. For example, last Tuesday, when the list of nominees for the Emmy Awards was announced, I quickly read it, curious to see if I agreed with the various juries. I personally didn’t like it Squid Game (The Squid Game). This is not the case with the judges, who granted the Korean series 14 nominations and also made it the first foreign series in history to be nominated for Series of the Year.
On the other hand, I wholeheartedly agree with the judges nominating Amy Poehler to direct. It’s this actress and screenwriter who’s a regular at Saturday night livewho did Lucie and Desi. This captivating 1 hour and 43 minute documentary chronicles Lucille Ball’s difficult relationship with her husband Desi Arnaz and the story of her famous series i love lucy, which more or less forever set the rules of the “sitcom”. After watching the documentary on Amazon Prime, I couldn’t resist watching a few episodes of i love lucy on Youtube. I found the same pleasure there as when I see Denise Filiatraut and Dominique Michel in it me and the otherthe immortal “Sitcom” by Gilles Richer.
A BEAUTIFUL PROJECT FOR THE CRTC
Some of my friends protested against it This is us (Our life on ARTV) has no nominations. For me, the 39 nominations the series has already received and the four Emmy trophies it has won are good enough. I haven’t seen any of the eight series nominated for 2022 successor (25 nominations) yet Yellow jackets (with Sophie Nélisse). Imagine that shortly after the nominations were announced, I knew these two series were available on Crave!
The television programs published by newspapers no longer make sense, but the list of films and series to be seen on television should be published regularly, if not daily, with an indication of the broadcaster or “live player” (electricity) where to watch them. This is a great project for the CRTC, which will be responsible for enforcing the new Online Broadcasting Act (Bill C-11, currently under Senate consideration). The CRTC should force all Canadian and overseas streamers to release this new type of schedule at their own expense. Otherwise, exceptional content will continue to pass us by.