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JPod: FINALLY something quality coming out of Canadian TV!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 9:39 AM

OK, maybe that's not totally true. We have the Royal Canadian Air Farce, we had SCTV, and we had Marketplace and Venture...but honestly, unless CFL Football was on CBC didn't really make it on my list of stations to record programming on during the week.

Until now.

Douglas Copeland has transformed his book JPod into a tv series. Taking anything from book to small or large screen always has risks: Will the flair and atmosphere of the book transfer to live actors and screenplays? Will there be the same suspended reality by the viewers like the readers did for some of the more off the wall moments (like Ethan helping his drug-growing mother bury a dealer who accidentally died in their basement)? Could Alan Thicke really pull off playing Ethan's girl-crazy father who's persuing his dream of becoming an actor?

Luckily, the answer to all these questions is yes. JPod emersed yourself straight into the pages of the book, with scenes that made you go "I totally remember that!"...although maybe not the same way you *thought* it would play out in your head.

For instance, Cowboy in my head was nothing like what Cowboy was cast as. Everyone else...pretty much bang on. JPod looks like a dream office compared to the stuffyness I had circulating in my head. If that's the bottom floor, basement suite then I'd love to see what Copeland's mind would dream up for the other floors.

Overall, great series with strong storytelling and that draws from great acting and an established storyline.

D




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# re: JPod: FINALLY something quality coming out of Canadian TV!

Excellent. I recorded it on my PRV last night. Can't wait to check it out. Loved the book. 1/9/2008 10:00 AM | Aaron

# re: JPod: FINALLY something quality coming out of Canadian TV!

For some reason, when I saw the headline on my aggragator I half expected the article to about some Java branded version of the iPod from Sun Microsystems with some deal to download and play canadian tv broadcasts...

Yeah, strange I know...Today is an off day for me...
1/9/2008 12:48 PM | Shaneo

# Save jPod from cancellation!

Hi all, Raugi Yu here. I play Kam Fong on jPod. Okay, so you may have heard that jPod has not been picked up for a second season by CBC. I got the call a couple of days ago about it.

At first I was upset and disappointed and immediately thought of the great times and experiences I had shooting jPod and how much I would take from that…There was one problem though…I kept wondering why. Why not have a season 2? I started to hear what others were saying. I heard anger, resentment and frustration. So many of you my friends along with thousands, yes thousands, of strangers have expressed outrage over the cancellation of jPod.

I got angry too.

One may think that, “Sure, I’d be angry too if I lost a steady gig like that”. Well that’s not what I’m angry about. Gigs come and go. It is no huge hardship for me to go back to auditioning and booking and living my life as an actor. It is my passion. No. It angers me that the CBC our nation’s television station (yes I know among other things) chooses to cancel a show that is so cutting edge, fun, smart and CANADIAN. So many viewers have gleaned joy from watching jPod week after week. We look forward to it; I dare say we yearn for it.

I’d like to go down swinging. Many of you, who know me well, know that I am quite a loner and I don’t ask for help often even when I need it. I guess I‘m asking now.

I’m a pretty chilled out go with the flow kind of guy, but I recognize that there are times in my life when I’ve got to fight. In surveying the land I recognize that I need a lot of help.

If you feel you can, please call CBC at: 1-866-306-4636, choose option 1 for English programming and choose option 1 again for the “Attendant” then ask for “Audience Services”. Audience Services will answer and at that point tell them how you feel about jPod being cancelled and how you would like to see a season 2.

OR
E-mail them at http://www.cbc.ca/contact/

I alone can reach out to all of you and if all of you can reach even 2 people and we get that people ball rolling…we could possibly be jamming up some phone lines at CBC. Am I being naïve and hopeful? I hope so; it feels better than lying down and taking it.

Thanks everyone! I really appreciate all of you for watching the show and for all the great things you’ve all been saying about it.

Longevity and persistence is the key. Phone or e-mail, if you can do it everyday.

I send my love to you all and just to be clear, that love stays whether you phone, e-mail, write or not.

Thank you all!
Raugi Yu
A.K.A Kam Fong
3/10/2008 2:55 AM | Raugi Yu

# re: JPod: FINALLY something quality coming out of Canadian TV!

I am so upset jPod was cancelled by the CBC. There is a website to help get it back on the air.

www.savejpod.ca 4/20/2008 5:10 PM | Firefly

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