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Rhea Perlman and John Candy starred in the 1995 comedy "Canadian Bacon."

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TV Q&A: Viewer wants 'Canadian Bacon'

  • Article by: ROB OWEN
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • April 21, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Q: Why isn’t the film “Canadian Bacon” available on Netflix in DVD? Also, any chance that Netflix will lower the monthly pricing of its DVD-by-mail service?

A: If a program or movie is not available on a certain platform, and if we know the property has been released elsewhere, then it’s likely the platform simply doesn’t have the rights to distribute the program.

Netflix hasn’t announced plans to lower prices. It seems unlikely that it will since its goal in recent years has been to wean customers off DVD-by-mail in favor of its streaming service.

‘Who Do You Think’ was canceled

Q: Will the show “Who Do You Think You Are?” be returning to the TV lineup?

A: The show was canceled by NBC in May, and so far no other network has revived it.

More ‘Roughness’ due in June

Q: Now that “Necessary Roughness” has completed its five-week winter “season,” will it return in the summer?

A: “Necessary Roughness” was renewed for a third season in January. It begins June 12.

So much for reality on shows

Q: Please tell me that I’m not a cynic or the only one who’s frustrated by the increasingly obvious “invisible hand” of producers on nonscripted (misnamed “reality”) shows.

The latest show to drive me bonkers is “Next Great Baker.” The “competition” for the last three contestants was to bake and sell a bunch of baked goods. Each “sale” resulted in a ticket in a jar. This wasn’t about the quality of the baked goods but who “sold” the most. Surprise, the young, pretty contestant and the devious, nasty contestant made it through to the final selection.

You had to be an idiot to believe that the producers weren’t “stuffing the ballot box” — in this case, the ticket jars. It’s all about drama, not reality. Surprise, the “good” contestant won while the “villain” lost.

When will these programs run their course and go away? Are the production costs so low that they’re just too lucrative to abandon?

A: I’ve written about overproduced reality shows in the past, such as “Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List,” which became noticeably more produced as it went on. I also pointed out a staged scene in MTV’s “Chelsea Settles.” It’s not a stretch to think that other programs are also manipulated and staged by producers.

These programs won’t go away until viewers stop watching them, which doesn’t appear to be happening. A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” is one of the most popular programs on TV, drawing more than 8 million viewers, a larger audience than many scripted, broadcast network shows.

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