Ironically, as this pay-it-forward announcement was being made I was listening to the song "Loser" by Beck on my iTouch. Talk about your mixed messages. Speaking of mixed messages, remember that post I wrote on Friday? The one you can see poking out just below this one? The one about how proud I am to write a tv pilot that's set 100% in Canada? Yeah, well, that changed this weekend. I've decided to set the show in Chicago. The main character is Canadian so I haven't completely gone off track but still, so much for my nationalistic pride, eh? But the reasoning behind this decision is, I think, sound.
I actually believe that this angle will be more interesting in terms of character development. If you think about it, a Canadian in an American city is much more complex than a Canadian in a Canadian city. It will make for some comedy (other characters will tease her aboot twoonies and loonies and national referendums -- ha! ha! ha!) and drama (why did she leave? what is she running from?) and blah blah blah.
All this bull$#!% aside, the ironic truth is that while writing this pilot I found myself becoming a victim of a large part of what defines us as Canadians: the Canadian inferiority complex. As much as I wish they would, I don't think American agents will buy into a show set in Canada. And really, when it comes right down to it, I don't think I will either.