The best new show I have seen this season on broadcast network television is Pretty Hard Cases. Several other critics, including John Doyle at The Globe and Mail, have sung its praises. So why is it having a pretty hard time finding an audience? The CBC buddy cop show stars Meredith MacNeill from Baroness von
Thanks to TV critic John Doyle, Ariel Burkett and all at The Globe and Mail for inviting me to take part in Friday’s live webinar on the state of television today. We did not solve all of the problems of Canadian television in 45 minutes, but I think we had a lot of fun nonetheless.
The numbers are in for the premiere of Pretty Hard Cases. The critically acclaimed CBC series, starring Meredith MacNeill and Adrinne C. Moore, launched Wednesday to 297,000 average minute audience viewers according to overnight data estimated by Numeris and shared by the network. After one day of PVR Playback data, the audience measure grew to
Pretty Hard Cases, which premieres Wednesday on CBC, starts with a bit of madness straight out of a Baroness von Sketch Show routine. We find Meredith MacNeill as guns and gangs detective Sam Wazowski, losing her mind in her unmarked car during a stake out. She’s obsessing about hair and won’t shut up about it.
As showrunner Tassie Cameron tells me on brioux.tv: the podcast, “The only thing harder than making a TV show in the first place is making a TV show during a pandemic and then making a cop show during Black Lives Matter.” Cameron should know. She and Sherry White are the production team behind Pretty Hard
One of the ideas behind launching BriouxTV: The Podcast was to talk to the people not just in front of but also behind the cameras. Which brings us to Tassie Cameron and Sherry White, the showrunners on CBC’s Pretty Hard Cases. Cameron, a Canadian Film Centre alumni, got her start in the writer’s room of shows such as Tom Stone and Degrassi: The Next