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February 10, 2014

Did 19-2 just do a Spiral shout out?

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19-2 is, for those who don’t know, a English-language Canadian remake of a French-language Canadian show, also called 19-2. Set in Montreal, it has the slightly novel, Wallander-esque touch of having everyone speaking English, even though they’re really speaking French. The signs are all in French, the newspapers are all in French… and even the movies are in French.


You’ll notice here that virtually all the movie titles are fake. But let’s look closely at that second one: Engrenage. There have been a few short movies called Engrenage or L’Engrenage, but not recent ones. So I’m just wondering if perhaps this was a nice shout out to France’s premier cop show, Spiral aka Engrenages.

Maybe not, but I’d like to think it was.

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February 3, 2014

Review: 19-2 (Bravo)

Posted on February 3, 2014 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share


In Canada: Wednesdays, 9e/6p, Bravo

Canada is, of course, a country of two languages: English and French. Now, while English-language TV in Canada underwent something of a renaissance in recent years, quickly followed by a dip as a cut in government funding for the CBC killed off a number of more expensive shows, French-Canadian shows continued to do well. In fact, they’ve been proving a valuable source of material for the English-language networks, which have been adapting some of the more popular shows: Sophie and Rumours have already hit the airwaves, Unité 9 is on the way on CBC, and now we have 19-2, based on the original 19-2. Easy to translate that one.

It’s certainly a good choice for a remake, easily one of the best cop dramas English-language Canada has produced, recently - although that’s not hard, admittedly, given competition such as Motive and Cracked. In a lot of ways, it’s Canada’s answer to Southland, with 19-2 the call sign of the cop car driven by our heroes - a ‘rookie’ (he’s not really, but everyone calls him that) and a grizzled veteran - exploring the streets of Montreal and coming across gritty, real-life problems both big and small, action-packed and funny, that they have to solve, before coming back to the precinct to face the admin, politics and their fellow cops.

Here’s a trailer, followed by the first five minutes or so.

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January 24, 2014

Mork and Mindy reunited, Sofie Gråbøl and Stanley Tucci have Fortitude, and Rob Lowe's a Pro

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