Cancon Prominent at Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles

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Cancon Prominent at Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles


Cancon prominent at TCA press tour in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Donald Trump may need to build a wall to keep all the Canadians out of U.S. TV shows.

You couldn't help but notice the snowbird connection at the just-concluded Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles. There seemed to be a Canadian cast member or producer on every panel, including singer Carly Rae Jepsen among the stars of "Grease Live" (premiering Sunday on CTV and Fox).

The Mission, B.C.-native plays Frenchy and grew up watching the original movie with her stepmother.

"We would have the ponytail on the top of our heads and we would dance and sing it out from beginning to end."

Jepsen even starred in a high school production of "Grease."

"It was my first time ever walking in high heels or showing anything ever so scandalous as a black leotard. My father was the principal so he was not too keen on the whole idea."

Besides Jepsen, there's a Canadian on ABC's "American Crime": Toronto's Connor Jessup. Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), also from Toronto, is on ABC's mid-season drama "The Family."

Montreal native Vanessa Lengies ("Glee") returns in the Fox mid-season entry "Second Chance." Fellow Montrealer Meagan Rath is in Fox's new comedy "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life." Kristen Gutoskie, from Markham, Ont., is among the stars of the upcoming CW drama "Containment."

"Houdini & Doyle," coming to Global and Fox, boasts two executive producers from London, Ont.: David Shore and David Hoselton (both from "House"). Toronto's Rebecca Liddiard plays a constable on the series, which was partially shot in Toronto.

Vancouver lads Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are behind "Preacher," a dark, comic book-inspired series AMC has high hopes for.

A trip to the set of CBS's "Supergirl" in Los Angeles brought word that Toronto's Laura Vandervoort ("Bitten") was joining the series as Indigo and that Henry Czerny was also guesting as Toyman.

Less surprising, perhaps -- given the state of the Canadian dollar -- was how many new U.S. shows are being shot north of the border. "The X-Files" returned to Vancouver for its six new episodes. "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," starring Victor Garber, and "Lucifer" are two comic-book hours shot in B. …

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