Pop Goes The News — Canada has a starring role in this season’s prime time TV schedule.
Nine series on the big U.S. networks this fall are made in Hollywood North, where tax breaks and favourable exchange rates keep production costs down.
Here’s a guide to which shows airing south of the border were made in Canada:
Returning for a fifth season on ABC is Once Upon a Time, a series shot entirely in British Columbia.
The show’s east coast Storybooke is played by the village of Steveston, about 20 km south of Vancouver, and interiors are shot at Burnaby’s Bridge Studios.
Debuting on ABC on Sept. 27 (the same night of the Once Upon a Time season premiere) is Quantico, a drama about FBI recruits.
Although the pilot episode was filmed in Atlanta and New York, the rest of the series is being made in Montreal until mid-December (with some exteriors being shot in New York City).
Quantico shoots at various locations in Montreal and in the soundstage of Cité du Cinéma.
NBC is rebooting the Heroes franchise with Heroes Reborn, which was made at Toronto’s Cinespace Film Studios and at locations around Southern Ontario. The series debuts Sept. 24.
Fox is bringing the big screen hit Minority Report to television on Sept. 21.
The pilot episode was shot in Toronto — including at Yonge-Dundas Square, Brookfield Place and outside City Hall.
Spoiler: One scene in the first episode of the futuristic crime series reveals that The Simpsons are still on the air 50 years from now. (Toronto residents may be disappointed to learn that in 2065 the city has the same subway cars and ubiquitous pigeons.)
The backgrounds will look quite different in episodes to follow, though, since production of Minority Report shifted to Vancouver, where it is filming until mid-December.
Fox has two more B.C.-shot series coming early next year: The sci-fi crime drama Lookinglass and the highly anticipated return of The X-Files.
None of the American networks air as many made-in-Canada shows as The CW. Returning this fall are Vancouver-shot series The Flash (Oct. 6), iZombie (Oct. 6), Arrow (Oct. 7) and Supernatural (Oct. 7) as well as made-in-Toronto Reign (Oct. 9).
The 100 returns next year and The CW is introducing DC Legends of Tomorrow in early 2016. Both shows are made in Vancouver.
The U.S. cable networks also feature series produced in Hollywood North.
The sophomore season of Fargo, made in Alberta, debuts Oct. 12 on FX. B.C.-shot series Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce and Bates Motel return to Bravo and A&E respectively.
Syfy has a slew of Canadian-made shows on its schedule, including Vancouver-made The Magicians, Calgary-shot Wynonna Earp, and made-in-Toronto series The Expanse, 12 Monkeys, Bitten and Lost Girl.
Streaming service Amazon premieres The Man in the High Castle on Nov. 20. While the pilot was filmed in Seattle, the rest of the series was shot in Vancouver.
Hemlock Grove, made in Toronto, returns Oct. 23 for another season on Netflix.