Pictured: Dave Thomas and Helen Shaver
Pop Goes The News — There are many Canadians starring in prime time shows on the big U.S. networks — and a bunch of shows that are made in Canada.
But, not all Canadian viewers may realize that some of their favourite shows are directed, written, or produced by Canadians.
Here’s a look at five of them who are making things happen in prime time right now:
The 62-year-old Toronto native started out making documentaries — and a Heritage Minute commercial — in Canada before calling the shots on a long list of homegrown series, including Traders, Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye, Twice in a Lifetime and Doc.
Once south of the border, Dale started directing episodes of network shows like Cold Case, Heroes, Grimm, Smash, and Dexter. Her credits include Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Blue Bloods, NCIS and Law & Order: SVU.
Her name has shown up as director of episodes of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. as well as new series The Family and Game of Silence.
Dale has returned home to Canada to work on Quantico in Montreal, Falling Skies in Vancouver, and Toronto-shot Reign, The Firm, Flashpoint and Being Erica.
Best known for making people laugh with his work in front of the camera — most notably on the iconic Canadian series SCTV — the 66-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont. is now focused on writing and producing.
Thomas has written five episodes of Bones and two episodes of The Blacklist — and he’s a consulting producer on both series.
Toronto-born Podeswa, 54, made a name for himself with acclaimed Canadian films like 1999’s The Five Senses and 2007’s Fugitive Pieces. He also worked for the small screen, directing episodes of made-in-Canada shows like Queer As Folk, The L Word, and Wonderfalls.
Podeswa has since worked steadily in the U.S. as a director on shows like Weeds, Homeland, True Blood, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Ray Donovan, Boardwalk Empire and True Detective.
He has also directed four episodes of the wildly popular Game of Thrones — including the first two episodes of season 6.
Podeswa’s directing has earned him three Emmy Award nominations.
The 56-year-old from London, Ont. — a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and University of Toronto — worked as a lawyer in Toronto before turning his attention to television.
He wrote and/or produced episodes of such homegrown shows as Traders and Due South before working on Law & Order, NYPD Blue and The Practice.
Shore is best known for creating, writing and producing the hit medical drama House — for which he won a writing Emmy in 2005.
After serving as executive producer of the short-lived Battlecreek, Shore became an executive producer of the new series Houdini & Doyle.
The 65-year-old native of St. Thomas, Ont. started her acting career in the ‘70s on the iconic Canadian series The Beachcombers and appeared in the original The Amityville Horror.
Shaver worked steadily in front of the camera on both side of the border for decades before turning some of her attention to calling the shots.
She directed episodes of The O.C., Judging Amy, Medium, Private Practice, Castle and Elementary — as well as made-in-Canada series like Orphan Black, Reign, Flashpoint, The Firm and Combat Hospital.
Shaver has also directed nine episodes of Law & Order: SVU and recently helmed episodes of Vikings and the new series Heartbeat.