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So does the potential for a Forever Knight/The Border crossover fic exist? 
7th-Feb-2008 12:18 pm
I approve!
I don't know why I hadn't thought of this before but I think the answer is a definite yes but not for the obvious reason which is that both series take place in Toronto.

It came to me last night as I watched Maggie, Catherine Disher's character on The Border babysit a Russian stripper...oh sorry exotic dancer. Their exchanges where hilarious by the way but back on topic. Maggie's last name is Norton and if I recall correctly in season one of Forever Knight wasn't there a certain mayoral candidate that Natalie so vehemently threw her support behind. What was her name? Oh yeah Barbara Norton.

I'm just throwing this out there and I can't believe it took me this long to realize this. Also I'm a little bummed that I couldn't participate in the ficathon over at femme_fic and my mind is going overboard with what type of FK prompt/story I could have written. Perhaps a story focused on Barbara Norton from the episode 'Spin Doctor' in the aftermath of her loss and it dawning on her that one of her supporters resembled her sister, or cousin, or sister-in-law Maggie.

There's some nice symmetry to Natalie's big mistake on local television and Maggie's wrong place at the wrong time, she' s just following orders mistake that lands her on national television. Oh wait that's another story right there! Maggie was concerned that Kessler might be questioning her objectivity when he didn't let her interrogate the reporter who made a fool of her on TV and that left some issues that weren't completely addressed. Perhaps back in 1993 Maggie didn't have very kind words for her family member's so called supporter and how her actions may have caused Barbara the election. Now much to her annoyance Maggie finds herself in almost the same situation 15 years later.

I desperately want to revisit 'Spin Doctor' but unfortunately I can't.  The DVD that contains that episode along with 'Feeding the Beast' and 'Only the Lonely' has been missing in action for a few months now and I'm at a loss to explain where it's gone to. I suspect it's having a grand old time with my CD of the Forever Knight soundtrack which has been missing for over a year now. Perhaps that's my project for the weekend. I'm going to turn my room upside and search for my errant DVD.
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8th-Feb-2008 07:13 am (UTC)
Find the DVD and write the story! :-) In your own time, naturally. :-)

I will not see The Border unless it comes to US television, but the "Spin Doctor" connection sounds utterly delightful. It's a lovely idea.
14th-Feb-2008 07:15 am (UTC)
Looky! You got new user pics. Pretty, I simply must lust.

No luck finding the DVD but I did find a $10 bill. :-) Although I did manage to get the episode through alternative means so I've got no excuse not to start thinking about it. Now if only The Border would give up some Maggie backstory.

With the writers strike resolved I wonder if U.S. networks are still interested in pursuing Canadian dramas. The Border would be a good fit on TNT.
16th-Feb-2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
>"Looky! You got new user pics. Pretty, I simply must lust."

Thank you. :-) I enjoy making LJ icons, but it is a new skill, and there's a lot to learn. (I'd offer to make you a custom FK icon, if you were interested, but I'm afraid I don't know you well enough to guess what you'd like; I'll have to catch up with what you've posted to fkfic-l first. ~g~)

>"With the writers strike resolved I wonder if U.S. networks are still interested in pursuing Canadian dramas. The Border would be a good fit on TNT."

I imagine that the big networks will wash their hands of Canadian programming again. Although there could always be an exception for a true hit -- and The Border keeps being called "a Canadian 24," which perhaps bodes well -- most Canadian programming that reaches us still comes by syndication (e.g. DiVinci's Inquest), on PBS (e.g. An American in Canada), or only tertiarily on cable networks (e.g. Stargate: Atlantis). ~shrug~ That's my opinion, anyway. Based on historical precedent, I expect to see The Border syndicated in the US after a full season has aired in Canada.
19th-Feb-2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Thank you. :-) I enjoy making LJ icons, but it is a new skill, and there's a lot to learn. (I'd offer to make you a custom FK icon, if you were interested, but I'm afraid I don't know you well enough to guess what you'd like; I'll have to catch up with what you've posted to fkfic-l first. ~g~)

Icon creation is a work in progress with me too. Eventually I'll upgrade to a paid account simply because of the number of user pics allowed. LOL, I think sometime in the future I'm gonna have to take you up on your offer. ::flattered::

I imagine that the big networks will wash their hands of Canadian programming again.

I agree and it's a shame. We can get content from England no problem but when it comes to programming north of the border it's merely a trickle. Also, I wonder if The Border's stance on Americans in general could hurt its chances to land in the U.S. I don't know if programmers are ready to have a show on the air that shows Americans in less than favorable lights. Major kudos if someone takes the chance though. Another show, Intelligence, that is also on the CBC sometimes takes a similar take and while critically lauded it has yet to make it stateside. It has made it to DVD though and Fox has plans to remake it as a stateside drama.

Based on historical precedent, I expect to see The Border syndicated in the US after a full season has aired in Canada.

Unfortunately ratings for The Border have been dropping off. They're still very respectable but a far cry from what it premiered at. The CBC has a lot riding on it, given that it was part of the largest promotional campaign they've ever done, so unless the ratings sink any lower I think it's a sure bet it'll get picked up for a second season.

However I'm thinking that if it does hit U.S. syndication it won't be until after that season. Da Vinic's Inquest, Cold Squad, and ReGenesis didn't hit the U.S. until after their third seasons.

I've already fired off an email to the CBC strongly supporting any decision to release The Border on DVD. I personally think that's our best hope since even low rated Intelligence is getting a DVD release. Although that set will be through Acorn Media the same company that released Slings and Arrows
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