The risky bet of Radio-Canada and TVA


The management of TVA, which has had to struggle for six years with the success of District 31he decided to answer.

Here’s how from Monday 12 September at 19:00 Indefensible they will face State, the Radio-Canada newspaper. As far as I know, this is one of the first times, if not the first, that two daily series will face each other simultaneously on two major competing networks. On French television, fans of the daily series broadcast in the early evening, the channels do not run the risk of broadcasting them at the same time.

On TF1, the newspaper Here it all begins airs at 18:30 and tomorrow belongs to us starts on the same channel at 19:10 On France 3, More beautiful lifeDaily Series Champion (4610And episode, last night!) airs at 20:20 The series will end on November 18. For the same reasons that CTV terminated Lisa LaFlamme’s contract, namely “due to changing viewer expectations”! On France 2, the newspaper such a big sun airs at 20:40


TVA must have great faith in its daily news to put it in direct competition with that of Radio Canada. It is true that viewing habits have changed, that recording has become commonplace in a large number of homes, that various digital platforms make it possible to recover television, but the fact remains that almost three out of four Quebecers watch live television. , especially at dinner time. The incredible success of District 31 ended up convincing TVA of a newspaper’s interest early in the evening.

District 31 set the bar very high. We did not spare either the shooting on location or the distribution. The intrigues were numerous. They involved a record number of actors and, above all, they proved that Quebecers love thrillers. With Indefensible, viewers will follow during the first season, nine major criminal trials. These trials should allow us to witness police investigations and intrigues.

At Radio-Canada, we rely on the hospital environment and medical intrigues to retain viewers. Even if the excessive frequency of the promotion bands State shocked a bit, viewers should be numerous at the beginning of the series. Most of the series that take place in a hospital setting are successful and Fabienne Larouche knows it all. You wrote the 26 hours ofEmergency and the 45 hours of Trauma, two series with numerous specialists, doctors, nurses and other health professionals. We will surely find clones in Stateeven if it is Marie-André Labbé who holds the pen and not Fabienne.


If it were a Formula 1 race, I’d say State starts in pole position and that’s itIndefensible don’t become the favorite. We cannot ignore Fabienne Larouche’s formidable experience as a screenwriter and producer. Alone or with Réjean Tremblay, she wrote 299 hours of drama, not counting 2,400 episodes of daily series.

In comparison, the authors ofIndefensible they are newbies, like producer Izabel Chevrier, whose husband is the famous criminal lawyer Richard Dubé. But Formula 1 fans will remember that Max Verstappen, who started at the back of the pack last Sunday, still won the Belgian Grand Prix! So we can expect anything.


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