Reel to Real (Canadian TV series)

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Reel to Real was a Canadian television series, which aired on the Rogers TV network of cable community channels, as well as nationally on Canada's Independent Film Channel. The series was hosted by a variety of Toronto-area film critics over the course of its run, including Christopher Heard, John Foote, Katrina Onstad, Richard Crouse and Geoff Pevere.[1]

Originally produced by Rogers Cable's division in Oshawa, the series premiered in 1992 and was picked up for provincewide distribution the following year.[2] Heard and Foote were the original hosts.[2] The program later moved its production location from Oshawa into Toronto; later in the 1990s, the program's distribution was further expanded to all Rogers TV outlets across Canada.[3]

Although a weekly series for most of the year, beginning in 1997 the show ran daily during the annual Toronto International Film Festival.[4]

It was cancelled in 2008, after Bell Media's new sponsorship deal with TIFF largely shut Rogers out from being able to offer any substantive coverage of the festival.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Rogers cancels Reel to Real". Playback, July 10, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Cable TV movie show is poised on brink of provincial stardom: Oshawa show highlights duo's love of films". Toronto Star, November 18, 1993.
  3. ^ "Christopher Heard". National Post, May 26, 2001.
  4. ^ "Rogers brings film festival home". Toronto Star, September 1, 2002.

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