René Lévesque (miniseries)
Plot and production
The series dramatized Lévesque as a journalist who eventually becomes the leader of the Parti Québécois. A journalist, Bilodeau, plays Lévesque, and it has been noted that Bilodeau had met the real Lévesque before the former-premier's death. The series was viewed as "part of CBC's high-impact programming strategy."
One newspaper said Bilodeau had a "remarkable" similarity to Lévesque in appearance; however, another critic complained of "meandering looks at dubious 'icons' like separatist René Lévesque." The series was considered a ratings flop since it drew only 131,000 viewers. It was thus seen as being among a few disappointments for the CBC in 2006, along with the documentary Hockey: A People's History and the television series What It's Like Being Alone.
- "CBC rolls out fall shows—heavy on documentaries," Standard - Freeholder. Cornwall, Ontario: June 4, 2005. pg. 29.
- Bill Brioux, "Game over for the CBC," Jam! Showbiz: Canoe.ca, URL accessed 23 January 2007.
- "CBC emphasizes Canadian content," The Record. Kitchener, Ontario: June 8, 2005. pg. A.14.
- James Vassallo, "'Canadian content' comes at a high price," Daily News, Prince Rupert, B.C.: January 12, 2007. pg. 4.
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