TELEVISION: The Unfrozen North

Canada has long offered cut-rate locations for U.S. producers; now more Canadian shows are crossing the border as well

The strangest crime fighter on American TV this fall wears a bright red uniform, calls his police boss "leff-tenant" and battles street thugs with the impeccable manners and irreproachable ethics of a Boy Scout. When he was assigned to a tough neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, the first thing he did was memorize the names on all the apartment mailboxes so he could address the residents personally. "It only takes a little effort to be nice," he said.

Like Benton Fraser, the Canadian Mountie on CBS's new show Due South, Canada's TV industry has always been something of a fish out...

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