Deep 26 Nov 2010 This is absolutely, completely un-fucking-believable. As in, if you'd told me this was going to happen I would have asked you to pull the other one; it is only having witnessed it with my own eyes that I am even making such an absurd-sounding claim. But it looks like Fringe is now only available in French, at least in Canada. I went to set up tonight's recording schedule and found Nikita where it belongs, but both CSI and Fringe absent from their normal stations/timeslots. So I fired up the satellite receiver's program search function and... couldn't find tonight's CSI anywhere, just tomorrow's CSI:NY and a years-old CSI rerun on some other channel. (It doesn't look more than about 60 hours ahead so Sunday's CSI:Miami is still over its horizon.) move simplifies things, I thought, since that means it doesn't happen at the same time as both CSI AND Nikita forcing me to torrent Nikita while recording CSI and watching Fringe live every Thursday night. So I decide to simply view Fringe and Nikita live tonight and complain here later about the missing CSI, and ... the damn thing is in French! Apparently, Fringe has moved from the English-language A network to a French-language network, rather than it being some obscure set of A network affiliates that it's on. There are three other VXXX channels with Fringe on at 8. I flipped through them. All have Fringe in French. It seems that Fringe is no longer available in English in Canada. I don't know what staggering magnitude of stupidity it takes for the guys in charge at the networks to do something like this -- it probably is off the stupidity charts and a serious contender for a Guinness world stupidity record -- but they've basically just given a big middle finger to fully 3/4 of Fringe's live-viewing, ad-watching audience in Canada. So there you have it. Now I'm off to the torrent sites. I'm hoping the American networks haven't been quite as idiotic. If I go to an American torrent site and they only have this week's episode in Spanish I'll fucking scream. And if not ... I guess from now on I'll be watching Nikita live, torrenting Fringe, and wondering what the fuck happened to CSI. I would have thought they'd let a decade-old show round out its final season and wrap up loose story-arc ends (such as, say, Squeegle, or those crime-scene bombers from the season opener) rather than just abruptly cut it off (and in the middle of a sweeps month, at that), but stranger things have happened, and I can't think of any *other* explanation for its vanishing without a trace like that. There certainly isn't anything on CTV at nine that could plausibly have preempted it -- no sports or political nonsense or what-have-you. It just seems to have been replaced by some other ordinary show, which smells to me much more like a cancellation than a preemption.