Family Channel Generation | A generation’s TV Bible

Who remembers the competitions of B!bi and Geneviève, Boulevard Ricalle and Jean-Sylvain Rogatien Dutrisac’s allure (“I don’t call myself teteux, hello!”)? Many, many Quebecers born in the 1980s and 1990s. Great nostalgia from this era, Simon Portelance and Guy A. St Cyr launch Family channel generation, a bible behind the scenes of this somewhat crazy and very daring channel. “Yes, young people!”

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Valerie Simard

Valerie Simard
The press

Warning: you will be entering a veritable bottomless pit when you open this book about a television channel upon which an entire generation of television culture is based. All the shows are there, cult series that have been created Radio hell and In a galaxy near you to those who have fallen into oblivion (who remember ram ?).

“Canal Famille is a founder, it is fundamental to what I do today,” says Guy A. St Cyr, who writes for radio and television.

If it is Tele-pirate [une émission qui avait été vivement critiquée par la chroniqueuse de La Presse Louise Cousineau] or Bruno Blanchet’s follies at Study with Guy Jodoin. What emerges from Canal Famille is to be daring, without trying to shock at any cost.

Guy A. St Cyr

  • The team of the show In a galaxy near you

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY ZONE3, FROM THE ARCHIVE OF FRANÇOIS DESAULNIER

    The show team In a galaxy near you

  • Sophie Dansereau and Michel Ledoux, puppeteer behind B!bi

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    Sophie Dansereau and Michel Ledoux, puppeteer behind B!bi

  • France Beaulé and André Desjardins in Fripe and Pouille

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY TRINÔME ET FILLES

    France Beaulé and André Desjardins in Fripe and Puglia

  • Carol Cassistat, Christian Bégin and Élyse Marquis in Télé-Pirate

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY FRANÇOIS CHAMPAGNE

    Carol Cassistat, Christian Bégin and Élyse Marquis i Tele-pirate

  • Lorànt Deutsch and Jessica Barker in The Intrepid

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY MICHEL GAUTHIER

    Lorànt Deutsch and Jessica Barker in the fearless

  • François Chénier, Michel Charette and Robin Aubert in Radio Enfer

    PHOTO JULIE D’AMOUR-LÉGER, PROVIDED BY CINÉ TÉLÉ ACTION

    François Chénier, Michel Charette and Robin Aubert i Radio hell

  • Gregory Charles and Marie-Soleil Tougas in Les Débrouillards

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    Gregory Charles and Marie-Soleil Tougas in The Resourceful

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“It was television that gave you the right to dream, that made you feel like you belonged somewhere, and so I think it was a refuge for a lot of people. We valued young people,” adds Simon Portelance, member of the humorous collective Les Piles-Poils.

It’s 250 interviews the duo conducted with the channel’s artisans, from former vice president of programming Monic Lessard to Bruno Blanchet (scriptwriter and host of Study) through the designer of Romeo Fafard and even the audience leader in Radio hell.





The development of the Canal Famille

He and Guy A. St Cyr connected via Facebook in 2016. “We had a beer and spent four hours talking almost exclusively about the Canal Famille,” recalls Simon Portelance. Three and a half years later, after Simon’s “pretty vague” dream brought the project back to him, they decided to launch themselves. “It was supposed to be a summer project to take my mind off things, in the end it lasted three and a half years,” says Guy A.

All the programs scheduled on Canal Famille from 1988 to 2001 are mentioned in the book, and the 15 most important get more exhaustive chapters. Shows that the writers have gone through a lot – having been able to get their hands on VHS and material provided by the producers. Many are also available on YouTube. Unis TV also broadcasts, in repetitions, Radio hell and In a galaxy near you.


PHOTO PROVIDED BY ZONE3, FROM THE ARCHIVE OF FRANÇOIS DESAULNIER

In a galaxy near you

“Canal Famille has developed a lot over time,” emphasizes Simon Portelance. There was the questioning of the managers and the arrival of Télétoon, which had an influence on the direction of the channel. »

Télétoon dealt a heavy blow to Canal Famille, which had a budget of around $6 million in 1999-2000. In the autumn of 2000, the canal is covered in abundance. Its market share fell from 2.5% to 1.4%. On December 5, 2000, his death was announced, giving way to VRAK.TV, which continued to broadcast certain flagship programs of Canal Famille. But for many, the magic was broken.

Today, too few youth programs have this madness that inhabited the Family Channel, lament Simon Portelance and Guy A. St Cyr. This audacity and this desire to also create emotions without being didactic. They quote Barbados, No dumber than usthe work of Simon Boulerice.

As two of the five political parties commit to funding more Télé-Québec in connection with the provincial election on October 3, the authors call for an increase in the production of youth content. “For a really long time there were fewer youth programs in Quebec, then we see that this generation is 16, 17, 18 years old and they only eat in English,” notes Simon. “No wonder they don’t know Véro,” adds Guy A.

Three questions for the authors

The show that made an impression on you?

Guy A.: “Without a doubt The studio with Bruno Blanchet. They did completely absurd skits that rival Monty Python. To do a skit where the characters just say “pit pit pit” in different intonations, for three or four minutes, maintain it and keep it funny. It’s phenomenal. »

The one you changed jobs for?

Simon: ” The wind in the arrows, The plane, those weren’t very good shows, but it’s still a channel that didn’t have a big budget. »

The show you rediscovered?

Guy A.: ” Book foil. It’s a show that was considered boring at the time, but rediscovering it through the eyes of adults is amazing. Vincent Bilodeau and Fanny Lauzier received young people in the studio. There were discussions about books such as 2001: a space odyssey. They read great writers like Herman Melville. But it is certain that for a child it is terrifying. »

Family channel generation

Family channel generation

Quebec America

360 pages

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