IS IT TIME TO REBOOT NORTH OF 60? CREATOR, SERIES STAR SAY IT’S A POSSIBILITY

'It really is remarkable, the loyalty that Canadians have to this show,' says co-creator Barbara Samuels

The title card for North of 60. The popular Northern drama has remained relevant today, with national discourse on Indigenous issues mirroring some of the series' topics in the early 1990s, according to the show's creator. (Alberta Filmworks/CBC)

With the recent news that CBS is developing a revival of beloved 1990s comedy-drama Northern Exposure, the minds of many Canadians turned to a different series: what about North of 60?

The Canadian drama, originally produced by CBC, ran for six seasons in the 1990s. Five made-for-TV movies were also produced, with the last airing in 2005.

Set in the fictional town of Lynx River, Northwest Territories, the show holds a special place in the hearts of many northern residents. Reruns of the show recently returned to national airwaves on APTN.

But would the show ever come back to the air with new episodes?

“Obviously we’ve talked about it,” said co-creator Barbara Samuels, who says she’s discussed a reboot with series star Tina Keeper and producer Tom Cox.

Tina Keeper played Michelle Kenidi in North of 60. Her ‘dream scenario’ for a reboot would be to hire an entirely Indigenous production team. (CBC)

Samuels said with Indigenous issues at the foreground of conversations today, the political climate could be ripe conditions for a reboot.

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission brought up a lot of issues that had never been at the forefront,” she said.

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