CBS (Fri., Aug. 7, 10 p.m. ET)
Listen carefully and perhaps you will hear a small change in the American accent: “I’m going oot of the hoose, eh?” It comes not only from listening to Peter Jennings but also from watching all the prime-time TV being made now in Canada, our discount Hollywood to the north. Movies galore are being shot up there. TV mogul Stephen J. (21 Jump Street) Cannell is building a studio there. Now CBS reschedules its two Canadian-made late-night series, Night Heat and Adderly, to see whether they’re ready for prime time. ‘Fraid not. Mind you, I adore Canada. And I love the accent. But these two series look like pale copies of too many mediocre shows we’ve made down here. We are a bad influence. Night Heat, airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. through August, is your basic cop show; I reviewed it long ago and wasn’t impressed. Adderly is your basic bumbling spy show. Winston Rekert, a handsome and likable chap, plays Adderly, a dashing spy who gets demoted to a do-nothing job. But that doesn’t stop him from saving the world from a Gaddafi-esque madman planning to start war with stolen plutonium. Adderly tries to be farcical, but it’s just too nice and too relaxed—too Canadian—to succeed at being ootlandish.