A) The Listener is set in Toronto which was pretty obvious if you know what to look for - CN Tower, Art Gallery of Ontario, several skyline shots were shown. I would say that I thought there were several establishing shots. Place names were mentioned a few times (Burlington, Winnipeg, etc).
B) The characters talk like regular Canadians and we tend to not go around saying "Here in Canada" or "This is how we do things in Canada." "Did you know we were in Canada?" If they did that I would get annoyed and quit watching. I like that my intelligence isn't being insulted by having the obvious hammered into my head.
c) The show takes place in Toronto and I would have to say that like the majority of people from Ontario (aside from say, the Ottawa Valley), people who live in Toronto tend to not have a real discernible accent unless they were born elsewhere. I live in Ontario and the southern portion of the province is geographically close to the North Eastern and Mid-western states so there is perhaps some similarity in accent due to proximity.
Look like Americans? Is there a specific look for Americans? What exactly do you think Canadians looks like because I'm a little perplexed by that statement. Toronto is a very multicultural city so you could probably find at least one person who could also be considered a citizen of another country for every single country on earth. The same is true for a multicultural US city like New York.
D) Americans are not the only country in the world who speak of dollars and cents when talking about money so that is don't American terminology. Other countries were using dollars while the US was still using the British pound. Sometimes Canadians talk about Loonies and Toonies but that is slang for $1 and $2 coins. In the Listener I clearly saw a Canadian $5 bill and Toby give the man in the diner a Loonie. Several clearly Canadian terms were used in the show such as Kraft Dinner and double-double (coffee with 2 creams, 2 sugars). When you think about it, most terms used in English speaking parts of North America were actually brought here by immigrants. Canada and the United States aren't actually responsible for all that much in the English language.
Edited by Shant, Jun 6, 2009 @ 7:43 PM.