Although the writers were clearly beginning to run out of steam (at least, arguably), the sixth season of the Littlest Hobo was not intended to be the last.1Matthew Fraser. “Canadian shows on CTV agenda,” The Globe and Mail, May 22, 1985, S5. Mulroney-era changes in subsidization policy, financial troubles at CTV, changing tastes, and the unfortunate decision to use Hobo to fill Cancon quotas ensured that it would nevertheless be so.2Hobo almost seems to have been the only show used for this purpose as it seems to have become a byword for “Cancon policy filler programming” in reports on the policy. See Jeffrey Simpson, “A dramatic void,” The Globe and Mail, September 12, 1986, A6; John Haslett Cuff, “New Canadian content rules could reduce TV ad revenues,” The Globe and Mail, September 24, 1986, C5.

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1. Matthew Fraser. “Canadian shows on CTV agenda,” The Globe and Mail, May 22, 1985, S5.
2. Hobo almost seems to have been the only show used for this purpose as it seems to have become a byword for “Cancon policy filler programming” in reports on the policy. See Jeffrey Simpson, “A dramatic void,” The Globe and Mail, September 12, 1986, A6; John Haslett Cuff, “New Canadian content rules could reduce TV ad revenues,” The Globe and Mail, September 24, 1986, C5.