In 1976, SCTV (Second City Television) premiered in Canada and had an incredible run. The sketch comedy show was an offshoot of Toronto’s Second City stage troupe (which also supplied Saturday Night Live with many of its performers). The show ran until 1984 and performers included Rick Moranis, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short.
The premise of the show is the broadcast day of a fictitious TV station (later network) in the town of Melonville. The location of Melonville is left unspecified; the very earliest episodes imply it’s somewhere in Canada, though most later episodes place it in the US.