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Mr. D: Suresh John previews Malik’s Episode 2 backstory reveal

After seven seasons on the air, Mr. D fans will finally get a glimpse into Mr. Malik’s backstory during Tuesday night’s episode. Actor Suresh John says viewers were informed Mr. Malik had a sister earlier in the show’s run but will find out more about her during “Gerry Rigs PTA,” when they tune in tomorrow at 9:30 p.m.

“It’s definitely a Malik-heavy episode,” John says. We won’t spoil anything, but Malik is showcased in one long scene—while “Sad Eyes” by Robert John plays—making what will be a life-changing event. Does he go through with it? Tune in.

John landed the role of Mr. Malik after auditioning via Skype. At the time, there were three actors up the role—one actor with a Russian angle, one with a Latin take and John (“With whatever I am,” he jokes.)—and the CBC liked his performance the best. A week later, he was in Halifax filming Episode 2 of Season 1.

As for Season 7, the upcoming year marks a bit of a storyline shakeup for the veteran Canadian comedy. Episode 1 revealed Lisa (Lauren Hammersley) has gotten married and is Alex’s stepmom, and she’s gunning for the staff at Xavier, particularly Gerry (Gerry Dee). Meanwhile, Bobbi (Naomi Sniekus) is about to give birth to her and Robert’s (Jonathan Torrens) baby; that means Gerry is taking over the Phys Ed. department. And Paul Dwyer (Wes Williams) is struggling in his new role as vice principal at Xavier Academy, preferring to befriend the students sent to his office rather than discipline them.

“We also have one new teacher,” John teases. “He’s the new economics teacher, Dave, played by Dave Merheje and he’s sort of the staff room foil to the office romantics. The good thing about being set in a school is that you can have teacher and student turnover and it makes sense.” He adds Malik spends a lot of time in the staff room and interacts with Bobbi and Robert once their baby is born. The changes, John says, take Mr. D in directions the award-winning series has never gone before and explores sides of the characters we love. As for creating his own characters via writing his own series? John’s not interested.

“I like to do the Samuel L. Jackson, sitting in the trailer eating sandwiches and no aspirations of directing or writing,” he says with a laugh. “It’s a lot of work.”

Mr. D airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on CBC

Image courtesy of CBC.

 

 

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CBC announces its 2017-18 primetime schedule

From a media release:

CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster and the number-one media brand in Canada,* today announced broadcast premiere dates for its fall 2017 television season, featuring a uniquely Canadian lineup of new and returning series including Canada’s most-watched homegrown drama and comedy series, MURDOCH MYSTERIES and KIM’S CONVENIENCE.**

New original series launching on CBC this fall include the highly anticipated miniseries ALIAS GRACE (6×60) premiering Mon.Sept. 25, written and produced by Sarah Polley, directed by Mary Harron and starring Sarah Gadon, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood; THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW (8×60), the homemade version of the popular British competition bringing together 10 amateur bakers from across Canada hosted by Dan Levy and Julia Chan, premiering Wed. Nov. 1; FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES (11×60) from the producers of Murdoch Mysteries, following Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s, premiering Mon. Nov. 6; and THE STATS OF LIFE (4×30); a factual series that humanizes a range of population statistics to reveal the surprising truths about how Canadians live today, premiering Fri. Nov. 24.

CBC will also offer the exclusive Canadian broadcast of Jane Campion’s acclaimed drama TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL (7×60) premiering on Wed. Oct. 25, starring Elizabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman. The BAFTA-nominated British series THE DURRELLS (6×60) will also premiere on Wed. Sept. 13.

Returning drama, comedy, factual and arts series include CORONATION STREET (Sept. 18), with six new episodes per week this fall including back-to-back episodes on Mondays; DRAGONS’ DEN (Sept. 28), featuring Arlene Dickinson’s return to the Den as the sixth Dragon; arts series EXHIBITIONISTS (Sept. 22); weekday daytime series THE GOODS (Sept. 18); HEARTLAND (Sept. 24); Emmy-nominated political arts series INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM (Oct. 13); KIM’S CONVENIENCE (Sept. 26); MR. D (Sept. 26); MURDOCH MYSTERIES (Sept. 25); RICK MERCER REPORT (Sept. 26); and THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (Sept. 26).

On Mon. Nov. 6, flagship news program THE NATIONAL launches with a new format hosted by Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing. CBC News’ investigative series MARKETPLACE, THE FIFTH ESTATE and THE INVESTIGATORS WITH DIANA SWAIN also return with new seasons on Fri. Sept. 15.

CBC’s award-winning documentary programming moves to Sundays starting Sept. 24 including David Suzuki’s THE NATURE OF THINGS, which will launch its new season with THE WILD CANADIAN YEAR (5×60), showcasing Canada’s extraordinary wildlife; and CBC DOCS POV (formerly FIRSTHAND), which launches with Bee Nation, a charming documentary following students as they prepare for the first-ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Canada.

Also this fall, CBC SPORTS will provide compelling coverage and storytelling leading up to the OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018 and connect Canadians with high-performance athletes each weekend with ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES, which launches its fall season on Sat. Oct. 21 with coverage of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating from Moscow, Russia.

CBC’s fall 2017 broadcast premiere dates and times are as follows –
All series will also be available to stream on the CBC TV app and at cbc.ca/watch (all times local with the exception of Newfoundland, please add half an hour to all times)

MONDAYS

  • 2 p.m. The Goods (Season 2 premieres Sept. 18)
  • 7 p.m. Coronation Street (fall premiere Sept. 18)
  • 8 p.m. Murdoch Mysteries (Season 11 premieres Sept. 25)
  • 9 p.m. Alias Grace (Miniseries premieres Sept. 25)
    [Frankie Drake Mysteries series premieres Nov. 6]
  • 10 p.m. The National (launches Nov. 6)

TUESDAYS

  • 8 p.m. Rick Mercer Report (Season 15 premieres Sept. 26)
  • 8:30 p.m. This Hour Has 22 Minutes (Season 25 premieres Sept. 26)
  • 9 p.m. Kim’s Convenience (Season 2 premieres Sept. 26)
  • 9:30 p.m. Mr. D (Season 7 premieres Sept. 26)

WEDNESDAYS

  • 8 p.m. The Great British Baking Show Season 7 premieres Aug. 23
    [The Great Canadian Baking Show premieres Nov. 1]

THURSDAYS

  • 8 p.m. Dragons’ Den (Season 12 premieres Sept. 28 with a two-hour special)

FRIDAYS

  • 8 p.m. Marketplace (Season 45 premieres Sept .15)
  • 8:30 p.m. The Investigators with Diana Swain (premieres Sept. 15)
    [Interrupt This Program Season 3 premieres Oct.13]
    [The Stats of Life series premieres Nov. 24]
  • 9 p.m. The Fifth Estate (Season 43 premieres Sept. 15)
  • 12:30 a.m. Exhibitionists (Season 3 premieres Sept. 22)

SATURDAYS

  • 6:30 p.m. ET Hockey Night in Canada

SUNDAYS

  • 7 p.m. Heartland (Season 11 premieres Sept. 24)
  • 8 p.m. The Nature of Things (Season 57 premieres Sept. 24)
  • 9 p.m. CBC Docs POV (Season 4 premieres Sept. 24)

 

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CBC’s Mr. D is back in Halifax as cameras roll on Season 7

From a media release:

Principal photography on Season 7 (11 x 30) of CBC’s original comedy series Mr. D – starring comedian Gerry Dee – is now under way in and around Halifax until mid-August. The new season will premiere in fall 2017 on CBC.  

Exploring the staff and student dynamics at a private school, Mr. D is based on the stand-up comedy act of Dee, who was a teacher for nine years before transitioning to a career in comedy. The series revolves around the eponymous Mr. D, an under-qualified and unmotivated teacher trying to fake his way through work – and life.

In the Season 6 finale, Gerry Duncan (Gerry Dee) seems to be on the upswing as he unloads wife Lisa (Lauren Hammersley) and lands his dream job – head of the Phys. Ed department. But does getting burned by Gerry and abruptly leaving her job as Principal signal the end of Lisa Mason? Better not count on it.

In Season 7, Gerry realizes Phys. Ed is not all fun and games; Robert (Jonathan Torrens) and Bobbi (Naomi Snieckus) navigate parenthood; Simon (Mark Little) and Nisha (Emma Hunter) get more physical in their new relationship; new Economics teacher Dave (guest star Dave Merheje) tries to inspire his students; and Lisa does whatever she can to return to Xavier Academy.  

Mr. D also stars Bette MacDonald (Trudy), Darrin Rose (Bill), Wes Williams (Paul), Suresh John (Malik), Kathleen Phillips (Emma), and Bill Wood (Frank), with season 7 guest stars to be announced at a later date.

A CBC original series, Mr. D is produced by Topsail Productions Limited and Gerard ADHD Entertainment Inc. and distributed worldwide by Entertainment One Television International Ltd.

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CBC renews Mr. D for Season 7

It’s lucky No. 7 for the kids and teachers of Xavier Academy: CBC has renewed Mr. D for a seventh season. Show creator, writer and star Gerry Dee made the announcement via his Twitter page on Thursday morning:

“We couldn’t be happier!! CBC has been so great to us and we are so thankful that they continue to believe in our show,” Dee said in a statement to TV, Eh. “Our loyal fans are awesome too.”

Based on Dee’s real-life experiences as a high school teacher before he switched to stand-up comedy full-time, Season 1 debuted in January 2012 to 1.3 million viewers, the highest-rated scripted show premiere on the network in seven years.

Gerry has been through a lot in the past six seasons at Xavier, embarrassing himself in front of Roberto Alomar and Donovan Bailey and accidentally marrying Lisa Mason (Lauren Hammersley). The Season 6 finale, “Gerry Charters a New Course,” found Gerry upset about his contract not being renewed at Xavier and considering starting his own school with help from Malik (Suresh John). Meanwhile, Lisa was without a job after quitting following a miscommunication.

Mr. D also stars Bette MacDonald, Jonathan Torrens, Emma Hunter, Bill Wood, Darrin Rose, Kathleen Phillips, Mark Little, Naomi Snieckus and Wes Williams.

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