You could win a season four Mr. D script signed by the cast as wll as a limited edition Mr. D Under Armour Men’s XL hoodie, courtesy of Mr. D.
Mr. D is headed into its fifth season on CBC, and series creator and star Gerry Dee isn’t messing with success. He’s sticking with the formula that keeps viewers coming back every week: keeping it real.
“I always try to bring authenticity to the show,” Dee told Sirius XM radio hosts Humble & Fred during an appearance Monday morning. That authenticity continues in Season 5, when Dee’s small-screen alter ego, Gerry Duncan, experiences a student teacher with stage fright, educational assistants, a mother who can’t believe that her son is capable of pushing other students around and an odd item brought for Show & Tell.
“A friend of mine had this Grade 1 class and a kid brought in a vibrator for Show & Tell and thought it was a rocket ship,” Dee recalls. “So we shot the episode where a kid comes in and says he has a rocket ship and that it buzzes when you turn it on. I try to grab it and it falls and breaks. He’s trying to zoom it at my face and everything. Those are the stories we get from teachers sometimes.” Dee taught in a private school for 10 years before committing to stand-up comedy full-time. Now, a decade removed from the classroom, he brings teachers into the writers’ room to mine details for possible storylines alongside what he and his writing staff come up with.
“Things have changed. In Season 4 we did an episode called ‘Lockdown,’ which is something that’s, sadly, common now in schools but I’d never heard of,” he says.
With Season 5 of Mr. D set to return on CBC in the winter and Season 4 re-airing on City in November, Dee’s plate is pretty full. Aside from his homegrown sitcom, Dee is writing for other projects—like My Scottish Family for CBC—and is constantly touring, with dates in Toronto, Ajax and Mississauga, Ont., lined up in September and October. Those dates, he reveals to Humble & Fred, are in preparation for his next big stand-up goal.
“I want to do the Air Canada Centre within two years,” he says. “I sat down with my tour manager and looked at the ticket sales and it’s all adding up to 10,000 tickets. It may be a big mistake and I’d have to stay on television within the next two years. I’m planning to do that and tape it as my next special.”
Listen to the rest of Dee’s interview with Humble & Fred (his chat is during the last 20 minutes).
Season 5 of Mr. D returns in the winter on CBC.
Season 4 of Mr. D airs in a second window on City starting in November.
He’s Mr. Cheeley in Mr. D, J-Roc in Trailer Park Boys, Chester in Call Me Fitz, and to some of us he’ll also always be that kid Jonathan from Street Cents. You could win a 15-minute chat with the guy Mike Clattenburg called always “the funniest guy in the room.”
From a media release:
Whether you are on the couch or on the go, gear up for television’s most anticipated season. Bringing TV addicts the most buzz-worthy series starring Hollywood’s hottest talent, City announces its fall 2015 premiere dates, boasting a schedule of 10 new series and 11 returning hits. Viewers can look forward to premium comedies and dramas, plus an unbeatable sports roster of both NHL and NFL games, beginning Thursday, Sept. 17 on City.
Returning television events include The Wiz Live!, The 58TH Annual GRAMMY Awards®, The 49thAnnual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, and CMA Country Christmas with premiere dates to be announced on a later date.
FALL 2015 PREMIERE DATES
All dates are subject to change. All times ET. (s) = simulcast
Thursday, Sept. 17
8 p.m. Thursday Night NFL (s) **NEW to City – ends Oct. 29**
Monday, Sept. 21
8 p.m. The Muppets **NEW**
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (s) **NEW – moves to its regular timeslot in simulcast Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. starting Nov. 5**
9 p.m. Scorpion (s)
Tuesday, Sept. 22
9 p.m. Scream Queens (s) **NEW – Two-hour Series Premiere**
Wednesday, Sept. 23
8 p.m. Empire **WORLD PREMIERE – Pre-release**
9 p.m. Modern Family (s)
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (s)
Friday, Sept. 25
8:30 p.m. The Middle **Moves to its regular timeslot in post-release Mondays at 8:30 p.m. starting Nov. 2**
Sunday, Sept. 27
7:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (s) **NEW to City**
8 p.m. Sunnyside **City Original Programming**
8:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (s)
9 p.m. Family Guy (s) **NEW to City**
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (s) **NEW to City – Catch up on Season 1 on shomi**
Tuesday, Sept. 29
8 p.m. Grandfathered (s) **NEW**
8:30 p.m. The Grinder (s) **NEW**
Friday, October 9
8 p.m. Undateable (s) **NEW to City – LIVE broadcasts every week**
Thursday, Nov. 5
8 p.m. Mr. D **NEW to City – Canadian Original Programming**
9 p.m. Mom (s)
9:30 p.m. The Mindy Project
Friday, Nov. 6
9 p.m. World’s Funniest Fails
The casts of 22 Minutes, Mr. D, Tiny Plastic Men, Rick Mercer Report and Republic of Doyle are among those nominated in this year’s go-round of the Canadian Comedy Awards.
Established in 2000, the awards celebrate Canadian comedians for their achievement in TV, film, radio the web and live performances. The 16th annual fete will be handed out on Sept. 13 in Toronto.
Here are the nominees in the TV categories:
Ryan Long is Challenged
This Hour Has 22 Minutes XXII
Tiny Plastic Men Season 2
Too Much Information
Derek Harvie – Meet the Family
Henry Sarwer-Foner – Rick Mercer Report – Ep 16
Mark O’Brien – Republic of Doyle – No Rest for the Convicted
Viveno Caldinelli, Michael Lewis- This Hour Has 22 Minutes XXII – Episode 20
Gerry Dee – Donor Dinner
Matt Doyle, Derek Harvie, Hannah Hogan, Brian Peco & Ron Sparks – Meet the Family
Peter McBain, Mark Critch, Mike Allison, Bob Kerr, Jon Blair, Sonya Bell, Heidi Brander, Adam Christie, Pat Dussault, Dean Jenkinson, Jeremy Woodcock, Mary Walsh – This Hour Has 22 Minutes XXII – Episode 16
Ryan Long, Jarek Hardy, Max Off – Ryan Long is Challenged
Ellie Harvie – Some Assembly Required
Jill Morrison – Sloppy Seconds
Leslie Seiler: 24 Hour Rental
Susan Kent – This Hour Has 22 Minutes XXII
Gerry Dee – Mr. D
Jonathan Torrens – Mr. D
Shaun Majumder – This Hour Has 22 Minutes XXII
Terry Barna – Meet the Family