Everything about Mr. D, eh?

Tonight: Schitt’s Creek, Mr. D

Schitt’s Creek, CBC – “Allez Vous”
Moira and David try to earn money by selling cosmetics to the locals, while Johnny heads to Elmdale in hopes of collecting unemployment insurance.

Mr. D, CBC – “Short Stocked”
Gerry and Bill’s house they rent is up for sale and Gerry uses the advice of a market-savvy student to raise enough money for a down payment. Robert is too proud to ask for IT help, and Lisa spearheads a farewell to Xavier’s veteran crossing guard.

Tonight: Schitt’s Creek, Mr. D, Close up Kings, 22 Minutes

Schitt’s Creek, CBC – “Turkey Shoot”
David goes on a turkey hunt with some townies. Jocelyn takes Moira on a “relaxing” spa day, while Alexis meets the new love of her life, Ted, the town veterinarian.

Mr. D, CBC – “Dating Maya Student”
Gerry’s former pupil, Maya is back at Xavier as a student teacher and Gerry is having difficulty accepting her as an adult. Robert tries too hard to be cool while attempting to connect with a student, and Bobbi works to prove her femininity to Malik amidst a school wide outbreak of lice.

Close up Kings, OLN – “Vancouver”
Close up King Jonny uses the Capilano Suspension Bridge for an epic trick after the Kings leave the USA for the first time and head north to BC. While on the trip, Magick gets a shocking tattoo to make this a trip of a lifetime!

Tonight: Rick Mercer Report, 22 Minutes, Schitt’s Creek, Mr. D

22 Minutes, CBC
This week on 22 Minutes a special Ottawa episode featuring Thomas Mulcair: The Musical; and an insider’s tour of Parliament Hill.

Rick Mercer Report, CBC
Rick goes to Ottawa to help set a Guinness World Record for making the most snowmen in an hour before going to the new velodrome in Milton, ON, to join cyclists training for the upcoming Parapan Am games.

Schitt’s Creek, CBC – “Wine and Roses”
Moira is hired as the spokesperson for a local winery. Alexis gets a little too close to Mutt, while David struggles with a mysterious health problem.

Mr. D, CBC – “Callaghan’s Daughter”
Callaghan’s daughter is in town visiting, and after seeing her old graduation photo, Gerry wants take her out on a date. Bobbi takes the lead on a photoshoot for Xavier’s new marketing campaign, and Robert cracks down on dress code violations.

Link: CBC’s Mr. D Regular Naomi Snieckus Is One Funny Lady

From Crave Online:

CBC’s Mr. D Regular Naomi Snieckus Is One Funny Lady
She acts, she writes, she does improv… Naomi Snieckus can do it all! A regular on the hit home-grown series “Mr. D,” airing on CBC, Snieckus is a member of the Second City alum and she and her husband, Matt Baram, founded the The National Theatre of the World, which won five Canadian Comedy Awards. She also won the Canadian Comedy Award for best female improviser in 2010, as well as best female in a TV Series for “Mr.D.” Continue reading.

Review: Mr. D hits a home run with Roberto Alomar

When Mr. D executive producer Mike Volpe told me a few weeks ago that Baseball Hall of Famer—and former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman—Roberto Alomar would be guest-starring this season, I was giddy.

How would he be worked into the storyline, written by my former classmate, Anita Kapila? Would it be baseball-related? Would it involve Gerry knowing Alomar somehow or at least acting like he knew him?

In an interesting twist in “President Jimmy,” Alomar didn’t even appear on-screen with Mr. D at all. Instead, he was part of a secondary storyline involving Robert, Trudy and Malik. See, every year during Xavier’s student council elections, someone plasters the school with posters with Alomar for President emblazoned on them. Fed up, Robert banned all Alomar posters and pins from the premises. And still they magically appeared. The way the storyline rolled out, it was assumed Trudy was behind the whole thing, until the episode’s closing minutes when Alomar appeared on-screen, helping Malik post more election signs.

“I just retired, and I get bored. So I drop by the schools and I mess around,” Alomar said to the camera. (Alomar’s acting skills from those McCain fruit punch commercials paid off.)

It should be noted that Mr. D‘s filming style changed for “President Jimmy,” with cameras capturing the action like a mockumentary. It made for several funny moments (like Alomar’s admission), especially when it came to scenes involving Jimmy, Mr. D, Lisa and new librarian Miss Terdie (Kathleen Phillips, Sunnyside). With the elections in full swing, Lisa’s class project was to record the process for posterity and they captured democracy in all its glory. Like Mr. D convincing Jimmy to run for president because Gerry didn’t want Natalie to three-peat as president.

The best part of the instalment for me—aside from Alomar—was footage of the ongoing feud between Lisa and Miss Terdie. Both ladies have their quirks—the former neatness and cleanliness and the latter a deep love for books and their fair treatment—so when Lisa didn’t put books she’d pulled off the shelf on Terdie’s “To be shelved” cart, it was war. Terdie drew a caricature of Lisa on her classroom board, titled it “Demon Mason” and removed the erasers from the class so Lisa couldn’t eliminate it.

I miss Mr. Leung, but Miss Terdie promises to be a memorable character as well. Especially if her feud with Lisa continues.

Notes and quotes

  • How many teachers use Wikipedia as their source material? I’m hoping not many.
  • “He’s a Golden Glove-wearing baseball slugger.” I love Robert’s sport savvy

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