Everything about Mr. D, eh?

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

Rick Mercer Report, CBC
Rick goes to Penticton, BC where he joins a precision jump rope skipping competition and then heads to New Brunswick to learn the art of making potato chips.

22 Minutes, CBC
Tonight on 22 Minutes, Canada’s recent deal to build six arctic patrol ships inspires new recruitment ads; Stephen Harper’s signature guitar available for purchase and telecom giant, Rogers, takes on a new adversary.

Schitt’s Creek, CBC – “Bad Parents”
Johnny and Moira, feeling like they have failed as parents, try to get to know their grown children. Alexis spies on Mutt and thinks he’s having an affair with the Mayor’s wife.

Mr D. CBC – “Staff Hangover”
Morning assembly reveals the Xavier staff in rough shape. Last night’s staff party went late and got messy. The new librarian is revealed in the aftermath.

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

Mr. D, CBC – “Mafai Dad”
Gerry is finally given an opportunity to coach the varsity boys’ basketball team. Trudy’s birthday gift to Lisa causes a stir, while Dwyer endures an unbelievably bad day.

Schitt’s Creek, CBC – “Don’t Worry It’s His Sister”
Johnny tries to get a potentially offensive town sign taken down, while David is faced with the frightening task of finding a job.

Rick Mercer Report, CBC
Rick is in Whistler where he goes bob sledding with Olympians on the world’s fastest track and then he’s at Variety Village, Toronto, participating in activities at a world-class gym for people with disabilities.

22 Minutes, CBC
This week on 22 Minutes the origins of the Donair: Canada’s favourite drunk food; Blue Monday inspires an all new Yoga class and the dating app Tinder gets political.

Preview: Mr. D returns with more awkwardness

New season, same old Gerry Duncan. At the end of Season 3, it appeared Xavier Academy had lost its history teacher. After all, Gerry’s dream job was to teach pays. ed., a gig offered to him by St. Pat’s. But in the season finale’s closing moments he returned to Xavier a self-proclaimed victor.

The move apparently paid off, but not without the typical Mr. D twist. The CBC sitcom returns Tuesday night paired with Schitt’s Creek, the newbie project that garnered record ratings in its double-dose debut last week. But where Schitt’s Creek is more of a traditional sitcom, Mr. D is the new wave, a series that relishes in the awkward moments … and milks them for all they’re worth. It doesn’t take long for cringeworthy stuff to start happening in “Mafia Dad” though it all starts promisingly enough.

Principal Callaghan informs Gerry that he is taking over coaching duties for the varsity basketball team and he’s stoked to carry on the team’s winning ways. Of course, the tallest kid on the team, Eddie, is also the worst (“Such a waste,” Gerry whispers to himself at one point) so Gerry plans to bench him. Enter Eddie’s father, who bribes Gerry with steaks, wine and “weal” sandwiches in a bid to get his son on the floor. It’s not until Bobbi pulls Gerry aside for a warning that he realizes Eddie’s dad may be a Russian mobster.

Speaking of Bobbi, she has her own uncomfortable few moments when Trudy upstages her at a birthday party for Lisa. Though Bobbi got up early to snag a personalized pudding-filled cake for event, Trudy’s gift of a pearl bracelet wins the day. The real source of the bauble leads to a very funny bit in the school office.

But perhaps the funniest storyline of the night belongs to Paul Dwyer. The always-positive and beloved Xavier teacher—the ying to Gerry’s yang—has an incredibly bad week full of damage to both person and possession yet he takes it all in stride. Wes Williams, who plays Dwyer, continues to amaze me with his comic chops.

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

Link: Sketch-inspired comedy in again in Canadian TV

From Bill Brioux for The Canadian Press:

For many years, “sketch” was a word that would get you thrown out of a TV network’s boardroom.

Broadcasters in English Canada, hungry for ratings, just weren’t interested in what they saw as yesterday’s genre. Instead, the search was on for the next “Corner Gas.” The show was proof, it was thought, that Canadians wanted nothing more than a good sitcom. Continue reading.