Everything about Mr. D, eh?

Link: It’s early days for U.S. Mr. D adaptation

From Cassandra Szklarski of the Toronto Star:

It’s early days for U.S. Mr. D adaptation
CBC star Gerry Dee is putting his trust in Will Arnett to shepherd a proposed U.S. revamp of his Halifax-shot comedy Mr. D. But fellow Canadians who’ve been through similar adaptations warn of pitfalls that come with reworking a series for a new audience.

The comedian-turned-actor says details of the show, being developed in conjunction with CBS, are still being worked out. That includes storylines, writers and cast. Continue reading.

Link: Gerry Dee on Mr. D, My Scottish Family and life on the road

From Jim Slotek of Postmedia Network:

Gerry Dee on Mr. D, My Scottish Family and life on the road
“The plan is to try to run Mr. D as long as it feels right. If you have another show and are in a position to do it, there’s a strategy there. Right now, I feel we’re peaking with Mr. D, so that’s my focus. If we get Season 7, maybe we’ll say, ‘Well that’s been a pretty good run.’” Continue reading. 

Link: CBS signs rights deal for CBC’s ‘Mr. D’

From Jim Slotek of Postmedia Network:

CBS signs rights deal for CBC’s ‘Mr. D’
Turns out CBS likes the CBC classroom sitcom Mr. D – a lot. They just want to American it up a bit.

Comedian Gerry Dee, the creator of the sitcom, told Postmedia he’d signed a deal Thursday with CBS for the format rights to the series based on his career as a Toronto teacher.

Fellow Canadian Will Arnett will be shepherding the project through his production company. Continue reading.

Link: Women underrepresented in TV, film, and now, web series: report

From CBC:

Women underrepresented in TV, film, and now, web series: report
A report released Wednesday says, not only are women are still under-represented in key roles in Canadian film and television, but in web series and as actors as well.

The annual report — released in Toronto and St. John’s at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF)— shows while awareness and concern about gender equity in the screen industry has grown, the number of women working as directors, screenwriters and cinematographers in Canadian feature film and television —and now in web series — is still low. Continue reading.