Zaib Shaikh is known as Amaar on Little Mosque on the Prairie, but for tonight’s adaptation of Othello on CBC, he is co-writer, director, and executive producer. Matthew Deslippe, who was recently seen on Across the River to Motor City, plays Iago and is also an executive producer. Listen now to their thoughts on why Othello is relevant today, Carlo Rota in the title role, their pride in Canadian productions, and even what’s next for Little Mosque on the Prairie:
From Judith Klassen at Movie Entertainment:
- CBC’s Othello: Part One, Zaib Shaikh interview
Jude visits the set of CBC’s Othello and chats with Little Mosque star, and Othello co-writer, co-producer, and director, Zaib Shaikh. Zaib talks about directing Little Mosque co-star, Carlo Rota (24) in the title role, why Othello is relevant today, and why Desdemona kicks Juliet’s petulant ass. Listen to Jude’s interview with Zaib Shaikh
- CBC’s Othello: Part Two, Carlo Rota interview
Jude chats with actor Carlo Rota (pictured) about the challenge of playing Othello, his acting roles on 24, and Little Mosque, his late entry into show business, and his plan to have children when he finds a woman to “accept his seed.” Line up starts to left, ladies… Listen to Jude’s interview with Carlo Rota
Acclaimed actor Nicholas Campbell, who among many other roles has played Dominic Da Vinci in seven years of Da Vinci’s Inquest, one of Da Vinci’s City Hall, and the upcoming TV movie The Quality of Life, is the guest for this half-hour interview. He opens up about the show, his career, and the Canadian television industry. Listen below, visit the show site, or subscribe via iTunes or with any other program via the TV, Eh? feed.
The Quality of Life featuring Campbell as Dominic Da Vinci airs Saturday, June 14 at 9 pm on CBC.
Since I’ll be on the road to Banff this weekend, there’s a special edition of the TV, eh? Blogtalkradio show this Thursday, June 5 at 7:30 am Pacific/10:30 am Eastern, with guest Nicholas Campbell. After seven seasons of Da Vinci’s Inquest and another of Da Vinci’s City Hall, Campbell brings his alter-ego Dominic Da Vinci to life again in the CBC movie The Quality of Life, airing Saturday, June 14 at 9 p.m.
Listen live Thursday at 7:30 am Pacific/10:30 am Eastern and feel free to call in with your questions at 646-200-4063 (or leave in the comments below). Or catch the podcast afterwards.
Because I know you’re marking your calendars, the next show returns to its regular Sunday timeslot: June 15 at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern. The topic is CBC’s Othello, which will air later that night, and the guests are director/co-writer Zaib Shaikh (better known as Amaar from Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Matthew Deslippe, who plays Iago.
Mary Young Leckie, co-creator and executive producer of MVP, was my guest today on the TV, eh? Blogtalkradio show and she was fabulous, sharing the history of this show that refuses to disappear — cancelled by CBC, but seeing new life on that network, SOAPnet, ABC, and on DVD, all making a season two a definite possibility.
Here’s the dates to remember for MVP:
- Friday, June 13 is the start of season one reruns on CBC.
- On June 19, MVP premieres on Soapnet, with weekly airings Thursdays at 11 pm Eastern.
- June 20, it airs at 10 pm Eastern on ABC following the Daytime Emmys.
- July 15, watch for the DVD release.