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NEW CBC COMEDY SERIES LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE GOES INTO PRODUCTION
LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE is a new comedy series that takes a humorous and light-hearted comedic look at a Muslim community trying to interact with its small town Canadian neighbours. The eight-episode, half-hour series set in today’s post-Sept. 11-era goes into production this week. The brainchild of female Muslim-Canadian filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz, LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE is a WestWind Pictures production. The series debuts on CBC Television, Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 8:30 p.m.
LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE is a funny, warts-and-all exploration of relationships, family, love, the generation gap and balancing Muslim beliefs and traditions in a prairie setting in Saskatchewan.
â€œLITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE first and foremost is a sitcom,â€ said series creator Zarqa Nawaz. â€œIt is not a political or religious satire. This show is meant to open doors into the lives of people who are trying to assimilate into a small townâ€¦a town that has pre-conceived notions about Muslims. We hope that by using comedy to disarm people of all races, it will invite them to think outside of their fixed cultural perceptions.â€ The illustrious cast includes Zaib Shaikh (DaVinci’s City Hall, Metropia), Carlo Rota (24, At The Hotel), Manoj Sood (Godiva’s, DaVinci’s Inquest), Sheila McCarthy (Geraldine’s Fortune, I’ve Heard The Mermaid Singing), Arlene Duncan (Puppets Who Kill, Degrassi: The Next Generation), Derek McGrath (Doc, Cheers), Debra McGrath (Getting Along Famously, Burnt Toast) and Neil Crone (Hollywoodland, Against The Ropes).â€œWe have assembled a cast of some of Canada’s funniest and most talented actors who we believe audiences, both Muslim and non-Muslim, will relate to on many levels,â€ said executive producer Mary Darling. â€œOur goal is simpleâ€¦we want to make people laugh out loud! If the show also happens to provide some insight along the way, that’s just an extra perk.â€
â€œWe’re delighted to commission this new comedy series,â€ said CBC executive director of network programming Kirstine Layfield. â€œWe anticipate viewers will be enlightened and entertained by this series that explores universal themes in a humorous, light-hearted way.â€
LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE is directed by Michael Kennedy. Producers are Susan Flanders-Alexander and Michael Snook. Executive producers are Mary Darling, Clark Donnelly and Michael Snook. It is a production of Westwind Pictures (Indecently Exposed, Velvet Devil, Designer Guys) in association with CBC Television.
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