From a media release:
Get Out The F@!&ing Kleenex!
- Trailer Park Boys Ends Series Run With One Last Special
- Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys – A Trailer Park Boys Special Premieres Sunday, December 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on Showcase
Put down the rum and coke and grab a box of tissues. Showcase and Trailer Park Productions/Topsail Productions announces that after seven successful seasons, the Showcase Original mockumentary series Trailer Park Boys will conclude its regular series run. The news was posted for fans on trailerparkboys.org and showcase.ca. Viewers will get a final dose of the Sunnyvale gang in the World Broadcast Premiere of Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys – A Trailer Park Boys Special airing exclusively on Showcase on Sunday, December 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
“From the initial pitch for this unique series right through to the upcoming special, working on Trailer Park Boys has been an incredible high! Over the past eight years Trailer Park Productions/Topsail Productions and the entire cast have truly become members of the Showcase family and we are incredibly proud to have collaborated on this great Canadian TV success story,” says Tara Ellis, VP, Showcase and Drama Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “The boys – and girls – of Sunnyvale have captured the hearts of viewers and critics alike, becoming national cultural icons. We couldn’t be more excited to be serving up this exclusive one-hour special to the fanatical viewers who love the show as much as we do.”
“Trailer Park Boys could never have achieved the success it has without the support and encouragement of many people. We’d especially like to thank all our incredible fans and everyone at Showcase for believing in us from the beginning and sticking with us for eight great years,” says series creator Mike Clattenburg. “We were also blessed with a remarkably talented and dedicated cast and crew who brought these characters to life. And although this is the last Trailer Park Boys show on television, our fans can still see the Boys’ semi-legal pursuits on the big screen when Trailer Park Boys – Countdown To Liquor Day (working title) hits Canadian theatres in the fall of ’09.”
Based on Clattenburg’s debut feature film of the same name, Trailer Park Boys follows the story of Ricky, Julian and Bubbles – three guys whose view of the world has been shaped by their experiences growing up in Sunnyvale Trailer Park. First introduced to Showcase viewers in 2001, it quickly grew into a ratings success and pop culture phenomenon. The series became the highest-rated Canadian show on specialty television* in 2004 and won Gemini Awards for Best Comedy Series (2004) and Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series (2005). Season seven of the hit comedy series concluded in June 2007, leaving off with the boys striking it rich.
Viewers will get to see the guys up to their old tricks in a new one-hour special that picks up where last season left off. It’s been one year since the successful “train ride” in Maine and Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are about to become rich. On the eve of doling out the cash however, the Boys are ambushed and the money is lost forever. With Ray living in the dump, the Boys penniless (again) and Ricky helping to raise “baby” Randy with Lucy, Lahey hatches a greasy plan involving “dirty dancing” to get the Boys out of Sunnyvale for a good, long time. Will the Boys figure out what the drunk Trailer Park supervisor is up to? Or will Lahey finally have his long sought revenge and take back the park forever? Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys – A Trailer Park Boys Special airs on Showcase on Sunday, December 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
The special will follow a Trailer Park Boys Marathon, featuring nine favourite episodes personally chosen by Julian, Ricky, Bubbles and creator and director Mike Clattenburg, on December 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT. An exclusive online preview of the special will be streamed on showcase.ca on November 13, along with the full special on December 8. As an added bonus for die-hard Trailer Park Boys fans, two exclusive blogs from Lahey will also be available on showcase.ca. Lahey will post on November 28 hyping the special and on December 8 answering viewers’ questions.
Reprising their roles on Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys – A Trailer Park Boys Special are John Paul Tremblay (Julian), Robb Wells (Ricky), Mike Smith (Bubbles), John Dunsworth (Lahey), Pat Roach (Randy), Lucy Decoutere (Lucy), Sarah E. Dunsworth (Sarah), Jonathan Torrens (J-Roc), Barrie Dunn (Ray), Tyrone Parsons (Tyrone), Shelley Thompson (Barb), and Jeanna Harrison (Trinity).
Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys – A Trailer Park Boys Special is shot on HD digital video in Halifax by Trailer Park Productions and Topsail Productions. Series creator and head writer Mike Clattenburg directs. Clattenburg, Barrie Dunn, Mike Volpe and Karen Wentzell produce.
*Source: Nielsen Media Research (NMR) (08//31/98-05/30/04) AMA Mo-Su 6a-6a. Analysis includes all non-news, non-sports programming based on a single airing.