From a media release:
THE WEEK THE WOMEN WENT STORMS INTO TATAMAGOUCHE, N.S., PUTTING MARITIME MEN TO THE TEST
HIT REALITY SERIES RETURNS FOR SEASON TWO, JAN. 21 AT 8 P.M.
Tatamagouche (Tata-ma-gush), Nova Scotia has survived invasion and its coasts are battered annually by tropical storms. The townspeople are proud, tough and have always found a way to flourish. But can Tatamagouche survive if the women disappear for a week?
The Maritime town of 700 waved goodbye to 167 wives, mothers, sisters and daughters as its men prepared for one of the largest social experiments of its kind—on the hit CBC Television series THE WEEK THE WOMEN WENT, returning Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. Popular Canadian actor Art Hindle (Paradise Falls, Offspring) narrates the eight-episode, one-hour series.
“Viewers were enthralled by the first season and the ratings are a testament to this,” said CBC’s executive director of network programming, Kirstine Layfield. “We’re happy to have found another Canadian town rich with characters and stories that make for great television and great debate.”
Back after its much lauded-debut, which was set in Hardisty, Alberta, THE WEEK THE WOMEN WENT examines how the men and children of Tatamagouche, affectionately known as “Tata”, cope when the women head off for a week of pampering at a luxury resort in New Brunswick. The town’s men are left to weather the chaos that ensues when their women are gone.
Each episode of THE WEEK THE WOMEN WENT uncovers the diverse and sometimes surprising experiences of the men left behind. The men—many of whom work away for months on end—must juggle all the cooking, cleaning, child rearing and work duties alone, often for the first time.
In the first episode, viewers meet 37-year-old paramedic Tim Colburn. Despite his credentials, he has never changed a dirty diaper without gagging and he’s never had to take care of his 11-month-old daughter alone. His partner Josheyn Langille, 33, on the other hand, has not spent more than six hours away from her daughter since she was born two months premature.
Fifty-year-old Jimmy Lefresne, Tatamagouche’s feisty, flamboyant town councillor and the owner of the well-known Train Station Inn, is left without a staff and must enlist help from the men. While managing them, with his usual staff of women away, he needs to keep the inn on track while handling his political duties.
Other Tata men seem to be in over their heads, especially big-kid Terry Cole who gets a stern talking to by his six-year-old daughter. The 32-–year-old father of two is a long-haul trucker and usually away for weeks at a time leaving the household duties to his partner Julie.