From Fish Griwkowsky of the Edmonton Journal:
- Brent Butt touts his universal appeal
“Thing is,” Butt notes, “I’ve had people born and raised in Toronto who say, ‘My father is exactly like Oscar’,” referring to actor Eric Peterson’s curmudgeonly portrayal of his dad on the show. Apparently, senile old men complain about paying taxes around the world. “If you get past the blue sky and flat landscape, the show was never about Saskatchewan; it was never about Canada. There’s value added if you’re from a small rural centre, but my goal was always to make a show that happened to be in this environment. If it was exactly Saskatchewan-specific, we wouldn’t have people from Australia and Sweden saying, ‘That’s exactly like where I grew up’.” Read more.