From a media release:
As announced earlier today by CORNER GAS creator, executive producer and starÂ Brent Butt, The Comedy Network confirms that actor and long-time friend of Janet Wright,Â Corrine Koslo, has been cast as the voice of the seriesâ€™ beloved character, Emma Leroy, for the upcoming animated reboot. Koslo joins originalÂ CORNER GASÂ cast members, Butt,Â Gabrielle Miller,Â Eric Peterson,Â Fred Ewanuick,Â Lorne Cardinal,Â Tara Spencer-Nairn, andÂ Nancy Robertsonin the voicing of their respective characters Brent, Lacey, Oscar, Hank, Davis, Karen and Wanda. Voice recordings are currently underway in Vancouver and Toronto, with the animation process slated to begin in May. The 13-episode, half-hour series is expected to premiere on The Comedy Network in 2018.
A versatile actor born in France, Corrine Koslo grew up in Halifax, Manitoba, and Edmonton. She is a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School and has performed on stages across Canada for the last three decades, and has been a member of the Shaw Festival acting ensemble for twelve years. She received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her roles in the Young Peopleâ€™s Theatre productionsÂ Seussical The MusicalÂ andÂ BunniculaÂ in Toronto; Jessie Richardson Awards for inÂ Love And AngelsÂ (Vancouver Playhouse) andÂ Sweeney ToddÂ (Arts Club) in Vancouver; and a Sterling Award for her portrayal of Madame Arcati inÂ Blyth SpiritÂ at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. On television, Corrine is known for her memorable voice work as Lady Rataxes in the popular childrenâ€™s series,Â BABAR. Most recently, Corrine joined the cast of the series ANNE where she plays the indomitable Rachel Lynde.
The new series comes fromÂ CORNER GASÂ executive producers Brent Butt and David Storey from Prairie Pantoons (335 Productions), and Virginia Thompson from Moving Mountoons (VÃ©ritÃ© Films), in association with The Comedy Network. Animation will be produced by Prairie Pantoons, Moving Mountoons, and Smiley Guy Studios. The series began pre-production this month in Vancouver and Toronto, with the main cast confirmed to return. In December, producers confirmed that the character of Emma will live on in the animated world with the blessing of the late Janet Wrightâ€™s family.
CORNER GASÂ brings together Buttâ€™s comedy style and love for comic books. Before pursuing his passion as a stand-up comedian, Butt and a friend started a publishing company â€“ Windwolf Graphics. His first comic,Â Existing Earth, was nominated for a Golden Eagle Award. Windwolf Graphics published two issues before Butt hit the stand-up circuit full time. Buttâ€™s passion for comics lived on through his work, a common theme in theÂ CORNER GASÂ franchise. BringingÂ CORNER GASÂ into the animated world allows Buttâ€™s comedy to be as limitless as his imagination.
CORNER GAS: THE ANIMATED SERIESÂ is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Prairie Pantoons (BC), comprised of Brent Butt and David Storey from 335 Productions; and Moving Mountoons (ON), comprised of Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint from VÃ©ritÃ© Films, in association with Bell Media, Canada Media Fund, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit, Film Incentive BC Tax Credit, Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post Production Tax Credit, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.