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Letterkenny touches down Super Bowl Sunday on CraveTV

Sunday is a big day for television, and I’m not just talking about the Super Bowl. Yes, the annual gridiron slugfest is happening for the 50th time, but it’s also the day Letterkenny lands on CraveTV.

The Canadian comedy, created by Canadian Screen Award winner Jared Keeso, debuts all six episodes Sunday at 9 a.m. ET, offering a slice of homegrown comedy we haven’t seen since, well, ever. Letterkenny is an amped-up Corner Gas, a hilarious, expletive-filled romp around the small town of Letterkenny, where the hicks, skids and hockey players butt heads when they’re not busy taking the piss out of their own cliques. Keeso stars as Wayne, a squint-eyed, burly fellow who hurls rapid-fire insults at anyone who comes into his space. His buddy, Daryl (Nathan Dales) is capable of trading barbs too; in the first episode, “Ain’t No Reason to Get Excited,” they double-team hockey players Jonesy (Dylan Playfair) and Reilly (Andrew Herr), out-insulting the pair with awe-inspiring turns of phrase.

“It’s really hard not to crack up during filming,” Dales said during a set visit to Sudbury, Ont., last year. “I can’t look Jared in the eyes because if I do I know I’ll break.”

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Letterkenny the TV series evolved from Letterkenny Problems. Spurred by Keeso’s urge to create his own characters, Wayne and Daryl became Internet stars, racking up millions of views on YouTube. Television production companies came calling and Keeso, soon to be seen in Season 3 of 19-2 on Bravo, teamed with New Metric Media. After pitching it around to networks, Bell Media signed on. One of the biggest challenges for Keeso was turning a two-minute webisode into 30 minutes of television.

“I used the same formula to write the series as I did the web series,” Keeso said. “Character arc and continuing story are not my strong point as a writer. I tried to get as many laughs on a second-to-second basis as possible.” He turned to executive producer, director and co-writer Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) for help finding the characters’ voices, though some script work was altered on the fly as the actors began reciting the lines.



In addition to hicks Wayne and Daryl are Wayne’s younger sister Katy (Michelle Mylett) and Wayne’s buddy, Dan (K. Trevor Wilson), the aforementioned hockey players and the skids, represented by Stewart (Tyler Johnston) and Devon (Alexander De Jordy). Rounding out the key characters are bartender Gail (Lisa Codrington) and Christian leader Glenn (Jacob Tierney).

Dales is still pinching himself over the fact something he and Keeso filmed over two years ago has grown into a television series. He recalled thinking Letterkenny Problems might have some legs because the guys in the crew were cracking up, but had no inkling a television series would be the result.

“I had no idea that, fast-forward, I would be in Sudbury making a TV show with my buddies,” he said at the time. “That people would pay us to come here, shoot on location and we’d have a great time.”

Season 1 of Letterkenny is available Sunday, Feb. 7, on Crave TV. It will be broadcast on The Comedy Network later this year.

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Link: Canadian comedy ‘Letterkenny’ kicks off on CraveTV Super Bowl Sunday

From Bill Brioux of the Canadian Press:

Canadian comedy ‘Letterkenny’ kicks off on CraveTV Super Bowl Sunday
“Letterkenny” may be the most Canadian TV comedy ever made.

Premiering Super Bowl Sunday on CraveTV and coming to The Comedy Network, the series was conceived by a bunch of guys who play hockey together.

It all began after a game, over beers. Continue reading. 

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Link: Jared Keeso’s ‘Letterkenny’ carves out its own place on Crave TV

From Bill Harris of Postmedia Network:

Jared Keeso’s ‘Letterkenny’ carves out its own place on Crave TV
Here are three things you’ll need to feel the full effect of Letterkenny.

An open mind. An open ear. An open beer.

Letterkenny makes its debut on Crave TV – which is Bell Media’s online streaming service – on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7. There are six new episodes commissioned by Crave TV, following a handful of independently made digital shorts titled Letterkenny Problems that existed prior to this. Continue reading.

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Photo gallery: Letterkenny Season 1 photos unveiled

With less than a month to go before Letterkenny drops on CraveTV, the fine folks in charge of the show have released some pretty kickin’ key art to introduce fans to the characters headed our way.

All six half-hour episodes debut on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 9 a.m. ET, at which time Jared Keeso’s online creation, Letterkenny Problems, launches as a television series. Here’s a sneak peek at The Hicks, Skids and the Hockey Players battling it out in that quirky small town.

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First look: Letterkenny’s first scene revealed

CraveTV has given Letterkenny fans a super-sweet (and expletive-filled) sneak peek at the first scene of the show’s first episode.

The two-minute clip stars creator, writer and executive producer Jared Keeso as Wayne, a small-town hick just looking to get by alongside his best buddy Daryl (Nathan Dales). The opener also introduces thick-headed hockey players Jonesy (Dylan Playfair) and Reilly (Andrew Herr) and Wayne’s sister Katy (Michelle Mylett).

Letterkenny‘s first season debuts Sunday, Feb. 7, on CraveTV.

Related: Get up to speed on what’s to come on Letterkenny.

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