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Production begins on new CBC comedy series Cavendish

From a media release:

CBC and Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, announces the start of production on Season 1 of the original comedy series, Cavendish (8×30). The half-hour series shoots on location in Nova Scotia (Halifax, Dartmouth, and Windsor) and in and around Cavendish, PEI until the end of September. Cavendish is created by leading Canadian comedians Andrew Bush (Funny or Die) and Mark Little (Mr. D) along with Garry Campbell (Less Than Kind) and will premiere in winter 2019 on CBC and stream on the CBC TV App and at cbc.ca/watch.

Bickering brothers Andy (Bush) and Mark (Little) haven’t been to their hometown of Cavendish since their parents split up 30 years ago. When they return to take care of their ailing father, they find that Cavendish is…not like other towns. Each week, Mark and Andy get embroiled in some new misadventure involving local superstitions, and through it all, Mark remains the golden boy, buoyed by the adoration of family and strangers alike, while Andy remains the striver, desperate for the love and respect he knows he’ll never receive.

Rounding out the cast of characters is their father, Rollie (Kevin Eldon, Hot Fuzz), a grumbling malcontent who runs a museum of curiosities; Rollie’s partner Ruth (Kathryn Greenwood, Whose Line Is It Anyway), an absolute beacon of positivity; Bryn (Kelli Ogmundson, Supernatural), Ruth’s morose niece; Molly (Zoe Doyle, Workin’ Moms), the town’s resident game hunter; and the various townsfolk who weave in and out of their lives, unfazed by the weird goings-on.

Canadian Comedy Award-winner Andrew Bush is a leading writer, actor and director whose credits include head writer for the International Emmy award-winning show Street Cents, writer/director for the Comedy Network show Picnicface, Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die, and the feature film Roller Town. He directed the Lionsgate comedy Dirty 30 and was also a director on season two of The Beaverton for The Comedy Network.

One of the founders of the sketch comedy group Picnicface, Mark Little stars in the CBC comedy Mr. D. He has won a combined 15 Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Feature for Roller Town. He also topped Canada’s two most prestigious stand-up comedy competitions, the Yuk Yuk’s Canadian Laugh Off and the JFL Homegrown Competition. He made his American television debut on Conan in 2015 and his voice can be heard in the new Netflix cartoon Cupcake and Dino: General Services.

A CBC original series produced by Temple Street, Cavendish stars Andrew Bush and Mark Little. Executive Producers are David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg (Orphan Black), Kerry Appleyard (Orphan Black), and Bush and Little. Co-Executive Producer is Kurt Smeaton (Kim’s Convenience); Supervising Producer is Lesley Grant (X Company), Co-Producer is Scott Montgomery (The Beaverton); Halifax-based Marc Almon is Producer (Weirdos), and the series is produced by Ginny Jones-Duzak (Pure). Jeremy LaLonde (How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town), Aleysa Young (Workin’ Moms), Mars Horodyski (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Andrew Bush each direct two episodes. The director of photography is Cabot McNenly (Little Dog), and Matt Likely (Seed) is production designer.


Link: See him after class: Comedian Gerry Dee looks at life after Mr. D

From Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald:

Link: See him after class: Comedian Gerry Dee looks at life after Mr. D
“I think there’s a difference between being an idiot on purpose and not trying to be. I think that’s why he gets away with it and why it works. He speaks his mind, he doesn’t hide anything. Most people don’t do that. He has no filter. But it doesn’t come from a bad place. He’s just a bit of a buffoon and that’s why people accept it.” Continue reading.


Look Mom! Productions launches production on new adult animated comedy, Gary & His Demons

From a media release:

Look Mom! Productions, Blue Ant Media’s Toronto-based, animation studio has launched production on Gary & His Demons (16×11’), an animated comedy that centres around 45-year-old Gary. He’s tired. His hairline is receding, he wears horn-rimmed glasses and he’s just chased his final demon before his long-overdue retirement. But Gary soon discovers that his boss has again failed to find his replacement and Gary will be forced to keep fighting demons for eternity. But nothing can change Gary’s fate. He’s the chosen one, whether he likes it or not.

Based on a short form pilot from the Bite on Mondo Incubator, Gary & His Demons is produced in partnership with LA-based, MONDO. The series is set to premiere on MONDO’s’s channel on VRV in Spring 2018. As part of this announcement, Blue Ant International will add Gary & His Demons to its premium scripted offering to buyers worldwide in late 2018.

The series is created by Mark Little, known for his work on Picnicface, Space Riders and Mr. D., and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Little also serves as Head Writer, Co-Director and the voice of Gary. Gary & His Demons is Executive Produced by Josh Bowen (Executive Producer and Creative Director, Look Mom! Productions) and Wendy Willis and Pia Chikiamco (MONDO’s Six Point Harness studio). The series is Co-directed by Lou Solis, known for his work on Ugly Americans, Moonbeam City and the Secret Path.

Look Mom! Productions announced its launch in late 2017, along with two new animated, action-comedy series for the kids 6-11 category Toy Hunters (26×11’) and Cloudface (26×11’).




Mr. D: Suresh John previews Malik’s Episode 2 backstory reveal

After seven seasons on the air, Mr. D fans will finally get a glimpse into Mr. Malik’s backstory during Tuesday night’s episode. Actor Suresh John says viewers were informed Mr. Malik had a sister earlier in the show’s run but will find out more about her during “Gerry Rigs PTA,” when they tune in tomorrow at 9:30 p.m.

“It’s definitely a Malik-heavy episode,” John says. We won’t spoil anything, but Malik is showcased in one long scene—while “Sad Eyes” by Robert John plays—making what will be a life-changing event. Does he go through with it? Tune in.

John landed the role of Mr. Malik after auditioning via Skype. At the time, there were three actors up the role—one actor with a Russian angle, one with a Latin take and John (“With whatever I am,” he jokes.)—and the CBC liked his performance the best. A week later, he was in Halifax filming Episode 2 of Season 1.

As for Season 7, the upcoming year marks a bit of a storyline shakeup for the veteran Canadian comedy. Episode 1 revealed Lisa (Lauren Hammersley) has gotten married and is Alex’s stepmom, and she’s gunning for the staff at Xavier, particularly Gerry (Gerry Dee). Meanwhile, Bobbi (Naomi Sniekus) is about to give birth to her and Robert’s (Jonathan Torrens) baby; that means Gerry is taking over the Phys Ed. department. And Paul Dwyer (Wes Williams) is struggling in his new role as vice principal at Xavier Academy, preferring to befriend the students sent to his office rather than discipline them.

“We also have one new teacher,” John teases. “He’s the new economics teacher, Dave, played by Dave Merheje and he’s sort of the staff room foil to the office romantics. The good thing about being set in a school is that you can have teacher and student turnover and it makes sense.” He adds Malik spends a lot of time in the staff room and interacts with Bobbi and Robert once their baby is born. The changes, John says, take Mr. D in directions the award-winning series has never gone before and explores sides of the characters we love. As for creating his own characters via writing his own series? John’s not interested.

“I like to do the Samuel L. Jackson, sitting in the trailer eating sandwiches and no aspirations of directing or writing,” he says with a laugh. “It’s a lot of work.”

Mr. D airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on CBC

Image courtesy of CBC.




CBC’s Mr. D is back in Halifax as cameras roll on Season 7

From a media release:

Principal photography on Season 7 (11 x 30) of CBC’s original comedy series Mr. D – starring comedian Gerry Dee – is now under way in and around Halifax until mid-August. The new season will premiere in fall 2017 on CBC.  

Exploring the staff and student dynamics at a private school, Mr. D is based on the stand-up comedy act of Dee, who was a teacher for nine years before transitioning to a career in comedy. The series revolves around the eponymous Mr. D, an under-qualified and unmotivated teacher trying to fake his way through work – and life.

In the Season 6 finale, Gerry Duncan (Gerry Dee) seems to be on the upswing as he unloads wife Lisa (Lauren Hammersley) and lands his dream job – head of the Phys. Ed department. But does getting burned by Gerry and abruptly leaving her job as Principal signal the end of Lisa Mason? Better not count on it.

In Season 7, Gerry realizes Phys. Ed is not all fun and games; Robert (Jonathan Torrens) and Bobbi (Naomi Snieckus) navigate parenthood; Simon (Mark Little) and Nisha (Emma Hunter) get more physical in their new relationship; new Economics teacher Dave (guest star Dave Merheje) tries to inspire his students; and Lisa does whatever she can to return to Xavier Academy.  

Mr. D also stars Bette MacDonald (Trudy), Darrin Rose (Bill), Wes Williams (Paul), Suresh John (Malik), Kathleen Phillips (Emma), and Bill Wood (Frank), with season 7 guest stars to be announced at a later date.

A CBC original series, Mr. D is produced by Topsail Productions Limited and Gerard ADHD Entertainment Inc. and distributed worldwide by Entertainment One Television International Ltd.