Canadian television is a tough gig. In fact television as a whole now-a-days is a really tough gig. The amount of people tuning into weekly sitcoms is on the decline. Blame the internet. Blame technology. Blame over saturation. Fact of the matter is, now, more than ever you have to have something really special to attract and subsequently retain viewers. Mr. D does just that. The show is going into it’s 4th season this year. To put that into context, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, an institution, a heavyweight in the sitcom genre aired for 6 seasons. The show is moving into more established territory which speaks directly to it’s quality. It’s funny, like really funny. I’m not just saying that either. The first episode of season 4, which aired this Tuesday @ 9:30 PM EST on CBC and can be viewed online HERE, opens on Gerry, who plays a high school teacher, systematically planning his upcoming years sick days. His rationale is spectacular. The episode only gets funnier.
This Tuesday we got a chance to chop it up with the cast at PF Changs, where the hospitality was tremendous and the entire cast was wildly welcoming. Jonathan Torrens, a personal favourite, cast some insight and reminisced on one of CBC’s most important programs, Jonovision, as well as the transition into playing an old guy on Mr. D vs. playing J-Roc on Trailer Park boys. We were also fortunate enough to be seated beside Wes Williams, better known around these parts as Maestro and Lauren Hammersley. Both play vital roles on Mr. D and were instrumental in making a great night possible.
You can learn more about the show HERE, (which you can stream online FREE).
Thanks to Nick Lee from Best of Toronto for letting us repurpose their photos from the night.
Posted by Jesse Ingalls