October 9, 2008

Fill Up With Laughs At Corner Gas


"Corner Gas" is one of my favorite TV shows. I just can't get enough of this continuously top rated and award winning Canadian comedy, created by standup comedian, actor, writer, executive producer Brent Butt. Many US fans have gotten hooked on this CTV original since WGN America started airing it last year.

Production of the sixth and unfortunately final season finished three weeks ago. The first episode of the season will air on CTV in Canada on Monday night, October 13th. It remains a mystery when WGN America will start showing the new stuff. Ending the series was Butt's idea. He would rather end the show while it's still doing well, than wait until it's grows tired and stale.

For those of you that aren't familiar with "Corner Gas", the following includes parts of a description of the show and some Brent Butt background from Corner Gas Online.

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Forty kilometres from nowhere and way beyond normal is Corner Gas, an ensemble comedy series about a bunch of nobodies who get up to a whole lot of nothing in the fictional prairie town of Dog River. StarringSaskatchewan native and Gemini winner Brent Butt, Corner Gas is a roadside service station and is also the first original narrative comedy series in Canada. So far, the series has been honoured with the numerous awards and nominations ...

... Corner Gas focuses on the life (or lack thereof) of Brent LeRoy, proprietor of a gas station that is the only stop for miles around and a hub of action on the Prairies. As LeRoy, Canadian Comedy Award winner and series creator Brent Butt returns to his native province to portray the life he would have led had he gotten a real job: pumping gas in a small prairie town.


Dog River is a place where everyone knows everyone else’s business. Populated by a group of regular folks, the town's many "distinguished” residents include Brent’s parents Oscar and Emma (Eric Peterson and Janet Wright), coffee shop owner Lacey Burrows (Gabrielle Miller), his best friend Hank Yarbo (Fred Ewanuick), police officers Davis Quinton (Lorne Cardinal) and Karen Pelly (New Waterford Girl’s Tara Spencer-Nairn) and retail assistant Wanda (Nancy Robertson) ...

... “With genuine characters and a gentle pace, Corner Gas is a comedy that is instantly likable,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV’s President of Programming and Chair of the Media Group. “Brent Butt is one of Canada’s most respected and funniest comedians for a reason: he has broad appeal and a generous comedic approach."

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"Corner Gas" may be ending by Spring of 2009, but Brent already has a pilot for a new show in the works. The new show is called "Hiccups". Both Brent Butt and his real life wife Nancy Robertson, whom he met through doing Corner Gas, will be in the cast.

If you watch "Corner Gas", you'll notice it has two great theme songs. Each episode has always started with "Not A Lot Goin' On" by Craig Northey and Jesse Valenzuela. Northey also wrote the closing tune "My Happy Place". One thing I should mention about people from Saskatchewan. They don't like it when you point out how flat it is. I mean it, don't ever mention how flat Saskatchewan is.

*Photos from Cornergas.com



Brent Butt on "The Hour" after Season 5



Season 1 - Episode 6: "World's Biggest Things" Smashdown



Season 5 - Episode 14: "Contagious Fortune" Highlights

2 comments:

John fitness trainer austin tx said...

I love Corner Gas. Thanks for posting the clips.

Dan, Jr. said...

It's become one of my fovorites, also. Too bad, but it looks like WGN America has lost interest in the show. They are apparently not going to air Season 6.

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