May 31, 2010

News: The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour in production

I know I should be more on top of Canadian television news, but I’m a latecomer to this story.  The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour is currently shooting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has been since May 26.  Drunk and on Drugs… is Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith’s follow-up to Trailer Park Boys, like I really need to state this.

Less Than Kind‘s Maury Chaykin will guest-star as an actor hired to play a wacky German scientist.  Chaykin is filling in for Alex Lifeson, the man originally tagged to play the scientist.  Jay Baruchel, Pat Roach and John Dunsworth also make appearances in the six-episode limited series.

Baruchel’s easily Drunk and on Drugs…‘ hottest guest star, appearing in films like She’s Out of My League, How to Train Your Dragon and The Trotsky.  His climb towards the Hollywood mainstream can only help Drunk and on Drugs… – well, that and Baruchel’s winning CanCon brownie points for The Trotsky.

There’s nothing I can say about The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour that hasn’t already been said.  You’re either excited for Drunk and on Drugs… or pissed off since it’s not Trailer Park Boys.  Hell, maybe you’re both.  TPB-related projects cause conflicting reactions in people.


November 12, 2009

News: The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour announced by Showcase

The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour (one hell of a working title) has been commissioned by Showcase for a six-episode November 2010 run.  As reported by everyone in existence, this is the new show from Trailer Park Boys stars Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith.

I’m not going to belabour the point by rewriting the press release, except that Monty Python’s Flying Circus and The League of Gentlemen are referenced.  Looks like Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town has competition.  Nice.

Hosts of The Happy Funtime Hour unknowingly take hallucinogens, acting like the characters they play.  Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson plays “a German scientist who teaches children about nutrition.”  The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour reads like a Sid and Marty Krofft pisstake.  I like it.

The show is ambitious, with Wells, Tremblay and Smith playing numerous characters.  I’m wary of Drunk and on Drugs… being a vanity project, but the TPB actors are capable of pulling a show like this off.  The show will either be awesome or a complete trainwreck.  I don’t see a middle ground.  There shouldn’t be.

Via Showcase’s YouTube account, here’s a video of the show announcement.  Warning: too many shots of a speakerphone.  Way to break the online budget, Showcase.


December 6, 2008

TV Review | Trailer Park Boys: “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys”

I have to admit something.  I have never sat down and watched an entire episode of Trailer Park Boys.  I could never get past the casual swearing, even though the show is one of the most popular Canadian comedies going.  I don’t think I would have requested a Trailer Park Boys screener if it wasn’t the final episode.

After watching “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” (Showcase: December 7, 10 ET/PT), I should have given this show a chance when it was in first run.  While I still find Trailer Park Boys‘ profanity fucking gratuitous, the show isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was.

For first-time viewers, the show revolves around Julian (John Paul Tremblay), Ricky (Robb Wells) and Bubbles (Mike Smith), three Maritimers living at the Sunnyvale Trailer Park.  Their shared nemesis is Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth), a former police officer and the trailer park’s supervisor/chief souse.

Lahey’s deathless enmity towards Julian and the gang stems from a 1977 Halloween prank gone horribly wrong.  Lahey is flanked by shirtless bisexual assistant Randy.  “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” focuses around Lahey’s desire to rid himself once and for all of the Boys, as well as other trailer park irritants.

The acting in “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” is a mixed bag.  Mike Smith is great as Bubbles and the other two Boys are almost as good.  Dunsworth is awesome as alcohol enthusiast Lahey.  Trailer Park Boys doesn’t have the talent depth of The Red Green Show, but its mockumentary nature helps mask this deficiency.

Jonathan Torrens’ role as wigger J-Roc is the only acting low point, but it’s been that way since Torrens first appeared on the show.  He’s always worked better as a television host, as seven seasons of Street Cents and five seasons of Jonovision demonstrate.

It’s not much of a spoiler to say that “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” isn’t the final word on Trailer Park Boys.  A feature film, the show’s second*, is forthcoming.  The Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Community Service Variety Show tour existed before the finale and will hit Toronto’s Massey Hall in January 2009.

Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg claims that this special and the film will end the series.  The film’s working title is “Countdown to Liquor Day.”  Without spoiling the special for longtime viewers, the countdown starts near the end of “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys.”

I hope Clattenburg isn’t using the special to shill the film, but I wouldn’t put it past him.  Like Don Cherry and Red Green, no one will ever fully get rid of Trailer Park Boys.  Both Bob and Doug McKenzie and The Kids in the Hall are coming back to television within two years.  Look for a Trailer Park Boys comeback four years from now.

*The 1999 Trailer Park Boys film doesn’t count as Trailer Park Boys wasn’t a television show back then.  Please don’t correct me on this.  Oh, and fuck bologna sandwiches.