Corner Gas Celebrates It's Final Episode

Is a lot going to happen 40 km from nowhere? On Monday, April 13, at 9:30 p.m. ET, CTV together with ‘A’ present the much-anticipated series finale of CORNER GAS, “You’ve Been Great, Good Night,” in super-simulcast. In the sensational, not-to-be-missed, top-secret final episode, Brent’s mysterious disappearance every Wednesday night has the whole town talking. When it is discovered he has been pursuing a lifelong dream, the gang is forced to cope with the news. After six unforgettable seasons, how will Canada’s favourite comedy series come to an end?

Before the sun sets on Dog River, CTV shines a spotlight on the milestones, the memories, and the laughter with two hours of tribute programming on April 13. At 8 a.m. ET, the entire cast of CORNER GAS wakes up the neighbourhood as CANADA AM broadcasts a live one-hour special from Toronto’s Masonic Temple. Later in the day, the cast appears with fans on LIVE AT ETALK: THE CAST OF CORNER GAS at 7 p.m. ET. Then, CTV goes behind-the-scenes of the taping of the final episode  in the exclusive, half-hour retrospective special, IT’S BEEN A GAS, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“It’s farewell, not goodbye. While April 13 marks the series’ finale, the memories and the legacy it leaves behind will live on forever,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who have made this history-making series a juggernaut success, and to the millions of fans who visited Dog River weekly.”

Back in the province where it all started, Premier Brad Wall will declare April 13 Corner Gas Day in Saskatchewan, paying tribute to the series that put Dog River on the map and made the small town of Rouleau a tourist attraction.

“We want to thank Saskatchewan’s own Brent Butt, and the Corner Gas producers, cast and crew for six years of laughter,” remarked the Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan. “Their stories have really captured the spirit of this great province, and shown off Saskatchewan to the world.”

Written by series creator Brent Butt and CORNER GAS Supervising Producer Kevin White, “Good Night, You’ve Been Great” is directed by Executive Producer David Storey. As the title of the episode suggests, the episode is a tribute to the millions of fans who have remained faithful viewers of the series since it premiered on January 22, 2004. Six seasons and 107 episodes later, the series finale is surprisingly poignant while still delivering the laughs that have made the series, as some say, the most successful Canadian comedy of all time. CORNER GAS maintains an incredible average audience of 1.4 million viewers for each of the 104 episodes that have aired.

Here is what CTV has in store for CORNER GAS Day on CTV, Monday, April 13:

Canada AM – 8 a.m. ET

Rise and shine with Canada AM’s CORNER GAS one-hour special, live from Toronto’s Masonic Temple. Starting at 8 a.m. ET, Brent and the gang take over Canada’s #1 morning show in front of a live studio audience. Fans can wake up to a morning of Dog Riverite fun with interviews, highlights, high jinks and prize-pack giveaways.

LIVE AT ETALK: THE CAST OF CORNER GAS – 7 p.m. ET

Later in the day, the Dog Riverites take over the eTalk storefront studio at CTV headquarters in Toronto at 299 Queen Street West. The entire cast will have a rap session with ETALK in front of a live audience about the laughs, their most memorable moments, and what CORNER GAS means to them.

IT’S BEEN A GAS – 7:30 p.m. ET

In the lighthearted and poignant 30-minute special, cameras go behind-the-scenes during the filming of the final episode of CORNER GAS. As the shooting of the final scene draws near, creator Brent Butt marks the series finale in conversation with each cast member, reflecting on the past six seasons of laughter. Shot on location in Regina and Rouleau, SK, the special features sneak-peeks at the top-secret series finale, “You’ve Been Great, Good Night.”

The Comedy Network offers a second shot at saying goodbye with an encore presentation of IT’S BEEN A GAS on Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by “You’ve Been Great, Good Night,” at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. For those who can’t bear to part with it at all, episodes are available on demand on The CTV Video Player at CTV.ca, thecomedynetwork.ca, and on the go at iTunes.ca.

The CORNER GAS Season 6 DVD will be released on June 9, 2009 from Video Service Corp. The new, three-disc, DVD set includes all 19 episodes of the final season, the television special IT’S BEEN A GAS and footage of the final read-through. Seasons 1-5 are also currently available on DVD at cornergas.com.

Meanwhile, the sequel to Michele Sponagle’s best-selling companion book Tales From Dog River will be published in November by Penguin Canada. Entitled Dog River Confidential: The Super, Even more Complete Corner Gas Guide is an all-new volume featuring episodic guides for Seasons 4-6 and more.

As the series finale of CORNER GAS approaches on April 13, CTV gives fans the opportunity to say goodbye to Canada’s #1 original comedy series in their own unique way. The “Corner Gas Pump Out a Poster Contest” allows viewers to express their feelings visually about the end of the Corner Gas era and say goodbye at the same time.

Fans, pop-culture fanatics, design students and artists across the country are invited to submit their artistic rendering celebrating CORNER GAS through Thursday April 2 at CTV.ca. The Grand Prize winner of the “Pump Out a Poster Contest” receives the honour of having their artwork live on forever as the official, limited edition, CORNER GAS commemorative poster, chosen by series creator Brent Butt among others, along with $3,500 worth of prizes.

Originally developed by Brent Butt for The Comedy Network and CTV, Corner Gas began production in the summer of 2003. The series, which currently airs in over two dozen countries worldwide, went on to become a cultural phenomenon, spawning a chart-topping book, sold-out comedy tours, a successful line of clothing and merchandise, a top-selling series of DVDs and a thriving tourist industry in Rouleau.

Throughout the years, the success of CORNER GAS has been undeniable. The series has created an increased confidence in the Canadian television industry, leaving behind a legacy of great writers and crew who have honed their craft and gone on to work in other Canadian productions.

Corner Gas has been nominated more than 80 times for numerous awards, including an International Emmy Award, Gemini Awards, Leo Awards, Director’s Guild of Canada Awards, Canadian Screenwriting Awards and Canadian Comedy Awards. The series has won six Gemini Awards, including Best Comedy Series.

Canada tips its hat to the CORNER GAS cast of Brent Butt as Brent Leroy; Eric Peterson and Janet Wright as Oscar and Emma Leroy; Gabrielle Miller as coffee shop owner Lacey Burrows; Fred Ewanuick as best friend Hank Yarbo; Lorne Cardinal and Tara Spencer-Nairn as police officers Davis Quinton and Karen Pelly; and Nancy Robertson as retail assistant Wanda Dollard.

The laughs come courtesy of a six person writing team which includes Supervising Producer Kevin White (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) along with Mark Farrell (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made In Canada) as producer/writer; Emmy® winner Norm Hiscock (Saturday Night Live, King Of The Hill, Kids In The Hall) as consulting producer/writer; Andrew Carr (Comics) as story editor/writer; and Dylan Wertz as story editor/writer.

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