Corner Gas

Regina and Toronto (June 27, 2012) – After 15 years of producing over 250 episodes of award-winning primetime television in Regina, Saskatchewan, including the smash hit comedy series CORNER GAS, Vérité Films will be moving its Regina head office to Toronto effective June 30. The move is due to the elimination of Saskatchewan’s refundable film employment tax credit.

“Vérité will maintain a satellite office with one production executive in Regina with the hope that things will improve in the province,” says Virginia Thompson, president of Vérité Films. “Regina will always be in our hearts. We’ve raised three kids, built our home and our company here. But there is no longer a viable way to finance our projects in Saskatchewan. Our future is in Toronto now, where our projects can be financed. That said, should a new program be put in place that makes it possible for us to film in Saskatchewan, we would love to bring production back to the province.” Continue reading »

Prairie Pants Productions, the production company behind the iconic Canadian television series will be holding a set sale March 25 through 27, 2011, from noon to 7 pm.

Over 1,000 lots of props, costumes and set pieces from all six seasons of the series will be on sale at the Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios.

The studios are located in a 2,300-acre lakeside park at 1831 College Avenue, Regina, minutes from the Saskatchewan International Airport.

Part of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

This once-in-a-lifetime sale celebrates one of the most beloved shows in Canadian television history. For more information, go to cornergas.com. 

The three-day sale includes a live auction of 50 choice items on Saturday, March 26, from 1 – 2 pm, and presiding as auctioneer is Fitzy Fitzgerald (Cavan Cunningham), the memorable mayor of Dog River. 

 

Highlights of the sale include: 

– Oscar and Emma’s kitchen and living room furniture and collectibles

– Leroy’s outdoor furniture

– Karen and Davis’ desktop items, lamps and wall art

– The Ruby’s counters, booths, tables, wall art, menus, dishes, sugar, salt and pepper shakers

– The Corner Gas counters, stools and license plates

– The Police Station desks and files

– Dog River signs 

 

Purchases must be made in-person and in cash only (Canadian and US funds accepted).

“CORNER GAS wrapped its run of 107 episodes in April 2009. Many of the items have been sitting in storage since then. Recently, we took a walk through the Saskatchewan storage facility and realized there were so many cool items. We’d like to give our fans, who have been so supportive, the opportunity to take a piece of the show home with them,” said Brent Butt, series creator, writer, star and executive producer.

“We’re thrilled the proceeds of the sale are going to Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan,” continues Thompson. Over the course of six seasons, we have raised over $500,000 for charities in Saskatchewan and across Canada. Giving back to our audience was a motto at CORNER GAS, and we’re continuing the tradition with this sale.”

The executive producers have also begun to look at the prospect of dismantling the standing set, which encompasses the gas station and the restaurant and sits near the highway in Rouleau, Saskatchewan. “The set was built to make 13 episodes of CORNER GAS over the course of one summer. When the show became a hit, the set’s life was extended to accommodate six seasons. It’s now deteriorated to the point where extensive work needs to be done on the structure and foundation. The set must be dismantled at this time but we hope to rebuild it one day for potential future CORNER GAS projects, although we have no definite plans in place for such a project at this time.” states Executive Producer Virginia Thompson.   

CORNER GAS stands amongst a short list of Canadian scripted series that have reached the milestone of 100 episodes – a notable list which includes THE KING OF KENSINGTON, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, KIDS IN THE HALL, and THE BEACHCOMBERS, to name few.

9:30pm – Monday, December 6 on /A

Also airs at 10:30 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10:30 p.m. MT on ACCESS

In classic CORNER GAS holiday episode, Brent (Brent Butt) becomes upset when Emma (Janet Wright) wants to have a traditional Christmas and Hank (Fred Ewanuick) organizes a toy drive for a needy family that turns out to not be so needy after all. Meanwhile, Wanda (Nancy Robertson) becomes obsessed with finding the season’s hottest toy and Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) plans to go home to Toronto for Christmas.

9:30pm – Monday, November 29 on /A

Also airs at 10:30 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10:30 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn) and Davis (Lorne Cardinal) bribe Oscar (Eric Peterson) into telling them what Emma (Janet Wright) is buying them for Christmas. Meanwhile, confusion ensues when Hank (Fred Ewanuick) resets his watch in order to be on Daylight Savings Time.

This holiday season, The Comedy Network goes nutcrackers with an entire month of Yuletide tomfoolery. From South Park to Springfield, Colbert to CORNER GAS, Comedy keeps the fa-la-la-la-laughter rising even as the temperature drops.

But first, an extra special gift to viewers this holiday season comes wrapped in a Bo with the Canadian premiere of BO BURNHAM: WORDS,WORDS,WORDS. Burham is set to burn up Canadian Television Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on The Comedy Network

The non-traditional, traditional festivities kick off the most wonderful time of the year on Dec. 5 with Christmas in SOUTH PARK’s four-weeks of holiday themed episodes Sundays at 9 p.m. and 9:30 ET/PT.

Continuing the month-long festivities, more cheers and jeers with seasonal favourites from Stephen Colbert, THE BIG BANG THEORY and more, featuring ratings juggernaut JEFF DUNHAM’S VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, Friday, Dec. 10 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

On Dec. 24, while children lose their minds in anticipation of Santa, Comedy viewers have their holiday wishes fulfilled with a day jam-packed with festive fare beginning with IT’S A VERY RED GREEN CHRISTMAS, Friday, Dec. 24 at 6 a.m. ET/PT and continuing with seasonal faves from CORNER GAS,THE SIMPSONS,SOUTH PARK and MY NAME IS EARL.

Ring in Dec. 25 with THE BIG BANG THEORY starting at 8 a.m. ET/PT and save room on Dec. 26 for The Comedy Network’s LEFTOVER ROASTS BOXING DAY MARATHON when some of the world’s greatest train-wreck celebrities get skewered by their famous funny friends.

And finally, say sayonara to 2010 with all 107 episodes of Canada’s favourite, homegrown comedy series with The Comedy Network’s complete CORNER GAS-A-Thon, starting on Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Below is a chronological sample of holiday highlights. For full schedules please visit ctvmedia.ca/comedy:

 

BO BURNHAM: WORDS,WORDS,WORDS – Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

In 2006, 16-year-old Bo Burnham posted two of his comedic songs on YouTube. Today, with over 60 million views on his channel, this 20-year-old comedian/singer/songwriter/musician, is the youngest person ever to record a COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS special. Burnham’s mix of intelligent, silly and sometimes offensive lyrics have pushed him to the forefront of the new comic scene. Taped in Burnham’s hometown of Boston, WORDS, WORDS, WORDS displays his unique wordplay and comedic musical styling. Through song, Burnham pontificates on how Hitler rose to power and shares his version of a Shakespearean sonnet – if the Bard had written porn that is.

 

Christmas in SOUTH PARK

Dec. 5 through the end of December, the fourth graders of SOUTH PARK kick Santa in the pants with the most heartwarmingly foul-mouthed holiday favourites.

 

Sunday, Dec. 5

9 p.m. ET/PT – “Mr. Hanky’s Christmas Classics”

9:30 p.m. ET/PT – “Are You There God? It’s Me, Jesus”

 

Sunday, Dec. 12

9 p.m. ET/PT – “A Very Crappy Christmas”

9:30 p.m. ET/PT – “Red Sleigh Down”

 

Sunday, Dec 19

9 p.m. ET/PT – “It’s Christmas in Canada”

9:30 p.m. ET/PT – “Woodland Critter Christmas”

 

Christmas Specials

Friday, Dec. 10

11 p.m. ET/PT – JEFF DUNHAM’S VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

In this one-hour stand-up special, Dunham’s motley crew of puppets offer their unique perspective on the holidays. Puppet pals Walter, Peanut, Achmed the Dead Terrorist and Melvin put the “eff” into festive with an hour of hilarity that is anything but traditional.

 

Saturday, Dec. 11

10 p.m. ET/PT – A COLBERT CHRISTMAS: THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL

In this one-hour musical comedy special, a snowed-in Colbert weathers the storm with help from his friends Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson, and Jon Stewart.

 

Saturday, Dec. 18

5 p.m. ET/PT –A MUPPETS CHRISTMAS: LETTERS TO SANTA

In this one-hour special, the Muppets mistakenly intercept three letters sent by children to Santa Claus and attempt to fix the problems created by their mishap. Celebrity appearances include Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Uma Thurman, Nathan Lane, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and more.

 

A SIMPSONS Christmas

It wouldn’t be the holidays without the seasonal satire of Springfield’s favourite animated family! Beginning Saturday, Dec. 18, The Comedy Network delivers the ultimate, classic SIMPSONS Christmas episodes, starting with “Simpson’s Roasting on an Open Fire”.

 

Saturday, Dec. 18

9 p.m. ET/PT – “Simpson’s Roasting on an Open Fire”

9:30 p.m. ET/PT – “Marge Be Not Proud”

 

Monday, Dec. 20

9 p.m. ET/PT – “Miracle on Evergreen”

 

Tuesday, Dec. 21

9 p.m. ET/PT – “Grift of the Magi”

 

Wednesday, Dec. 22

9 p.m. ET/PT – “Skinner’s Sense of Snow”

 

Thursday, Dec. 23

9 p.m. ET/PT – “’Tis the 15th Season”

 

A Christmas Eve of Favourites

Friday, Dec. 24

Beginning at 6 a.m. ET/PT, unwrap an entire day of the very best in Yuletide hilarity with the very best holiday-themed comedy specials. Starting with IT’S A VERY RED GREEN CHRISTMAS, The Comedy Network guarantees this Christmas Eve will sleigh…(get it?).

 

A BIG BANG Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 25

Starting at 8 a.m. ET/PT, spend an explosive Christmas Day with Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard and Raj during The Comedy Network’s day-long THE BIG BANG THEORY Marathon.

 

Leftover Roasts Boxing Day Marathon

Sunday, Dec. 26

Get stuffed with the tastiest and hottest celebrity roasts starting with BURNED: THE ROASTS MOST OUTRAGEOUS MOMENTS at 11 a.m. ET/PT. Be sure to leave room for more when The Comedy Network dishes out other sizzling treats from the ROAST OF FLAVOR FLAV to the latest and greatest ROAST OF DAVID HASSELFHOFF.

 

The Complete CORNER GAS-A-Thon

Friday, Dec. 31 – Sunday, Jan 2

Starting at 5 p.m. ET/PT, prepare to ring in the New Year with 42 continuous hours of your pals from Dog River. Canada’s most popular comedy series returns in its entirety with all 107 episodes, back-to-back on The Comedy Network’s CORNER GAS-A-Thon, including the retrospective special IT’S BEEN A GAS.

7:00pm – Friday, January 1 on CTV

Brent’s (Brent Butt) mysterious disappearances every Wednesday night have the town talking. When it is discovered he has been pursuing a lifelong dream that threatens to take him out of Dog River, everyone is forced to cope with the news.

7:00pm – Thursday, December 31 on CTV

Hank (Fred Ewanuick), Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn) and Wanda’s (Nancy Robertson) willpower is put to the test when they try to make each other break their new year’s resolutions. Davis (Lorne Cardinal) tries to get out of making coffee at the police station and Brent (Brent Butt) and Emma (Janet Wright) teach Oscar (Eric Peterson) a thing or two about being a Canadian citizen.

December 31 at 3 p.m. ET/PT – January 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Network

Ring in the New Year with 54 continuous hours of your pals from Dog River. Canada’s most popular comedy series returns in its entirety – all 107 episodes back-to-back – on The Comedy Network’s CORNER GAS-A-THON, including the retrospective special IT’S BEEN A GAS.

7:00pm – Wednesday, December 30 on CTV

Davis’ (Lorne Cardinal) decision to take on Brent (Brent Butt) and Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) as the sponsors for his soccer team lands him in hot water with the players’ parents. Meanwhile, Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn) is spooked out of the police cruiser driver’s seat and enlists Hank’s (Fred Ewanuick) help getting around town. And when an old tape of Wanda (Nancy Robertson) doing television projects for a college broadcast course winds up in Oscar (Eric Peterson) and Emma’s (Janet Wright) hands, it’s all fun and games until Oscar and Emma find out the last laugh is on them.

7:00pm – Tuesday, December 29 on CTV

When Brent (Brent Butt) enters a reluctant Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) into an eating contest, it tarnishes his reputation and results in a very offended Davis (Lorne Cardinal). At the Leroys’, Emma’s (Janet Wright) new MP3 player allows Oscar (Eric Peterson) to get away with a bit too much. Karen’s (Tara Spencer-Nairn) auctioneering experience pits Hank (Fred Ewanuick) and Wanda (Nancy Robertson) in a battle of vehicles.