Corner Gas

Just like it began, CORNER GAS has ended on a high, with a record-breaking audience last night. Canada’s most beloved homegrown comedy series has made television history with an audience of 2.914 million viewers for its series finale on CTV and ‘A’. It’s a new audience high for CORNER GAS and the biggest audience on record for a Canadian scripted television series*. In all, nearly one in three viewers in English Canada watched the greatly-anticipated finale, in which Brent LeRoy passes on a potential comedy career to stay put in Dog River.** The episode was the #1 program of the night (ahead of HOUSE and CSI: MIAMI) and ranks as one of the most-watched television programs in Canada this broadcast year, ranking #8 along with sports events and THE ACADEMY AWARDS. More than 4.2 million viewers watched some part of the episode.

The cast of CORNER GAS waves goodbye after six seasons of hilarity.

In advance of the finale, the cast of CORNER GAS appeared on various programs on CTV, significantly boosting their audiences compared to season to date averages. A CANADA AM CORNER GAS special at 8 a.m. saw its audience increase by 30%, while the dedicated special LIVE AT ETALK: THE CAST OF CORNER GAS attracted a season-high 664,000 viewers at 7 p.m., a spike of 80% for ETALK. Another 763,000 viewers watched the pre-finale special IT’S BEEN A GAS at 7:30 p.m.

For CORNER GAS fans not ready to say goodbye just yet – have no fear, there is still GAS in the tank in the coming weeks and months:

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 the series finale “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 and thecomedynetwork.ca, and on the go at iTunes.ca.

The official CORNER GAS commemorative poster, “Thunderface,” an ink drawing of the entire cast as the infamous Dog River band on their Farewell Tour, was chosen from nearly 300 entries. The poster will soon be sold at CornerGas.com with proceeds going to Free The Children, an organization dedicated to helping children around the globe.

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.

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.

Monday, April 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV and ‘A’

– The Hon. Brad Wall, Senator Pamela Wallin, Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Bublé,

Lloyd Robertson and others comment on series’ end –

Toronto, ON (April 9, 2009) – So long CORNER GAS, and thanks for the memories. Millions of fans across the country are preparing to say goodbye before the sun sets on Dog River this coming Monday, April 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV and ‘A’ (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Meanwhile, celebrity guest stars, industry insiders, politicians, critics and others comment on the end of an era:

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada & Guest Star

CORNER GAS has kept Canadian families, including my own, laughing for the last six seasons. Thanks to your combined talents as cast and crew, Brent, Lacey, Wanda, Hank, Oscar, Emma, Davis, Karen and the residents of Dog River are now part of Canada’s comedy history. While my time on the set was brief, my memories of that day will last a lifetime. On behalf of the Government of Canada, Lorraine, Ben, Rachel and I offer all of you atCORNER GAS my congratulations on six memorable [seasons].”

The Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan & Guest Star

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

Senator Pamela Wallin, Guest Star

“So as…the Senator for Dog River, I just want to say on behalf of the whole province…we love you. You really did put us on the map and I know you are going to exist in reruns forever, but what a wonderful contribution you made to the province, to the country and for making us see what life is like in small towns. That’s where I am from and I love it, it is the heart and soul of this country.”

Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

CORNER GAS changed the game for Canadian scripted comedy. Thank you to Brent Butt for creating a cast of characters that has resonated so strongly with viewers, to the perfect cast that has so vividly brought them to life and to the dream writing and producing team that took such care over six unforgettable seasons.”

Mike Reid, Canadian Soldier, as posted to CTV.ca

“When on a break from our forward operating base, I would catch the show at 3 a.m. Kandahar time. Gave me a great touch at home. Thanks so much guys.”

Michael Bublé, Guest Star

“I would like to say thank you so much for 35 years of laughter and tears. I really like the show and I have a lot of friends that do, here and in States and all over the world, actually. What a great privilege it was to be part of the show. Congrats to all of you…you deserve the success and laughs that you get and I can’t wait to see what you do next.”

Shirley Douglas & Kiefer Sutherland, Guest Stars

“Please don’t go! Just go to the cottage, have a rest and come back! Too many people in Canada and around the world are counting on you. For God’s sake, don’t retire to Victoria and tell us that your flowers are blooming in January! All our love, and best of luck.”

Lloyd Robertson, Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV News & Guest Star

“What a gas it was for me to step out of my traditional role and appear in those cameos on CORNER GAS. Like everyone else, I will miss that show but I am also proud to be part of a network that created such a genuine hit with wonderful characters; superb acting, writing and directing talent; and the setting in Saskatchewan, now Canada’s go-to province. Brent and gang: I know it was your choice to take your leave, but that doesn’t take from the sting of your departure. Best of luck – we’ll watch for you in reruns.”

Mayor Allen Kuhlmann, Rouleau, SK

“A fantasy time for Rouleau is winding down. The mythical name identity for our town is a wonderful side effect of the phenomenal success of theCORNER GAS. Tourism in Saskatchewan, especially in Rouleau, will soon begin to feel the end of this great series….Does Rouleau now truly become Dog River with nothing much going on? At the time of year when we would soon experience the hustle and bustle of filming in the streets. We now see nothing instead…..We all knew it would end someday, but did it have to be so soon? Rouleau will always be here and we welcome one and all to come visit and perhaps even settle in the mythical town of Dog River!”

Sara Morton, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television

“The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television salutes the cast, crew and creators of the multiple Gemini Award-winning CORNER GAS. You have led a resurgence of the sitcom form in Canada and helped raise the profile of Canadian television around the world. We’ll miss you, and look forward to all of your new adventures!”

Richard Hardacre, National President, ACTRA

“We know Canadians have the talent, the tenacity and the comedic chops to create hit series like CORNER GAS. But this show has been unique. Thank you for sharing it with the world, thanks for the laughs, and most of all, thanks for mining some of the gold of Canada, the common quirks and charms of small towns right across this great country. CORNER GAS is ‘Exhibit A’ of why it’s so important to celebrate our own colourful characters, curmudgeons included, and share our own stories on our screens.”

Brian Anthony, National Executive Director & CEO, Directors Guild of Canada

CORNER GAS raised the bar for Canadian television and showcased the extraordinary talent we have in this country. It has left an indelible mark on television and will be the benchmark of high-quality comedy. I’m proud the DGC was a part of it.”

Walter Daroshin, President, Leo Awards

“At times, comedy can be a serious business, in particular when undergoing the scrutiny of adjudication. CORNER GAS has consistently met the standards of artistic excellence we demand of our nominees and award recipients.  It’s been an honour to celebrate CORNER GAS over the years.”

John Doyle, Television Critic, The Globe and Mail

“Anyone who fails to appreciate the exquisite comical whimsy and admire the stunning popular success of CORNER GAS is a jackass.”

Peter Vamos, Executive Director, Banff World Television Festival

“The show was a true phenomenon. Not since the TROUBLE WITH TRACEY has there been a domestically produced show so loved by Canadian viewers. It has inspired and invigorated the television producers and broadcasters across the country. Everyone wants to uncover the next CORNER GAS.”

Michele Sponagle, Author, Tales From Dog River and Dog River Confidential

“When I began work on my first CORNER GAS book, Tales From Dog River, there was a fear that peering behind the curtain at the mechanics of the show would somehow take away its magic for myself and fans. But that hasn’t been the case at all. Revealing how much passion and care has been poured into the show has deepened the appreciation of it. I’m sure that the upcoming second book, Dog River Confidential, chronicling the last three seasons and its finale, will fan the flames of this love affair with CORNER GAS even more.”

Jonathan Gross, President, Video Service Corp.

“We have sold over half a million CORNER GAS DVDs, which not only speaks

to the quality of the show, but to the tired preconception that Canadians don’t support their own. This has been a rewarding experience on so many levels.”

Jim Gardner, Founder, Brüzer Sportsgear

“From t-shirts and hoodies to Ruby coffee mugs and Brent’s signature gas station attendant shirt, the Dog River Clothing Company is the tangible response to the success of this series. Hundreds of thousands of viewers have worn their support and pride for CORNER GAS on their backs, generating millions of dollars worth of sales. This program has been unlike any other in the way that Canadians have embraced it, and we’re proud to have been along for the ride as the finale episode approaches.”

On Monday, April 13, the Dog Riverites are heading to the big city of Toronto to say good bye to adoring fans that have welcomed CORNER GAS into their homes, and in their hearts. 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.”

CORNER GAS – 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV and ‘A’

In the sensational, not-to-be-missed, top-secret final episode “Good Night, You’ve Been Great,” 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?

 

Monday April 13 at 3 p.m.

Torontonians are invited to say goodbye to the cast of CORNER GAS just hours before the series’ final episode airs on CTV and ‘A’ this coming Monday, April 13. Hundreds of fans are expected to show up to personally meet Brent, Lacey, Oscar, Emma, Hank, Wanda, Karen and Davis.

CORNER GAS Cast Autograph Signing

What: Corner Gas autograph signing – public invited to attend

Who: The entire cast of Corner Gas – Brent Butt, Lorne Cardinal,

Fred Ewanuick, Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Nancy Robertson,
Tara Spencer-Nairn, Janet Wright,

Why: In honour of the series finale of CORNER GAS later that night 
When: Monday, April 13 from 3 – 4 p.m. 
Where: CTV, 299 Queen St. West

The autograph signing will follow the 2-3 p.m. taping of the half-hour special LIVE AT ETALK: THE CAST OF CORNER GAS, airing later that night on CTV. The public is welcome to attend. For tickets and more info, please e-mailetalkaudience@ctv.ca.


 

Monday, April 13 on Global

Three public events on Monday, April 13 will see Torontonians say goodbye to the cast of CORNER GAS just hours before the series’ final episode airs on CTV and ‘A’. Hundreds of fans are expected to show up to personally meet Brent, Lacey, Oscar, Emma, Hank, Wanda, Karen and Davis at two television tapings and an autograph signing. It’s the final time the entire cast of the hit series will be together.

8 – 9 a.m.: CANADA AM

Rise and shine with CANADA AM’s CORNER GAS, a one-hour special, live from Toronto’s Masonic Temple full of interviews, highlights, high jinks and prize-pack giveaways. Beginning at 8 a.m. ET, Brent and the gang take over Canada’s #1 morning show in front of a live studio audience and talk about what it was like to film the finale and what fans can expect when the series finally comes to a close.

2-3 p.m. LIVE AT ETALK: THE CAST OF CORNER GAS

The Dog Riverites sit down with Canada’s most-watched entertainment newsmagazine ETALK for their final interview as a cast.  With a live audience full of fans in the ETALK storefront studio, hosts Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim have some surprises in store for the cast and the studio audience.

3-4 p.m. CORNER GAS Cast Autograph Signing

Torontonians are invited to say goodbye to the cast of CORNER GAS. Hundreds of fans are expected to show up to personally meet Brent, Lacey, Oscar, Emma, Hank, Wanda, Karen and Davis.

Viewers bid farewell in one of CTV.ca’s most successful user-generated projects ever

Series finale airs Monday, April 13 at 9:30 p.m. on CTV and ‘A’

Toronto, ON (April 8, 2009) – Canadians have responded to a request to say goodbye to CORNER GAS with an overwhelming outpouring of adoration, representing hundreds if not thousands of hours of creativity. Just days before the beloved series takes its final bow, CTV announced today that Walt Radda from Little Britain, ON is the Grand Prize winner of the “Corner Gas Pump Out a Poster Contest”. His submission, “Thunderface,” an ink drawing of the entire cast as the infamous Dog River band on their Farewell Tour, was chosen from nearly 300 entries and becomes the official CORNER GAScommemorative poster.

Recently retired from General Motors, the 49-year-old father of five and self-avowed CORNER GAS fanatic receives $1,000 cash and more than $2,000 in prizing. The poster will soon be sold at CornerGas.com with proceeds going to Free The Children, an organization dedicated to helping children around the globe.

Mr. Radda’s winning design was chosen by an esteemed judging panel including CORNER GAS creator and star Brent Butt, the series’ award-winning production designer Hugh Shankland, and Joyce Woollcott, Director of Print Design, CTV Creative Agency.

“I like how this poster acknowledged the show is ending, and that we are saying goodbye, but did so in an upbeat, fun way,” said Butt of the winning entry. “And of course I get to relive my rock ‘n’ roll fantasy forever now through Thunderface.”

“The overall theme of music was important to the show and particularly to Brent,” added Shankman. “There are lots of other references that fans will enjoy without cluttering the elegant composition. It captures the spirit of the show!”

“My family and I have drawn a tremendous amount of enjoyment from CORNER GAS, and this contest entry was quite simply a labour of love on my part,” said Mr. Radda in his submission. “Thanks for all the laughs!”

Four other submissions will receive secondary prizing: Holly Carr (Canning, NS) for her submission in silk entitled “Gas Cast”; Murray Crossman (Red Deer, AB) for his digital creation “So Long, Thank You”; Wanda Drew (London, ON) for her entry created with hundreds of pieces of felt “Heart Felt”; and Jeanette Jeremoe (Winnipeg, MB) for her digital entry “The Corner Gas Crew.”

** Media Note ** Download high-resolution images of the Grand Prize Winner and Four Secondary Prize Winners at www.ctvmedia.ca.

The winning entry was chosen from a smorgasbord of creative and admirable submissions in every conceivable medium, from more traditional mediums like oil, watercolour and charcoal to etched aluminum, clay, pop-up, caricature, balloons, macaroni, anime and comics. All of the entries – along with comments from fans across the country – can be seen right now at www.cornergaspostercontest.ctv.ca/gallery.

The contest launched on March 23, and closed on April 2. With only 10 days to submit their artwork, CORNER GAS fans pumped out nearly 300 submissions, making it one of the most successful user-generated projects in CTV.ca’s history.

The poster contest allowed fans the opportunity to express their feelings visually about the end of the CORNER GAS era and say goodbye at the same time in their own unique way. In addition to the incredible display of creativity, the contest demonstrated the deep connection viewers have to the series via the artists’ statements about their inspiration, as well as the many comments posted alongside each submission:

· “If heaven does exist, it is Dog River.”

· CORNER GAS is a fantastic TV show, and has left its mark on the history of Canadian television forever.”

· “I think the show has done incredible things for the province, and I wish them well.”

· “Watching Corner Gas is most certainly a hard habit to break! We will miss the show!”

· “Even though it has come to the end, CORNER GAS will live on in the hearts of the weekly Dog River residents, nationwide.”

CORNER GAS says good bye on Monday, April 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV and ‘A’ with the last episode ever, “You’ve Been Great, Good Night.”

About Free The Children

Free The Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, with more than one million youth involved in innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Founded in 1995 by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children has a proven track record of success. Through the energy and passion of youth, Free The Children has built more than 500 schools around the world and it provides education for 50,000 children everyday. The organization has received the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (also known as the Children’s Nobel Prize), the Human Rights Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful partnerships with leading school boards and Oprah’s Angel Network. For more information please visit www.freethechildren.com.

 

While CORNER GAS pumped out the laughs in season-record numbers last night on CTV, DANCING WITH THE STARS shimmied its way to ‘A’s biggest audience ever.* At 9:30 p.m. ET, a special super-simulcast broadcast of the penultimate CORNER GAS episode attracted 1.73 million viewers on CTV and ‘A’ combined. Meanwhile, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, a new performance episode of DANCING WITH THE STARS drew 1.21 million viewers, the biggest audience ever for the re-branded conventional network. DANCING WITH THE STARS has delivered three out of the Top 5 broadcasts on the network.

In the CORNER GAS series finale airing Monday, April 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV and ‘A’, “You’ve Been Great, Goodnight”, Brent’s (Brent Butt) mysterious disappearances every Wednesday night have the whole town talking. When it is discovered he has been pursuing a lifelong dream, everyone is forced to cope with the news.

DANCING WITH THE STARS airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ‘A’.

Monday, April 13 9:30 p.m.

In the last and final episode, Brent’s (Brent Butt) mysterious disappearances every Wednesday night have the whole town talking. When it is discovered he has been pursuing a lifelong dream, everyone is forced to cope with the news.

Monday, April 13 7:30 p.m.

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 of the hit Canadian comedy, reflecting on the past six seasons and 107 episodes. Shot on location in Regina and Rouleau, SK, the special features sneak-peeks of the top-secret series finale, “You’ve Been Great, Good Night.”

Monday, April 6 9:30 p.m.

Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) and Davis (Lorne Cardinal) are on the hunt after two of the letters in “Café” get blown off the roof during a bad windstorm. Wanda’s (Nancy Robertson) demands for more rights at Corner Gas lead to unexpected opportunities for Hank (Fred Ewanuick) and more headaches for Brent (Brent Butt). Meanwhile, Oscar (Eric Peterson) worries about Emma (Janet Wright) after Karen doesn’t pick her jam in a contest.

Monday, April 13, 2009 9:30 p.m.

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

In the top-secret series finale, “Good Night, You’ve Been Great”, 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. Written by series creator Brent Butt and CORNER GAS supervising producer Kevin White, the episode is directed by executive producer David Storey. The series finale also airs Monday, April 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV.