Corner Gas

Monday, April 6, 2009 9:30 p.m.

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

A windstorm changes the name of The Ruby; Wanda (Nancy Robertson) requires equal rights at work, leaving Brent (Brent Butt) with more problems than he’d expected; the results of a jam contest leave Oscar concerned about Emma (Janet Wright). The episode also airs Monday, April 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV.

Corner GasBrent Butt does not have to go far for laughs. He just has to announce his name. But for six television seasons the stand-up comedian who masterminded the hit show for CTV, Corner Gas, proved that he is a multi-dimensional creative personality who has joined the ranks of Red Green, Bob and Doug MacKenzie and Johnnie Wayner and Frank Shuster as hilarious icons of Canadian origin. Now Butt and his great cast will wave goodbye to the grain elevators and wheat combines and join these great Canadian comedians in rerun-heaven

In essence Corner Gas is a “show about nothing” in a tiny one-gas-station town on the broad, flat Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Dog River has a cafe, a gas station, a ploice station and a few other amenities “down the road.” Brent Butt stars as Brent Leroy whose wit is shapened by the cirmcumstances of taking over his father’s convenient store/gas station instead of going on to “big city.” In addition the show stars veteran Canadian comedian, Eric Peterson, as well as Janet Wright, Gabrielle Miller, Fred Ewanuick, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn and Nancy Robertson.

As the owner of the cafe Miller plays Butt’s nemesis in the jibe department and, with a little effort on his part, could be his love interest. Ewanuick, also unmarried, is is Barnet Rubble-type sidekick. Peterson and Wright could almost double as George Costanza’s parents in Seinfeld and give Butt no end of grief.

The police are always around in the form of Canadian First-Nations actor Lorne Cardinal and Tara Spencer-Nairn who spoof the Royal Canadina Mounted Poilce in the mostly unlikely police pairing since Andy Griffith and Barney Fife. And Butt’s real-life wife, Nancy Robertson, plays his thorn-in-the-side employee at the business, Wanda Dollard.

Brent Butt is following the path of other sucessful shows such as The Red Green Show and Seinfeld and leaving while both the networks and the 1,000,000 Canadian fans still want more. The show also airs in many other countries. He did say that no one was leaving Dog River. The show will just stop at the end of a normal 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.

Monday, March 30 at 9:30 p.m. on CTV

ALL-NEW EPISODE

When Emma (Janet Wright) inadvertently finds herself a substitute teacher at the elementary school, she asks Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn) and Wanda (Nancy Robertson) to talk to the kids about their careers, causing tension to erupt. Lacey’s (Gabrielle Miller) attempt to make the Ruby more birthday friendly goes too far. Meanwhile, Brent (Brent Butt) and Hank (Fred Ewanuick) panic after they suspect Oscar (Eric Peterson) has eaten a thirty-year-old snack cake.

Monday, March 23 at 9:30 p.m. on CTV

ALL-NEW EPISODE

Brent (Brent Butt) and Hank (Fred Ewanuick) decide to take a trip down memory lane stealing crab apples from a neighbour’s yard that gets Hank in trouble. No one wants Oscar (Eric Peterson) on their charades team, until he proves his skills. Davis (Lorne Cardinal) and Wanda (Nancy Robertson) find reasons to write angry complaint letters to companies in hopes of getting free stuff.

Monday, March 16 at 9:30 p.m. on CTV

ALL-NEW EPISODE

Jealous of Hank’s (Fred Ewanuick) new toy robot, Davis (Lorne Cardinal) places an order online but is surprised when his robot arrives. Despite Emma’s (Janet Wright) warning, Lacey’s (Gabrielle Miller) continues to expand Brent’s (Brent Butt) culinary horizons and turns Brent into a food critic from hell. Wanda (Nancy Robertson) suits up to help Oscar (Eric Peterson) combat a beehive.

“Pump Out a Poster Contest” Marks Series Finale, April 13

Grand Prize winner has their artwork immortalized in a commemorative poster
and receives $3,500 in prizes

Creator and star Brent Butt leads poster jury

The count down continues with only five episodes left –

Toronto, ON (March 12, 2009) – 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. Starting right now, fans, pop-culture fanatics, design students and artists across the country are invited to start working on their artistic rendering celebrating CORNER GAS. Entries can be submitted from Monday, March 23 throughThursday, April 2 at CTV.ca. Details about the top-secret CORNER GAS series finale will be announced soon.

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. Four secondary prizes will be awarded.

The Official CORNER GAS Poster will then be sold at the Corner Gas store at CornerGas.com. All proceeds go to the Canadian charity, Free The Children,an organization dedicated to helping children around the globe through education and development programs

Viewers can count down to the bitter-sweet conclusion of CORNER GAS, Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET, on CTV and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, on The Comedy Network, on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca, and on the go at iTunes.ca. The series finale airs on Monday, April 13 on CTV andSaturday, April 18 on The Comedy Network.

Throughout the tenure of CORNER GAS, memorabilia at Corner Gas.com has generated millions of dollars worth of sales, as fans seek to own a piece of this beloved series. Now, with the “Corner Gas Pump Out a Poster Contest,” there’s an opportunity for anyone who’s willing, to actually contribute to the legacy CORNER GAS leaves behind – and help children around the globe as well. Fans are being given the opportunity to provide the world with a unique, visual representation of what this immensely successful Canadian series means to them.

Beginning March 23, artistic hopefuls of 13 years of age or older can log on to CTV.ca to enter and upload a high-resolution digital representation of their artwork for a shot at winning the ultimate Grand Prize. Artwork can take any shape or form including sculpture, tapestry, macramé, painting, digital and manual illustrations, silly putty – the options are endless. The winning creation will be shipped to CTV for reproduction as an 18 x 24 inch poster.

In the next episode of CORNER GAS, “R2 Bee Too,” (Monday, March 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV), jealous of Hank’s new toy robot, Davis places an order online for the same one, but gets a surprise when his arrives. Down at The Ruby, despite Emma’s warnings, Lacey embarks on a quest to expand Brent’s culinary horizons, turning him into a food critic from hell.  Back at the Leroys’, Wanda suits up to help Oscar combat a beehive. For a double shot of this episode, tune into The Comedy Network, Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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.

Monday, March 9 9:30 p.m.

Wanda’s (Nancy Robertson) new way of getting around town brings a European flair to Dog River, much to Brent’s (Brent Butt) inconvenience. Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) tricks Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn) and Davis (Lorne Cardinal) into helping her move. Meanwhile, Hank’s (Fred Ewanuick) new greeting puts him in an awkward situation with Emma (Janet Wright) and annoys Oscar (Eric Peterson).

Monday, March 2 9:30 p.m.

In CORNER GAS’ milestone 100th episode, Emma (Janet Wright) keeps a watchful eye on the citizens of Dog River to ensure the town reigns supreme over Wullerton in “Turn Off Your TV Week”. Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) and Oscar (Eric Peterson) find a profitable way to break the rules and Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn) and Davis (Lorne Cardinal) hit the radio airwaves to help everyone cope. Brent (Brent Butt) finds a creative way to get through a week of no TV with the help of Hank (Fred Ewanuick) and Wanda (Nancy Robertson).

Dog River gets set to unplug their TVs for a week in a town-wide celebration of “Turn Off Your TV Week.” How will Dog Riverites make out without television 40 kilometers from no where? Canada’s #1 original comedy series CORNER GAS commemorates its 100th milestone episode in “TV Free Dog River”, premiering Monday, March 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET, once again rounding off CTV’s two-hour Monday night comedy block. The history making episode kicks off the series’ final victory lap, with seven episodes left until Dog River says good-bye forever. The episode also airs Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network, on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca, and on the go at iTunes.

“After 100 episodes, CORNER GAS’ resounding success is attributed to its incredible creative team, and the audiences across Canada who have welcomed this ground-breaking series into their homes from the very start,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “While Dog River finds ways to cope without TV for a week, in a few months, we will all have to find ways to cope without new episodes of CORNER GAS.”

As of March 2, CORNER GAS will stand proud amongst a short list of Canadian scripted series to have reached 100 episodes. This notable list includes: THE KING OF KENSINGTON, Degrassi: The Next Generation, KIds in the Hall, and THE Beachcombers, to name few.

“I grew up dreaming of being on TV, but I never dreamed, or certainly never expected, to be on a show that runs for more than100 episodes,” said creator Brent Butt. “CORNER GAS slips into rare company now, and I could not be more proud.”

It was only six years ago that the tiny town of Dog River and its odd bunch of archetypal characters went from an idea, to a script, to becoming Canada’s most-watched comedy series. After six seasons – and over 1,200 cups of coffee served – CORNER GAS is celebrating its 100th episode by…err…saying No to Television in “TV Free Dog River.”

In the episode, Emma announces at a town meeting that they should all partake in “Turn Off Your TV Week” to re-connect with their families and community. And if rival town Wullerton(spit) can do it, they sure as hell can do it better! While Emma stays busy keeping a watchful eye on everyone, the rest of the town folk come up with innovative ways to keep themselves busy – and to survive without television.

Brent stumbles across a bright idea after witnessing Hank and Wanda squabble over a crossword puzzle. He covertly appoints them as the stars of his new made-up show, which he watches through the Corner Gas window. Across town, Senior Officer Davis tries to fill the entertainment void by turning the Dog River police station into an all-jazz station!

Downtown Davis dishes out grooves so smooth, not even platinum-selling, Grammy®-winning Michael Bublé can get air play.

“I find it completely heartbreaking that Downtown Davis, someone I believed to have such taste and appreciation for greatness, didn’t recognize me; legendary jazz great; Michael Bublé,” said Michael Bublé.

Meanwhile, Karen has a more raucous radio format in mind, complete with bells and whistles! Back at the Leroy residence, Oscar starts up a bootleg TV service. Lacey joins his underground operation, by serving sticky buns for five bucks a pop, so that she can get her beloved fix of “So You Think Your Kid Can Dance.”

Viewers can share their own ideas of how to spend a week in Dog River with no TV, or pay homage to CORNER GAS, by logging on cornergas.com, to post their comments, and share their favourite CORNER GAS moments, quotes, and episodes. Viewers can also log on to The Comedy Network’s UPLOAD YOURS at uly.thecomedynetwork.ca, and post videos of CORNER GAS spoofs, or re-enactments of their favourite character or scenes.

CORNER GAS continues to air with all-new episodes Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV and Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

CORNER GAS stars 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.

Butt leads 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.

CORNER GAS is produced in association with CTV by Prairie Pants Productions, comprised of Virginia Thompson (Incredible Story Studio, renegadepress.com) of Vérité Films and 335 Productions, a partnership of Brent Butt and David Storey (Blackfly, The Seán Cullen Show). Michelle Daly is Director of Content for The Comedy Network. Ed Robinson is Executive Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. and President and General Manager, The Comedy Network and SPACE. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.