January 11th, 2011

Keep Walking

Trailer Park Boys Live in NYC!

The 'Trailer Park Boys' are coming to New York City for one night only, Friday, 21 January!!

Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian comedy mockumentary television series created and directed by Mike Clattenburg that focuses on the misadventures of a group of trailer park residents, some of whom are ex-convicts, living in Sunnyvale Trailer Park located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The television series premièred on the Showcase television network in 2001.

Each season follows the same basic pattern. Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles are constantly trying to figure out new ways to get rich, get high, and stay out of jail; their "get rich quick" schemes are usually foiled by the vindictive trailer park supervisor, former police officer Jim Lahey, and his perpetually shirtless assistant, Randy, though the Boys' own incompetence certainly plays a role. Early seasons always began with the boys getting out of jail and ended with them being re-incarcerated.

Later seasons changed this formula with the final episode of the season showing that their schemes had been successful, and the boys' future looking optimistic. The first episode of the following season would then show them sheepishly explaining how everything went wrong for them in the interim, thus bringing the story back to square one.

It's a very funny show with a cult-like following. For example, for four years Bubbles (Michael Smith) was part-owner of "Bubble's Mansion" bar & grill in downtown Halifax, NS. It was basically a Trailer Park Boys' themed bar.

Sadly, the bar closed down because it was no longer able to compete when Canadian government legislation banned the practice of charging just $1 for drinks. Bar manager Brad Hartlin said "the students stopped coming when legislation got passed for the minimum drink prices. That had a drastic effect on our business". The minimum bars can now charge is $2.50 per serving, which is considered to be 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or one shot of liquor.

Check out some clips from the show, or download it all from chazhome.com! Better yet, BUY TICKETS to the show now!!

What's up with British television shows being re-made in America?

I'm NOT talking about Tourchwood and Dr. Who (which had a lot of U.S. taping for the upcoming season), but it's still got British roots, producers and directors!

I'm talking about the completely Americanized versions of: "Being Human" (SyFy), "Shameless" (Showtime) and "Skins" not unlike what happened with "Queer as Folk" and "The Office" a few years back...

Of course this isn't a completely new thing -- Archie Bunker/All in the Family was created based on "Till Death Us Do Part". Coincidentally, the 'All in the Family' spinoff 'Maude' was remade in the UK as 'Nobody's Perfect', and the 'Maude' spinoff 'Good Times' was remade as 'The Fosters'. None of the UK series were connected to each other or to 'Till Death Us Do Part'.

How bizarre....

Be sure to see the ORIGINAL shows before judging the American versions: Shameless, Skins and Being Human - enjoy!