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Archive for June, 2011

Little Mosque on the Prairie to End With Season 6

Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:06 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 

Indeed, Little Mosque on the Prairie will conclude its run on CBC, with its upcoming sixth and final season. According to a press release issued by the CBC, the sixth season will mark the show’s final year and will consist of 11 episodes,which are set to begin airing in winter 2012.

 When Little Mosque made its debut in January 2007,the series earned a record-breaking rating for CBC, with over 2 million viewers.The program’s ratings decreased greatly over the seasons and the show was unable to garner the same audience, despite having made notable cast changes, such as replacing the character of  Reverend Magee[Derek McGrath] for Reverend William Thorne[Brandon Firla].By the end of the previous, fifth season, the show dropped to less than a quarter of its original audience.

The show’s  previous season saw Mercy Mosque’s Imam, Ammar Rashid [Zaib Shaikh] marrying  Rayyan Hamoudi and the couple embarking on their honeymoon, as they consider the possibility of relocating from Mercy to Montreal.

When Little Mosque returns for its final season, viewers  will note that Ammar and Rayyan have   returned  from their honeymoon early, only to find Sarah [ Sheila McCarthy] finalizing her   divorce with  her husband , Yasser[ Carlo Rota].Viewers will also  discover that Baber[Manoj  Sood] and Thorne[Brandon Firla] have been becoming best of friends and that  Mayor Poopwicx is in a  relationship with a man who may actually be the “one”.

Little Mosque on the Prairie, CBC

Ammar and Rayyan will also learn to live as a married couple on their own, without the support of chaperones. Viewers will have the chance to explore a wide range of scenarios in the town of  Mercy,such as fasting, town audits, sacred chickens, a haunted mosque and more , leading  into the epic series finale .

According to the press release, guest stars in the sixth and final season include Peter Keleghan (18 to Life), Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Jennifer Robertson (Winging‘It)

To view the original  press release issued by CBC, click here.

Stay tuned for further information on Little Mosque on the Prairie’s sixth and final season as well as the circumstances regarding the show’s end in our exclusive interview with CBC’s Head of Media Relations, Jeff Kaey.

What is your reaction to on Little Mosque drawing to a close after six seasons? What are your thoughts on the upcoming storylines and which one are you the most excited for? How do you hope the show will conclude?Participate in  our poll below and elaborate in the comments section!

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Interview With Stargate Universe’s Peter Kelamis

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 09:06 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Actor Peter Kelamis has been leading a distinguished career within the Canadian entertainment industry,having recently portrayed the character of Dr.Adam Brody on Syfy’s Stargate Universe,over the course of the show’s two seasons.

With SGU having concluded its run last month and Peter currently in an exciting point in his acting career,we took the opportunity to discuss the actor’s experience in playing the role of Adam Brody.Peter particularly discusses how he related to the character of Brody as well as some of the challenges involved in the role.The actor also shares his thoughts on how well SGU’S series finale,Gauntlet served as an end to the show,his perspective on why SGU was cancelled and his thoughts on the future of  the Stargate franchise.

We also learn of how being a cast member of SGU influenced Peter’s career as well as his personal life and  his message to fans of the show as the franchise draws to a close.

Abbas Karimjee:Were you a fan of Science fiction prior to being appointed the role of Adam Brody and how familiar were you with the Stargate franchise,in particular?

Peter Kelamis: I was a huge Sci-Fi fan and had appeared in 2 Episodes of SG-1…”Space Race” and “Smoke And Mirrors”.I was very excited to be a part of a new SG Series.

AK: What was the most challenging aspect playing Brody and how did you cope with this challenge?

PK:The biggest challenge by far was some of the Science related dialogue.  All the theories were based on scientific fact and theory soo…I had to look like I knew what I was talking about…It took a lot of extra memorizing…

AK: How did you relate to the character of Brody?

PK:I instantly related to Brody…a character, much like the others, being forced into a situation beyond his control.As the Series went on and his comedic quirks came out…I really enjoyed portraying him even more.

AK:How do you think the character of Brody developed over the course of the show’s two seasons and what aspirations did you have for the character?

PK:  The Producers and Writers found out I was a stand-up comic,they began giving me more comedic freedom in scenes…and I loved them for it.I was looking forward to playing Brody for years to come, but unfortunately that was cut short…very disappointed.

AK: What are your thoughts on the SGU’S series finale, Gauntlet?How well of an ending do you think it served for SGU and what  were  your hopes for how the show would have continued ,had it been renewed for a third season?

PK:I thought “Gauntlet” was poetic and haunting, especially since I knew the show’s fate when I finally watched it.  I think we had some amazing possibilities ahead…it is a real shame that we didn’t get to continue our story. The Producers gave us a “Heads Up” as to where the story was headed…and I was looking forward to it.

AK:Back in December, Syfy announced that SGU’S second season would be its last.What was your reaction when you discovered that the series had been cancelled and why do you think SGU was unable to attract the audience needed for the series to continue? What was your perspective on the decision of the producers to have SGU take the Stargate franchise in a new direction, with a strong emphasis on character relationships and survival?

PK:I loved the Producers decision to take the show in such a bold new direction.It was amazing.There were a number of reasons as to why SGU was cancelled and none of them good ones as far as I am concerned.You can argue time slots, anti-SGU campaigns,the flawed Nielson system, but ultimately I suppose there is no SINGLE reason.

The news came as a great shock to myself and the rest of the cast.  I found out, like most of them, through Twitter…not the best way to find out your show was cancelled.  I have to look at those two years as positive otherwise I will tear up and get emotional.I had THE best time, with THE best people possible around me to share it…I will cherish it always.Not to mention the awesome Fans of the show that I still converse with on Twitter and Facebook.

AK: With SGU having been cancelled as a TV series, Brad Wright engaged in a series of negotiations for SGU to continue on either in the form of a TV movie or as miniseries. At a recent convention in Chicago,Wright reported that the negotiations were unsuccessful. What was your reaction to this and what do you think is in store for the future of the Stargate franchise? Do you think it will be revived at a later time? Why or why not?

PK:I know for a fact Brad tried his best to get a movie deal to finish our story.It didn’t happen, but not due to lack of effort.I don’t know if the Stargate Franchise will continue or not…The crew of the Destiny is in stasis for 3 years…maybe at that time a Network will pick up the show and bring us back…we are after all frozen, not dead.  Stranger things have happened in T.V.Maybe we come back in three years and Bobby Ewing steps out of the shower and kick starts the whole thing?

AK: Reflecting on your experience as a cast member on SGU, what are some of your favorite moments, either on – screen as Brody or behind the scenes?

PK:There are probably too many to mention…whenever we would film a scene in the Mess Hall, with all the cast present…we would get into soo much trouble cus we would be laughing our asses off too much.I truly miss the comradery  in a big way.I laughed solid to for two years.My sides still hurt.

My favorite Brody moments were probably the “2001” “Numa Numa”  sequence in “Hope” and the “Get off my lawn” grumpy Brody in “Epilogue”…with a million more in between.

AK: How has being a part of SGU impacted your career as well as your personal life, in terms of the friendships you formed?

PK:I have been recognized from my work on SGU in strange places…The Las Vegas airport subway tram, a cold beer and wine store, a cigar shop in Victoria..etc.  And each time, I am truly caught off guard.  As far as career goes, it has definitely opened up some doors and I hope to start working on a series project soon.  As far as personally, I have gained an entire cast members list of awesome new friends.  I love those guys, and gals, a great deal.

AK:With SGU currently being the last chapter for the Stargate franchise, how do you hope both the show and the character of Brody will be remembered?

PK:I hope people think I did the role justice and brought something of myself to it.  I hope I made them laugh, at times get emotional…all in all, I hope they believed that Brody was real and that I somehow made them care about him.  That would make me feel good.

AK:What message do you have for fans as SGU draws to a close?

PK:-I thank all of the Fans of SGU for watching and enjoying the show…your outcries of support are amazing.On the final night when Twitter was lit up with “Standing Ovation” comments…I would lie if I said it didn’t bring a tear to my eye.I have yet to appear at any SGU Convention, but hope to get invited in the near future.  I cannot wait to shake a few hands and share a chat or two about this great experience with people one on one.

AK:What other acting projects have you been involved in,which you would like to share with viewers and what future aspirations do you have for your acting career?

PK:I am currently splitting time between Vancouver and Los Angeles, but with more of a focus on L.A. right now.We have a home in both cities.I am excited about the possibilities that L.A. has to offer and my Management there is amazing.I know they will steer me into another great role on another great show very soon…I can’t wait.

Stargate Universe – ‘The Complete Second and Final Season’ Now Available on DVD

Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 09:06 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed, fans of Stargate Universe can now purchase the  complete second and final season of the series on DVD. Stargate Universe – The Complete Final Season on DVD, was released  earlier this month,in North America on Monday, June 6 2011. Viewers, should, however, note that there have been no plans for the edition to be released on Blu Ray. The DVD set consists of 5 separate discs and is currently retailed at a price of $49.98[USA]  and $59.98[CA].

The video is available in Anamorphic wide screen and both audio and subtitles are available in English – 5.1 Dolby Digital as well as Spanish English – 5.1 Dolby Digital.

 In addition to the complete final season, viewers will have the chance to explore the following special features:

  • Episode Commentary Tracks
  • Robert Carlyle Directs
  • Andy Mikita Directs
  • Eli’s Mom Comes on Board
  • Brian J. Smith’s First Fight
  • Crashing a Shuttle
  • The Seed Ship With Joe Mallozzi
  • Saying Goodbye to Sgt. Riley
  • Lou Diamond Phillips on Guest Stars
  • Lt. Scott Gets Hit By A Car
  • Inside Cloverdale with Brad Wright
  • How to Get Sucked Into Space
  • SG-U Welcomes You to New Mexico’s Bisti Badlands
  • Deconstructing Destiny
  • A Day in the Life of Jamil Walker Smith
  • Transplant Day
  • Sitting Down with Mike Dopud
  • Bringing the Bridge to Life
  • Louis Ferreria Vs. Colonel Young
  • Pitches: A Journey of Friendship and Discovery
  • Behind the Season 2 Finale – Gauntlet

Have you  purchased  the edition? Reflecting on the second season, which moments or episodes were your favorite? Which was your favorite special feature?Why? Sound off in the comments section!

Interview With Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Derek McGrath

Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 06:06 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Actor Derek McGrath has been leading a notable career within the Canadian entertainment industry,both as an actor as well as a singer.Some of  the actor’s roles on Canadian TV series include a wide range of animated series  such in roles for TV series such as Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Super Why! Wayside and Ruby Gloom.More recently, McGrath  has stated in CBC’S hit sitcom,Little Mosque on the Prairie as the cheerful and open-minded character  Reverend Duncan McGee,throughout the show’s initial three seasons.

With McGrath’s time on Little Mosque having drawn to a close last season and the actor being kind  enough to  partake in an interview with us, we took  the  opportunity to discuss playing the character of McGee,McGrath’s view  on the decision of the producers to  replace his character with Brandon  Firla’s, Reverend William Thorne  as well as the actor’s  return to Little  Mosque in the show’s  previous  fifth season. We also discuss McGrath’s  perspective on Little Mosque’s influence on Canadian culture and as well as how working on the show enhanced  both his acting career and  personal  perspective on the Muslim community.

The actor also  takes the time to share  some of the recent projects he has been working on,including a role on Vision TV’S , She’s The Mayor as well as details on his  latest CD.

Abbas Karimjee: Could you please walk us through this initial process and any challenges which were involved?

Derek McGrath: I was originally contacted by my  agent as per usual with an audition; I received an email with time and place for the audition, a brief description of the character and the material I would be reading. If I remember correctly, I auditioned twice. I was at a nursery, buying trees when I got the call from my agent telling me that I had been offered the role of Magee. I was really excited because I believed the show would have an important impact in terms of reducing misunderstandings about Islam. I also loved the character of Magee.

AK: What was the most challenging part playing Reverend Magee and what techniques did you use to overcome this?

DM:  The challenging part of playing Magee was in keeping him intelligent and witty as opposed to silly and one-dimensional. There are a lot of “over the top”characters on Mosque and I thought it was important to maintain a level of believability with Magee. I kept telling the writers “wise and witty, wise and witty…not silly”.

AK: How do  you relate to the character of Reverend Magee?

DM: I’m a great believer in tolerance. I think it very important to try to see the other guys point of view. I think it’s more powerful to stand up for my own views than it is to attack someone else’s view. That’s a subtle but significant difference. That’s how I think Magee approaches conflict.

AK:How do you  think Magee has developed over the course of the show and what aspirations do  you have  for him as the show draws to a close?

DM: I’m not sure you’re aware of it, but Magee is no longer in the show so I’m afraid I have no aspirations for him whatsoever.

AK:What was your reaction with the casting changes made upon the show’s fourth season which involved the character of Magee being replaced by Brandon Firla’s character, Reverend William Thorne? How do you think  Magee’s absence from the series has  impacted the overall storytelling on the show?

DM: I was very disappointed when I was told that Magee would no longer be part of the Mosque family but I was not bitter. I did not take it personally; I saw it as an artistic decision which obviously made sense to someone. In all honesty, I also believed it was a mistake. The audience reaction was very severe and I believe the decision alienated a large portion of the fan base as evidenced by the enormous number of negative emails sent to the Mosque website. As for Brandon Firla, I think he’s a wonderful actor and perfectly cast to play Thorne.  Again, in all honesty, I think the character as written is too harsh for the show, very funny but not right in the context of Mosque. None of the other characters is mean-spirited. Again, this has nothing to do with Brandon; he’s doing exactly what he was hired to do. Not sure why they didn’t correct this mistake and have us both on the show; but that’s not for me to decide.

AK: What resources did you use to help you effectively portray the character, given the religious background  of the character of  Reverend Magee?

DM: One of the things I did to prepare myself for the show was to read the bible in it’s entirety. And then to read the Koran as well as the Tao Te Ching. I wanted an understanding of where Magee was coming form and also where Amar was coming from. The Tao Te Ching to get another slant.

AK:As an experienced Canadian actor, you have also been involved in animated productions of various TV series including,  Super Why, Wayside and the 13  Ghosts of Scooby Doo  as well as  staged productions such as Little Mosque on the Prairie. Which type of acting do you  prefer to work in and what  particular  benefits  are  associated with your selection?

DM: Personally, I love being in front of a movie camera although there’s a lot to be said for the kind of regular work that a TV series provides. You get your own trailer and all the food you can eat…fabulous!!!

AK: Last season, you returned to the role of Magee after an absence of nearly two years. How did it feel  to return to the Little Mosque production  and what challenges were involved in readjusting to the role?

DM: Mostly, I just had to remember how I had played the role originally and try to be true to what I had already created.

 AK: Reflecting on your recent appearances towards the end of the fifth season, what were some of your favourite moments for the character of Magee, in terms of  his interactions with the  various members of Mercy?

DM: My favourite moments on Mosque were the times I got to work with Neil Crone and Deb McGrath and Sheila McCarthy because they were always so professional and so prepared. No B.S. with them.They show up on time ready to give their absolute best. And their best IS the best.

AK:How many episodes will you appear in for season 6?
DM:None

AK: What is your reaction to  Little Mosque ending this  season and  how do you hope   that  both the show and Magee,  in particular is remembered?

DM: I’m sorry to see the show ending because I think Canada, in fact the world needs shows like Little  Mosque which features people of decidedly different cultures learning to live peacefully alongside each other. As major centers become more and more multi-cultural, tolerance and acceptance will be absolutely necessary if we’re going to have any harmony in our day-to-day lives. I hope the show will be remembered as a genuinely funny and gentle reminder that people are people are people and I hope Magee will be remembered as the warm-hearted embodiment of that principal.

AK:Little Mosque on  the Prairie has  achieved international success , airing in over 68 countries  as  well  as in Canada, with the series premiere, earning a CBC    record breaking viewership of 2. 1 million. What impact do you think  Little  Mosque on the Prairie has had on Canadian culture and why do  you think the show has resonated with viewers so well?  How do you think it represents Canada, given that  the show is the   first of its kind?

DM: I think the show resonates with Canadians firstly because it’s genuinely funny and secondly because it enlightens us about an unfamiliar culture without ever getting preachy. I think they embraced the characters because they are  endearingly human with faults and qualities that we can all recognize in ourselves and in our friends and neighbours. As for the Anglo Saxons in the audience, I think the show was a comfort because it revealed Muslims as less frightening than they may have believed them to be and I think our Muslim audience was delighted to see their sisters and brothers portrayed as regular “joes” with the same hopes and fears as their Anglo Saxon neighbours.I think a lot of Canadians were surprised to see that Muslims have a sense of humour. The rest of course is just the mystery of show business.

AK: How has being a cast member on this series impacted your career and  how has it influenced your personal perspective on the Muslim community?

DM: Since the time that I was a very young boy, I have always insisted on being inclusive so that has not changed much. But, I think I’m much more educated on the subject of Islam. As I mentioned earlier, I read the Koran as a result of being cast in Mosque and of course I worked closely with genuine Muslims for the first time in my life and I could always for instance go to Zaib or Zarqua if I had any questions. Before this show, I was never certain whether or not a Muslim audience might embrace my sense of humour. In fact they did most warm-heartedly. People are people are people and humor is humor is humor.

AK:What other acting projects have your recently been working on, which you would like to share with viewers?

DM: Last summer I shot a series called SHE’S THE MAYOR for VISION TV. I play a corrupt politician named FRANK CRUMB. I think the show is very funny and it seems to be a hit on VISION. I believe the season is complete for this year but I’m certain there will be re-runs on VISION so do please watch for it. A lot of people don’t realize that I’m also a musician; I’m a singer/songwriter and I had the opportunity to work with some of the finest musicians in the world when I recorded my C.D. STRANGER. I warmly invite everyone to give it a listen at derekmcgrathmusic.com.

AK: What message do you have for fans  of the show, as Little Mosque draws to a close?

DM: I would never presume to preach but I will freely offer my opinion.There are only two basic emotions in the world, LOVE and FEAR. Fear makes you small and miserable; love makes you open and joyful. Fear kills; love creates. Choose love!

A Day In The Life of Little Mosque On The Prairie!

Sunday, June 5, 2011 @ 09:06 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

With Little Mosque on the Prairie currently  filming in its   sixth and final season, the cast   of the show are actively  involved in the production.  Viewers of the show now have the chance to take a glimpse into  a day on the sets of Little Mosque  on the Prairie with the show’s Debra McGrath [  Mayor Ann Popwicx]

Visit  McGrath’s blog    to see the clip which covers  segments of  the actress’ experience on a typical day on set. The  7  minute  clip  also features  the show’s Sitara Hewitt[ Rayyan Hamoudi],  Sheila McCarth[ Sarah Hamoudi]  and Neil Crone[ Fred Tupper] as well as other various   cast and crew members.

On the blog, McGrath also   announced that Little Mosque would return to CBC this fall. We will have further details on Little Mosque’s sixth season  within the coming weeks.

What are your thoughts on the video and what is your reaction to Little Mosque ending  upon the conclusion of its upcoming sixth season? Drop us a line in the comments section,  below.