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Mr. D Season 4 Episode 6-Short Stock

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 06:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 

Check out the various promotional features of tonight’s episode of Mr. D’s fourth season entitled Short Stocked.The episode shall air at 9:30pm EST on CBC.

Gerry and Bill’s house they rent is up for sale and Gerry uses the advice of a market-savvy student to raise enough money for a down payment. Robert is too proud to ask for IT help, and Lisa spearheads a farewell to Xavier’s veteran crossing guard.

Which student will be dispensing advice and what  exactly will the advice be? Will the will Gerry  be able to effectively use this advice to make or will it somehow backfire? How will Robert”s pride cause great technical difficulties at Xavier and to what extent will he  go without getting help. Share your thoughts and speculations  in the comments section below.

Check out the trailer for this episode @http://www.cbc.ca/mrd/

Mr. D Announcement-Live Chat Update
Readers are invited to join us at www.abbaskarimjeeweblog.com from 5:00pm -7:00pm EST on Monday, March 9 for a live question and answer session with Mr. D’s Jonathan Torren(VIce Principal Robert Cheeley).The chat will be hosted on the comments section of a post on the blog’s home page specifically created for this event. Questions regarding the event can be e-mailed at blogmanagement@ymail.com.

 

 

 

Mr. D -Season 4 Episode 5-Dating Maya Student

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 08:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 

 Tune in tonight at 9:30pm EST for a new episode of Mr.D’s fourth season.Check out the episode synopsis, photo and links to the promotional video further below. Share your thoughts, speculations and predictions in the comments section below!

 Gerry’s former pupil, Maya is back at Xavier as a student teacher and Gerry is having difficulty accepting her as an adult. Robert tries too hard to be cool while attempting to connect with a student, and Bobbi works to prove her femininity to Malik amidst a school wide outbreak of lice.(CBC)

How will Maya respond to Gerry’s reluctance to accept her as an adult?How will this affect her work at Xavier Academy and the dynamics amongst staff and students?How will Bill  and Gerry’s friendship be impacted as a result of Gerry’s reluctance to accept Maya as an adult?Do you think Maya and Bill are a serious couple?

Why is Robert trying to connect with this particular student and how will his extreme efforts backfire as the student deals with his attempts?What causes Bobbi to prove her femininity and to what extents will she resort to in order to prove herself?Will she be successful and how will others at Xavier Academy respond while she goes through this crisis of sorts?

Visit http://www.cbc.ca/mrd/ for a trailer of the episode!

Share your thoughts and speculations in the comments section below.

Little Mosque on the Prairie Contest-Season 3

Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 01:10 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

'Little Mosque' launches final season

Welcome to the blog’s Little Mosque on the Prairie’s season 3 contest.Since the show is doing well in the USA and as a result of popular demand, we are hosting another contest. This one consists of 9 questions related to the show’s third season.

hose readers who answer all questions correctly, will be entered into a draw for a chance to win an autographed photo of Sitara Hewitt(Rayyan).A total of  3 individual prizes will be awarded for this contest.

 

Readers have until 9:00am on Monday, Nov 3 2014 to answer questions. Winners will be contacted by e-mail and announced subsequently on the blog.

 

Good luck!

 

1. In the season 3 premiere, how does Amaar initially  try to sabotage Rayyan and JJ’S  engagement?

 

2.In   the episode ” Lord of The Ring”,  Amaar  temporarily returns to his  life in Toronto with the intention to resume his work as a lawyer and rediscover his purpose. What are two specific things that he does while in Toronto which displeases his parents , colleagues and others around him, making everyone question if he is out of place.

 

3.In the episode “Lord of Ring “Yasser successfully convinces Amaar  to return to Mercy as a Imam, but where does Ammar go before returning to Mercy?  What was the purpose of this detour?  

 

4. In the episode Week of Dying Dangerously . When Fred ‘s x ray  in a routine check up with Rayyan shows a slight chance for a possible concern, he assumes that he has only days to live!, What was  are two specific  reconciliatory acts  he performed and how did one of them backfire for him for a little while?

 

5.  In the episode “The Ties That Blind”  when  Reverend Magee sees Baber and Fatema going at one of their arguments again, what does he suggest to  their children? How does his advice backfire?

 

6.In the episode Sweet Sixteen When Baber plans a  surprise sixteenth birthday party for Layla with the help of Yasser and Sarah, they enlist Rayyan to take Layla out to the movies so she does not find out about the party. However, Layla messages Rayyan beforehand and lies saying that she is sick. Why did Layla lie and what un Islamic things was she  specifically surrounded by?

 

7.. Which character said’”These are first hand ponies. Susan, Darling” and what conflict did he create?

 

8..What are three major conflicts leading up Rayyan and JJ’S wedding?

 

9.What specific reason does JJ give Rayyan after he refuses to take her as his wife?

 

Season 4 of Mr.D to Debut in Winter 2015

Monday, October 13, 2014 @ 08:10 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Mr. D

Indeed, season 4 of   CBC’S Mr. D will debut in Winter 2015 with an exact date to be  announced within the upcoming period.

Production of season 4 of  Mr. D wrapped recently and filmed in various locations throughout Halifax.

At the end of the third season, Gerry made a strategic decision to decline a St. Pat’s Phys Ed teaching position. However he still desperately wants a Phys Ed teaching position and will actually have the chance to really show his capabilities.  “He will have the chance to show off some real athletic prowess as coach of the senior boys’ championship basketball team “No more grade 5 girls volleyball, says a report from the CBC.

According to the report, Gerry will also continue to have clashes about his unique teaching style with many of the regulars viewers have become acquainted with, but also some new students and staff. Some of  these new characters will actually turn out to be a match for Gerry’s inappropriate behaviour.

Stay tuned for more details on the fourth season of the show and for some exclusive interviews with various cast members of the show throughout the coming months.

What are your thoughts on Gerry coaching the senior championship basketball team and do you think this will be a step in stone to aid him in reaching his goal to become a Gym teacher? How will the dynamics change at Xavier academy as other inappropriate characters integrate? Share your speculations and predictions in the comments section.

 

 

Live Q&A With Bette MacDonald[Trudy] of Mr. D today from 1:00pm -3:00pm EST

Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 11:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 

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Bette MacDonald has been leading a distinguished and successful career within the Canadian entertainment industry on TV, radio and on stage performances for over 20 years.

Bette’s active involvement within the industry is evident from notable tasks that she has undertaken such as appearing at the Canadian Winnipeg Comedy festival as well as working alongside Symphony Nova Scotia.

The latter of the two performances was such a success that she was brought back for an unexpected yet highly appreciated two-night encore presentation.

For the past five years, Bette and her husband, Maynard Morrision have been working on a holiday special known as “Tis The Season ” with it having been critically acclaimed and it has been selling out major halls since its inauguration. The production was in-fact such a success that it has consistently received standing ovations.

More over, for the past three years, Bette has portrayed the role of the no non-sense and organized secretary; Trudy Walsh on CBC’s hit sitcom, Mr.D. With the show’s third season scheduled to debut tonight at 9;00pm on CBC and Bette being kind enough to participate in a live Q&A, it seems like a great way and time for fans to interact with the delightful actress. To participate in the live chat simply enter your question[s] and/or comment[s] in the comments section of this post.

The comments section will open up shortly before the event @ approximately 12:45 eastern standard time. In order to see Bette’s responses to the questions and to see what other readers are asking, be sure to refresh the page several times throughout the session.

Questions regarding the event can be sent by e-mail at blogmanagement@ymail.com.   Live technical support during the event will be available through the blog’s Facebook page @https://www.facebook.com/pages/Abbas-Karimjees-Weblog/15135179156670.

 

 

 

Aliza Vellani Looks Back At Little Mosque on the Prairie and Talks About CTV’S Motive

Saturday, January 25, 2014 @ 05:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Photograph taken by Karolina Turek Photography.

Aliza Vellani is no stranger within the  Canadian entertainment industry.Particularly, the actress is well known for her role as the teenaged character of Layla Siddiqui on CBC’S hit sitcom,Little Mosque on the Prairie.

With Little Mosque having been off the air for nearly 2 years and Aliza continuing to explore pursuits within the Canadian entertainment industry , I thought it’s a great time to connect with the delightful actress.

Particularly we discuss Little Mosque’s impact, her  reflections on portraying the character of Layla as well as the series finale and much more! We also discuss the actress’ role on CTV’S Motive in the show’s upcoming second season which is scheduled to debut in summer 2014.

Read through the complete  interview with Aliza Vellani below and share your thoughts on it in the comments section.

 

 Let us start by  discussing Little Mosque on the Prairie

Abbas Karimjee:How do you think both Little Mosque and specifically the character of Layla will be remembered as?

Aliza Vellani:I think Layla will be remembered as a loveable Muslim teenager.  A young girl, who simply goes through the everyday struggles of discovering her own identity.  Layla had the added challenge of finding a balance between her family values and the values of the community at large.  I think this is something all teenagers can relate to and it makes Layla a charming character to remember.

AK: Little Mosque on the Prairie aimed to dispel stereotypes about Muslims and help bring light to the way in which we are all similar regardless of our cultural or religious differences. To what extent do you think the show was successful in achieving this goal and essentially how do you think it changed how the mainstream society perceives Muslims?

AV:Little Mosque on the Prairie was remarkable as it served to educate its audiences on Islamic culture and practices in a humourous and family friendly setting.  In doing so it tried to dispel those stereotypes by using them as a source of laughter.  In a wonderful ‘laugh at yourself’ style.

AK:Little Mosque was the first of its kind, in terms of a show which used comedy to showcase Muslims in a positive light. How do you think the fact that CBC dared to feature the show, reflects Canadian culture?

AV:I think it reflects Canadian culture in a very positive light.  CBC tackled sensitive and potentially controversial issues in a great way.  It demonstrated multiculturalism and acceptance as a work in progress not just in Canada but around the world.

AK:When we last saw Layla in the series finale, she informed her father, Baber [Manoj Sood] that she had decided to pursue acting instead of going to medical school. Although the show is no longer on the air, what was your reaction to Layla’s decision and how do you envision her future?

AV:In many ways, I saw a big part of myself in Layla. It made the ending so special to me because it reflected my own pursuit in life.  I like to imagine that Layla still manages to drive her Dad crazy with her choices in life and yet give him memories to cherish.  I believe the healthy tug of war between Baber and Layla continues in every loving household as young girls explore their options in life with Daddy on guard.

 AK:How has working on Little Mosque impacted both your career and your personal life?

AV:Being on Little Mosque on the Prairie was the most amazing experience. The best training one can get is through experience.  I was so lucky that Little Mosque presented itself to me at such a young age. I was also very lucky to be able to work with several seasoned performers.  They remain my mentors and I consider them part of my family.  I really grew up on that show and it felt like a wonderful chapter in my life ended with the series. Little Mosque on the Prairie gave me more than I ever could have hoped and I will always be grateful for that.

Vellani comments on how grateful she is to have worked with many seasoned actors early on in her career and how the fellow cast members of Little Mosque on the Prairie are like family to her.

 

Let us discuss your role on  CTV’S Motive.

AK: What character do you portray and how many episodes do you appear in?

AV:I play a doctor named Dr. Gita Ambreen in the eighth episode of Motive’s second season.

AK:Lets discuss how you were appointed to the role of Dr.Ambreen. Were you contacted or did you audition? Could you please walk us through this initial process?

 AV:My agent, Emilio Salituro from Muse Artist Management, had contacted me with the audition a couple of days before the taping. Luckily, I was able to audition between classes at SFU.

 

AK: What can you tell us about Dr.Gita Ambreen? Could you please describe her personality and perhaps how it differs from Layla’s?

AV:Layla was a teenager in the series while Dr. Gita Ambreen is both an adult and a doctor. Dr. Ambreen is a naturally professional character.  She follows protocol.  On the other hand Layla, was a charming but rebellious teenager.

AK:Portraying a role in  a crime series can have a more serious and darker tone than a comedy series such as Little Mosque on the Prairie. What challenges were involved in adjusting to working on a darker, more serious show? Which type of genre do you prefer working in?

AV:A comedy is very light hearted while a crime series is quite serious reflecting high stakes.  I loved working in comedy, but being part of a crime genre was new and extremely exciting. It is definitely a genre that I would love to do more of.

AK:Did you have to do research to portray the role of a doctor? If so, could you please walk us through this process?

AV:Much of the dialogue in the scenes was fairly straightforward so there wasn’t much I had to research. Of course an important part in preparing for a scene is making sure you know exactly what you are talking about. I had to make sure I truly understood what I was saying, and knew how Dr. Gita Ambreen contributed to the events that occurred.

AK:Motive is a series where investigators try to look at who committed a murder by looking at what the motive of the crime is and based on that, who may have committed the crime. Without giving too much away, how does your character support the storyline of the episode in which you appear?

AV:Dr. Ambreen plays a small role in furthering the investigation when Detectives Vega and Flynn follow a lead in the case.

AK:Though you only worked on Motive for one episode, are there any favourite memories either onscreen or off screen which you would like to share with viewers?

AV:Working on Motive was a wonderful experience. It was great getting to know the other cast and crew on the show between takes on set. My favourite moments on set seem to occur when the unexpected happens. As I was playing a doctor, I was given a pager to attach to my belt during the scene. As we began to run the scene, my pager goes off in the middle of the scene. It was an unexpected surprise.

Lets discuss your career in general.

AK:You recently completed studying   Theatre at the Simon Fraser University. Congratulations! How does it feel and what aspirations do you have for your acting career at this point?

AV:Thanks Abbas! It is such a relief to have completed my university degree but also very scary as I enter yet another new and unknown chapter in my life.  As an actor, you are constantly in training to strengthen your skills but this will be the first time I will be pursuing acting without being a fulltime student.  I think at this point in my career, anything is possible. I am very excited to put all of my efforts into being an actor and working hard to achieve that goal.

 AK: You have led a distinguished career, having developed a fair bit of prominence within the Canadian entertainment industry. What advice do you have for youth who are interested in pursuing a career in acting or in the arts, in general?

AV:Thank you again.  That is so kind of you to say Abbas.  Hopefully this is just the beginning. It takes so much to pursue your passion and it is something I think everyone should do no matter what the obstacles. In pursuing acting as a career, I think my advice for youth would be to always try and have fun. The reason you pursue your passion is because you want enjoy what you do every day. If you lose that, what’s the point? Never forget to enjoy yourself, even when auditioning. In my mind, auditioning is just as much a part of the job description.

AK:Do you have a message for fans who have been following your career?

AV:I would like to say thank you for all the support I have been given so far, and I hope you will continue to enjoy the work I do in the future. It has been an amazing journey so far and I cannot wait for what lies ahead.

 

 

“Jimmy Get Out” Episode 2-Mr. D

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 09:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Every week until the season 3 premiere of Mr. D on February 24 @ 9:00pm, CBC will be releasing a webisode of “Jimmy Get Out” .The short online episodes cover the variety of escapades which  the character of  Jimmy undertakes  after he routinely gets kicked out of class by  his teacher, Gerry Dee.

 

See this week’s episode below to see how Gerry  assists Trudy  in the office during his time out from class and share your response to this week’s clip in the comments section!

 

CBC Releases Promotional Photo of Gerry Dee on Season 3 of Mr. D

Sunday, December 22, 2013 @ 08:12 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed, the season 3 premiere date for the third season of Mr. D is quickly approaching! Be sure to tune in on February,24 @ 9:00pm eastern standard time on CBC.

As such, CBC has released a promotional snapshot of Gerry Dee in an upcoming episode.The photo below shows Gerry Dee in his new role as a substitute teacher for Gym!

What is your response to the photo? Do you think Gerry”s teaching style and professionalism will differ from his approach to educating students in the subject of Social Studies which is unqualified to teach?If so, how?Share your response in the comments section.

The character of Gerry Dee will have opportunities to substitute as a Gym teacher in the coming season, to diversify the type of storytelling and portray it in accordance to Gerry’s actual teaching experiences.

CBC Releases Trailer For Season 3 of Mr. D

Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 06:12 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed, the season premiere of Mr. D is quickly approaching its debut date of February 24 @ 9:00pm eastern standard time.As such, CBC has released a new sneak peak of a scene from the impending third season which shows Gerry Dee encountering a mishap just before he is about to take up a lesson.

Take a look at the clip directly below and share your response to it in the comments section.

Interview With Mr. D’s Mark Forward

Saturday, November 23, 2013 @ 09:11 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Mark Forward has led a reputable career within the Canadian entertainment industry as both a comedian and actor.

 The talented actor was  born and raised in Oakville. He achieved his first notable success in 2005 when he  earned a position as a finalist in the Phil Hartman Awards and a  2005 Canadian Comedy Award-winner for Best Stand-up Newcomer.

Subsequent  to his initial success, in 2006  Forward   participated in the Just For Laugh  Festival  where he won the Canadian Homegrown  Comic Competition as well as the Halifax Comedy Festival  where he recently made his third appearance.

 Forward has  also earned his reputation from appearances on notable TV programs and commercials including ,Degrassi:The New Generation,  The Newsroom and Doc. Furthermore his appearances include series such as TMN’S  Living in Your Car and the popular  life time series, The Double Wedding.

Mark’s involvement with the on the Jon Dore Television show as writing staff  led to him being bestowed the  Canadian Comedy Award in 2008 for Writing on a TV Series.

 For the past 3 years, Mark has also been working on CBC’S hit sitcom, Mr. D as the peculiar and often hostile  and unstable librarian,Mr. Leung.With the show approaching its debut date for season 3 and Mark willing to chat for a brief interview, we discuss a variety of aspects related to his involvement with the series.

 Read the complete interview with Mark Forward below.

Abbas Karimjee:Lets start by discussing how you were appointed to the role of Leung. Did you audition or were you contacted? Could you please walk us through this initial process, with reference to your overall reactions?

 Mark Forward:Well, I started in the writers room. At first, they were interested in me playing the Role of Dwyer, which Maestro Fresh Wes now plays so well. When that didn’t pan out, I was then offered the role of the Librarian. Which at that point, had none of the crazy and fun stuff that Leung now entails. I’m glad it worked out his way in the end, I mean, who would want to play a cruel and strange slightly Chinese Librarian.

 AK:How have you related to the character of the Leung?

MF:I don’t think anyone can relate with Leung.

AK:This season   Leung and Lisa had  quite  a few negative encounters as a  result of Leung’s hatred for Lisa as evidenced from  various instances including  explicit  comments expressing his disgust towards her despite her attempts to develop a friendship. Why do you think Leung feels this way and how would you like to see this relationship   develop in the coming season?

MF:Well in season two we explored this, and it was revealed that Leung felt thought Lisa might have been in love with him.

 AK:With Mr.D approaching its third season, what are you able to reveal about what is in store for the show’s third season as well as for the character of Leung?

MF:Well, it’s a toss up between, One, He purchases a Camel, named Walter. It only has six weeks to live, and he must get it to South America, where a camel doctor has the only medicine that can save him. Or Two, more library stuff and interacting with Gerry.

AK:Since Little Mosque on the Prairie , Mr. D has  achieved record breaking ratings for CBC.Why do you think the show resonates  with such a large audience?

MF:I think Gerry has a huge following through out his career, and does really well on the show. And I think the writing team (not bias) is really great and care about the project.

AK:Do you think Mr D is reflective of Canadian culture, particularly  through the way in which it explores some of its  primary themes  such as the presence  of  unqualified teachers  within the educational system, relationships amongst   staff members as well as how staff  relate to students and e.t.c? How exactly do you feel the way these themes  are conveyed actually reflect Canadian culture?

 MF:I have no idea, nor am I going to pretend I do. I think its a fun show, I have no idea if it reflects anything, or anywhere.

AK:What are your most favorite moments from Mr. D , either on screen or offscreen.

 MF:Love working with Jon Torrens, it’s always so fun. One of the nicest people you will ever meet. And so fun to be on set with. When we have scenes together, I rarely can keep a straight face.

 AK.What message do you have for fans of  Mr D?

 MF:Make sure to separate your garbage.

AK:Have you been  working on any other projects which you would  like to share with readers?

MF:I will be appearing on John Oliver’s New York Stand up Show on Comedy Central. And just finished a movie with Alison Brie, Colin Hanks and Justin Chatwin called “No Stranger than Love” directed by Nick Wernham.