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CBC Announces Debut Date For Season 3 of Mr. D

Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 10:10 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 

mr d season 4

CBC has  announced that the third season of Mr. D will debut on Monday, February 24 2014 @ 9:00pm. The third season shall consist of a mere 8 episodes in order to accommodate the airing of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Though little has been revealed about the coming season, it was disseminated in an earlier report   that the  third season will have fewer  guest stars  in contrast to previous seasons as it will have a more intensive focus on the show’s main cast. Particularly,  the coming season will   focus on the story lines surrounding Gerry’s increased duties as  substitute  teacher for  physical education, a subject which he is actually qualified to teach.As the show is based on Gerry’s real life experiences as a teacher, it makes sense that we would begin to explore a greater  depth of story lines involving his character as a gym teacher since the vast majority of his real life teaching experiences was as a  phys ed teacher.
What specific story-lines would you like to see explored and what is your specific reaction/response to the fact that there will be a greater increase in story lines pertaining to Gerry’s involvement with physical education at Xavier Academy? Do you think the style and approach  of Gerry’s teaching as a physical education teacher  will be somewhat more professional and organized  in contrast to his teaching style  seen as a social studies teacher, given that he is actually qualified to teach  Gym?What other changes do you hope to see be apart of the third  season? Share your response in the comment section below.

The Office Is Ending This Season

Thursday, August 23, 2012 @ 02:08 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

The cast of 'The Office'.

The Office shall be drawing to a close after the conclusion of its forthcoming ninth season, reports producer and original show runner, Greg Daniels. Daniels will be returning  in  his capacity as  show runner for the final  season  noted in a report on

Daniels, who participated  in a press conference this past Tuesday commented on how this announcement would   shape the episodes leading up to the finale particularly stating that’ As we head into the homestretch, we have a lot of exciting things I’ve been wanting to do since season two,” Daniel told reporters during a conference call Tuesday. “The end should be pretty cool.”

As for the suitability of the show ending this coming year, Daniels commented on that regard stating that at” some point you have a choice: to always tell the beginnings of stories and the middles or to allow a story to end, and I think endings can be very powerful and meaningful pieces of the story,” said Daniels, who added that NBC Entertainment president Bob Greenblatt was supportive of the plan to end the series. “If we didn’t let it end this year, I don’t know if we would have been able to tell the endings for so many characters that I really want to know the endings for.

As for the structure of the forthcoming season, viewers will see how storylines  develop into arcs which shall have been established into the premiere as opposed to  simply  providing episodic storylines.

Furthermore, Daniels commented on the excitement  in terms of the different possibilities for each of the endings for each of the characters as well as   the creative risks which he can be taken in this regard.”There are so many storylines to follow now, so many endings to write for different characters, risky things we wouldn’t normally do if we knew we were going for a long time,” Daniels said. “Now that we have an end date, we can blow up things and take some chances. It’s very freeing and creatively exciting for the audience.”

Such risks include Nellie hosting a charity at The Office as well as Dwight   donating money  to the Taliban as a form of retaliation.  This year will also bring bank Daniel Denman whose character Roy  will be getting married  and  it is also said to be a big year for the character of Jim and Pam. Furthermore, David Wallice will be seen running  Dunder Mifflin. The show is  said to nhave a feel of what it was before the Sabre days which would make sense given how Sabre is no longer running Dunder Mifflin.

Furthermore, viewers will have a chance to see who the individuals  who have been filming the documentary  throughout the entire course of the series actually are.

While some of the exciting story arcs were revealed by Daniels, it should be noted that the producer  hopes to keep most of the  major details a secret for the coming season,  to help instill an   actual element  of surprise as opposed to  viewers knowing what  will happen beforehand.

As for anticipations which Daniels has for the season he noted that he wanted to  hire Kelp Kalipus who directed  the pilot episode as a way of bringing this to a full circle. Consequently, the question of whether Steve Carrell will return as  Michael Scott arose.  While  Daniels did not provide a definitive response, he did essentially  mention that  although it would definitely be great to have  Carrel return  he acknowledges that the actor is busy with other projects  and therefore this may not necessarily be possible.

What is your response to  the show ending this season as well as to the storylines  which have been announced? What directions would you like to see the show take in its final season. Sound off on the comments section?

Season 5 of Little Mosque on the Prairie Now Available on DVD

Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 12:07 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Little Mosque on the Prairie: Complete Fifth Season

Viewers of Little Mosque on the Prairie should be excited to discover that the fifth season of the sitcom is now available for purchase through CBC’S Online Shop  for a current sale price of $25:99[CA]

 The fifth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie, which initially aired from January 2011- March 2011  featured  Amaar [Zaib Shaikh]and Rayyan’s [Sitara Hewitt]relationship  as an engaged couple and the challenges  involved  in the two’s relationship  which was observed in accordance to the Islamic faith,leading up to the  much anticipated wedding. Meanwhile Reverend William Thorne[ Brandon Firla] attempts to reform and build positive  relationships in the community  in various ways, including one of a romantic nature with  the town’s librarian, Rose. The season also brought forth special guest appearances by  cast members from  earlier seasons including Derek McGrath[ Reverend Duncan Magee] , Carlo Rota[ Yasir Hammoudi] and Aliza Vellani[ Layla Siddiqui].

 The  2 disc DVD  set features all 14 episodes as well as a bonus blooper. Additional features have been listed below, as seen on CBC’S  Online Shop.Shipping is typically expected within 3-4 days, however may vary somewhat depending on factors such as location .

-322 Minutes

- Closed Captioned

- 16:9 Widescreen

- 5.1 Dolby Digital

- Region 0

Will you be purchasing the fifth season of the show? Should you be watching for the first time, which particular story element are you the most excited to see unfold?  Share your response in the comments section, below.

Modern Family Producers Reveal Details on Season 4

Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 03:07 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 With the new season of ABC’S ,Modern Family under production producer  Steven  Levitan has revealed some details about the forthcoming season.

According to a recent report from TV Guide ,  the fourth season will start off with Gloria[Sofia Vergara] revealing her pregnancy to the family , to which Mitchell [ Jesse Tyler Ferguson]and Claire[ Julie Bowen] will respond  negatively as a result of their  lack of desire  to have another step sibling.

However, it seem the show’s characters are not the only ones to express surprise at the news. According to the  report, the child cast members of the show were unaware of Gloria’s pregnancy until the season finale aired.  Nolan Gould [ Luke]  commented on his reaction and the circumstances behind  how the storyline was kept a  surprise stating that”They didn’t tell any of us it was happening,” reveals Gould. “It wasn’t in the script. They filmed Sofia with one camera guy, one sound guy and one hair and makeup guy. I didn’t find out until I watched it.”

“I didn’t know about it,”  expressed Rico Rodriguez [ Manny]. “It was a surprise! And I was there when she was filming it!” he said, before dishing on what kind of sib he’d like for his character. “I’d probably want him to take after Manny so I can teach him how to make espressos! Make coffee, how to dress properly, how to write to girls.”

While this development may be brief, it raised many questions  regarding the reactions of the other characters  to Gloria’s pregnancy.  How will Manny respond to the prospect of having to share his mother with a sibling  given the two’s close relationship? What will Jay’s response be given  how he expressed how he was to old to handle children in the finale? What comical situations  will arise from the modern scenario of having  Jay raising a child at his age? How will  Mitchel and Claire’s disapproval be interpreted by Gloria and what  particulates tensions may arise?  How will Lilly respond to somewhat less attention from the extended family, with the arrival of a new baby?

How do you feel about the pregnancy storyline?

Share  your response, speculations, predictions, and/ or questions in the comments section below!

Little Mosque on the Prairie Season 6 Episode 11 – The Best of Times[ Series Finale]

Monday, April 2, 2012 @ 07:04 PM
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In a series finale that lets Little Mosque on the Prairie live up to it’s namesake, Amaar prepares for the grand opening of the new Mosque, while trying to get Baber to end his boycott. Charles returns to Mercy with a plan to win Ann. Sarah reaffirms her Muslim faith; and, with Mercy Anglican burnt to a crisp, Thorne finds an unexpected new home for his congregation.[CBC]

Will  all proceed well with the grand opening of  the new mosque? What will   Amaar do to succeed in getting Baber to end his boycott?  What will Charles do to attempt win Ann back  and   what turn will this relationship take? How does Sarah  reaffirming her faith to Islam show how she has explored a full circle herself,  from the  start of  the show?

Will the Anglican community’s  new home be the new Mosque?What are your  thoughts on how this would be a suitable ending to the show and  represent the theme of cross -cultural unity?Will  the Muslims and Anglicans continue to live in a strong sense of unity?

Special thanks  are extended to the  crew  and cast for  creating this groundbreaking series and for  portraying its highly comical and relatable characters, respectively. Thank you  very much to  all of the  cast  members of the show for the insightful and entertaining interviews.  Thanks to  the producers at Westwind Pictures and the CBC for its support for its ongoing  endorsement and continued support of this site.

Thank you to the  thousands  of viewers of the show who have followed the blog’s ongoing  coverage of Little Mosque on the Prairie throughout the seasons.I look forward to providing  occasional retrospective coverage on this series in the forthcoming years.

Notes

This episode marks the series finale of Little Mosque  on the Prairie.  The shows draws to end after six seasons on CBC.

Aliza Vellani  will return as Layla  Siddiqui  in the finale. In a recent interview with the blog, she mentioned how  Layla would continue to increase  her independence from Baber.http://abbaskarimjeeweblog.com/2012/04/01/little-mosques-aliza-vellani-chats-about-series-finale/

A recent feature on the National displays certain members in the  cast and crew, myself and  others discussing the  impact  the show has had on the perception of Muslims. Take a look at this “.http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/TV_Shows/The_National/1233408557/ID=2218190950

Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Arlene Duncan Talks About The Series Wrap Up

Monday, April 2, 2012 @ 04:04 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Its been sometime since we last connected with Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Arlene Duncan, who  has  portayed  the role  of the vibrant  and independant cafe owner, Fatema Dinssah.With the groundbreaking and daring yet highly comedic series drawing to an end tonight on CBC, its a suitable time to touch base  with the actress to discuss  her response to the conclusion and to ask  her to reflect on some of her experiences over the course of its six seasons.

 Read through  my complete interview with the delightful actress below and be sure to tune in for the series finale of Little Mosque on the Prairie @ 8:30pm eastern standard time.

Abbas Karimjee: Since we last connected, it was announced that Little Mosque

will end in its current season.This season marks Little Mosque’s

final chapter. What was your reaction when you discovered this

and what are your thoughts on the degree to which it is suitable for the show 

to end this year?

Arlene Duncan:It has been both an honor and a pleasure to be part of such a unique

and ground-breaking show for six seasons. Currently we are

viewed in over 90 countries around the world. Although the show

went through many changes in its six seasons, I’m happy to have

seen my character make it from the first shooting day to the end!

Obviously after this amount of time working with the same cast

and crew there was sadness when we learnt that the show would be

coming to an end. Actually we thought we would be ending after

the 5th season but when we heard we would be coming back again

for a 6th season it was an unexpected bonus!

The cast of Little Mosque share a toast as production for the show wraps[June 2011 in Toronto

AK: Could you please give us an idea as to the atmosphere which was present on the set throughout the final weeks on the show?

AD:The atmosphere shooting the final season was very bittersweet: all

good things must come to an end, it wasn’t a complete shock or a

surprise, and we were all prepared to go out with a bang. Still, after

an investment of six seasons into these wonderful characters, just

like our audiences around the world, we’ve become attached to

them. It’s hard to say goodbye and let go of both the relationships

and what they mean to us, fortunately they’ll continue to live on in

reruns and DVDs around the world! After we shot our final scene

together as a group, we all very un-Islamically opened a bottle of

champagne and toasted to our success—those who partake,

partook!

AK: What is the final season all leading up to? Could you please give

us an idea of what in store for the series finale itself, both for

Fatima and the show in general?

AD:By the time this is posted the season finale may have already aired,

but still I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone. However, I

can say I think the ending should be a satisfying way to show the

journey of this community of Muslims and the people of Mercy to

the loyal viewers who have followed us from the beginning.

When the final credits roll, one can still imagine that life in Mercy and the lives of these characters will continue to go on: Rayaan &

Amaar’s life as a married couple, Sarah’s adventures in her new

role as a single woman, embracing her faith, Baber continuing to

rant, Fred spouting off on the radio, and Fatima dishing out goat

curry and wisecracks at the café.

AK: You have played Fatima for the show’s six seasons. Could you

please reflect on some of your most favorite moments on the show,

both on screen and in production? Reflecting on your six years

from working to the show, what aspect of working on the show,

will you miss the most?

AD:Although we did the majority of our shooting in Toronto (the

interiors were shot in a studio and the vicinity) and the exteriors in

Saskatchewan, we considered ourselves a Canadian show

representing the multicultural Canadian experience. What I’ll miss

most, besides having a steady gig for six seasons, and working

with our fantastic cast & crew, are the trips to Saskatchewan every

year to shoot exterior scenes. Our‘paid vacation time’ or ‘acting

camp’ as it was affectionately called was a fun-filled bonding

experience where we got to connect with each other as a cast & as

friends, as well as make friends within the Saskatchewan

community. These trips also helped me to ground my character in

the experience of what life would really be like as a Nigerian

immigrant in a small Saskatchewan town.

AK:You were recently involved in a musical theatre which made its

debut on January 23. Could you please indicate the

title of the project, where it was held,the storyline of the show and

other relevant details?

AD:Since the show finished shooting I have gone on to perform some

very different roles from Fatima in various films & television

shows, but I was most excited to get back to my roots in musical

theatre and play the lead role in the Tony-Award winning play

Caroline or Change. Set in 1963, Caroline Thibodeaux is a maid to

a Southern Jewish family who does what she must to provide for

children while struggling to keep her sense of self, while the son of

her employer struggles to make sense of the world around him. It

has been quite a while since I’d been ‘on the boards’ performing

live on stage night after night.

AK: How does working on a  theatre production differ from working

on studio sets such as Little Mosque? Which type of acting do you

prefer?

Playing eight shows a week takes a

very different discipline from working in television. There are no

re-takes in theatre and the objective is to give the audience an

‘opening night’ performance every night. I’m very happy to say

that thankfully our show was well received with a sell-out run. I’m

actually looking forward to getting back on the stage again!

AK:With Little Mosque ending, how do you hope Fatema will be remembered as and  what final message do you have for viewers of the show?

With the luxury of six seasons on LMOTP I’ve learnt a great deal as

a performer, grown as an actor and a person and I’m sure to carry

all that I’ve learnt into my future roles. I’m very grateful that

audiences have embraced the character of Fatima Dinssa as their

friend, a sister, or a neighbour and I hope that her legacy will be

similar to that of LMOP: to show that in spite of our outward and

cultural differences at heart we are all the same…and that most

problems can be resolved with some good food!

Little Mosque’s Aliza Vellani Chats About Series Finale

Sunday, April 1, 2012 @ 10:04 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Photograph taken by Karolina Turek Photography.

Aliza Vellani  has  continued to lead a notable career within the Canadian entertainment industry, particularly through  her ongoing involvement in  CBC’S hit sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie.With the groundbreaking series drawing to a conclusion this  week on Monday, April 2 @ 8:30pm eastern standard time on  CBC and  Aliza making a reappearance in the promising and highly anticipated  finale, I thought it was an appropriate time to reconnect with the delightful actress for an interview.

The audio interview is approximately 6 minutes in length  and covers Aliza’s response to the show ending this season,  her comments on what is to come  with Layla reappearing   in the finale, the actress’ final message for the show’s faithful viewers and much more.

Click on the link below to listen to the interview and share your thoughts on it afterwards, in the comments section!

Aliza Vellani Interview -Little Mosque on the Prairie

Live Chat With Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Aliza Vellani@3:00pm Eastern Standard Time

Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 12:03 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Actress, Aliza Vellani has been leading a distinguished career within the Canadian entertainment industry. Having had extensive experience in the arts through acting,dancing, improv and singing, Aliza first brought her talents and experience to television in CBC’s hit sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie as the teenage character of Layla Siddiqui. Aliza has been portraying the role since the show’s initial debut in January 2007.

Today, from 3;00pm -5:00pm eastern standard time[7:00pm-9:00pm GMT] fans can interact with the actress by asking her questions related to Layla’s reappearance this season, anything else related to Aliza’s work on the show as well as the actress’ other related pursuits. Fans are also welcome to share relevant comments with the talented actress. With Little Mosque drawing to an end after six seasons and Layla making an appearance in the show’s series finale on Monday April 2, it’s a great time and way for fans to interact with the actress.

The comments section will open up shortly before the event @ approximately 2:45pm eastern standard time.In order to see Aliza’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 related to the event can be sent by e-mail @ blogmanagement@ymail.com. Live technical support during the event will be available on the blog’s Facebook page.We look forward to hosting this event!

Live Q&A With Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Aliza Vellani on Saturday,March 31 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 10:03 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Join us on the blog on Saturday, March 31  from 3:00pm -5:00pm eastern time[7:00pm -9:00pm GMT]  to engage in a live chat with Aliza Vellani, who has portayed the teenage character  of Layla  Siddiqui on Little Mosque on the Prairie.

Fans   can interact with the actress by asking her questions related to Layla’s reappearance this season, anything else  related to Aliza’s  work on the show  as well as the actress’ other  related pursuits. Fans are also welcome to share relevant comments with the talented actress. With Little Mosque drawing to an end after   six    seasons and  Layla making  an appearance in the show’s series finale on Monday, April 2,  it’s a great time for fans to interact with the actress.

A  post will be created on the blog’s homepage, outlining further details about the event and readers will be able to interact with the actress in the comments section!Will you be joining the chat?Do you have any questions about the event? Let us know in the comments section!

Cast of Little Mosque to Appear on CBC’S Live Streaming Event: Fans Requested to Submit Questions

Thursday, March 22, 2012 @ 07:03 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 Little Mosque Live

 Indeed, fans of Little Mosque on the Prairie  are in for a treat this week! Viewers of the show will have an exciting opportunity to see a live streaming of the cast from the CBC  Centre in downtown Toronto on  Thursday, March 22 from 8:45pm –9:30pm eastern standard time.

In addition to an exciting program with the entire cast of the show, viewers  are being asked to submit questions which they may have  for a various members of  the show’s  cast in order to have them  answered during the streaming. Questions can be submitted on the show’s official Facebook page  or through Twitter @ CBC Live using the hastag #littlemosque.

Little Mosque on the Prairie’s   debut, earned record breaking ratings of over 2 million viewers for CBC. While the audience has dropped to a  steady  quarter  from the show’s inaugural season, viewership has remained strong  internationally. The show will be drawing to a close after six  seasons on Monday, April 2 @ 8:30pm eastern standard time.

Will you be participating.What questions will you be submitting to the castWhat is your respomse to the show ending?