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Posts Tagged ‘Series Finale’

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!

CBC Announces Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Series Finale Date

Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 03:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed, CBC has informed the blog that Little Mosque on the Prairie’s series finale, will be airing on Monday, April; 2 @ 8:30pm eastern time.  A title for the episode has yet to be  revealed.

The correspondence we received from CBC’s Digital Team  also mentioned that both the penultimate episode and the series finale will be featured as repeats in a hour long presentation  on the following  Easter Monday April 9 @8:00pm eastern time.

What is your response to Little Mosque ending  this season and what hopes do you have for how the show will end? Do you have any speculations  which  you would  like to share? Sound off in the comments section,below!