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Letterkenny (TV series)

Letterkenny is a Canadian television sitcom created by Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney, that debuted on CraveTV in February 2016, and later also aired on The Comedy Network.[1] The show stars Keeso and Nathan Dales as Wayne and Daryl, two friends living in the small town of Letterkenny, Ontario,[1] a fictional community loosely based on Keeso's own hometown of Listowel, Ontario.[1]

Letterkenny
Letterkenny (TV series).jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Jared Keeso
Developed by Jared Keeso
Jacob Tierney
Written by Jared Keeso
Jacob Tierney
Directed by Jacob Tierney
Starring
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jared Keeso
Jacob Tierney
Producer(s)
  • Mark Montefiore
  • Patrick O'Sullivan
Location(s) Sudbury, Ontario
Running time 23–30 minutes
Production company(s) New Metric Media
Bell Media
DHX Media
Release
Original network CraveTV
The Comedy Network
Original release February 7, 2016 (2016-02-07) – present

On March 10, 2016, Letterkenny was renewed for a second season of six episodes.[2] On August 8, 2016, just weeks after production wrapped on Season 2, CraveTV announced that they had ordered a third season.[3] On March 17, 2017, a St. Patrick's Day special episode, "St. Perfect's Day" was released.[4] The third season, shot during the winter season, was released on Canada Day, July 1, 2017.[5][6] On July 18, 2017, it was announced that the series would return for a fourth season of six new episodes to be released later this year.[7] A Halloween episode was announced on October 2, 2017 which would be released on October 20, 2017.[8]

At the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, the series won the award for Best Comedy Series.[9]

Contents

ProductionEdit

Letterkenny is the first original series commissioned by CraveTV,[10] and premiered on that platform on February 7, 2016.[11] The show has its roots in Letterkenny Problems, a short-format web series created by Keeso and released on YouTube in 2013.[12] Letterkenny Problems garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Original Fiction Program or Series Created for Digital Media at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards in 2014.[10] The town of Letterkenny portrayed in the series is fictional, and not based on the actual ghost town in Renfrew County.[13]

Tierney and Michael Dowse are also involved in the production of the series.[1] Tierney also has a supporting role as Pastor Glen in the series, whose cast also includes Michelle Mylett, Dylan Playfair, Andrew Herr, Tyler Johnston, Lisa Codrington, Alexander De Jordy, Kaniehtiio Horn and K. Trevor Wilson.[14]

The series is filmed in Sudbury, Ontario.[15] A second season was ordered in March 2016,[2] and a third was ordered in August 2016.[16]

Cast and charactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season 1Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Ain't No Reason to Get Excited" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney February 7, 2016 (2016-02-07)
A group of small town hicks try to help their friend get over a breakup.
2 2 "Super Soft Birthday" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney February 7, 2016 (2016-02-07)
Wayne tries to maintain his status as the toughest guy in Letterkenny, Katy throws Daryl a birthday party.
3 3 "Fartbook" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney February 7, 2016 (2016-02-07)
Letterkenny becomes enveloped in fart culture when the boys create a fart sharing website.
4 4 "Wingman Wayne" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney February 7, 2016 (2016-02-07)
The hicks hit the bar to pick up women, Jonesy and Reilly get in shape.
5 5 "Rave" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney February 7, 2016 (2016-02-07)
Wayne and Daryl start a pest control business, Stewart cleans himself up to impress Katy. The hockey team plays a road game against the Natives.
6 6 "A Fuss in the Back Bush" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney February 7, 2016 (2016-02-07)
The skids turn Letterkenny into a warzone when they rip off the Natives on a dart deal.

Season 2Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
7 1 "A Fuss at the AG Hall" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney December 25, 2016 (2016-12-25)
The Hicks attempt to establish order at Ag Hall while Reilly and Jonesy make the jump to Senior Hockey.
8 2 "The Election" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney December 25, 2016 (2016-12-25)
The Hicks, Skids, and Hockey players participate in a Letterkenny election.
9 3 "Relationships" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney December 25, 2016 (2016-12-25)
Wayne doubles down on finding love.
10 4 "The Native Flu" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney December 25, 2016 (2016-12-25)
Reilly and Jonesy have an away game on the Rez.
11 5 "Uncle Eddie's Trust" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney December 25, 2016 (2016-12-25)
Wayne and Katy inherit some money. Folks from Letterkenny pitch them on why it should be theirs.
12 6 "Finding Stormy a Stud" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney December 25, 2016 (2016-12-25)
Tension rises around Letterkenny while Wayne looks for a stud to breed with his beloved German Shepherd "Stormy".
13 7 "St. Perfect's Day" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
Sitting around the produce stand recalling the events from the night before at the St. Patrick's Day Party at the Ag Hall. A Legend is born.

Season 3Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
14 1 "Sled Shack" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01)
The Hicks build a sled shack on the sleddin' trail. The Hockey Players, now leading goal scorers, try to motivate the Irish to get a W.
15 2 "Puck Bunny" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01)
Wayne attempts to lure Up Country Degens to the sled shack but choosing the bait proves problematic.
16 3 "MoDean 2" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01)
MoDean's Grand Re-Opening gives Wayne the opportunity to confront Jivin' Pete, who's "no longer a good guy".
17 4 "Les Hiques" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01)
The Hicks go fishing on the Quebec border and meet their French doppelgangers.
18 5 "The Battle for Bonnie McMurray" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01)
Bonnie invites the Hicks for a hot tub party and Dan, Daryl and Katy compete for her attention. Wayne and Rosie are #relationshipgoals.
19 6 "Bradley is a Killer" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01)
Gail's cousin Bradley returns to Letterkenny to be a bouncer at MoDean's. The Hicks love Bradley. Gae and the Skids reach a crossroads.
20 7 "The Haunting of MoDean's II" Jacob Tierney Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney October 20, 2017 (2017-10-20)
Wayne and the Hicks help their old pal Gail get to the bottom of a strange brew happening at the local bar.

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

John Doyle of The Globe and Mail called the series "refreshing and intoxicating", and "funny, mad, droll, childish, and spiky." Focusing on the show's characteristic use of often thick Ontario dialect, he wrote that "Not since Trailer Park Boys launched have we heard the flavourful, salty Canadian vernacular used with such aplomb and abandon"; but also that "Almost all the conversations are raw comedy and utterly plausible as small-town guy talk, not just in Canada but in villages and parishes wherever the grass grows."[12]

RatingsEdit

CraveTV has stated that Letterkenny's debut was the biggest debut of any series on their platform since it launched in 2014, and that as of March 10, 2016, nearly one in three subscribers have watched the series.[2]

AccoladesEdit

Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2nd Canadian Screen Awards Best Original Fiction Program or Series Created for Digital Media Letterkenny Problems Nominated [10]
2016 Canadian Comedy Awards Best TV Show Letterkenny Nominated [17]
5th Canadian Screen Awards Best Comedy Series Mark Montefiore, Patrick O'Sullivan, Jared Keeso, Jacob Tierney Won [18]
Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series Jacob Tierney ("Super Soft Birthday") Won
Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series Jacob Tierney and Jared Keeso ("Super Soft Birthday") Won
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role Jared Keeso Nominated
Best Achievement in Casting Jenny Lewis and Sara Kay ("Rave") Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series Nathan Dales Nominated
Best Picture Editing in a Comedy Program or Series Erin Deck ("Super Soft Birthday") Nominated
Duncan Christie ("Ain't No Reason To Get Excited") Nominated
2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards Best Script From a Rookie Series Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney ("Ain't No Reason to Get Excited") Nominated [19]
Best TV Comedy Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney ("Super Soft Birthday") Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Szklarski, Cassandra (March 5, 2015). "'19-2' star Jared Keeso to helm original scripted comedy for CraveTV". CTV News. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Letterkenny's Huge Launch on CraveTV Fuels Second Season Order". Bell Media. March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Told Ya this Was a Huge Deal Bud. CraveTV Orders a Third Season of LETTERKENNY". Bell Media. August 8, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Letterkenny to drop special St.Patrick's Day episode". The Star. January 19, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ Yeo, Debra (June 6, 2017). "Letterkenny Season 3 brings a taste of winter to summer". Toronto Star. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Letterkenny Season 3 arrives on CraveTV on Canada Day". Canadian Press. June 1, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Letterkenny to debut six new episodes later this year". Hamilton Spectator. July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  8. ^ "S-s-s-p-p-c-ecial Halloween Episode of Letterkenny Drops October 20 on CraveTV". Bell Media. October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  9. ^ Furdyk, Brent (March 12, 2017). "2017 Canadian Screen Awards: And The Winners Are…". ET Canada. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c "Crave TV orders up first original series: Letterkenny". Winnipeg Free Press. March 5, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  11. ^ Pope, Chris (November 9, 2015). "TV Show "Letterkenny", starring Listowel's Jared Keeso, has a launch date". 570 News. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Doyle, John (February 8, 2016). "John Doyle: Letterkenny’s a refreshing and intoxicating Canadian comedy". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Letterkenny is coming to CraveTV and we couldn't be more excited". TSN. December 26, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  14. ^ Punto, Jordan (May 28, 2015). "Why CraveTV didn’t have a problem with Letterkenny". Playback Online. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  15. ^ Yeo, Debra (May 26, 2015). "Jared Keeso series Letterkenny shooting in Sudbury". The Star. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sudbury-shot show returns for third season". The Sudbury Star. August 11, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2017. 
  17. ^ "2016 Canadian Comedy Awards". Canadian Comedy Awards. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  18. ^ "2017 TV Nominees". Academy.ca. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  19. ^ "2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists". Writers Guild of Canada. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 

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