The town of Miramichi comes to the small screen in a new sitcom that the creators hope will continue its success Schott’s Creek as family-friendly, entertaining entertainment made in Canada.
Adam Lordon, who happens to be the town’s mayor, co-wrote and directs, produces and stars in a show alongside James Mullinger, an English comedian, actor and film reviews talk show host who emigrated to the Saint John area in 2014.
The premise is that a Brit from London forced to flee a Brexit scandal ends up in a fictionalized version of Miramichi named Riversville.
The working title is NBrexitsaid Lordon.
Mullinger said the sitcom covers essentially the same theme that forms the basis of his stand-up comedy: “A confused Englishman navigating his way through a beautiful place – a place full of amazing people who he loves dearly, but very differently is than where he came from.”
“It was really a heart project for both of us,” Lordon said. “I thought of it as a kind of love letter to New Brunswick.”
Filming could start next month
Being mayor of Miramichi is a part-time job, he said, and one of the most common questions people ask him is if he does anything else for a living.
Now his citizens have a front row chance to see what he does for a “day job”.
Lordon has worked in TV production for the past 15 years. He was the lead creative producer on the newly released documentary My name is Volostoq. His national broadcast credits include the amazing race canada, The Marilyn Denis Show and CTV National News.
Filming on this latest project is expected to take place in Miramichi in mid to late August, he said.
People will see production teams at various well-known local locations.
“Hopefully it will really feel like a community affair,” Lordon said.
They’ll be looking for locals to join the crew and do guest roles and extras,” Lordon said.
Local talent in all jobs
“All the acting and comedic talent in front of and behind the camera will come from this province,” Mullinger said.
“It’s just such a dream come true. After eight years here, it’s the highlight.”
Since moving to Canada, Mullinger has toured standup comedy and worked on a few other shows, including Damned! An Englishman in Atlantic Canada. He also plays along an animated series filming in the provinces this summer.
Mullinger said he and Lordon had been talking about the idea for a while.
The two have been working together on a TV show called Atlantic editionin which Mullinger tours Eastern Canada and meets remarkable people.
Bell invited her to present this new show, he said, following recent successful Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador sitcoms starring Jonathan Torrens and Mary Walsh.
“Adam wrote some hilarious scripts,” he said. “And here we are. We can hardly believe it.”
Lordon said that production was his main career, but he usually had to go away to film.
He’s been back in Miramichi for almost a decade, having lived in Toronto for the past 10 years.
The show draws not only on Mullinger’s experiences since he came to Canada, but also on Lordon’s perspective of being back home.
“It was really fun to think about the ins and outs of small town life,” Lordon said
“I think if you live here and know this region, you’ll appreciate seeing all those little details … but you don’t have to know this place to appreciate it and enjoy the comedy.”
Some real inspiration
It’s a bit of a fish-on-water thing, he said, but also a caper — as Mullinger and his new manager boyfriend Danny set out to launch a career comeback at a Rotary club fundraiser.
Lordon plays the “wannabe” manager.
Some scenarios are exaggerated versions of things that actually happened, Mullinger said, but otherwise the plot is fictional.
The style will”verité‘ said Lordon as in Curb your enthusiasm and arrested development.
“I think we’re both really big TV nerds to a degree,” Lordon said.
Some other favorites they mentioned are His field, Steptoe and son and The good life.
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Lordon said he thinks the silliness of a sitcom is what audiences crave these days.
“At the moment that we’re living in the world right now, which is pretty tough, it’s something that’s just really fun and a little bit amazing for people to be able to enjoy this with their family.
“It’s not difficult. It’s not dark. It’s just going to be a lot of fun.”
The show is slated to air early next year on Bell Fibe TV 1, Mullinger said, which reaches nine million Bell subscribers nationwide.