Corner Gas Draws 2 Million in Record Setting Season Finale



    "Dream Team" Story Department Unveiled as CTV Announces Production Order
    for Corner Gas Season V

    - All-star collection of comedic writers now set for Season V -

    - 19 new episodes begin production this spring -


    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - Last night's highly anticipated season finale
of Corner Gas drew a season-high 2 million viewers, the most successful season
finale to date and the second largest audience ever for Canada's No.1 comedy.
For CTV, the big-buzz-finale capped another memorable year for Corner Gas,
which charted an astonishing 67 per cent audience growth since its season
premiere last September. The series finishes its 19-episode run with an
average audience of 1.52 million viewers, reaching as high as No.16 on
Canada's Top 20 list of most watched programs. For the fourth consecutive
year, Corner Gas remains television's No.1 comedy (Canadian or American) and
the most watched Canadian scripted series (see "The Ratings" below for a
complete ratings summary). The memorable finale will encore Saturday at 8
p.m. ET on The Comedy Network and is available on demand on The CTV Broadband
Network at CTV.ca.

    With another successful season in the record books, CTV today confirmed
to series producers a full 19-episode production order for a 5th season of
Corner Gas. Production crews are now gearing up for a May, 2007 return to
their Saskatchewan-based sets and soundstages. With their return, Corner Gas
remains the only network comedy series to be entirely based and shot in
Saskatchewan.

    Armed with the new production order, Corner Gas executive producers Brent
Butt, David Storey and Virginia Thompson today unveiled their Season V story
department, a six-person team that now stands as the most formidable creative
lineup the series has ever boasted. The newly assembled "dream-team" story
department features:

    
    -   Brent Butt - star/creator/writer/director/executive producer
    -   Kevin White - supervising producer/writer (showrunner)
    -   Mark Farrell - producer/writer
    -   Norm Hiscock - consulting producer/writer
    -   Gary Pearson - story editor/writer
    -   Andrew Carr - story editor/writer
    

    In addition to signing on the Emmy Award winning Norm Hiscock (Saturday
Night Live, King Of The Hill, Kids In The Hall) and the highly acclaimed Gary
Pearson (MadTV, This Hour Has 22 Minutes), the executive producing team today
appointed Corner Gas veteran Kevin White as series show-runner. Together with
star/creator/director/co-executive producer Brent Butt, producer/writer Mark
Farrell (The Newsroom, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and story editor/writer
Andrew Carr (Comics), it's a virtual all-star collection of Canada's most
prolific comedy writers.

    To see the complete announcement, go to: http://www.ctv.ca/announce.





For further information:

For further information: Jim Quan, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5311 or
jquan@ctv.ca


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