Corner Gas Returns to the Pumps with Funniest Season Ever, Sept. 24



    
    -- New writing team amps up the laughs in Season 5 --

    -- Corner Gas to follow Dancing With The Stars Mondays in new timeslot --

    -- U.S. premiere slated for Sept.17 on Superstation WGN --

    -- Corner Gas Season 4 DVD to be released Sept. 18 --
    

    DOG RIVER, SK, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - As sneak previews of Corner Gas begin
airing this week in the United States on Superstation WGN, CTV announced today
that Canada's favourite comedy series returns to CTV on September 24 for its
fifth, hilarious season in a new timeslot, Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET following
Dancing With The Stars. And four seasons, 69 episodes and 13 Gemini Award
nominations later, Corner Gas is funnier than ever with an all-star writing
team featuring Corner Gas veterans Brent Butt, Kevin White, Mark Farrell and
Andrew Carr and introducing Emmy Award winner Norm Hiscock along with the
highly-acclaimed Gary Pearson. Corner Gas will also air Saturdays at 8 p.m.
ET/PT beginning Sept. 29 on The Comedy Network.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) Download all-new photos from Corner Gas at
www.ctvmedia.ca.

    Earlier this week, Americans got their first taste of Corner Gas - and
the buzz continues to grow. U.S. press syndicate McLatchy News notes that "the
funniest show coming to television this fall season is not The Big Bang Theory
or Chuck or Reaper. No, the knock-down winner is an obscure little show from
Canada called "Corner Gas." And Gannett News Service has proclaimed that
Corner Gas is "one of the season's best shows."

    "Americans are about to find out what Canadians have known and loved for
four seasons," said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of
the CTV Media Group.

    Airing weeknights following Scrubs, Corner Gas will be available to
70 million U.S. homes when it officially premieres on Superstation WGN next
Monday, Sept. 17. One week later, Canadians will be treated to the season
premiere of 19, all-new episodes written by an A-list team of writers that
promises to make Season 5 the funniest yet.

    Led by show-runner Kevin White (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) along with star
and creator Brent Butt, the seven-person creative team features Mark Farrell
(This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made In Canada) as producer/writer; Emmy winner
Norm Hiscock (Saturday Night Live, King Of The Hill, Kids In The Hall) as
consulting producer/writer; Andrew Carr (Comics) as story editor/writer; Gary
Pearson (MadTV, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) as story editor/writer; and Dylan
Worts as assistant story editor.

    "Kevin, Mark, Andrew, Dylan and I have worked together from the
beginning, so we know each others' styles and sensibilities and - let's face
it - smells," said Brent Butt. "Then we add two hugely experienced guys who
are hilarious - and smell great - and it makes for a very strong writers'
room. The scripts for Season 5 are the best ever."

    "A key goal of ours from Day 1 has been to nurture, showcase and develop
the best TV comedy writers in the country on Corner Gas," said executive
producer Virginia Thompson. "Now, Kevin White steps up to the plate as
Supervising Producer and new comedic voices join the team. The legacy of
Corner Gas begins in our writers' room where some of Canada's best creative
talent have earned their comedic stripes."

    Featuring special guest stars Dog The Bounty Hunter, the RCMP Musical
Ride and other special surprises, Season 5 of Corner Gas will also be
available on demand on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca and
thecomedynetwork.ca.

    In the Season 5 premiere, a cable guy visits Dog River to help produce
some local access programming - but the town isn't quite ready for prime time.
Brent is selected to choose which idea will be produced, causing everyone to
kiss up to him. Also in Season 5:

    
    -   Karen and Davis investigate mysterious crop circles in a nearby farm
        that may or may not have been a prank done by someone in Dog River.

    -   Brent reluctantly teams up with Lacey to help make The Ruby and
        Corner Gas more environmentally friendly

    -   Hank's dirty truck proves useful for Wanda, until fate conspires to
        wash it and come between her and her new love interest.

    -   Karen remembers what it feels like to be a school kid again when she,
        Hank, and Davis take up a new form of exercise

    -   Oscar is asked to be a school bus driver for the day, but the kids
        may not be the only ones who need a lesson in good behaviour

    Continued: read the complete release at www.ctvmedia.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Sara McLaren, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5057,
smclaren@ctv.ca; Richelle Bourgoin, Corner Gas, (306) 530-4012,
rbourgoin@sasktel.net


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