Mr. D

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Mr. D
Mr. D title card.jpg
Main character Gerry Duncan
Created by Gerry Dee
Michael Volpe
Starring Gerry Dee
Jonathan Torrens
Lauren Hammersley
Booth Savage
Bette MacDonald
Naomi Snieckus
Darrin Rose
Mark Little
Wes Williams
Mark Forward
Opening theme "I'm Awesome" by Spose
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 33 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Gerry Dee
Michael Volpe
Location(s) Halifax, Nova Scotia
Running time Approx. 22 minutes
Production company(s) Topsail Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel CBC
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run January 9, 2012 (2012-01-09) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Mr. D is a Canadian sitcom television series starring comedian Gerry Dee. The series follows the misadventures of a strange schoolteacher named Gerry Duncan, nicknamed Mr. D. It debuted on CBC on January 9, 2012.

Cast[edit]

  • Gerry Dee as Gerry Duncan: an under-qualified high school social studies teacher, Gerry prefers to be called Mr. D by the children and becomes jealous when the school's actual Mr. D (Paul Dwyer) returns to Xavier Academy.
  • Jonathan Torrens as Robert Cheeley:[1] Robert is the vice principal of the school but his bizarre character traits make it difficult for his colleagues to respect him. He is desperate for Principal Callaghan's approval.
  • Lauren Hammersley as Lisa Mason:[2] a competent and responsible teacher with a traditional teaching style. She cannot stand to have anyone not like her.
  • Booth Savage as Mike Callaghan:[3] the sensible, down to earth and highly respected principal of Xavier Academy.
  • Bette MacDonald as Trudy Walsh: [4] the school secretary who runs much of the day to day business at Xavier Academy.
  • Naomi Snieckus as Bobbi: [5]the confident and respected P.E. teacher at Xavier Academy.
  • Darrin Rose as Bill: Gerry's roommate and a womanizing bachelor who works as the local bartender.
  • Mark Little as Simon Hunt: the science teacher of the school, he is weak and a typical science geek who is also assistant coach of the girls basketball team.
  • Wes Williams as Paul Dwyer: Paul is cool and loved by all the teachers, and was the original Mr. D to the children before he left. Gerry is often jealous of Dwyer and feels that he is in competition with him.
  • Mark Forward as Wayne Leung: [6]the school librarian who is borderline psychotic. A white man adopted as a child by Chinese parents, Wayne's Chinese heritage is very important to him.

Production[edit]

Creator, writer and executive producer Gerry Dee based Mr. D on his ten years teaching physical education in high school before he left for a career in stand-up comedy in 2003.[7][8] The pilot episode was directed by Steve Wright and produced by Gerry Dee and Michael Volpe.[9] The show is filmed on location at Citadel High School in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[10]

Mr. D was renewed for a third season on April 3, 2013, and for a fourth season on April 4, 2014.[11]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Viewers (million) Original air date
1 1 "Pilot" Steve Wright Adam Reid, Max Reid, Gerry Dee 1.23[12] January 9, 2012 (2012-01-09)
Gerry Duncan has finally gotten a full time teaching position at the prestigious Xavier academy after years of substituting. Unfortunately he’ll be teaching social studies, which he knows nothing about, instead of his dream Phys. Ed. job.
2 2 "24 Hour Famine" Mike Clattenburg Josh Gal 0.94[13] January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16)
Gerry volunteers to help at the 24-hour Famine event to spend time with Eva MacPhee.
3 3 "Grade the Teacher" Steve Wright Gerry Dee, Kurt Smeaton 0.83[14] January 23, 2012 (2012-01-23)
Gerry tries to match Dwyer in positive reviews on a website; Simon stands up to a student.
4 4 "Exam Week"[15] Shawn Alex Thompson Gerry Dee 0.89[16] January 30, 2012 (2012-01-30)
Gerry struggles to get his students to write his only version of the exam; Dwyer donates his father's foosball table and Simon's obsession goes a little too far.
5 5 "Bully Awareness Week"[15] Steve Wright Gerry Dee 0.67[17] February 6, 2012 (2012-02-06)
Gerry decides to make a video presentation for Bully Awareness Week.
6 6 "The Dance"[15] Steve Wright Sara Snow 0.68[18] February 13, 2012 (2012-02-13)
Gerry organizes a dance as a fundraiser for the girls basketball team; Robert tells Lisa he had a dream about Trudy.
7 7 "Job Opportunity"[15] Steve Wright Andrew Deangelis 0.81[19] February 20, 2012 (2012-02-20)
Gerry tries to get a job as a physical education teacher after one opens up; Lisa has troubles with her new student teacher.
8 8 "Guest Speaker"[15] Mike Clattenburg Kurt Smeaton N/A March 5, 2012 (2012-03-05)
Gerry has trouble finding a guest speaker for career day; Robert tries to avoid the flu.
9 9 "Quiz Cup"[15] Steve Wright Steve Dylan, Mark Forward N/A March 12, 2012 (2012-03-12)
Gerry helps Lisa coach the Quiz Cup team; Robert tries to get back at Trudy after she continually pranks him.
10 10 "Field Trip"[15] Steve Wright Gerry Dee N/A March 19, 2012 (2012-03-19)
Gerry helps Bobby and Simon chaperone a field trip; Robert tries to finish his letter for the upcoming school newsletter.
11 11 "The Basketball Diaries"[15] Keith Samples Michael Volpe, Sara Snow 0.51[20] March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)
Gerry convinces Lisa to act as his girlfriend when he is invited out by a rival basketball coach; Robert tries to organize a milestone celebration in honour of Mr. Callaghan.
12 12 "Charity Day"[15] Keith Samples Sara Snow 0.73[21] April 2, 2012 (2012-04-02)
Gerry and Mr. Dwyer fight in a charity boxing match; Robert tries to befriend Lisa after she finds his phone.

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Viewers (million) Original air date
13 1 "Gerry's Evaluation" Keith Samples Kurt Smeaton 0.609[22] January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07)
Gerry tries to make a good impression when a member of the school board is sent to evaluate his teaching abilities. Robert tries to become more aggressive.
14 2 "Late Shift" Steve Wright Jessie Gabe January 14, 2013 (2013-01-14)
Gerry takes on a second job in order to afford a brand new car, but things get complicated when one of his students gets a job at the same place. Robert is in charge of negotiating budget cuts to the library.
15 3 "World Religions" Jacob Tierney Gerry Dee January 21, 2013 (2013-01-21)
Gerry brings his own personal beliefs to a lesson about world religions. Robert tries to outdo Trudy when she buys a better birthday gift for Mr. Callaghan. Simon has a crush on a substitute teacher.
16 4 "Overnight Trip" Steve Wright Andrew Deangelis January 30, 2013 (2013-01-30)
Gerry organizes an overnight class trip to Boston where he plans to sneak off and go to a basketball game with Bill. However, his plans are put in jeopardy when Robert decides to be a chaperone.
17 5 "The Crush"[15] Jacob Tierney Gerry Dee February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)
Gerry developes a crush on the Scottish mother of one of his most annoying students; Trudy and Robert make a mockery of morning announcements.
18 6 "The Other Woman" Keith Samples Michael Volpe February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13)
Gerry finds an opportunity when Bobbi and Craig end their relationship; Robert punishes Leung's unruly students.
19 7 "The Date" Steve Wright Mark Forward February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27)
An elite escort ruins Gerry's date with Jean McGrory when she makes him appear to be a john.
20 8 "Gerry's Favourite Couple" Keith Samples Jonathan Torrens March 5, 2013 (2013-03-05)
Gerry interferes in Sean and Miranda's relationship drama.
21 9 "Poker Night" Jacob Tierney Gerry Dee March 20, 2013 (2013-03-20)
Gerry orchestrates a staff poker night, to get a friend back on their feet.
22 10 "Staff Retreat" Steve Wright Kurt Smeaton March 27, 2013 (2013-03-27)
The staff members get involved in a trust game that reveals their darkest secrets; Callaghan and Malik engage in some friendly competition.
23 11 "Culture Day" Steve Wright Gerry Dee April 3, 2013 (2013-04-03)
It's Culture Day at Xavier and each teacher has been asked to model their classroom after a country.
24 12 "Strip Club" Keith Samples Gerry Dee April 10, 2013 (2013-04-10)
Dwyer's after hours activities catch a suspicious Gerry's attention; Lisa goes all out for Secretary Day.
25 13 "Slam Dunk" Steve Wright Mark Forward & Andrew Deangelis April 17, 2013 (2013-04-17)
Gerry advocates for a senior boys basketball team in the hopes that Bobbi will give one to the school.

Season 3 (2014)[edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Viewers (million) Original air date
26 1 "Parent Teacher Night" Steve Wright Jonathan Torrens February 23, 2014 (2014-02-23)
When Mr. D has only one opportunity to meet Paul Henderson and have his priceless Team Canada jersey signed, he won't let Xavier Academy's parent teacher night get in the way...
27 2 "Old School" Keith Samples Andrew De angelis March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03)
Gerry decides he's going to make an impression on the runway of Lisa's faculty fashion show. Robert and Leung team up to find the vandal who has been defacing staff pictures.
28 3 "Donor Dinner" Jacob Tierney Gerry Dee March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10)
When Gerry finds out that Robert is trying to charm Xavier Academy's most generous philanthropist into continuing her support, Gerry decides he's going to show up Robert and take all the recognition for himself.
29 4 "Assistant Lueng" Steve Wright Mark Forward March 17, 2014 (2014-03-17)
Gerry is forced to appoint his arch nemesis Mr. Leung as his new assistant coach. His attempts to put Leung in his place as his subordinate end up backfiring and causing unforeseen problems. Robert’s beloved pet bird quickly becomes a major nuisance when he starts bringing it to work.
30 5 "Food Drive" Steve Wright Gerry Dee March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24)
It’s Food Drive Month at Xavier Academy, and Gerry is determined to make sure he wins the prize for being the teacher with the class that contributes the most food. Robert and Bobbi are put at odds when the field hockey team and debate team are both counting on their star, Sheila, to attend practice at the same time.
31 6 "Gerry Gets Gym" Steve Wright Gerry Dee March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31)
When Gerry is asked to temporarily fill in for an absent phys-ed teacher, he aggressively pursues what he sees as an "audition" to make a permanent move into the gymnasium...
32 7 "Self Defence" Jacob Tierney Andrew De angelis and Jesse Gabe April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07)
Gerry decides to "help" Bobbi with her girls’ self-defence class, but ends up feeling emasculated when it becomes obvious that she is able to physically dominate him. Lisa’s lunch causes an uproar in the teachers’ lounge, while Leung has some mysterious packages delivered to reception. Rookie NHL star Nathan MacKinnon guest stars.
33 8 "Graduation" Keith Samples Gerry Dee and Mike Volpe April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14)
After Gerry has a positive interview for a position with Xavier’s main rival school, he attempts to use it as leverage with Principal Callaghan for the phys-ed position he’s been dreaming of. When Callaghan encourages Robert to take a bigger leadership role, Robert decides an elaborate musical number will show everybody that he has what it takes.

Reception[edit]

The first episode of the show was watched by 1.23 million viewers, currently the biggest midseason debut for the CBC 2011-2012 season.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/mrd/characters/robert-cheeley |url= missing title (help). 
  2. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/mrd/characters/lisa-mason |url= missing title (help). 
  3. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/mrd/characters/mike-callaghan |url= missing title (help). 
  4. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/mrd/characters/trudy-walsh |url= missing title (help). 
  5. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/mrd/characters/bobbi |url= missing title (help). 
  6. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/mrd/characters/mr.-leung |url= missing title (help). 
  7. ^ David, Greg (2011-06-10). "New Gerry Dee comedy heads to CBC". TV Guide (Canada). Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  8. ^ Russell, Jessica (2011-06-08). "CBC unveils 2011 fall schedule". TV Guide (Canada). Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  9. ^ Vlessing, Etan (2011-11-02). "Canadian Comic Gerry Dee Gets CBC Sitcom". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  10. ^ Skzlarski, Cassandra (January 8, 2012). "Gerry Dee turns teaching antics into sitcom". The Canadian Press. The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mr. D, Dragons' Den, Murdoch Mysteries to return on CBC". Toronto Sun. 2014-04-04. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  12. ^ a b "Arctic Air soars to 1.05 million viewers". TV, eh?. January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ Brioux, Bill (January 25, 2012). "The Brioux Report: Canadians love hockey, football and The Big Bang Theory". Toronto.com. Torstar Media Group. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ Brioux, Bill (February 1, 2012). "The Brioux Report: Big Bang, CSI, All Star hockey wins week before sweeps". Toronto.com. Torstar Media Group. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Mr. D: Episode Guide". Zap2it. tvguide.ca. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  16. ^ Brioux, Bill (February 8, 2012). "The Brioux Report: Canada bowled over by the Super Bowl". Toronto.com. Torstar Media Group. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ Brioux, Bill (February 14, 2012). "The Brioux Report: The Grammy Awards hit high ratings note for Global". Toronto.com. Torstar Media Group. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  18. ^ Brioux, Bill (February 23, 2012). "The Brioux Report: Survivor and The Amazing Race roar back in pre-Oscar week". Toronto.com. Torstar Media Group. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  19. ^ Brioux, Bill (February 28, 2012). "The Brioux Report: CTV gets big bang this week from The Oscars". Toronto.com. Torstar Media Group. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  20. ^ Brioux, Bill (April 3, 2012). "The Brioux Report: Big Bang easily tops Junos, Sun News gets lift from political boxing stunt show". Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  21. ^ Brioux, Bill (April 11, 2012). "The Brioux Report: Big Bang's Easter Miracle". Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  22. ^ http://tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.ca/2013/01/murdoch-mysteries-lifts-cbcs-premiere.html

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