Mr. Young

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Mr. Young
Mr. Young title.jpg
Genre Teen situation comedy
Created by Dan Signer
Starring Brendan Meyer,
Matreya Fedor,
Gig Morton,
Kurt Ostlund,
Milo Shandel,
Emily Tennant
Opening theme “Who You Calling Kid?”,
performed by Hot Hot Heat
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 80 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dan Signer,
Howard Nemetz (season 2-3),
Michael Shepard,
Tim Gamble
Co-Executive Producer:
Howard Nemetz (season 1)
Editor(s) Daria Ellerman,
Warren Hickman
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia
(taping location)
Camera setup Videotape; Multi-camera
Running time 22-23 minutes (approximately)
Production company(s) Thunderbird Films
Gravy Boat Productions
Distributor Nelvana Enterprises,
(worldwide)
Thunderbird Films
(United States, in conjunction with Nelvana)
YTV
Broadcast
Original channel Canada YTV
United States Disney XD
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run March 1, 2011 – November 28, 2013
External links
Website

Mr. Young is a Canadian comedy series that premiered on March 1, 2011 on YTV in Canada and September 26, 2011 on Disney XD in the United States. The series is shot in front of a live audience in Burnaby, British Columbia. The series was created by Dan Signer (The Suite Life on Deck, A.N.T. Farm), and stars Brendan Meyer, Matreya Fedor and Gig Morton as attendees of Finnegan High School. Further main cast includes Kurt Ostlund, Emily Tennant, and Milo Shandel. The show ended its run on November 28, 2013 with three successful seasons with 80 episodes.

Premise[edit]

Mr. Young centers on child prodigy Adam Young (Brendan Meyer), who graduated from university at the age of 15. He decides to come back to high school to live the high school experience, only he becomes the science teacher at the school. He reunites with childhood best friend Derby (Gig Morton) and encounters the school bully, Slab (Kurt Ostlund), and a student in his class whom he has a crush on, named Echo (Matreya Fedor). However, because he is 15, his students have little respect for him, and he often gets into trouble with the principal.

Production[edit]

The series was created and is executive produced by Dan Signer. The series is filmed in front of a live studio audience at 5828 Byrne Road, in Burnaby, British Columbia.[1]

The series began taping on Thursday, September 30, 2010 and production of Season 1 was completed on Friday, April 15, 2011. Through their Facebook page, YTV announced on March 31, 2011 that Mr. Young was the No. 1 show on their network. On April 29, 2011 the series was renewed for a second season.[2][3] Filming of Season 2 began in early July 2011 and continued through to January 2012.[4] On April 29, 2011 the series was renewed for a second season.[2][3] Filming of Season 2 began in early July 2011 and continued until January 2012.[4] Corus Entertainment’s YTV announced that Mr. Young has been picked up for another season. Thunderbird Films will commence production of 26 new episodes in July, bringing the total number of episodes to 52. The live-action series premiered on March 1 and has quickly become one of the network’s top rated series.

Cast and characters[edit]

Principal cast[edit]

  • Brendan Meyer[5] as Adam Young. Adam is a 15-16 year old boy who is a genius. He is teaching science class at Finnegan High School. He wants to relive his life in high school because he graduated early and couldn't go to high school. But for him the life in high school is very hard. He is also in love with one of his students, Echo. In almost every episode, Derby tries to help Adam impress Echo. Adam and Echo kiss in the 90 minute special (after a lot of work that makes him go back to or refer to previous episodes, such as Mr. Elephant, Mr. Magic and Mr. Dance), Mr. First Impression. In the finale, he quits Finnegan and now works at a local university as a professor
  • Matreya Fedor[6] as Echo Zizzleswift. Echo is a student at Finnegan High School. She is in Adam's science class. Echo also cares deeply about the environment and other people. She is thoughtful, socially aware, a tad bit gullible, and secretly likes all things to do with science-fiction. Adam has a crush on her, but she seems completely unaware to this. She is on and off as good friends and sometimes enemies with Adam, Ivy, Derby and Slab. Though, in Mr. Double Date, she realizes that Adam likes her and that she likes him too. They kissed in the 90 minute special, Mr. First Impression. Her last name was announced in "Mr. College". She has a pet hamster named Mr. Tickleschmootz who later mated with Slab's hamster Slab Jr. In the finale, she graduates Finnegan and attends Adam's science class at a local university.
  • Gig Morton[7] as Derby von Derbotsford. Derby is a dimwitted student at Finnegan High School. He has a crush on Ivy, Adam's sister, but is always rejected and ignored by her . He also has a tendency to wear and provide costumes and hosts a radio show named "Drive Time with Derby". Derby is Adam's best friend and also his student, a line that Derby’s more than happy to blur; almost every time Adam teaches, he falls asleep as with much of the other students. Derby is a class clown and is skilled in pranking, also being known as the "Gagmeister General", who Principal Tater doesn't know is, even after Derby admitted to being him. His last name is von Derbotsford. In the 90-minute special, Mr. First Impression, he sings a song named "Derby Style", a parody of Gangnam Style. In the finale, he graduates from Finnegan and currently attends Adam's science class at a local university.
  • Kurt Ostlund[8] as Jordan 'Slab' Slabinski. Slab is the doltish bully of Finnegan High School. Though his behavior is aggressive, "Slab" likes doing ballet, looking at the stars, and friendship. Though he tends to pull pranks on people, and bullies nerds specifically, he says he does it to conceal his feelings. Even though he bullies Derby often by putting him in trash cans, he occasionally helps him out. Although he is a bully he does have feelings for other people such as Brap, a person raised by elephants, but changed by Ivy. He also has a fear of milk. He has two gerbils, two guinea pigs and a hamster who mated with Echo's hamster Mr. Tickleschmootz, all named Slab Jr. In Mr Memory he starts dating Ivy. In the finale, after 12 years of high school, he finally graduates from Finnegan and currently attends Adam's science class at a local university.
  • Emily Tennant[9] as Ivy Young. Ivy is Adam's rude elder sister. She loves shopping and bossing Adam around. She tends to be rude to a lot of people, sometimes even to the teachers, although deep down she truly does care about Adam and other people and will help them out. She used to have a crush on Hutch Anderson But in Mr Memory she starts dating Slab. Ivy is a stereotypical blonde and is attractive to the male students. She also is a reporter for the school newspaper, along with Echo. In the finale, after 6 years, she finally graduates from Finnegan and currently attends her brother's science class at a local university.
  • Milo Shandel[10] as Principal George Tater. Principal Tater the principal of Finnegan High School who often checks up on Mr. Young and his class. He is often suspicious and can be quite ditsy, scoring in the 15th percentile of the Stanford-Binet IQ Test. He is also afraid of cinnamon, after an incident during his childhood, and refers to his mother as "mommy". He is also disrepected by many students. In one episode, with the video of him and Rachel appearing together and with some hair starting to fall off, he may be the father of Adam and Ivy. In the finale, after Adam revealed he was leaving Finnegan, he admitted he enjoyed Adam teaching and making high school fun.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Raugi Yu as Dang. Dang is the school's janitor. He usually appears out of nowhere when people mention his name, as well as being able to do actions with himself, such as playing beach volleyball. He is very skilled at martial arts and is also shown to have a passion for leaf monkeys, Halloween, and says the word "demon" for things like robots, calling them "steel demons". Occasionally he wears a giant purple cowboy hat with feathers, which he calls his "Fancy Hat". He lives at Finnegan High and almost never wants to leave because leaf monkeys do not live there, who would steal his fancy hat. Dang has a twin brother named Ding that he disliked because Ding married a duck named Shirley. Dang forgave his brother who was Echo disguised as Dang (Dang could not tell the difference between Echo in disguise and his brother) because he saw Slab's mother and exclaimed, "There are worse things to marry than duck!". In the finale, he finally earned his high school diploma from his final science project (his amazing speeding ability) and currently attends Adam's science class at a local university.
  • Paula Shaw as Ms. Byrne. Ms. Byrne is an elderly, clueless history teacher who is in charge of the science club and school newspaper. She has bad memory, often shown to forget things that she saw or heard a few seconds ago. She always teaches the same thing every class: The War of 1812, always starting off as "Who has heard of the War of 1812?" before all the students raise up their hands. It has also been suggested in several episodes that she is extremely old, though she disagrees. Notable examples include "Mr. Younger Man" where she claims to have seen Haley's Comet 6 times already, "Mr. Discovery," where she is shown being alive in the prehistoric ages, and in "Mr. Servant" where she is seen to have been "Miss Constantinople."Mr Summer Vacation" showed her complaining about it being to hot for her, causing Adam to ask if it was global warming and Ms. Byrne saying " No, before there was a sun!" She also uses ancient tools like using a 4000 year abacus for a computer. It is revealed that her mother is still alive and even her grandma. It is also shown that she has many elderly grandchildren. In the finale, she swallowed some youth water, appeared young for a while, and was in a relationship with Dang's mentor in Vietnam.
  • Anna Galvin as Rachel Young. Rachel is Ivy's and Adam's mother. She delivers meals to seniors and can sometimes be helpful. She can be dishonest, like the time she claims during the school carnival that there was a giant man-eating chicken in her booth, when in reality it is a tall man who was eating chicken and sometimes does not care about Adam's feelings as once she sold his comic book collection with his knowledge. She was schoolmates with Principal Tater once and was framed and suspended for putting glue in the mascot's costume which made Tater bald. She was also once a cheerleader at Finnegan High.

Release[edit]

On September 7, 2011, Corus Entertainment's[1] Nelvana Enterprises and Thunderbird Films announced that they had sold the live-action comedy series to Disney XD[11] channels in the U.S. and around the world. Territories in addition to the U.S. include the U.K., Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.[12] The series is set to premiere in most territories this year. Nelvana Enterprises is the international distribution agent for Mr. Young, while Nelvana and Thunderbird are co-distributing the series in the United States.[13][14]

On September 27, 2011, Nelvana Enterprises announced that it had also sold distribution rights to the series to the Latin American version of Cartoon Network, which premiered on April 30, 2012.[15]

Broadcast[edit]

This show premiered in the United States on Disney Channel on October 22, 2011 and on Disney XD on September 26, 2011. In the UK and Ireland it previewed on December 3, 2011 and premiered on January 15, 2012 on Disney XD and on September 2, 2013 on Disney Channel. It premiered on July 2, 2012 in Australia and New Zealand.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired U.S. airdates
Season premiere Season finale Season premiere Season finale
1 26 March 1, 2011 (2011-03-01) December 13, 2011 (2011-12-13) September 26, 2011 (2011-09-26) February 13, 2012 (2012-02-13)
2 26 March 12, 2012 (2012-03-12) October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09) June 11, 2012 (2012-06-11) February 24, 2013 (2013-02-24)
3 28 October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16) November 28, 2013 (2013-11-28) TBA TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Corus Entertainment Corporate Press Release
  2. ^ a b Wendy Goldman Getzler (April 29, 2011). "YTV’s Mr. Young gets second season". Kidscreen. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Young Mr. Young goes to high school by Amanda Ash [1], The Vancouver Sun, March 1, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Mr. Young renewed for Season 2 [2], TV-Eh, April 28, 2011.
  5. ^ "YTV Shows: Top Kids Shows and Movies from YTV". YTV.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  6. ^ "YTV Shows: Top Kids Shows and Movies from YTV". YTV.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  7. ^ "YTV Shows: Top Kids Shows and Movies from YTV". YTV.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  8. ^ "YTV Shows: Top Kids Shows and Movies from YTV". YTV.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  9. ^ "YTV Shows: Top Kids Shows and Movies from YTV". YTV.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  10. ^ "YTV Shows: Top Kids Shows and Movies from YTV". YTV.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  11. ^ Disney XD
  12. ^ http://www.tv-eh.com/2011/04/28/mr-young-renewed-for-season-2/
  13. ^ Disney Buys Vancouver-made Kids TV Show - The Province
  14. ^ Whiz kid turned teen genius Mr. Young acquired by Disney XD around the World - Stockhouse [3]
  15. ^ Nelvana Sells Comedy Series to Latin American Cartoon Network, Broadcaster Magazine, September 27, 2011.

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