The Jon Dore Television Show

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The Jon Dore Television Show
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Format comedy, mockumentary
Created by Jon Dore
John Brunton
Written by Jon Dore
Laurie Elliott
Mark Forward
Steve Patterson[1][2]
Directed by Matthew Hawkins
Adam Brodie
Dave Derewlany
Mark Mainguy
Starring Jon Dore
Composer(s) Orin Isaacs
David Williams
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) John Brunton
Barbara Bowlby
Running time 22 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel The Comedy Network
Original airing October 17, 2007 - April 15, 2009 [3]
External links
Website

The Jon Dore Television Show is a Canadian mockumentary-style comedy television series, created by Jon Dore and John Brunton. The show stars Canadian actor and comedian Jon Dore, of recent Canadian Idol co-host fame. The Comedy Network ordered 13 half hour episodes of the series, which premiered on October 17, 2007 at 10pm ET.[4] The second season premiered on January 21, 2009. A third season was supposed to be premiered in 2010 until Dore confirmed the series' cancellation. The show is also currently being played on the Independent Film Channel in the United States.

On June 2, 2011, during an interview, Dore made a mention of The Jon Dore Television Show Movie. A script has entered development.

Episode format[edit]

Each half-hour episode revolves around the central character, Jon Dore, playing a pseudo-realistic version of himself.

At the beginning of each episode, Jon Dore can usually be seen contemplating a life choice, revelation, or combating/dealing with a singular global issue which will be the central plot element of each episode, and then usually introduces himself by saying "Hi. I'm TV's Jon Dore". The format involves fictional scripted scenes of story intertwined with plot-related [specifically chosen] interviews. The interviews involve Jon Dore sitting down in real-life interviews or interacting realistically [as in the case of a doctor visit] with somebody in real life, whose occupation or vocation is a position relatable to the story, as well as the progression of the story thus far (such as receiving an official sperm count at a donation clinic, near the end of an episode dealing with sexual fertility.) The camera, usually operated solely by Jon Dore or by a small two-man crew [according to the show itself] catches the real-life reactions of the interviewees as well as Jon Dore's antics as he proposes often ludicrous, comical, uncomfortable, and seemingly realistic [with comic connotations] questions and circumstances.

As the real-life interviews which help to forward the story end, they are usually closed-off with Jon Dore and the crew exiting or on set of the location, with Jon often breaking the fourth wall and becoming heavily camera conscious, adverse to the conventional methodology of standard contemporary reality TV shows (such as Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List, which follows a similar albeit fully non-fictional format accompanying little camera-interaction). Also, further adding to the oft increasingly confusing presentation of each episode, Jon Dore is seen discussing a joke or plot element with the writers in an apparent "writer's room," referencing a concurrent or preceding episode element, and the path and discussion that involved its inception into the final episode.

At the end of each show, Jon is shown contemplating the events of the episode and explaining his feelings about them to the audience. The host closes every episode with the phrase "I'm Jon Dore, thank you for watching television".

Jon Dore has confirmed that the show has been canceled, reruns occasionally air on The Comedy Network and IFC.

Recurring guests[edit]

Therapist Susan Lynne has appeared as Jon Dore's therapist in several episodes. Ms. Lynne is an actual Toronto based therapist who was approached by the show's producers to appear in an episode. She was later asked to reprise her role when her interaction with Jon was found to work well on-screen. The dialogue between Jon and Susan is unscripted, with Susan attempting to engage Jon as if he were an actual client, despite his exaggerated 'personal issues'.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 2007-08[edit]

# Title Original airdate Production Code
1 "Fertility" October 17, 2007 (2007-10-17) 101
2 "Problem Drinker" October 24, 2007 (2007-10-24) 103
3 "Fit" October 31, 2007 (2007-10-31) 104
4 "Happiness" November 7, 2007 (2007-11-07) 102
5 "STD" November 14, 2007 (2007-11-14) 106
6 "Smoking" November 21, 2007 (2007-11-21) 105
7 "Manly Man" November 28, 2007 (2007-11-28) 107
8 "Ready for Love" December 5, 2007 (2007-12-05) 108
9 "Jon Gets Scared" December 12, 2007 (2007-12-12) 109
10 "Jon Gets Political" January 2, 2008 (2008-01-02) 110
11 "Jonathan-A-Thon" January 31, 2008 (2008-01-31) 111
12 "Rage" February 7, 2008 (2008-02-07) 113
13 "Loss and Roger" February 14, 2008 (2008-02-14) 112
 

Season 2: 2009[edit]

# Title Original airdate Production Code
1 "Jon Fights Discrimination" January 21, 2009 (2009-01-21) 201
2 "Jon Gets Horny" January 28, 2009 (2009-01-28) 202
3 "Jon Gets Old" February 4, 2009 (2009-02-04) 203
4 "Jon Fights Violence" February 11, 2009 (2009-02-11) 204
5 "Jon Gets Competitive" February 18, 2009 (2009-02-18) 205
6 "Jon has a Medical Scare" February 25, 2009 (2009-02-25) 206
7 "Jon Lives a Lie" March 4, 2009 (2009-03-04) 207
8 "Jon Needs Cash Quick" March 11, 2009 (2009-03-11) 208
9 "Jon Saves the Planet" March 18, 2009 (2009-03-18) 209
10 "Jon Gets Haunted" March 25, 2009 (2009-03-25) 210
11 "Jon Wants Justice" April 1, 2009 (2009-04-01) 211
12 "Jon's Christmas" April 8, 2009 (2009-04-08) 212
13 "Jon Does Drugs" April 15, 2009 (2009-04-15) 213

Webisodes[edit]

# Title
1 "Sick"
2 "Hearing Aids Webisode"
3 "Fanmail"
4 "DVD Special Features"
5 "Bootlegging"
6 "Action Figures"
7 "Problem Drinker"
8 "Fit"
9 "Ready for Love"
10 "Jon Gets Scared"
11 "Jon Gets Political"
12 "Jon's Rage"
13 "Loss and Roger"

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