Liocracy

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Liocracy
Genre Comedy
Written by Alex Ganetakos
Directed by Ron Murphy
Alan Resnick
Starring Leslie Nielsen
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Location(s) Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Running time 30 minutes
Release
Original network The Comedy Network
Original release 21 April 2001 – 1 February 2003

Liocracy was a Canadian television comedy series, which aired on The Comedy Network in 2001 and 2002.[1]

The show, a spoof of biographical documentary series such as Biography or Life and Times, starred Leslie Nielsen as host Terrence Brynne McKennie.[2] Each episode presented a Biography-type profile of a fictional person loosely based on a real-life personality.

The first episode centred on Fiendly Giant, a Friendly Giant-like children's television host with a penchant for sadomasochism who became a pariah after being caught having sex with his rooster sidekick Rudy.[3] Later episodes focused on Anne Surly, a serial killer indirectly based on Lucy Maud Montgomery and her Anne of Green Gables novels; Simon Duke, a horror novelist who was a spoof of Stephen King; Rachel Lange, a soap opera diva; Boyz 'r Us, a pop music boy band; and the on-again off-again romance of Hollywood acting icons Richard Button and Elizabeth Paladoro.[4]

Produced in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the show was created by Ian Johnston and Peter Hays, two former journalists for the Halifax Daily News.[5]

The show was titled Liography in its first season, but was changed to Liocracy in the second season after the A&E Network, the producers of the original Biography series, threatened a copyright infringement lawsuit.[6] The second season premiered in November 2002, and ran for 13 episodes into early 2003. The series was not renewed for a third season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leslie Nielsen spoofs TV's biography series: Actor says genre is perfect for parody". The Province, December 3, 2000.
  2. ^ "Nielsen's down-home humour keeps faux bio series upbeat". Halifax Chronicle-Herald, November 10, 2002.
  3. ^ "Nielsen spoofs TV bio phenom". Windsor Star, April 18, 2001.
  4. ^ "Biography gets a Nielsen raking: The Comedy Network is launching a parody of the popular TV genre. Bruce Deachman interviews the host". Ottawa Citizen, April 21, 2001.
  5. ^ "Lies, lies and Damn funny lies: Leslie Nielsen yucks it up in the Halifax show Liography". Halifax Daily News, April 20, 2001.
  6. ^ "The word from Leslie Nielsen". Halifax Chronicle-Herald, October 19, 2001.

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