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
Theme music composer Steve Bays
Paul Hawley
Luke Paquin
Opening theme "Who You Calling Kid?"
performed by Hot Hot Heat
Composer(s) James Jandrisch
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)
Producer(s) Victoria Hirst
Alexandra Raffe
Lisa Richardson
Editor(s) Daria Ellerman
Warren Hickman
Kirk Hay
Location(s) 5828 Byrne Road
Burnaby, British Columbia[1]
(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
Release
Original channel Canada YTV
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release March 1, 2011 – November 28, 2013
External links
Website

Mr. Young is a Canadian comedy series that premiered on March 1, 2011 on YTV. 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 14. 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 14, 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.[2]

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.[3][4] Filming of Season 2 began in early July 2011 and continued through to January 2012.[5] On April 29, 2011 the series was renewed for a second season.[3][4] Filming of Season 2 began in early July 2011 and continued until January 2012.[5] 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[6] as Adam Young. Adam is a teenage boy 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, life in high school is very difficult, as he lacks adequate social skills. 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 begins work at a local university as a professor.
  • Matreya Fedor[7] 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. She is good friends and sometimes enemies with Adam, Ivy, Derby and Slab. Adam has a crush on her, but she seems completely unaware of this (until in Mr. Double Date, where she discovers their mutual attraction). 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[8] 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 called "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 do many of the other students. Derby is a class clown and is skilled in pranking, with an alter ego "Gagmeister General". Principal Tater doesn't know the true identity of the "Gagmeister", even after Derby admitted to being him. 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[9] 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 girl raised by elephants who was subsequently changed into a stereotypical popular girl 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[10] 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 begins dating Slab in Mr. Memory. Ivy is a stereotypical blonde and is considered attractive by all the male students. She also is a reporter for the school newspaper, along with Echo. In the finale, she finally graduates from Finnegan and currently attends her brother's science class at a local university.
  • Milo Shandel[11] 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 disrespected by many students. It is implied that he may be the father of Adam and Ivy, due to their hair loss in an episode with a video in which Tater and their mother, Rachel, appear together. In the finale, after Adam revealed he was leaving Finnegan, he admitted he enjoyed Adam's 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 due to his sheer speed, which allows him to perform actions, such as playing beach volleyball, with himself. 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 the disguised Echo 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 very 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 with the question "Who has heard of the War of 1812?" before all the students raise 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 too hot for her, causing Adam to ask if it was because she was born before the effects of global warming, to which Ms. Byrne replied "No, before there was a sun!". She also uses ancient tools (for example, a 4000-year abacus instead of a computer, being seemingly ignorant of modern technology). It is revealed that her mother and even her grandmother are still alive and she also has many elderly grandchildren. In the finale, she swallowed some water from the Fountain of Youth, appearing young for a while. After it wore off, she began 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 overtly dishonest, claiming during the school carnival that there was a "giant man-eating chicken" in her booth when in reality there was only a tall man eating from a bucket of chicken. Rachel is shown on occasion to be indifferent to Adam's feelings, once selling his comic book collection without his knowledge. She was schoolmates with Principal Tater once and was framed and suspended for putting glue in the mascot costume which made Tater bald. She was also once a cheerleader at Finnegan High.

Release[edit]

On September 7, 2011, Corus Entertainment's[2] Nelvana Enterprises and Thunderbird Films announced that they had sold the live-action comedy series to Disney XD[12] channels United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.[13] 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.[14][15]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 26 March 1, 2011 (2011-03-01) December 13, 2011 (2011-12-13)
2 26 March 12, 2012 (2012-03-12) October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)
3 28 October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16) November 28, 2013 (2013-11-28)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.acfcwest.com/productions/2011/wrapped/mryoung2.html
  2. ^ a b Corus Entertainment Corporate Press Release
  3. ^ a b Wendy Goldman Getzler (April 29, 2011). "YTV’s Mr. Young gets second season". Kidscreen. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Young Mr. Young goes to high school by Amanda Ash [1], The Vancouver Sun, March 1, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Mr. Young renewed for Season 2 [2], TV-Eh, April 28, 2011.
  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. ^ "YTV Shows: Top Kids Shows and Movies from YTV". YTV.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  12. ^ Disney XD
  13. ^ http://www.tv-eh.com/2011/04/28/mr-young-renewed-for-season-2/
  14. ^ Disney Buys Vancouver-made Kids TV Show - The Province
  15. ^ Whiz kid turned teen genius Mr. Young acquired by Disney XD around the World - Stockhouse [3]

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