Sunnyside (Canadian TV series)

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Sunnyside
GenreSketch comedy
Created by
Written byGary Pearson, Dan Redican, Kathleen Phillips, Jan Caruana, Alastair Forbes
Directed byShawn Alex Thomson, Jeff Beesley, Dawn Wilkinson, Steve Wright
Starring
Composer(s)James Jandrisch
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (as of November 8, 2015)
Production
Executive producer(s)Dan Redican, Gary Pearson, Dan Bennett, Shane Corkery, Anton Leo, Phyllis Laing, Mark Gingras
Producer(s)Rhonda Baker, Paula Smith
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Counterfeit Pictures, Buffalo Gal Pictures
Release
Original networkCity
Original releaseJanuary 8 (2015-01-08) –
November 8, 2015 (2015-11-08)
External links
CityTV/Sunnyside

Sunnyside is a Canadian sketch comedy television series, which premiered January 9, 2015 on City.[1] Created by Dan Redican and Gary Pearson, the series is set in the fictional neighbourhood of Sunnyside and features sketches depicting various eccentric recurring characters living there.[2] The show was cancelled after one season,[3] although City continues to air the episodes in repeats.

The cast includes Pat Thornton, Patrice Goodman, Alice Moran, Kevin Vidal, Kathleen Phillips, Rob Norman and Norm Macdonald.[1] The show was made in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[4]

Redican and Pearson had each approached Rogers Communications with individual show ideas; Redican's pitch was Our Street, an ensemble series about the quirky residents of an urban neighbourhood, while Pearson's was Dark Roast, about the quirky customers of a coffee shop.[5] Neither pitch was accepted as presented, but Rogers asked them to combine their ideas into a single show.[5] They agreed and created Sunnyside, patterning their fictional neighbourhood after Toronto's Parkdale.[5]

Macdonald appears on the show only in voice form, as the neighbourhood's surreal alternate reality version of the Internet: a sentient sewer line which can answer search queries shouted into a manhole cover.[4]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 13 January 8, 2015 (2015-01-08) November 8, 2015 (2015-11-08)

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
11"The Top Hat"January 8, 2015 (2015-01-08)
22"Ponies"January 15, 2015 (2015-01-15)
33"Baxter"January 22, 2015 (2015-01-22)
44"Australia"January 29, 2015 (2015-01-29)
55"The Chain Gang"February 5, 2015 (2015-02-05)
66"Clowns"February 12, 2015 (2015-02-12)
77"War is Hell"September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27)
88"Volcano"October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)
99"Hole Day"October 11, 2015 (2015-10-11)
1010"Bobo"October 18, 2015 (2015-10-18)
1111"Shaytan's Nemesis"October 25, 2015 (2015-10-25)
1212"Sunnyside Tours"November 1, 2015 (2015-11-01)
1313"The Rapture"November 8, 2015 (2015-11-08)

Reception[edit]

Television critics reviewed the show favourably, with Brad Oswald of the Winnipeg Free Press calling it "Canada's best sketch-comedy TV effort since Codco and The Kids in the Hall arrived in rapid succession in the late '80s",[2] and John Doyle of The Globe and Mail calling the show "daft but deftly skewering the ripe pickings of contemporary ludicrousness".[4] Doyle also criticized the network for scheduling the show to air directly opposite The Big Bang Theory, stating that the show "deserves a much bigger potential audience than that offered in this suicide-slot."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sunnyside a surreal new Canadian sketch-com awash in ponies". canada.com, January 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Wolseley-shot sketch show a bright spot on the TV schedule". Winnipeg Free Press, January 8, 2015.
  3. ^ Doyle, John (20 March 2016). "John Doyle: Canadian TV is a place of squalor and neglect". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Doyle, John (January 7, 2015). "John Doyle: I prefer my urban satire Sunnyside up". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Brioux, Bill (January 3, 2015). "TV vets Dan Redican and Gary Pearson team on Sunnyside". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on March 2, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m http://www.citytv.com/toronto/shows/sunnyside/

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