Todd and the Book of Pure Evil

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Todd and the Book of Pure Evil
Todd S1 logo.png
Opening title logo used in Season 1 of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil
GenreComedy horror
Supernatural drama
Created byCraig David Wallace
Charles Picco
Anthony Leo
Directed byCraig David Wallace
David Winning
James Dunnison
James Genn
StarringAlex House
Billy Turnbull
Maggie Castle
Melanie Leishman
Chris Leavins
ComposerShawn Pierce
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
ProducersCraig David Wallace
Anthony Leo
Andrew Rosen
Jamie Brown
Sarah Timmins
Shawn Watson
Shaun Johnson
Production locationsWinnipeg, Manitoba
Silver Heights Collegiate
Tec Voc High School
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesAircraft Pictures
Corvid Pictures
Frantic Films
Release
Original networkCanada:
Space Channel
CTV
United States:
Fearnet
Picture formatLetterboxed 480i (SDTV)
16:9 1080p (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 29, 2010 (2010-09-29) –
January 26, 2012 (2012-01-26)
External links
Website

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is a Canadian comedy/horror television series that follows a group of high school students who confront the effects of a demonic book. The series premiered on SPACE on September 29, 2010 with two back-to-back episodes. The series was created for television by Craig David Wallace, Charles Picco, and Anthony Leo.

The series is based on the short film of the same title[1] written by Craig David Wallace and Max Reid, and directed by Wallace. The short film was produced through the Canadian Film Centre’s Short Dramatic Film Programme, and kicked off an international festival tour by premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2003. The series was developed for television through the National Screen Institute's Totally TV Program. A pilot for Todd and the Book of Pure Evil was shot for Space in 2009 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Like the low-budget short film, the series uses supernatural elements, profanity, graphic violence, and non-sequitur lines. Sci-fi veteran David Winning directed four episodes.[2]

On April 4, 2011, Space announced that they had renewed Todd and the Book of Pure Evil for a second season, with principal photography being set for spring 2011.[3] The new 13-episode season[4] premiered on Space on October 30, 2011 at 10pm.[5] In April 2012, it was announced that there would not be a third season,[6] but following an Indiegogo campaign as well as additional funding being secured, an animated feature film was released to conclude the series on November 3, 2017.

Plot[edit]

Todd Smith, Curtis Weaver, Jenny Kolinsky and Hannah Williams are students at Crowley High, the only high school in a small town secretly founded by Satanists. They encounter a cursed magical tome with a mind of its own called the Book of Pure Evil, which grants the wishes of those who hold it in dark and sinister ways they didn't intend. the teens team up in an attempt to track down and destroy the Book. Each episode revolves around a student at Crowley High using the Book to try to make their life better, though this usually results in chaos, mayhem, and bloodshed at the school. Todd and his gang then fight against whatever the Book has done, and try to keep Crowley High from being totally destroyed. Supposedly friendly school guidance counselor, Atticus Murphy helps them in their quest to destroy the Book, though secretly he is a member of the cabal of Satanists who run the town from behind the scenes and has been tasked with returning the Book of Pure Evil to their leader.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2010)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Todd the Metal God"James DunnisonCharles Picco & Craig David WallaceSeptember 29, 2010 (2010-09-29)
Todd finds the Book of Pure Evil and uses it to become a better guitar player in an attempt to win his dream girl Jenny away from her douchebag boyfriend. But along with making him a better guitar player, it also turns Todd evil.
22"How to Make a Homunculus"James GennCraig David WallaceSeptember 29, 2010 (2010-09-29)
Hannah uses the book to create a homunculus as a science project for the upcoming science fair, but the creature, which for some reason looks like Todd, breaks free. Todd, Curtis, Jenny, and Hannah form a gang to stop the book.
33"Rock N' Roll Zombies Know Best"David WinningCharles PiccoOctober 6, 2010 (2010-10-06)
A goth girl named Marcy uses the book to summon her favorite rock stars from the dead, but the zombie rock stars eat her parents and she's forced to keep them in her basement and feeds them with guys that she lures over to her house.
44"Gay Day"James GennGarry CampbellOctober 13, 2010 (2010-10-13)
A bullied gay student at Crowley High uses the book to make every other guy at school gay, including Todd and Curtis, while making himself straight. Atticus attempts to glimpse Todd's penis to try to find the mark of the Pure Evil One.
55"Monster Fat"James DunnisonCharles PiccoOctober 20, 2010 (2010-10-20)
The fattest girl in school uses the book to become skinny, but her leftover fat creates a monster that turns all the other girls in the school fat. Jenny becomes fat and Todd has to prove to her that his feelings for her aren't shallow.
66"Invasion of the Stupid Snatchers"James DunnisonGarry CampbellOctober 27, 2010 (2010-10-27)
A slow-witted student uses the book to become the smartest kid in school, so the book creates a "stupid smoke" that makes everyone who breathes it stupid except for him, much to the amusement of stoners Curtis and Todd.
77"Terrible Twin Turf Tussle"James DunnisonCharles Picco & Craig David WallaceNovember 3, 2010 (2010-11-03)
Jenny begins a lesbian relationship, causing the girl's jealous twin sister to use the book, creating armies of clones of the sisters who battle it out in the school hallways. Hannah creates Todd a special suit so he can sense Pure Evil.
88"Cockfight"David WinningGarry CampbellNovember 10, 2010 (2010-11-10)
A bully with a small penis is enraged when Todd sends a picture of it around the school. He uses the book to give himself a mammoth member, which goes out of control and starts turning anyone who looks at it to stone, starting with Curtis.
99"Big Bad Baby"James GennCharles Picco & Craig David WallaceNovember 17, 2010 (2010-11-17)
A girl uses the book to get pregnant, but the book accelerates the pregnancy, ending in a giant baby wreaking havoc in the halls of the school. Todd tries to reason with the baby and prove to Jenny that he could be a good father.
1010"The Ghost of Chet Sukowski"Craig David WallaceCraig David WallaceNovember 24, 2010 (2010-11-24)
A basketball player uses the book and gets possessed by a ghost from the 1950s, causing him and Jenny to fall for each other. He challenges Todd to a suicidal drag race for Jenny's heart, for which the gang soups up Atticus' van.
1111"The Phantom of Crowley High"James DunnisonCharles PiccoDecember 1, 2010 (2010-12-01)
A girl uses the book to become a better singer, but the spell backfires and her tongue falls out. She becomes the Phantom of Crowley High and Curtis falls for her. Meanwhile, Atticus, Todd, and Jenny try to whip up a heavy metal musical.
1212"Checkmate"James GennGarry CampbellDecember 8, 2010 (2010-12-08)
A genius chess player gets his hands on the book and forms a bizarre cult in the chessnasium, convinced that Todd is the Pure Evil One come to bring about the apocalypse. The cult tries to lure Todd into a trap by kidnapping Jenny so they can destroy him once and for all.
1313"A Farewell to Curtis' Arm"Craig David WallaceCraig David WallaceDecember 8, 2010 (2010-12-08)
Curtis uses the book to give himself a new giant evil arm. Todd must face the truth about his evil destiny as he fights Curtis, and Jenny learns the truth about her father. Atticus tries to regain his place among the Satanists.

Season 2 (2011–12)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Redierment Home"James GennCharles Picco & Craig David WallaceOctober 30, 2011 (2011-10-30)
Todd, Curtis and Hannah break into the retirement home to rescue Jenny from the clutches of the evil Satanic Society – now run by Atticus.
152"The Student Body"James GennCharles Picco & Craig David WallaceNovember 6, 2011 (2011-11-06)
Todd breaks up with the Gang to avoid hurting them, but he's forced to intervene when they're sucked into a dangerous new social group.
163"Daddy Tissues"James DunnisonGarry CampbellNovember 13, 2011 (2011-11-13)
As skinned bodies begin to pile up in the school's bathrooms, Jenny realizes her Dad isn't the hero she thought he was.
174"Simply the Beast"James DunnisonIan MaloneNovember 20, 2011 (2011-11-20)
When cheerleaders start disappearing from the school hallways, leaving only their shredded uniforms behind, the gang becomes convinced that they've been eaten by a mysterious creature called The Beast.
185"Jungle Fever"David WinningStory by : Ian Malone, Charles Picco & Craig David Wallace
Teleplay by : Adam Reid & Max Reid
November 27, 2011 (2011-11-27)
Hannah must establish dominance over a dimwitted Neanderthal Gang when a crazed environmentalist turns the school into a prehistoric rainforest.
196"Fisting Fantasy"Warren P. SonodaGarry CampbellDecember 4, 2011 (2011-12-04)
Trapped inside a video game, the Gang embark on an epic quest to slay The Red Knight – and make a special friend along the way.
207"See You Later, Masturbator"David WinningAdam Reid & Max ReidJanuary 5, 2012 (2012-01-05)
Jimmy is fired for peeping on girls in the changing room and Todd vows to clear his name, but the gang find the real culprit difficult to identify – because he's invisible.
218"Loser Generated Content"Craig David WallaceCraig David WallaceJanuary 5, 2012 (2012-01-05)
The A/V Club use the Book to turn the Gang's lives into a psycho thriller – and they've cast Jenny as the victim and Todd as the killer!
229"Deathday Cake"James GennCharles PiccoJanuary 12, 2012 (2012-01-12)
Jenny plays peacemaker as Todd and Hannah compete to throw Curtis the ultimate birthday bash, but a killer cake hopes to celebrate Curtis' deathday!
2310"2 Girls, 1 Tongue"James GennCharles PiccoJanuary 12, 2012 (2012-01-12)
It's up to Hannah to save the day when Curtis' ex-girlfriend, the Phantom of Crowley High, returns to play musical mayhem with the Gang's love lives.
2411"B.Y.O.B.O.P.E."Warren P. SonodaStory by : Ian Malone, Charles Picco & Craig David Wallace
Teleplay by : Ian Malone & Craig David Wallace
January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19)
Todd and Curtis vow to lose their virginities during a house party, but two uninvited guests make things complicated – the Book and Atticus.
2512"The Toddyssey"Craig David WallaceCharles PiccoJanuary 19, 2012 (2012-01-19)
Todd uses a time-traveling paraplegic student as a taxi to the future, where he sees what the world could become without him.
2613"Black Tie Showdown"Craig David WallaceCraig David WallaceJanuary 26, 2012 (2012-01-26)
A day of revelations and danger builds to the ultimate showdown between Todd and Atticus at the Crowley High Semi-Formal.

Production[edit]

Each episode was produced with two variations of the audio track: a pre-watershed version with "clean" replacement dialogue dubbed in by the actors, and the original uncensored version with profanity.[7]

Film[edit]

Space announced in April 2012 that they had decided not to renew Todd for a third season.[6][8] Due to this, the showrunners launched an Indiegogo campaign in May 2013, collecting over $120,000 to make an animated feature film to conclude the series, titled Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End. The film was picked up for distribution by Raven Banner Entertainment, which initially stated that the film would hit Canadian theaters in Fall 2015.[9] However, this failed to happen due to issues with securing additional funding, and the release was pushed back to October 2016.[10] After another delay, the film received a theatrical release in Canada on November 3, 2017.[11] A limited edition DVD was released in Canada on December 12, 2017,[12] and the film was released digitally through Vimeo for audiences from both Canada and the United States on December 15, 2017.[13]

International airdates[edit]

On May 2, 2011, Fearnet announced that it had picked up the rights to air the series in the United States beginning August 2, 2011.[14] Season 2 began airing on Fearnet starting March 13, 2012 at 10pm.[15] In 2015, the series re-aired in the U.S. on Chiller.

In February 2012, Syfy announced that it will be airing the series in the United Kingdom beginning March 6, 2012.[16]

Home media[edit]

Entertainment One released the first season on DVD in Canada with a MSRP of $29.99.[17][18] Special features include the original short film, cast Q&A, a blooper reel, outtakes, deleted/extended scenes from the musical,[19] and cast/crew commentary tracks.[20]

eOne released the season in the United States on February 28, 2012. Extras are listed as the original short film, cast Q&A, a blooper reel, outtakes, cast/crew commentary, and short promotional clips.[21]

DVD name Episodes Box set release dates: Region 1
Canada United States
Season One 13 October 11, 2011 ( Canada) February 28, 2012 ( USA)
Season Two 13 April 3, 2012 ( Canada) June 25, 2013 ( USA)

Amazon Video and iTunes United States added each episode after its US premiere date, in both standard definition and high definition, and the show is also available on Netflix, Vudu (US), and Zune Marketplace (US and Canada) at up to 1080p.

In addition, the first season can be viewed on Space's website or purchased on iTunes Canada in standard definition widescreen. The second season was added to iTunes Canada in HD on February 13, 2012.[22]

The Original Score Soundtrack for season 1, which includes both score and the original songs heard in the musical, is sold on iTunes, Amazon, Zune, eMusic, and Napster.[23]

Reception[edit]

The Winnipeg Sun described the show as having the "feel of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with potty-mouth ... [which] is a good thing," and went on to say the show "generally is good fun, if not quite good clean fun."[24] The show's premiere became the highest-rated premiere for a SPACE original series ever, and was the highest-rated program on Non-Sports Specialty for the demo A18-49.[25] The first season was nominated for eight Gemini Awards,[26] of which it won Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for "The Phantom of Crowley High".[27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Canadian Cinema Editors Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2012 Best Editing in 1/2 Hour Broadcast Short Form Brigitte Rabazo Won [28]

Canadian Comedy Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2012 Best TV Show Nominated [29]
Best Direction - Television Program or Series Craig David Wallace Nominated
Best Performance by a Male - Television Bill Turnbull Nominated

Canadian Screen Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2013 Best Achievement in Casting Jim Heber, Jenny Lewis, Sara Kay Nominated [30]
Best Costume Design Heather Neale Nominated
Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series Craig David Wallace Nominated
Best Photography in a Comedy Program or Series Michael Marshall Nominated
Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series Marilee Yorston, Stan Mak, Brad Thornton, Katie Halliday, Mark Gingras, Rudy Michael, Elma Bello Won
Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series Charles Picco Nominated

Directors Guild of Canada Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2011 Best Sound Editing - Television Series Katie Halliday, Mark Gingras, Elma Bello, James Robb Nominated [31]

Gemini Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2011 Best Achievement in Casting Sara Kay, Jenny Lewis, Jim Heber Nominated [30]
Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series Craig David Wallace Nominated
James Dunnison Nominated
Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series Melanie Leishman, Maggie Castle, Chris Leavins, Bill Turnbull, Angela Jill Guingcango, Jason Mewes, Alex House Won
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role Chris Leavins Nominated
Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety, Performing Arts Program or Series D. Gillian Truster Nominated
Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series Charles Picco Nominated
Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series Garry Campbell Nominated

Golden Sheaf Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2011 Best Comedy Jamie Brown, Shawn Watson, Andrew Rosen, Anthony Leo, Craig David Wallace, James Dunnison Won [32]
Jamie Brown, Shawn Watson, Andrew Rosen, Anthony Leo, Craig David Wallace Nominated
2012 Best Comedy Craig David Wallace, Sarah Timmins, Andrew Rosen, Jamie Brown, David Winning Nominated [33]

Leo Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2011 Best Direction in a Dramatic Series David Winning Won [34]
James Dunnison Nominated
2012 Best Direction in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series David Winning Won [35]
James Dunnison Nominated

Writers Guild of Canada Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2012 TV Comedy Craig David Wallace Won [36]
2013 TV Comedy Charles Picco, Craig David Wallace Nominated [37]

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