Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Corner Gas: The Definitive Award Guide

It is hardly surprising that come award time every year a quality show such as Corner Gas will be knee deep in nominations. It is even less surprising that it would romp away with lots of shiny gongs. Can you imagine the bookshelf in the Corner Gas office covered in statues. It's probably one of those flat pack jobs too, the shelves sagging in the middle under the weight. Some poor soul has to dust all those and keep them shiny. It's always housekeeping that suffer the most when someone goes and creates themselves a multi award winning show you know. 

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Corner Gas: The Definitive Awards Guide

It is hardly surprising that come award time every year a quality show such as Corner Gas will be knee deep in nominations. It is even less surprising that it would romp away with lots of shiny gongs. Can you imagine the bookshelf in the Corner Gas office covered in statues. It's probably one of those flat pack jobs too, the shelves sagging in the middle under the weight. Some poor soul has to dust all those and keep them shiny. It's always housekeeping that suffer the most when someone goes and creates themselves a multi award winning show you know. 

Speaking to the cast and crew of Corner Gas I have found that awards are not at the forefront of their minds when producing the show. Quite often, as you will see in a moment, members of the cast and the writers are nominated against each other for different episodes from the same season. Brent Butt and Andrew Carr have both reported that they will glower at each other from across the table at an award ceremony that could see either one of them walk home with an award in a carrier bag. It's all in fun though, they and all the others are just happy to be nominated. 

Below is a spreadsheet showing every nomination and win that Corner Gas received over it's original six season run. Before we get into that, here is a run down of all the awards mentioned on the sheet and a bit of their history for you.

International Emmy Award

Founded in 1969, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS) is a membership based organization of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. It is part of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; however, it operates under its own board of directors with a global focus. Today, it also recognizes excellence in U.S. programming with a Non-English language U.S. primetime programming category.

The first International Emmy Awards, as we know them today, were carried out in 1973, and was organized by Ralph Baruch in a ceremony held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The event was attended by about 200 guests.



Currently, the awards are presented at the International Emmy Awards Gala. Held each year in November at the Hilton Hotel in New York City,[the Gala attracts over 1,000 major figures in broadcast, entertainment and media from around the world.


Gemini/ Canadian Screen Awards 



The Gemini Awards were awards given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television to recognize the achievements of Canada's television industry. The Gemini Awards are analogous to the Emmy Awards given in the United States and the BAFTA Television Awards in the United Kingdom. First held in 1986 to replace the ACTRA Award, the ceremony celebrated Canadian television productions with awards in 87 categories, along with other special awards such as lifetime achievement awards.


In April 2012, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced that the Gemini Awards and the Genie Awards would be discontinued and replaced by a new award ceremony dedicated to all forms of Canadian media, including television, film, and digital media. The first Canadian Screen Awards were held on 4 March 2013.

The Geminis covered only English-language productions. The Academy also organizes a separate awards show French productions known as the Prix Gémeaux.

They are widely considered to be the most prestigious award for Canadian entertainers, artists, and filmmakers, often referred to as the equivalent of the Oscars and Emmy Awards in the United States, the BAFTA Awards in the United Kingdom, the AACTA Awards in Australia,the IFTA Awards in Ireland, César Awards in France and the IIFA Awards in India.


Directors Guid of Canada Awards


The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a Canadian labour union representing more than 4,800 professionals from 48 different occupations in the Canadian film and television industry. Founded in 1962, the DGC represents directors, editors, assistant directors, location managers, production assistants and others.


The Directors Guild of Canada hosts an annual awards ceremony recognizing achievement in directing, production design, picture and sound editing.


Canadian Comedy Awards

The Canadian Comedy Awards (CCA) is an annual ceremony that awards the Beaver for achievements in Canadian comedy in live performance, radio, film, television and Internet media. The awards were founded and produced by Tim Progosh in 2000.

The CCA have been held in different cities, most often in Toronto and London, Ontario. Between 2003 and 2015, the awards were held as part of the Canadian Comedy Awards Festival, with showcase performances by nominees and other comedic talent. The Comedy Network broadcast the first two award ceremonies and several specials of festival performances. These broadcasts have earned two Gemini Award nominations.


The awards are artist-driven with a mandate "To recognize, celebrate and promote Canadian achievements in comedy at home and abroad." They are run through a non-profit organization and volunteer committees, drawing membership from the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA), the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), and the Comedy Association. Some awards are determined by industry members while others are open to public voting.

Actor, director and producer Tim Progosh founded the Canadian Comedy Awards (CCA) after touring for over 20 years in sketch, improv and stand-up comedy. He felt that there was a distance between stand-up comedians and other comedic artists, and that stand-up and comedy as a whole wasn't receiving adequate national recognition. With the establishment of The Comedy Network in late 1997, Progosh felt the time was right to create a national comedy award and comedy hall of fame. 


Writers Guild of Canada




The WGC Screenwriting Awards (previously Canadian Screenwriting Awards) are administered by the Writers Guild of Canada, and are awarded to the best script for a feature filmtelevision or radio project produced within the Guild's jurisdiction, written by a guild member in good standing, and broadcast or released in North America or screened at a Canadian film festival for the first time in the previous year. The awards have been running for over 25 years. 



Leo Awards



The Leo Awards are the awards program for the British Columbia film and television industry. Held each May or June in VancouverBritish ColumbiaCanada, the Leo Awards were founded by the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia in 1999. Awards categories are numerous, and include but are not exclusive to live actionanimated, adult dramaticchildren'sdocumentary filmdocumentary televisionfeature filmsshort films.

The British Columbia film and television industry provides more than 25,000 jobs and generates more than $2 billion (Canadian) in economic activity each year, making the industry an integral one to the economic and social vitality of British Columbia. The Leos were established to provide support and recognition for the work of film and television producers, writers, directors, performers and others.



In 2005, the Leo Awards Film Festival was added to the event as a means of showcasing the best in film and television production honored at the festival. However, due to limited financial resources, the festival was cancelled in 2010

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There, now we know what the awards are all about we can move on to Corner Gas and it's six year winning streak. In fact, eight years including the movie.

The series of pictures below list every single award and nomination received by Corner Gas in it's original live action run and the movie. Entries highlighted in green were won by Corner Gas. Those not highlighted are nominations only.

If you click on each image they can be enlarged for your viewing pleasure!
  
2004


2005



2006



2007




2008



2009



2015/2016 - Corner Gas: The Movie


Of course Corner Gas Animated has been equally as successful, I'll rack up the scores for that show on a separate post. Also each individual member of the cast and crew have won their fair share of acclaim for projects outside of Corner Gas and I will add those details to their biography posts soon. Until then here is a few happy pictures of the gang with their precious treasures, each one well deserved!















Friday, 22 May 2020

Cooking with Gas (or Electric) - Rice Krispie Rectangles

There are many elements that are absolutely crucial when creating a culenary delight in the kitchen. Excellent ingredients, exsemplary cooking utensils and equiptment for example. However, top Dog River Chef, Mr. Oscar Leroy would have you believe that there is something far more important than these mere basics of the trade. According to Oscar the number one thing that any one even attempting to put together even the simpliest of desserts should consider is Geometry. 

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Who Done It? - The Mystery of Tanner: The Truth Revealed - Part Two

Where do babies come from? Truth is, nobody really knows. This answer was the result of my painstaking research conducted at the age of seven. I am in fact paraphrasing my Dad when he replied to my questioning "Well, you're a mystery!" I consider this scientific result sound and have felt no need to conduct any follow up research. 

Until now. 

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Not A Lot Goin' On Isolation Special - Corner Gas News April 2020

Well if there was a more apt time to say that there is not a lot going on it would be right now. At time of writing the population of the whole world has been attempting the world record for the longest game of hide and seek ever. It has all being going swimmingly, however, unfortunately before we all locked the doors behind us we forgot to find out who is "it". I have spoken to the world powers for you to see if we can figure out who it is we are supposed to be hiding from. The chap I was speaking to was very muffled, sounded like he had a face mask on, if I heard right it seems we are to be on the look out for a young lady called Corina, she's about 19. After that details were sketchy at best.

Monday, 20 April 2020

The Jackass-Cast - Season 2 Episode 3 - A Lovely Commentary for Ruby Reborn

This week The Jackass-Cast brings you a little experiment. I have recorded my own DVD style commentary track for Corner Gas Season 1 Episode 1 - Ruby Reborn!

All you need to do is get the episode cued up ready to watch and follow my instructions on the podcast. All being well then we will be mostly in sync for you to listen to my comments on the show. 

Like we were watching the episode together only you can't get me to shut up yakking!

The episode is avalable on all Podcast platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher. Alternitivly click on the picture below and you will be taken to a downloadable link to the episode.

Enjoy! Hope it works!


Sunday, 12 April 2020

The Jackass-Cast - Season 2, Episode 2 - A Lovely Chat with David Storey

Here we go folks, as promised, the second episode of Season 2 released earlier than scheduled. At time of writing the world is in lockdown due to the dreaded lurgi out to get us. What we all need now is a few laughs and good times. Hopefully this will help with that a little bit, my lovely chat with the amazing David Storey. 

We talked for a good long while a month or so back and took in everything from David's music, James Bond and Skiing off mountains to Corner Gas and beyond. 

The episode is available on all podcast platforms including iPod, Spotify, Sticher and many more. Alternatively you can click on the picture below for a downloadable link. 

Enjoy!


Sunday, 29 March 2020

By Popular Demand - Grad 68 (Season 1, Episode 5) and The Wonderful World of Art

Art is a very complex subject. It can take years of study to grasp the intricacy of the subject. Luckily  I have read a wiki page all about the subject, well most of a wiki page. Ok, I a found a wiki page that said art on it. So, now I am the UK's seminal authority on the subject. Here are all the facts that you need to know, that I have just made up, so that you will be as clued up as what I am.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

The Jackass-Cast - Season 2, Episode 1 - A Lovely Chat with Nancy Robertson

Here it is folks the start of an all new season of The Jackass-Cast.

This is an early release of the first episode, I didn't intend to release this until I had all the episodes recorded. However, these are strange times we are living in and, at time of writing, most of us are in lockdown, getting bored out of our minds. So to help out, here is something to listen to for an hour and change.

If you click on the picture below there is a link that will take you to a downloadable version of the episode. It is also available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and everywhere else you can get Podcasts!

Stay Home. Stay Safe. Enjoy!


Sunday, 8 March 2020

Howler Headlines - Newspaper Gaffs and Goofs!

Integrity. It is an important word, a valuable word, a word  I just learned to spell. Nowhere should this little word be more important than in the world of Journalism. Actually, it should also be important in a meeting discussing the structural needs of a Truss, Girdle or a pair of Spanx.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Cooking with Gas (or Electric) - Apple Crumble

It's cookery time again folks! Today I am going to study the humble apple crumble as mentioned in Season 1 Episode 1 - Ruby Reborn.

We all know the old adage "Which came first, the Apple or the Tree"*. Well of course the answer is, of course, the Chili Cheese Dog.

The first food item mentioned in Corner Gas history is a Chili Cheese Dog. Brent Butt added the fact that Brent Leroy loved a Chili Dog to give him an excuse to eat the sausagey treat on set and obviously wanted them on the show straight out of the gate! However, I already gave you a killer recipe for one of those. Not, literally killer by the way, it might make you a bit gassy but you will see it through to the end of the day if you eat one.

Monday, 24 February 2020

**CONTEST NOW OVER** WIN A LOVELY CHAT WITH BRENT BUTT AND HELP A GREAT CAUSE



***25th FEBRUARY 2020 THIS - CONTEST IS NOW OVER***


is a very quick post.

Do fancy winning a one to one Skype chat with the one and only Brent Butt? Then you need to act very quickly. Time of writing there are only a few hours left to bid.

Please read the Facebook post below which has all the entry details.

BID BIG! WIN LARGE! HELP A FANTASTIC CAUSE

Click on the picture below it will take you to the post. The bidding has been extended but only for a few more hours! Act fast!!

Good Luck!


Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Not A Lot Goin' On - Breaking News Special Report


Well it’s award season again. Time to get all spruced up with the dickie bow and spats ready for that long walk down the red carpet.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Not A Lot Goin' On - Corner Gas News - February 2020

We here in England are currently under siege by the weather! Last week we were battered by a storm featuring 80 miles per hour wind. I know some of you are in countries that operate a kilometres an hour system and may be a bit confused by how fast that is. Well a simple mathematical equation to convert MPH to KPH is as follows -

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Who Done It? - The Mystery of Tanner: The Truth Revealed - Part One

The Universe. Big innit! I had a quick measure up, according to my Swiss Army Laser Measure the Universe is at least six feet square from my current position. I can't get a more accurate reading because Mr. Legumes next door just put his new shed up and it gets in the way of a large portion of Universe that happens to be located next to my back garden. Anyways, point is, the Universe is pretty huge and I wouldn't like to have to lay carpet all over it, imagine the cost of the under lay!

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Leroy's Believe It Or Not! - Shirt Powers: Fact or Fiction!

Many people around the world have super powers. Not massive news I know, we have all seen those fascinating documentaries by the good folks down at Marvel Studios. However, a lot of these super folk don't like us to know that they have an ability like super strength or speed and disguise themselves so they can commit amazing feats of daring do in anonymity.

Here is a good example -


See how glasses can hide a secret identity so it's completely impossible to work out that Clark Kent is in fact Superman? We may never know Superman's real identity so impenetrable is Clark's disguise. Clark has even gone to the extreme of making himself black and white to ad a further layer of mystery and keep us all guessing. At weekends Clarke mixes things up a bit and paints himself sepia.

Some others, however, are quite happy to let us know that they have had abilities imbued upon them. One Brent Leroy, for example is particularly proud of his self proclaimed "Shirt Powers". Brent apparently has the uncanny ability to pick out an awesome shirt to wear that would have all the fashionistas drooling all over their Prada plus fours. 


However, does Brent really have powers that are otherwise unknown to the human race? Many others apparently, in their own mind, have a very similar super ability when it comes to their choice of clothes. Below are a few examples of garments someone, somewhere, looked at and said "Oh yes! That's the one for me!" And off they trot to the discotheque, happy in the knowledge that the dance floor will melt due to the severity of their hotness when in fact it will be the ear drums of the other patrons that will melt because the shirt they chose is louder than the P.A. system .

Sartorial elegance is a power that many people would kill for, Hank being one of them no doubt. Did you ever see someone in the street and feel the overwhelming urge to run over and give them money to buy a mirror?

Rickets still a terrible problem in Hollywood today

Some people have no idea that they should be locked away by the fashion police for crime against a persons retinas. For wearing corduroy without due care and attention. You have to be very careful wearing corduroy, if you move too quickly the friction caused will spark and set fore to your underpants. 

Rude!
One of my favourite stories of fashion hell unleashed without due care and attention comes from comedian Billy Connolly who relates a tale if the time he saw a chap wandering down the street wearing a Crimplene Safari Suit, with short sleeves, under which he wore.....a long sleeved shirt!! What on earth was he thinking! Well he obviously thought he looked the bees knees! Talking of bees...

What kind of bees give milk?

Now every Dog River denizen has their own unique look. There choice of day wear mostly mirroring the easy going life that swirls around the town like a prairie breeze through the Saskatchewan corn. Only Lacy brings big city elegance to the area.

(I promised myself I would never steal material (appropriate for this post) from The Corner Gas Episode Guides. In volume one you can find a whole section devoted to the look of each character in the show. This disclaimer also gets me out of writing reams more detail in this paragraph. Win win!)

When you want to infringe a copyright might as well infringe all of them at once

Clothing powers don't have to limited to the top half of the body either.

I guess it is possible Brent has shirt powers when you consider his own father, Oscar, has mystical pant powers. He can apparently find a perfectly good pair of discarded  pants by the side of the road with a drop if the hat, or a drop of the pants to be more accurate. 

There is a Howler headline that I never saw "Man drops pants at roadside"

Mystical Pant Powers is a great name for a prog rock band by the way. 

Do you suffer from thin knee? Help is available. Call 1-800-Plump-a-Knee now!
Worst case of hungry bum I ever did see!

What they lookin' at?

So, has Brent got super powers? I guess we will never know. However, on thing is for sure. Judging by the buttons on the left hand side of his shirt. Brent certainly has the power to rock a girly blouse. 


No it isn't

No it isn't either

Have you got any tales of sartorial mishaps? Let me know below in the comment section or contact me at any of the addresses on the contact page and I will use your story in a future post. 

Monday, 27 January 2020

Six Degrees of Dog River - 37 Teen : A Movie Review


Growing old is hard work. Especially when you have a medical condition like I do.  I am registered as maturity impaired. In my head I am still a teenager so I find it hard to understand that why when I sit down in, or get up from, a chair I find the need to make horrendously loud groaning noises. It takes the fun out of trying to watch Spongebob.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Not A Lot Goin' On - Corner Gas News - January 2020

What is the statute of limitations on saying happy new year to people? Here we are half way through January and I haven't wished you guys merry new ones. How rude! Is it too late to squeeze one in now?

Maybe there is no limit. I like the idea of sneaking up behind someone in a store whipping a Happy New Year on them whilst they are buying their Easter Eggs. It may be April but it's a new April, which falls in the time frame of a year. Should still count.

"Hey that's a cool witches outfit you got there this Halloween"
"Happy New Year!"
"I think Ian needs his medication again...."

Monday, 6 January 2020

By Popular Demand - Dog River Vice (Season 3, Episode 3) or A Love Letter to Ukraine

You know, watching the world of the internet expand, as it does at roughly three times the speed that your broadband can handle, you would imagine it to be an exciting place to set up shop. You would be right. Now, I know what you are thinking, with all my reader, I am probably talking about how exciting it is seeing all that sweet internet cash I hoover up in sponsorship and advertising. That I am about to wax lyrical about the time I was invited to a red carpet movie premiere and how I saw Madonna scarf up all the free popcorn, burp at some paparazzi and leave, getting married at least three times before she reached the exit. Well you would be wrong!