Some time after our beloved friend and coworker Janet Wright passed away, I spoke with her husband Bruce about how he felt she would want us to proceed with the new Corner Gas Animated project. He said emphatically that Janet would want Emma to live on, and gave us his blessing to start looking for the new voice of Emma. But more than his blessing, he gave us a suggestion. He said we should audition a good friend of Janet’s, named Corinne Koslo. Corinne lived in Vancouver for many years, and worked with Janet on a number of theatrical projects. So I thought, “For sure – we’ll have her do a read.” but I also thought, “What are the odds that this friend of Janet’s will actually be the right one for the part?” Well, maybe there was a bit of a guiding hand, because Corinne absolutely nailed it. She has a similar timber in her voice, and knows Janet’s rhythm and cadence intimately. Every person involved in the decision, had her listed as their first choice. It was unanimous. When we did our first studio voice record for the first episode, the rest of the cast welcomed Corinne with open arms, and each thought there were times during the recording that it sounded so much like Janet, you wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. It goes without saying that Janet will be forever missed by all of us, and by all who enjoyed Corner Gas. She can never be replaced. But having a dear friend of hers step into Emma’s shoes, and do such an amazing job, is a bit of a soothing balm on the wound. And it feels good. We hope you’ll all listen with an open mind, and give Corinne a chance. She really is terrific.View Full Post
Since we announced that Corner Gas was getting rebooted as an animated series, I’ve been getting a lot questions on social media. Mainly, 4 questions in particular. So, I figured I’d answer those 4 most common questions here.
Q: Is the original cast coming back?
A: All the original main cast members are back to reprise their roles, with the exception of Janet Wright, who played Emma. Sadly, she passed away this year. Her family has said that Janet would want Emma to live on, so we are in the process of casting to find the right person to play the voice of Emma.
Q: Will this be available in the States?
A: We will certainly be looking to make a deal with a U.S. broadcaster, so the animated show can be seen, as Frank Sinatra said, “south of the border”.
Q: When will this be available to watch?
A: Our target for the broadcast premier is January 2018 – but who knows? I mean… that’s a LOT of drawing!
Q: Will you be doing the drawing?
A: No. We figured it would probably be best to hire actual animation professionals. Smart, eh? I oversaw the development and design of the characters and locations (the actual designing/drawing of our main cast was done by Josh Mepham, and the other regular characters by Greg Huculak.) and I’ll remain in charge of the creative choices on the show, but I’ll be relying on our animation directors and the good folks at Smiley Guy Studios to bring the pictures to life.
So there you have it. Thanks for your questions and your interest. We’re all excited about diving head first into this project and, we really hope you enjoy it.
Talk again soon.
– BrentView Full Post
Drawn… as in “animated”. We can now officially announce that we are in production on 13 episodes of a new series, called CORNER GAS: ANIMATED, which will hit the Comedy Network in early 2018 (hopefully January).
All our regular cast is coming back to voice their characters, with the exception of Janet Wright, who sadly passed away recently. Her family has told us she would want Emma to live on, so we will be casting to find a new voice to play my character’s long suffering mother, Emma Leroy.
We made a short sample/demo that everyone involved is really happy with (it really did work out well) and we’re having a hell of a good time writing the new scripts, so we hope you all like the final product. Feel free to spread the word and tell your friends, family, co-workers, and random strangers. Again, it should start airing in January of 2018 (but well be talking before then.)
In the meantime, there’s a super short teaser below, if you want to wet your whistle, or whatever.
And thanks so much for all your support over the years. Sincerely. Honestly. Truly.View Full Post
Strolling amongst the populace, at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival this past April. P.S. I was not groped even ONE DAMN TIME!!!
Photo by Leif Norman.
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