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.
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