1.09.2007

everyone weigh in

So, what did you all think of "Little Mosque on the Prairie"?

I think it has potential. There was some unfortunate overacting, but that's very common in premieres. If you watch re-runs of early episodes of even the best sit-coms - the old Mary Tyler Moore Show, MASH, Seinfeld - there's some pretty dreadful overacting in all of them. As the characters gel, that tends to calm down.

Aside from that, I thought it was funny. It was gutsy to use the mistaken-for-a-terrorist theme front and centre from day one, even including a reference to deportation to Syria. The Toronto jokes and lawyer jokes, although predictable, were funny.

And points for no laugh track! One fine day the laugh track will seem as ridiculous as Lucy and Ricky conceiving Little Ricky while sleeping in separate beds.

Your turn!

27 comments:

Jenjenjigglepants said...

A little too Corner Gassy (please pass the tums) and generally un-CBC-y (not necessarily a good thing, I liked Twitch City 1998-2000). I like Corner Gas, but I don't need 2 versions. There is a corresponding character in Little Mosque to each Gasser.

I thought the terrorism theme was a good idea to get out of the way first up.

I love Sheila McCarthy and I think all of the cast have potential--I liked all of them from the start.

Jen

Jenjenjigglepants said...

My partner just chimed in "Corner Mosque"... ha! A little gas on the prairie? Or alot in AB...

J

doug said...

thanks for reminding me I was watching Raps game will watch it at 11:30 on time-shifting...you watch Boston Legal I love it, it attacks anything , same-sex marriage, abortion, terrorism..just superbly written...the right doesn't even know they are being parodied, plus a character does a great job on the whole Nancy Grace CNN court-room thing...Shatner,Spader are so entertaining....

L-girl said...

Little Gas on the Prairie, for sure. Corner Gas is losing a bit of its appeal. If this can pick up the slack, that would be fine for me. :)

I also really like Sheila McCarthy, it's good to see her in this.

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I've heard good things about Boston Legal. It sounds like something I would like.

In non-baseball season, I pretty much only watch movies, except for one or two comedies. I used to be a Law & Order addict. I'm sure I could become a Boston Legal addict with very little effort.

doug said...

yea it's great tonight it's about assist-suicide in New Orleans and how the Dr. being charged had no choice as the federal gov't, FEMA left her out to dry, so no alternative...and a cross-dresser who joined a all ladies gym as a women(clarise), but as a man(Claire) not allowed in...so suing for discrimination....Spaders great in the courtroom....plus I always liked Candice Bergen's acting...

L-girl said...

That's quite a cast. I didn't even know Candace Bergen was in it. She's terrific. (I think she's beautiful, too, in a real-woman, mature kind of way.)

Doug, if I get hooked on this, I'm blaming you. :)

doug said...

you won't blame me you'll thank me...it always is tongue-in-cheek, but a underlying political message, tonight how New Orleans got screwed....

Scott M. said...

It very much has a "Corner Gas" feel to it, but I think that's a good thing. It's funny.

So far, it's hardly a knock-off. Glad to see Derek McGrath in it - one of my favourite TV actors.

CBC was smart in trying to get the hype up earlier and getting people to talk about it... if they just "snuck it in" there would be hell to pay this week with the wackos.

dogsled_stacie said...

I liked it better than Corner Gas. I'm hit and miss with CG. Some are good, some are lame...

Ha, JJJ - I like Corner Mosque!! :)

Did anyone have the pleasure (or not) to watch "Northern Town" which appeared briefly late last fall? We had high hopes for it as it was filmed around here, but man... it sucked!! They are coming back for more episodes and there is talk of how it's changing a bit, so we'll see.

doug said...

yes I just read where 2 million watched the show...I liked it, plus I really like the risk CBC took, I can't imagine any network anywhere taking this shance...I liked the humour, really well done...

L-girl said...

I missed Northern Town. I used to watch Northern Exposure, way back when, although that was supposed to be Alaska (filmed in Washington State), not Canada.

L-girl said...

Scott and Doug, I agree re advance buzz and CBC. Good for them.

dogsled_stacie said...

L - Northern Town is a CBC production. We had a meteor fly through the sky back in 2000 (or 2001?) and that is one of the storylines. That and curling and drinking and jilted lovers, etc, etc.

They are currently writing more episodes, so god knows when they'll actually appear on CBC. Maybe by 2010. But keep your eye out!! :)

I loved Northern Exposure! One of the reasons I moved north. And then found that nope, it's not really like that at all! Ok, maybe a bit...

impudent strumpet said...

I don't see the resemblance to Corner Gas apart from the prairie setting. Corner Gas is very much about nothing, while Little Mosque has Issues and it people learn Lessons.

It never once made me laugh out loud, but it is the pilot and it didn't make me shout at the TV either, so I'll give it another look. I assume that multiple episodes have been produced by now, and I doubt they would have given it such unprecedented hype if it wasn't well-done.

L-girl said...

I loved Northern Exposure! One of the reasons I moved north.

How cool! I really liked that show, too. It was one of the things that got me interested in going to Alaska. (That and my brother's photographs when he and his family went.)

Corner Gas is very much about nothing

I call CG "the rural Seinfeld"!

I did see the resemblance, though - despite the lessons. :)

so I'll give it another look.

That's good with a first episode. If it doesn't make you cringe, why not.

I assume that multiple episodes have been produced by now

Oh sure. They don't shoot TV shows one at a time, each week. It will be interesting to see how it develops, as a show.

FormerOwl said...

I decided to tape "Little Mosque on the Prairie" and watch it on Wednesday during Chimpoleon's teleprompter recitation. A choice much better for one's blood pressure and general enhancement of the quality of life.

Pilot programs are not always great - see pilot for "Babylon 5" for an example, where the subsequent programs could sometimes be brilliant. I really liked "Little Mosque" and found it warm and funny, if a bit stiff, and trying a bit too hard to be funny.

I could tell that LOTS of good research had been done -- I picked up on some things only because I had visited two mosques previously. I also liked the new Imam being an ex-lawyer, and enjoyed the lawyer jokes.

During Toronto's annual "Open Doors" weekend in May, when many interesting buildings are open to the public for tours and lectures, I visited two mosques. The mosque in the NE part of Scarborough is huge, with a large room to pray, classrooms, meeting and lecture rooms, library, and even a mortuary on the lower level. The public got a tour of everything, a pretty good explanations of functions, and at the end, some wonderful desserts.

L-girl said...

Thanks, Owl! Good choice to tape it.

Re the Resident on TV, during his father's term, I prided myself on never watching him, ever, and never hearing his voice. After 2000, I vowed to do the same thing with the son. I only broke that vow once, immediately after 9/11.

It's very true about first episodes, as I said above.

Scott M. said...

I was actually *shocked* when I read some of the comments on Little Mosque over at MSNBC. Are there people out there who actually think these things?

I always thought they were charactures.

Example: I am willing to bet that if this show ran for the next twenty years in ultra-liberal Soviet Canuckistan, it would never depict one single character describing the central ideological tenet of Islam: conquer your enemies by guile, deceit, threats, compulsion or violence.

Wow. Wow.

L-girl said...

Yes, there are many people (in Canada, too, sadly) who believe those things. They tend to spend a lot of time on the internet. The comments may very well be astroturfed - coordinated by a small group trying to look bigger than they are.

I find it best not to read them, although if you didn't realize they existed, it's important to see it for yourself.

And I never, ever link to that kind of stuff. Anytime someone does link to anything like that, wmtc always gets spewed with troll vomit.

Scott M. said...

Oops... sorry. Please feel free to vanquish the link!

L-girl said...

No problem. Maybe a link in comments will go unnoticed.

Nauseating, isn't it? Thank goodness in NYC I never heard that kind of stuff.

zydeco fish said...

I'd like to chime in, but I missed it :-(

L-girl said...

Well, hopefully you were doing something better than watching TV. :)

FormerOwl said...

Good story about "Little Mosque" on the UK Guardian - and you can also watch the program again

Little Mosque on the Praiairies
Hopefully "Little Mosque" will help the public understand Muslims better.

I have a Toronto friend who relies exclusively on FOX to get his news. When I tried to tell him that I had gone to school with Muslims and worked with them, and they were uniformly polite and helpful people, he claimed that I only encountered a selected subset. He knows nobody who is a Muslim, but he has complete faith in FOX.

I am persistent, and am not giving up on widening his perspective.

For one thing, he owes me a cup of coffee on a lost bet. He believed - Iran was to attack somebody on Aug. 21 or thereabouts, because expert on Muslims Bernard Lewis and FOX claimed this was a religiously significant date.

I never go to Starbucks for coffee, but I will, this time.

L-girl said...

Owl, I admire your persistence, but anyone who relies exclusively on Fox "News" is not worth the time and frustration. IMO, of course.

If you get anywhere, please do come back and tell us. Then give seminars teaching your methods, and we will change the whole world. Or bottle it, and make a fortune!

FormerOwl said...

Well, the fellow is not completely hopeless. For example, he did get - from where I do not know - the idea that Cuba under Battista was a hellhole for the poor, a haven for the US mafia, prostitution, and gambling, and that the US is behaving in a silly way toward Cuba. He also admires Chavez in Venezuela for bringing education and medical care to the poor.

FOX TV via internet is unable to budge him on these two points.

For some reason, he likes and trusts Bush, and admires his MBA.

He is a bit afraid of fundamentalists of any stripe, so I have been working on that angle re Bush's religiousity.

The conversion will take a while.

L-girl said...

Wow, what an interesting mix he is. It utterly baffles me how anyone could admire Bush for anything.

Best of luck on your mission. You are brave and determined!