This week in Mercy...
Another week in the Mosque-verse. Big news: Rayyan moved out! Not-so-big news: Thorne is still mean!
Behind the Scenes
People like to make fun of the CBC, and Canadian television in general. They think it is low budget, poorly made, and, most of all, poorly marketed. Even if we do make a good show, we can't sell it. Well, for those people, check out the photo above - here I give you a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at the creation of a high-tech, big budget advertising campaign conceived in the Little Mosque headquarters. Top that, Hollywood!
In the next few days, look for a new Facebook Trivia Challenge. Try to brush up on your episodes from last year and this year, because your Mosque I.Q. (M.Q.? L.M.Q.? L.M.O.T.P.Q.?) will be put to the test! As always, there will be modest prizes in the grand tradition of the finest Canadian television. But more importantly, it is your chance to see yourself at the top of the electronic leader board. Keep your eye on the site for details, and if you're not on 'the facebook,' as my dear grandmother would say, do it now! http://facebook.com/LittleMosque
Elsewhere in facebook news, the show page continues to be a hotbed for debate and, more specifically, Thorne-bashing. Some of the recent highlights include:
"Watched the second show, actually laughed a few times. But then here comes the new Rev to take away any humor and smiles that may have been in me and replace it with anger and frowns and disgust. Once again, towards the end of the show, I catch myself saying "What a jerk!" ever time that horrible Rev came into the scene."
I recently bumped into Brandon Firla, the actor who plays the dastardly clergyman, and he said that he'd read some of the comments and was actually delighted! After all, he had set out to create a villainous and unlikeable character. Well done... you jerk.
And then, alone in the wilds, a few clear voices actually rose above the din to defend the character of Reverend Thorne:
"These Thorne comments have made me realize why Canadian television is thought of as so boring. It is because our audiences in Canada demand bland, middle of the road material. Proof in point, read comments below. God forbid there should be conflict or a FICTIONAL character that doesn't have good ethics, cause that would insult and offend our sensibilities. ITS CALLED SATIRE PEOPLE!"
People, people... please think twice about saying nice things about Thorne, or someone's feelings will be hurt. If you can't say anything hateful, don't say anything at all! ;)
Next week's show:
Rayyan's parents promise not to pop in but then leave their key in Rayyan's house. When Sarah sneaks back in to retrieve it, she gets trapped when Rayyan returns unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Rev. Thorne targets Rayyan for conversion as a way to taunt Amaar but the Imam falls for Thorne's trick and does battle for Rayyan's soul.