If CBC's Cracked ever features an episode where Det. Aidan Black (David Sutcliffe) decides to re-invent himself as a TV showrunner, we wouldn't be surprised.
That's because it is, in fact, possible to work full-time as a Toronto police officer and create a TV drama on the side. Cracked's series creator, Calum de Hartog is the living proof. A long-time member of the Toronto Police Service, de Hartog was a beat cop in inner city neighbourhoods like Regent Park and Parkdale before joining the city's Emergency Task Force, or SWAT team. And he still serves on the force in addition to reporting to Cracked's set as a producer.
"So far I've been able to juggle it," de Hartog recently told CBC Live, talking about his double life. "It's been tough, but I mean, I've got a pretty supportive group of guys at work." (He's referring to the Cop Shop.) "And some super cool guys here." (He's talking about the Cracked Team.)
CBC Live visited de Hartog on set to learn how his career as a cop informs his TV creation. Plus, Cracked star David Sutcliffe explained why having de Hartog on set is invaluable.
Now, if only he'd share the secret to his awesome time-management skills... Watch the video:
Watch a new episode of Cracked Tuesday, March 19 on CBC at 9 p.m. ET.