There's something truly unique about watching made-in-Canada television, especially when it comes to comedy. I mean, just look at this picture! I don't watch a ton of TV, but I'm going to make a point of watching the opening segment of Less Than Kind this Sunday night at 8:00 on HBO Canada.
This is television that anyone can relate to, especially Winnipeggers. The show is based on a real family that ran a real driving school here. It's filmed in Winnipeg. And, the soundtrack includes Winnipeg's Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans - along with other Canadian bands such as The Acorn from Ottawa, Nova Scotia's Radio Radio and Vancouver's Hannah Georgas.
Synopsis: The third season picks up after the Blecher family loses its patriarch Sam Blecher (Maury Chaykin). Understandably, the family is left reeling as they struggle forward in a world without him. For son Sheldon (Jesse Camacho), the confusion of loss drives him away from his friends Miriam (Brooke Palsson) and Danny (Tyler Johnston) into the clutches of his high school wrestling team.
Newly widowed Anne (Wendel Meldrum) struggles with being left alone, wondering what to do with the family driving school. Josh (Benjamin Arthur) creates a new opportunity when he starts an acting school even as his stormy relationship with Shandra finally implodes, and Aunt Clara (Nancy Sorel) stumbles badly when she is sucked back into the orbit of her toxic ex-husband. The Blechers must wade through a maelstrom of infidelity, financial ruin, and high school wrestlers, as they struggle to heal their home. (HBO Canada)
If you're a big fan of this show, you can meet some of the actors at an event taking place Thursday evening, January 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. It's a benefit for Winnipeg actor Mike O'Brien. He plays Lorne Goldstein, character Miriam's father in Less Than Kind. He also played West Humboldt on Corner Gas. O'Brien has been battling cancer since last summer and has endured aggressive chemotherapy.
The event includes screenings of the first two episodes of Less Than Kind, along with lots of great prizes for those lucky enough to win the raffle. Actress Brooke Palsson and Keith and Renee will perform.
Check out this video trailer for season 3 of Less Than Kind: