Sep 27, 2017

Joining LITTLE DOG creator and star Joel Thomas Hynes are

Ger Ryan, Stephen Oates, Katharine Isabelle, Billy Cochrane, Dwain Murphy,

Patricia Isaac, Julia Chan, Andy Jones and Mary Walsh 

 With production underway in Newfoundland, LITTLE DOG premieres in winter 2018 on CBC

CBC, Cameron Pictures and Elemental Pictures today revealed additional casting for the new original comedy series LITTLE DOG (7 x 30). Created by and starring Joel Thomas Hynes (Mary Kills People, Orphan Black, Eyewitness), cast members joining the Ross family include Ger Ryan (The Street, The Man Who Invented Christmas) as Tommy’s true nemesis and mother, Sylvia Ross; Stephen Oates (Riverhead) as his eldest brother, Loyola “Lowly” Ross Jr; Katharine Isabelle (The Arrangement, Hannibal, Being Human) as his sister Ginny Ross; newcomer Billy Cochrane as Ginny’s son Chesley; and Andy Jones (Republic of Doyle, Random Passage, Codco) as the wily, charming old patriarch of the family, Loyola “Lowly” Ross Sr. Production is currently underway in Newfoundland for a winter 2018 premiere on CBC.

Also joining the cast are Dwain Murphy (Mohawk Girls, The Strain, The Book of Negroes) as National Welterweight champion Rico “Havoc” St. George - Tommy’s opponent both in and out of the ring, Patricia Isaac (The Magicians, Daydream Nation) as Tommy’s doctor and confidant Dr. Vaani Abdeen, Julia Chan (The Great Canadian Baking Show, Saving Hope) as Rico’s wife and Tommy’s former fiancé, and Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Sensitive Skin, Hatching, Matching & Dispatching) in a recurring role.

LITTLE DOG is the story of lightweight boxer Tommy "Little Dog" Ross (Hynes), and his haphazard quest for redemption. One fateful night five years ago, Tommy betrayed the boxer's code of conduct during a championship bout against Rico "Havoc" St. George (Murphy) – he dropped his gloves in the middle of a round and quit the fight, dumping a promising career down the drain. Tommy has had to live with the fallout of this decision ever since.

Now Tommy has the chance for a rematch and his family isn’t sure what to think. Sure, they all loved lapping up the glory of Tommy’s spotlight – but living in the shadow of his humiliating defeat was more than they could bear. If he fights again, will it bring shame or glory? Tommy’s mother Sylvia (Ryan), a failed singer, will prove yet again to be Tommy’s true nemesis in his not-quite heroic return to the ruthless world of boxing. Tommy is a broken, would-be champion, trying to survive within an outrageously dysfunctional family. If the training doesn’t break him, his scheming relatives certainly will do their damnedest to finish the job.


A CBC original series, LITTLE DOG is created by and stars actor and author Joel Thomas Hynes, whose book We’ll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night was recently longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller prize. Hynes is also an executive producer. Sherry White serves as showrunner, director and executive producer. The series is executive produced by Amy Cameron, Tassie Cameron, Rob Blackie, Alex Patrick, John Vatcher, and Perry Zimel. In addition to Hynes and White, the series is written by Chris Roberts, Kerri MacDonald, Cory Bowles and Lisa Rose Snow. LITTLE DOG is directed by White, Michelle Latimer, John Vatcher and Molly McGlynn. 

LITTLE DOG is developed and produced by Cameron Pictures and Elemental Pictures with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Newfoundland Film and Video Industry Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.


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About Cameron Pictures:

Cameron Pictures Inc. is the new independent production company co-founded by sisters Tassie Cameron and Amy Cameron. Tassie is a Canadian Screen Award-winning executive producer and showrunner, currently creator and executive producer on ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley, starring Kyra Sedgwick. She was showrunner on the six season run of Global/ABC hit Rookie Blue. Amy is a television executive, award-winning journalist, author, and creator of the CBC drama series Wild Roses. Before starting Cameron Pictures, Amy was the executive in charge of production at CBC TV Drama overseeing the award-winning series The Book of NegroesHeartland, and Republic of Doyle. Cameron Pictures' first two series are the critically acclaimed Mary Kills People for Global/Lifetime and the upcoming CBC comedy Little Dog.

About Elemental Pictures:

Elemental Pictures Inc. is a film and television production company based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Rob Blackie is currently co-creator and executive producer on the Discovery Canada/Netflix Original series Frontier, starring Game of Thrones and Aquaman's Jason Momoa.  John Vatcher is a producer and director whose credits include Frontier, Republic of Doyle, and the highly anticipated Caught, starring Allan Hawco and Paul Gross, based on the best-selling book by Lisa Moore.  Alex Patrick was named one of Playback Magazine’s “Five to Watch” in 2016 and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.  Alex is an executive producer of Frontier and Caught.  Frontier will be returning for Season 2 in October 2017, and has recently been renewed for a third season.  Caught is set to air on CBC in Winter 2018.   

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Elizabeth Reid, publicist, CBC