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Title: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: lanfisher on Dec 06, 2008, 12:01 PM
I think we deserve to know whose decision it was to cancel the show. The cast obviously wants to keep filming, so either the production crew and/or the network wanted to cancel it. This should be our Coronation Street, and it should keep going for decades. In fact, the actors should be forced to keep doing it even after they want to quit, for the sake of national security. So I think we should be told who made the decision to cancel, and we should start a petition to bring the show back.

But I digress. Most people seem to accept the show's demise, but Lan Fisher doesn't play that shit.

Lan Fisher

P.S. - Here's a new article in TheStar.ca:

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/article/548680

Raju Mudhar
Entertainment Reporter

"Do you want them in character?" asks the publicist as I sit down across from Julian, Ricky and Bubbles, the much-beloved stars of Trailer Park Boys. With the TV show effectively coming to an end tomorrow, I'm curious about the men behind the characters: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells and Mike Smith, respectively. So I say "no."

It's a rare occurrence, as the Boys have continued to play these characters off-screen for much of the media they've done. But with tomorrow's 10 p.m. airing on Showcase of Say Goodbye To The Trailer Park Boys – A Trailer Park Boys Special, which follows a marathon of favourite episodes chosen by cast and crew, it seems fitting to explore what they really think about their past and legacy.

Out of character, though, it quickly feels as if the Boys have been blindsided by the fact that their booze- and weed-soaked mash note to East Coast trailer trash is coming to an end.

"It's tough for me to say how we would want it to end. Season 6 could have been the end. Season 7 could have been the end. There's no real, true, perfect way for it to end," Wells says.

"Unless you had the big cliché, everybody's happy-happy, I guess that would be all right. We tend to not do that. Usually somebody goes to jail. It's never perfect by any means."

"We'd prefer to just keep making it," Smith says.

And why not? It's been a wild ride.

Bobbing between cult and mainstream status, at least in this country, the denizens of Sunnyvale and, in particular, this trio of bumbling criminals, have become ensconced in the national fabric.

Just like Slap Shot's Hanson Brothers, these three have become larger than the series that birthed them. From Julian's ever-present rum and Coke to Ricky's sweatsuits to Bubble's Coke-bottle glasses, their characters are the epitome and apogee of homegrown (or depending on the batch, should we say hydroponically grown) success.

But as it has been for the Hansons, success can be a double-edged sword. Will these actors ever be seen as anything other than their characters? Will the new pilot they are currently writing ever reach the heights of their bumbling criminal adventures?

It turns out that tomorrow's special wasn't supposed to be the end of their run – and to be honest, it's not. It's their final television special, but there is one more movie that's slated to hit theatres next October.

They can't say much more about the project at this time, other than that shooting was reminiscent of times past.

"It's just a crazy story. It kind of felt like the first and second season of shooting, doing this movie. It was a good experience, so it's a good way to go out, I guess," says Tremblay.

The guys start to warm up when we talk about the past, and some of the crazy experiences that being on this cult show yielded; for instance, being handed weed pretty much everywhere they went.

"Yep, it was crazy," says Wells. "Pretty much always at the most inopportune times, too. Like when your grandmother's around. It's bizarre. It's great, but just weird."

"Hanging out with Axl Rose. That was kind of cool," Tremblay says

"We got to go on tour with Guns N' Roses for a few months, that was pretty awesome," Smith says. "I did a duet with Axl (Rose) every night on a song that I had called `Liquor and Whores.' I got to do about 25 shows."

"Throwing out the ball at the Blue Jays game. That was pretty cool," adds Wells.

And this special, like many TPB seasons, features plenty of guests, such as the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie.

The Boys, in turn, remember hanging out with some of their idols.

"Working with Alex Lifeson. What was that episode called? `Closer to the Heart.' That was a great experience. He's a great guy, and we've all been fans of his, forever. That was a special episode for us," Tremblay says.

"Maury Chaykin, too. He was amazing," Wells adds.

And then there are the experiences with fans, many of which definitely had a Trailer Park vibe.

"I had a girl try to rip out a handful of my hair one night. And I asked what she was doing, and she said, `My little brother's a fan, and I wanted to take some hair to him,'" Smith says.

"Some guy stuck his bare ass in the window of our car and handed us a marker and wanted us to sign it. Said it like it was a normal thing," adds Tremblay.

"There was that guy in P.E.I. who tried to hire you guys to kill a dog," recalls Smith.

"He was serious. He went to the bank machine and got out 200 bucks," Wells says.

(Those fans with surprisingly good memories will recall that in the original black-and-white pilot film, Ricky and Julian were pet assassins. Turns out this guy thought they were the real deal.)

"We definitely have to thank our fans for everything. I mean, I remember one time, this guy came up to me in a bar, and he was kind of yapping at me, saying, `Your show's a joke, you can't act, and you suck' and stuff. And one of our fans overheard him, followed him outside and he f---ing whacked him with a bottle," says Smith. " `Don't you f---in' ever talk that way to Bubbles.'

"I don't think you'd ever get that on Corner Gas. I don't think anybody would bottle anybody for saying s--- to Brent Butt. Maybe they would. I just found that this guy's got my back hard."

When asked what made the show successful, Canada's favourite fictional felons sum it up pretty simply: "There's a lot of heart in the show. People can relate to the characters. It's just one big family. It's like Little House on the Prairie from hell, with lots of cursing and swearing," says Tremblay.

"We definitely broke every rule. It's crazy that it reached the status it did," says Wells. "We always thought it would be an underground cult-y thing, which it started out as, but it just kind of exploded to this thing is it is now. I think the unique characters, unique situations in a unique setting all made it.

"But when you strip all the hardcore swearing, guns and dope out of the way, it does come down to family and love, and everyone can relate to that."
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Tiggy Puddin on Dec 06, 2008, 12:38 PM

"We definitely have to thank our fans for everything. I mean, I remember one time, this guy came up to me in a bar, and he was kind of yapping at me, saying, `Your show's a joke, you can't act, and you suck' and stuff. And one of our fans overheard him, followed him outside and he f---ing whacked him with a bottle," says Smith. " `Don't you f---in' ever talk that way to Bubbles.'


All right, which one of you was it?  ;)
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: lanfisher on Dec 06, 2008, 12:47 PM
I wish it were me. I'll always have their backs, hard. In fact, whenever I hear anyone diss the show I lay into them.

I generally disagree with violence, but I fully condone smashing a bottle on anyone who disses Bubbles.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: CrashMatrix on Dec 06, 2008, 01:17 PM
agreed lan fisher...  :beermug:
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Wolfman on Dec 06, 2008, 02:50 PM
It would be cool to know exactly who decided to pull the plug. I have a suspicion it was the network - too much censorship pressure or something?


Wolfman
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: lanfisher on Dec 06, 2008, 02:51 PM
Harper's Conservative government probably threatened to cut funding to Showcase due to all the drugs, etc. In any case, this is whack.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: TheFave on Dec 06, 2008, 03:13 PM
That's within the realm of plausible.



Harper's Conservative government probably threatened to cut funding to Showcase due to all the drugs, etc. In any case, this is whack.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: tyuiop on Dec 06, 2008, 04:11 PM
I'm not sure the Tv industry works but as it seems the actors were expecting another series, couldn't they just go to another network, or is showcase the only network that will payroll the production?
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: lanfisher on Dec 06, 2008, 04:20 PM
Showcase probably owns the rights to it, but I don't really know how it works either.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: daftpunk on Dec 06, 2008, 08:47 PM
I'd say it was the producers ending it early. such a shame. all the actors want to keep it going.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: shake on Dec 06, 2008, 09:19 PM
I think we deserve to know whose decision it was to cancel the show.

I posted this before in another topic in the TPB news forum


For the record the show wasn't cancelled, that paper put out another article later saying that it was Clattenburg's decision to not continue on with the show.

Here is the article...

http://www.nationalpost.com/arts/movies/story.html?id=957723

The text...

Mr. Lahey, We hardly knew you

Creators pull the plug on Trailer Park Boys

Adam McDowell,  National Post  Published: Friday, November 14, 2008

Ricky will soon munch his last chicken finger and stub out his last joint. Julian will drink his final rum and Coke, and Bubbles will steal shopping carts no more. There will not be an eighth season: Following a Dec. 7 special, and a movie to follow next October, Trailer Park Boys will come to an end.

Mike Clattenburg, the irreverent TV comedy's creator and showrunner, broke the news at Showcase's Sideshow blog on Wednesday.

"Over the past few months there has been a lot of discussion among our fans and those in the media about the future of Trailer Park Boys," he wrote. He mentioned a one-hour special to air Dec. 7 and a second major Trailer Park Boys movie, tentatively titled Countdown To Liquor Day, due to be released in theatres in October, 2009.

"After that, there will be no more," he continued. "Yes, it's the end of Trailer Park Boys. Our fans have been so supportive and inspiring that we wanted you to be the first to know. Much love and thanks from all of us at Sunnyvale Trailer Park."

The show presents a satirical and oddly endearing portrait of the Nova Scotia underclass. Lead Boys Ricky (Rob Wells) and Julian (Jean Paul Tremblay) made their first appearance in a 72-minute film that premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival in 1999. The Showcase program started scamming its way into the nation's hearts in 2001; it was immediately noteworthy for not bleeping out the copious number of swears in the dialogue.

"When it started on Showcase, [it was] a cult or niche show. It really took a while to pick up momentum," said Tara Ellis, vice-president drama content for Showcase (which shares a parent company, Canwest, with the National Post), in an interview yesterday. "Season Three is when it really popped right into the mainstream ... into a somewhat guilty pleasure for some viewers, seeing these three nutbars swear and toke up."

Ellis said ending the show was Clattenburg's decision, and that Showcase will probably work again with some of the people involved before long.

Season Seven ended with the Boys striking it rich, and Ricky finally getting his Grade 11 in jail. The one-hour special Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys, airing Dec. 7, will rejoin them in Sunnyvale Trailer Park where the last season left off. A nine-episode marathon put together by Clattenburg and the three principal cast members will air earlier the same day.

amcdowell@nationalpost.com

***************************************************************
Ellis says it was Clattenburg’s decision but to be fair maybe he doesn’t know the whole story.  Clattenburg poured his heart and soul into the show and if he doesn’t want it to keep doing it then we all should respect  his decision.  All the so called “fans” that came here on the Org and bitched how the show wasn’t good anymore should bear some of the responsibility there’s only so much negativity one can stand. 


From the article...

Mike Clattenburg, the irreverent TV comedy's creator and showrunner, broke the news at Showcase's Sideshow blog on Wednesday.


He actually broke the news here at the Org first  :)

Showcase probably owns the rights to it, but I don't really know how it works either.

I doubt that shows have been known to change networks before.

Harper's Conservative government probably threatened to cut funding to Showcase due to all the drugs, etc. In any case, this is whack.

Yes the Cons kowtow to the moral majority and are proponents of bill C-10.  They may not have behind this situation with the TPB and Showcase but if they have their way there will never be another show like it produced in Canada.  Get them out of power!
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: lanfisher on Dec 06, 2008, 09:46 PM
Well the Conservatives may not be in power for much longer. Good riddance! Steven Harper doesn't have much of a sense of humour when it comes to drug stuff, or anything for that matter. It's too bad, because Trailer Park Boys is the best Canadian export ever.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: shake on Dec 06, 2008, 09:53 PM
Well the Conservatives may not be in power for much longer. Good riddance! Steven Harper doesn't have much of a sense of humour when it comes to drug stuff, or anything for that matter. It's too bad, because Trailer Park Boys is the best Canadian export ever.

Oh we can only hope they won't be in power for much longer!  Yes TPB is a great Canadian export :)
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: golfinwithflames on Dec 06, 2008, 09:53 PM
Wow. Great, informative post, Shake. Even for those who have seen/read it earlier, a refresher is always welcome!

I'd say it was the producers ending it early. such a shame. all the actors want to keep it going.

Ironically enough, in the case of our favorite show, a percentage of the producers are also actors. Okay, one. Still, the cancellation must be causing some mixed feelings within, as well as without the ranks.

Jump The shark tends to agree with most of us, Lan. It never has, er, jumped.
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc14/Evergreenman/jts_tpb.jpg)
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Wolfman on Dec 07, 2008, 02:05 AM


"All the so called “fans” that came here on the Org and bitched how the show wasn’t good anymore should bear some of the responsibility there’s only so much negativity one can stand."

Wow, what the hell were they doing on this site then? This show was never bad. Ever.

Man, I've loved the show ever since I first laid eyes on it and while I wish it would continue...yeah, we gotta respect what Mike Clattenburg and those guys decided to do. You never know, one day the show might get revived...

We got seven awesome years of TPB, which is a lot more than I thought we were ever going to get. There were a lot of heavy metal dicks out there trying to shut the boyz down for a long time after all.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Clatty on Dec 07, 2008, 09:50 AM
Yes you do deserve an explanation. All shows run their course. I made the descion to end the show on a high note. We all had an incredible time shooting the sequel film this summer. It's probably the most fun we've had on set - ever. But please consider that we have been doing TPB for almost 10 years now and I need to move on. Everyone is going in new creative directions and have been for a while. There was some press on a 'sudden cancellation' where press made it appear that the cast had no idea the show was ending. Robb, JP and Mike were furious when they saw this angle and contacted me right away to tell me these stories were spun. All our cast knew that season 7 was the last season and production was drawing to a close. People started to move on. It's not a surprise to anyone in our camp.

So yes, it's the end - but you have two gigantic TPB explosions coming your way soon.

Mike
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: shake on Dec 07, 2008, 09:55 AM
Thanks for the clarification Mike.  It has been a great run, you all should be proud!  Looking forward to the explosions :)
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Tiggy Puddin on Dec 07, 2008, 10:43 AM
There was some press on a 'sudden cancellation' where press made it appear that the cast had no idea the show was ending. Robb, JP and Mike were furious when they saw this angle and contacted me right away to tell me these stories were spun. All our cast knew that season 7 was the last season and production was drawing to a close. People started to move on. It's not a surprise to anyone in our camp.

I posted some of those articles and (probably publicly stated) "What in the fuck? They didn't know?" I should have known better than to believe everything I read in the press, I guess they are always looking for the most controversial angle and spin the story to suit. I stand corrected and apologize!

Reminds me now why I didn't pursue a career as a journalist.   ;)


Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: lanfisher on Dec 07, 2008, 10:44 AM
Thanks very much, Mike! You've given Canada and the world a great gift, and I'm sure it won't be the last. As well, I'm looking forward to tonight's farewell and next year's movie! I will continue to spread the gospel of Trailer Park Boys to all who will listen.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: shake on Dec 07, 2008, 11:06 AM
There was some press on a 'sudden cancellation' where press made it appear that the cast had no idea the show was ending. Robb, JP and Mike were furious when they saw this angle and contacted me right away to tell me these stories were spun. All our cast knew that season 7 was the last season and production was drawing to a close. People started to move on. It's not a surprise to anyone in our camp.

I posted some of those articles and (probably publicly stated) "What in the fuck? They didn't know?" I should have known better than to believe everything I read in the press, I guess they are always looking for the most controversial angle and spin the story to suit. I stand corrected and apologize!

Reminds me now why I didn't pursue a career as a journalist.   ;)




Yeah that is pretty bad that journalists would spin a story like that.  I do remember at the season seven premiere party I was getting the impression from some of the cast that the show was over. 
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Wolfman on Dec 07, 2008, 09:51 PM
Thanks for the clarification, Mike, and thanks a whole lot for the fantastic gift you have given us.

.... and it goes without saying man, that if you are ever out my way in Vancouver here,and ya wanna look me up, the beers are on me buddy  ;)

Mike (the Wolfman) Wolf
Vancouver
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Shit machine gun on Dec 08, 2008, 07:34 AM
Time to start our own production company.  You think the actors would work for baloney sandwiches and homemade garbage liquor? 
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Lucy Decoutere on Dec 08, 2008, 07:56 AM
Hey there,

To be really honest, I am very ready for TPB to be finished production. Not because I hate making the show, and not because I think the men and women I work with are jerks, but because over the last decade my life has changed a great deal and my priorities have shifted. I would make the show as long as Mike C. was interested and, thankfully, he wants to do other stuff, which frees me to do other stuff. And there are other cast who feel the same way. This is the right time.

Sorry to disappoint folks who love the show so much, but glad to have made (under Mike C. gentle whip) something that folks noticed. 

Peace
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Shit machine gun on Dec 08, 2008, 07:59 AM
We love you all for making the show.  Even Seinfeld had to end, and this show is just a bit better.
Thanks Lucy.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: emotionmachine on Dec 08, 2008, 04:00 PM
I think in TV history we've all seen shows run too long. I mean I used to worship Night Court back in the day, as did a lot of people, but even the die hard fans of the show have to admit that the last three or four years were just not very good at all. They began to repeat themselves, and it became almost painful to watch at times.

Having said that, I don't think that I could ever get board of new episodes of TPB, I could probably watch it forever. But Mike makes a good point in this thread. You really do wanna end on a high note. You don't want to be repetitive or stale. If you do, you run the risk of alienating fans, critics, and raising the bar so high (especially in a show like this), you can't overcome it in each successive season. That's just the way it works.

There's a lot of great talent in TPB in front of as well as behind the camera, and it's time for them to see what they can do with it next. They have the opportunity to take the notoriety and experience they've gained and move onwards and upwards, which is what we all want for ourselves in our own lives.

So while I'm personally devastated :: whimpers :: I completely see why this decision was necessary for everyone involved with the show. My best wishes to you all, and my heartfelt thanks for making this show a part of my life :)

Now, I'll go and watch the special a fourth time!
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: golfinwithflames on Dec 09, 2008, 08:09 AM
Fuckin' way she goes...
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: RadBunny on Dec 09, 2008, 12:00 PM
Its better this way all around. I mean, if mike were to move on into something else, trailer park boys would be taken over by someone else, and the episodes would be less meaningful, like the simpsons are now, living in a zombie like state of network control. Sometimes its for the best though, and i'm sure we can all agree that october 2009 can't come fast enough.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Schwen on Dec 11, 2008, 06:57 AM
As sad as I am having only been a fan for a few months and not getting to see any new series, it's definitely for the best.  It's the age old story of tv shows going on for too long before ending it, running it into the ground.  I know it's different over there and the states, but in England, pretty much all the best comedies in recent memory have been the ones that only have a couple of series, and they're the ones that are remembered most fondly because they knew when to stop.

All respect to everyone involved, it's not often you find something so much different and so much better than 99% of the rest of the shite on television.  It's a rare thing and much more special to fans than any other crap where the zombified masses tune in every week to laugh at wacky neighbours and zany punchlines or catchphrases (god i hate catchphrases) driven by focus groups and the almighty dollar.  It's something to be proud of.

Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: ILoveLucy on Dec 12, 2008, 04:38 PM
TO ALL CAST AND CREW - PAST AND PRESENT

So long and thanks for all the fish (Douglas Adams)

TPB will always have a special place in my heart and I wish the best of fortunes in the future to all involved. Thanks so much to all of you for sticking it out as long as you did and thank you for stopping production when the time was right.

Mike C. - I look forward to the day that you receive the Governor General's award for Arts & Culture because you truly deserve one. Please keep making worthwhile entertainment.

The Boys - Thanks for creating original, believable, lovable, and engaging characters. I am excited to see what else you can do other than Julian, Ricky, and Bubbles.

The Girls - The best job of playing the "straight man" to anyone. I hope the teaching gig works out well for Lucy D. I am sure that Sarah will be fine because of her entrepreneurial spirit. The hottest ladies on TV too because you were cast as real women.

John Dunsworth - WOW. All I can say is WOW. Your love of and devotion to your craft comes through on every frame. What an awesome job.

Pat Roach
- That prosthetic gut must have been uncomfortable as hell to wear.  Thanks for putting it on for all those years and making Randy such a great character. Also thanks to your former employer (water company ???) for letting you take summers off in the beginning to allow you to keep Randy going.

JT - One of the funniest and most talented actors I have ever had the pleasure of watching. J-Roc is probably my favorite character on the show.

Everyone else - thank you for putting in the long days, putting up with less than ideal conditions, and contributing to a show that will undoubtedly be remembered for many years to come.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: T-ROC on Dec 12, 2008, 05:37 PM
Everything ends, that's the way it goes. Thank You for explanation. Best wishes!


Yeah, I guess you're right...the fuckin' way she goes!

You know, that was the episode that got me hooked!





Don't cross the goddamn shitline!
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Dan4545 on Dec 14, 2008, 07:52 PM
I think in TV history we've all seen shows run too long. I mean I used to worship Night Court back in the day, as did a lot of people, but even the die hard fans of the show have to admit that the last three or four years were just not very good at all. They began to repeat themselves, and it became almost painful to watch at times.

Having said that, I don't think that I could ever get board of new episodes of TPB, I could probably watch it forever. But Mike makes a good point in this thread. You really do wanna end on a high note. You don't want to be repetitive or stale. If you do, you run the risk of alienating fans, critics, and raising the bar so high (especially in a show like this), you can't overcome it in each successive season. That's just the way it works.

There's a lot of great talent in TPB in front of as well as behind the camera, and it's time for them to see what they can do with it next. They have the opportunity to take the notoriety and experience they've gained and move onwards and upwards, which is what we all want for ourselves in our own lives.

So while I'm personally devastated :: whimpers :: I completely see why this decision was necessary for everyone involved with the show. My best wishes to you all, and my heartfelt thanks for making this show a part of my life :)

Now, I'll go and watch the special a fourth time!


I totally agree. I just found out tonight because I haven't checked this site for the main reason that I didn't want to hear the bad news. This show became such a huge part of anyones life who could relate to it. I think I can speak for everyone that me & my girl  watched this series over and over again. It became such a big part of our lives. Not many people in the NYC area know about this and it was like a bright shining beacon in an ocean of shit. We know the characters like family.

As a fan though, I must accept that all good things must come to an end. We can't expect TPB to go on forever. That doesn't make make me feel happy about it though!!

We can only hope to see these people do good things in the future and thank them for the memories. --And look forward to the movie.

LONG LIVE TRAILER PARK BOYS!!!!! :julian: :bubs: :ricky: :beermug: :(

Take a look in the glove box, bitch! -jroc
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: golfinwithflames on Dec 14, 2008, 09:20 PM
TO ALL CAST AND CREW - PAST AND PRESENT

Awesome, great post. I echo every word.  :)
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: paramedic76 on Dec 15, 2008, 02:38 PM
GO TO THIS FACEBOOK GROUP LINK AND SIGN MY ONLINE PETITION TO SAVE THE TRAILER PARK BOYS FROM BEING CANCELLED!!

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Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Wolfman on Dec 15, 2008, 06:40 PM
From what I understand, the show has come to an end based upon the decision of Mike Clattenburg, the show's creator, to move on to different things. I'd like to see more of the Boys for sure in the future too, but I totally understand Mike's decision to call 'er quits.
He's been at it for over a decade and wants to explore new horizons.

I don't think a petition would do anything to change his mind at this point.
Its a creative decision - something to be respected.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: mzupeman on Jan 07, 2009, 04:41 PM
So even after Mike and Lucy have both stated in this thread explicitly that they're glad they can move on from the show and are happy it ends on a high note, there's someone that's trying to petition for the show to go on?

I live in the United States, and I'm sure it's no secret to Mike C, but there ARE hard core fans here in the States.  I used to go on IRC back in the day, I mean, a wicked long time ago.  After the first and second seasons had aired, an acquaintance in Canada sent me a link to download the first episode.  Based on that, I bought the first DVD set, and kept buying them year after year, anxiously awaiting to see what happened on the show. 

It has become the quickest 'favorite' television show for the wife and I, hands down.  It was our favorite show then, and just got better and better, and we probably watched this series more than The Simpsons or Family Guy on DVD over the course of time.  We watch it habitually, and I can't even tell you how many times we've seen the movie, and how many friends we got to love the movie and then the show.

I'm sad to hear the show is ending soon, too.  But there are plenty of shows that go on and on and on, and lose their touch.  The Trailer Park Boys should never have to be reduced to that.  Season 7 was absolutely ace, and the special wasn't bad either.  I know the new (and final) film will be great, too.  If you ask me, in the wrong hands, this show could have been stale after the third season, but we've been lucky enough to get this show to be quality up until now. 

More importantly, Mike wants to move on, so let him.  He's been on this show close to a decade.  I don't want the show to go either, but I can appreciate the fact that Mike thinks now is the right time.  We should all respect that.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Soft Serve on Jan 09, 2009, 11:45 PM
TPB is the gift that keeps on giving! I just introduced the 11 guys I work with to the movie, special, and seasons! It's like a rebirth for me. I still quote 'em and laugh as if they were new!  Thanks to all you guys and gals for bringing some Maritime humore to the states!

Anytime you want to head to Indiana, they'll be chicken fingers (8$C the good kind), blond hash (for hockey), rum and smokes waiting.

Thanks again! Cheers :guinness:
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: a_Fuckin_Samsquanch! on Feb 09, 2009, 01:55 AM
Yes you do deserve an explanation. All shows run their course. I made the descion to end the show on a high note. We all had an incredible time shooting the sequel film this summer. It's probably the most fun we've had on set - ever. But please consider that we have been doing TPB for almost 10 years now and I need to move on. ...

Mike

 :shock: :-s :?

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYjtZND21xI

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC85jNIRUcs

& D. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIX7l06VhIg

I mean... Mister Clattenburg sir, thanks for creating and doing the thing and all, while ya did, but it sure seems like a Rob Morrow moment to me.  :(
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: internetoni on Feb 10, 2009, 06:24 AM

Pat Roach - That prosthetic gut must have been uncomfortable as hell to wear.  Thanks for putting it on for all those years and making Randy such a great character. Also thanks to your former employer (water company ???) for letting you take summers off in the beginning to allow you to keep Randy going.

woah, it's a fake gut!? I can't even tell @_@
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Fishyneil on Feb 10, 2009, 06:51 AM
I'm not sure if you're serious so to put the record straight, it's his real gut. The prosthetic gut was a joke on one of the DVD commentaries.
Fishy
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: golfinwithflames on Feb 10, 2009, 08:55 AM
I mean... Mister Clattenburg sir, thanks for creating and doing the thing and all, while ya did, but it sure seems like a Rob Morrow moment to me.  :(

Again, the song lyrics at the end of "Say Goodnight To The Bad Guys," "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden."
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: internetoni on Feb 10, 2009, 12:03 PM
I was searching google for an answer to if it was a fake or real gut after I read that it was a prosthetic. Thanks for clearing it up, I always though it was his real one...
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: TheFave on Feb 10, 2009, 06:46 PM
well said.

however, I still hold out hope that after the movie, they'll get together for a special now and again.



So even after Mike and Lucy have both stated in this thread explicitly that they're glad they can move on from the show and are happy it ends on a high note, there's someone that's trying to petition for the show to go on?

I live in the United States, and I'm sure it's no secret to Mike C, but there ARE hard core fans here in the States.  I used to go on IRC back in the day, I mean, a wicked long time ago.  After the first and second seasons had aired, an acquaintance in Canada sent me a link to download the first episode.  Based on that, I bought the first DVD set, and kept buying them year after year, anxiously awaiting to see what happened on the show. 

It has become the quickest 'favorite' television show for the wife and I, hands down.  It was our favorite show then, and just got better and better, and we probably watched this series more than The Simpsons or Family Guy on DVD over the course of time.  We watch it habitually, and I can't even tell you how many times we've seen the movie, and how many friends we got to love the movie and then the show.

I'm sad to hear the show is ending soon, too.  But there are plenty of shows that go on and on and on, and lose their touch.  The Trailer Park Boys should never have to be reduced to that.  Season 7 was absolutely ace, and the special wasn't bad either.  I know the new (and final) film will be great, too.  If you ask me, in the wrong hands, this show could have been stale after the third season, but we've been lucky enough to get this show to be quality up until now. 

More importantly, Mike wants to move on, so let him.  He's been on this show close to a decade.  I don't want the show to go either, but I can appreciate the fact that Mike thinks now is the right time.  We should all respect that.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: PapaCap on Feb 18, 2009, 05:50 PM
eh, fuck it I guess, time to move on. How about a spin off? Julian Ricky and Bubs form a rock band. TPB meets Spinial Tap... anyone? anyone? Yea I didn't think so, but still seeing Lahey as the drunken tambourine player would be good for a couple episodes.

Still I hope Clatt comes up with another idea for a show, either that or makes a couple films. I would like to see what that funny motherfucker thinks up next.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Staind420 on Feb 19, 2009, 03:06 PM
Ehh.. It just stinks to see it end
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: a_Fuckin_Samsquanch! on Feb 25, 2009, 01:46 AM
Ehh.. It just stinks to see it end

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM4IqOVv0Hk

(or as Ricky might say Whores Day O Vray!)
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: SHITH4WK on Mar 04, 2009, 06:33 PM
Seriously, what can we do to keep the show up and running?
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: walterx2 on Mar 04, 2009, 10:01 PM
Not a god damn, mother fucking thing. Time to move on.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: DavidB_Bubbles on Mar 05, 2009, 01:04 AM
Not a god damn, mother fucking thing. Time to move on.

 :yeahthat:

Fucking Way She Goes

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d46/DavidB_Bubbles/wayshegoes.jpg)
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Wosko on Apr 18, 2009, 03:14 AM
This is just like my favorite band (Strapping Young Lad from Canada :P) breaking up :(

I understand where Mike C is coming from and yeah it was good to end the show on a high note it just really sucks to see my boys go

I remember right when season 3 kicked off I saw the premiere and thought the show was some kind of joke. After watching a few more episodes the characters grew on me and I was hooked. I got my whole family into the show and even my baba has a conky doll in her living room (Season 6 DVD one)

All I have to say Mike C, cast thank you so much for the time and dedication you put into this project and i cant wait for October!
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: GypsyGirl on May 14, 2009, 09:17 AM
I think it's probably a good time.  It would be a shame to see these guys go from being on top (where they are now) to being remembered as over-done icons who didn't know when to quit.  MANY shows have gone that way just from not knowing when to quit.

There is a reason it is called "Jumping the Shark", you know...  because a once-loved TV show (Happy Days) actually DID have it's most loved character (Fonzie) jump a damn shark... and the show died.

Many people ask *Why on earth would they have a main character do something a stupid as jump a fkn shark on water skis in a leather jacket and boots?!?"... well... because there was NOTHING left to do.  They had done EVERYTHING. 

Had they quit when they were on top.. chances are Henry Winkler would have had a fantastic career afterward.  As it stood, however, he got bit parts in movies and tv shows and after-school specials.. and pretty much remains a joke in the minds of most people who even remember the show...  INCLUDING the Trailer Park Boys (Remember in the first episode of season 1... when they call Cyrus "Fonzie"?).

No one wants to see the TPB take the same career path as the Fonz.  I have always believed in being dignified enough to quit while you are on top and leaving a legacy instead of leaving people scratching their heads going "WTF?" .
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Lost_Mainer on May 16, 2009, 04:24 PM
WHAT THE FUCK!!!! We just started getting this show here in Maine on the 101 network(Awesome Channel). I love this fuckin show and now your telling me its over. I cant beleive this shit. Everyone hates it in my family except for me and my 11 yr old son. Yes I said 11. My wife pitches a fit about him watching it but what the hell its real life shit, drugs alcohol and really funny shit. I guess I'll have to come to Canada in Oct. to watch the movie because I'm sure they won't play it here in the states.
I SAY LETS GO HARVEST SOME WEED AND GET BAKED OUT OF OUR FUCKIN MINDS AND FUCK EVERYONE ELSE. ALL YOU TPB HATERS GET THE FUCK OUT OF THIS SITE AND GO FUCK YOURSELF. :6paper: +:beermug:+ :shock:=THE BEST FUCKIN SHOW EVER. TRAILER PARK BOYS.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Lost_Mainer on May 17, 2009, 08:17 PM
I need to correct my earlier statement about it being in season 7 over here on the 101. After some research I figured out it is season 4 because cory and trevor are still in it and they are growing to weed, and the cougar is in it. I hope they will show the rest. Well I still have a few to watch that are new to me. I'm truely sorry for you who have seen all seven seasons.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Sonny Vale on Jun 13, 2009, 03:55 PM
GypsyGirl is right.

Never jump the shit shark!




Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: dicknweed on Aug 06, 2009, 11:43 PM
I'm wondering WHY  :o none of the Boys seem to be doing any touring in the U.S.A.?  Surely they must realize how the fan base is growing down there, even IF the show is over; so what. Direct TV101 (or whatever in the F' its called) still has a few seasons to show yet, and a lot of Americans still haven't been "Edumacated" in Trailer Park 101 yet!  :lol: You folks South of the border have to make some noise and tell them to get their arses down to L.A., New York, Louisianna or whever you fans are! There's a lot of cash to be made down there, I'm sure.  :) Anyone South of the 49th, Speak up now or forever hold your peace!  :roll: DNW  :bubs:
ps: I've seen em all in person and they are WELL worth seeing.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: walterx2 on Aug 07, 2009, 09:51 AM
They are done. The show is over and they want to move on to different things. Just read on here yesterday that all of the shows (Randy & Lahey, Community Service Tour) are winding up after the movie shows. Stick a fork in them, they're done.

Maybe if the DirectV showings had been a couple of years ago they might have been able to build some momentum to extend/expand the show. Too little, Too late.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: ucrdoh on Aug 10, 2009, 09:16 PM
Let it be, 10 years is a very good run, can't keep everything going, I liked it, I got into it late, almost everyone I show it to, loves it, and wants to watch it all.  So with the show so underground, i can introduce it to a lot of people new, all the time it's great  :julian: :bubs: :ricky:
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: jbandit92 on Mar 06, 2010, 06:28 PM
How is countdown to liquor day ending on a high note?  Sure it was a pretty good film but they Destroyed sunnyvale trailer park!! That's like not only ending the show itself but it ends any chance of  restarting the show unless there is some way they rebuild it in real life and in the show. In my opinion the ending of Trailer Park Boys is extremely sad, they could have at least kept the trailer park intact, I don't care that they didn't get to retire though and get rich because that would also mean that they would stop doing get rich schemes and such. My soul was crushed when I found out it ended with sunnyvale being destroyed!!!
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: hashdriveway on Mar 06, 2010, 08:32 PM
Since this topic has risen to the surface I guess I'll put in my 2 cents: Let's focus on all the good times, for almost a decade the cast and crew created something that I honestly love. Even though  am saddened by the end, these guys don't owe us anything. We cant force them to amuse us forever. Life goes on, I'll continue to watch each episode over and over again but I'll also find new forms of entertainment from other sources (and hopefully some from the TPB alumni). Instead of asking "what have you done for me lately?", lets thank them for altering our lives for the better. I think the best thing we can do now is get drunk, get high, commit a few small crimes and love our friends and family.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: jbandit92 on Mar 07, 2010, 01:05 AM
I think they should have had a more ambiguous ending that would have suggested they would have continued their lives as usual. Otherwise I really liked Countdown to Liquor day and the one hour special with the singles dance or w/e it was called.  I would like to add that I think it is weird that they are ending the series just as it is really gaining popularity, it is especially becoming popular here in the united states. I think they could have definitely made a couple more seasons. They made what? 55 episodes? and they are only 22 minute long episodes. That is actually not very many. That is barely enough for good syndication. At least what they did make is very high quality. If the show had been on the 101 network on direct TV from the beginning it would have had a much broader fan base here in the united states. I think they are going to regret stopping the show when they start getting bugged by all the Americans that are angry the show is ending just as they got interested in it. I personally would glady pay for a show like this on Showtime or HBO. All in all the best TV show I have ever seen and quite possibly the best show on television.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: Tiggy Puddin on Mar 07, 2010, 08:17 AM
Interesting points, jbandit! Myself, I felt that the ending was pretty ambiguous in that there wasn't a big "Everyone gets rich... The End!" finish. The boys ended up in jail. They will get out, commit more petty crimes, go to jail again, the cycle will continue, just without the cameras there.

In a way I'm glad the show is over. I don't want them to bring it back just because it's getting popular in the US, that's not the right reason for doing it. I think it was Clattenburg who said "Fuck money!" when asked if the show would come back because of its gaining popularity. It doesn't matter if 100 million people suddenly love it, or 10 people do, the show finished when it was time. Fuck money indeed.

At least we have seven seasons, the specials and the movies... and more good things to come from former TPB alumni. Now that's exciting.  ;)
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: hashdriveway on Mar 07, 2010, 09:25 AM
I used to wish that HBO would pick up the show here in the states but I'm pretty sure that would have taken away from the low budget, homemade feel of the show. Much like why we have life on earth, TPB was so good because every little factor worked together just perfectly including actors, script, setting, props, filming,etc. If one detail threw off the balance too much, the show may have gotten really fucky.  It seems like Clattenburg kept complete creative control throughout and in this day and age that is priceless.
Title: Re: EXPLANATION FOR CANCELLING
Post by: jbandit92 on Mar 08, 2010, 01:41 AM
thats right hashdriveway... the thing that makes the show work is not each individual member of the show but how well they interact on screen, sure they could each go off to do their own projects but I doubt they could ever achieve as much greatness as they could together. Even when what some people would consider tertiary characters like Cory and Trevor left the show, to me they actually had an important role and it was weird with those twiggy alien trevor replacements. (I fuckin' miss cory and trevor) To me it is like an awesome community that would be cool to live in (maybe just for awhile though haha). When you put some many great characters together in one trailer park great things are bound to happen. I see a whole bunch of people saying "all good things come to an end" sure, but nobody wants it to end!! And the whole thing about ending the show before it declines in quality doesn't make much sense to me because first of all, Decent trailer park boys is better than no trailer park boys and second, how could you know it was going to get worse? maybe it would have gotten better?!? If Countdown to liquor day is any indication to me, I thought the show would have gotten funnier if they had given an eighth season a try. Ending TPB and trying to make something new that will be better will be pretty hard. It is kind of like the shitty sequel cliche, I am optimistic that they move on to do great things, but must people will probably think. Oh? they have a new show? it's probably not as good as the original TPB. Kind of like the saying "don't fix something that isn't broken".  But if Mike Clattenburg wants to move on to do different things I have to respect that because obviously he knows what he is doing and is a master of his craft.