Craw­ford | Trailer Park | Film News, Buzz & Ru­mours

Exclaim! - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - By James Keast

THE SALES PITCH would go a cer­tain way: From the creator of Trailer Park Boys comes Craw­ford, a com­edy about re­lo­cat­ing rac­coons, stream­ing now on CBC. And that’s true, TPB creator Mike Clat­ten­burg, with col­lab­o­ra­tor and ac­claimed Cana­dian mu­si­cian Mike O’Neill (TUNS, In­breds), have in­deed cre­ated a com­edy that in­volves a char­ac­ter with a per­haps spir­i­tual re­la­tion­ship with th­ese ur­ban par­a­sites.

“Trailer Park Boys was an ex­treme show,” says Clat­ten­burg, who di­rected all 12 sea­son one episodes of the new se­ries. “Craw­ford is not ex­treme — it’s un­der­played. We wanted to see what we could cre­ate with some of those lim­i­ta­tions: try­ing not to hit jokes, try­ing to avoid tropes, try­ing to make some­thing you hadn’t seen be­fore.”

As the se­ries opens, son Don (Kyle Mac) re­turns home, hav­ing toured the world with his semi-suc­cess­ful band; he’s frus­trated by a lack of progress on a solo al­bum. Home doesn’t lack for chaos, though; his fa­ther Owen (char­ac­ter ac­tor John Car­roll Lynch) is mute, and com­mu­ni­cates via a text-to-voice app; his mother, Cyn­thia (Jill Hen­nessy) is fac­ing pres­sure at her job as a high-level exec at a ce­real com­pany — not to men­tion, dad is an en­thu­si­as­tic pot smoker and the par­ents are in a func­tional open mar­riage. Don’s brother Brian and sis­ter Wendy (Daniel Davis Yang and Alice Mo­ran) add com­pli­ca­tions to the dy­namic.

“It’s a par­ody of dark drama,” is how O’Neill char­ac­ter­izes it. As Craw­ford un­folds, it fol­lows Don’s suc­cess at rid­ding their home of a fam­ily of rac­coons. “That seems to be his call­ing,” O’Neill of­fers. “It’s al­most a larger case that we all ex­pe­ri­ence — what’s some­thing that I can do, that I’m in­ter­ested in, but might not fit into the world.”

It re­mains to be seen how read­ily a CBC au­di­ence will em­brace a pa­tri­arch who smokes THC-in­fused co­conut oil with his son be­fore they head off to the mall to­gether, but writ­ing is un­der­way for a se­cond sea­son. All 12 Craw­ford episodes are cur­rently stream­ing at; the show will air on ce­les­tial TV this sum­mer.

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