Final sea­son of Less Than Kind starts shoot­ing

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - RAN­DALL KING

THE much-lauded TV se­ries Less Than Kind will shoot its fourth and final sea­son in Win­nipeg com­menc­ing Mon­day, May 28.

The se­ries, which won Gemini awards for writ­ing, act­ing and best com­edy in its sec­ond sea­son, might have been on less solid ground af­ter the death of star Maury Chaykin in July of 2010. But the show ral­lied with its third sea­son writ­ing in the death of Chaykin’s char­ac­ter, blus­ter­ing pa­tri­arch Sam Blecher, by fall­ing back on the tal­ents of the rest of the show’s for­mi­da­ble en­sem­ble.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Marvin Kaye, who cocre­ated the show with Chris Sheas­green, was in­spired by his own Win­nipeg fam­ily his­tory to hatch the dys­func­tional Blecher clan. He says he was proud to have had a part in cre­at­ing that rarest of en­ti­ties, a crit­i­cally ac­claimed Cana­dian TV se­ries that ran for four sea­sons.

“But we all felt like it was time to end it,” he says.

“The fam­ily has we cre­ated have one last story to tell, and we dis­cussed it with the net­work and they agreed,” Kaye says. The show is broad­cast by As­tral’s The Movie Net­work in East­ern Canada and Corus En­ter­tain­ment’s Movie Cen­tral in Western Canada.

“We are all thrilled to be do­ing a fourth sea­son that of­fers the creative chal­lenge of con­clud­ing this story and this won­der­ful se­ries,” said ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer/showrun­ner Mark Mckin­ney. “It’s in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fy­ing as so few shows get this op­por­tu­nity.”

Where the other sea­sons have tended to be filmed in chill­ier con­di­tions, the fourth will be set in Win­nipeg in sum­mer as ma­tri­arch Anne (Wen­del Mel­drum) is fac­ing the im­mi­nent de­par­ture of her youngest son Shel­don (Jesse Ca­ma­cho). Older brother Josh (Gemini-win­ner Ben­jamin Arthur) is en­gaged to the de­mand­ing Shan­dra (Lisa Du­rupt) and try­ing to make a go of a ca­reer at Man­i­toba La­bels. Anne’s sis­ter Clara (Nancy Sorel) is fac­ing a lonely fu­ture. And Shel­don’s re­la­tion­ship with his friends Miriam (Brooke Pals­son) and Danny (Tyler John­ston) is des­tined to go through some changes

Kaye says the fourth sea­son will for­mally wrap up the story of the Blech­ers, but he does not dis­count the idea of re­turn­ing to some or all of the char­ac­ters in the fu­ture, in some other ca­pac­ity.

“I would never write off com­ing back to the Blech­ers,” Kaye says, adding he is nev­er­the­less sat­is­fied with wrap­ping up the se­ries with a fourth and final sea­son.

“I feel so blessed to get four solid sea­sons,” says Kaye. “The whole ex­pe­ri­ence has been a bless­ing.”

Less Than Kind Sea­son Four will shoot in the Man­i­toba Pro­duc­tion Cen­tre and other Win­nipeg lo­ca­tions till July 10 and will be broad­cast in 2013.

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