A show about small town Saskatchewan that rocketed to success across Canada is back.
But this time around, there’s one little change.
Corner Gas makes it return to the air on April 2nd, only this time, the show will be animated.
Creator Brent Butt recalled the moment the wheels on the show start to get rolling, and it goes back to the overwhelming reaction to the Corner Gas movie.
He knew it was then the show needed to come back, but with a different look.
“We didn’t really wanna just go back and do more of the same,” he said. “So we thought, ‘If we’re going to do something, what would we do different, but still deliver and make it feel like Corner Gas?'”
Well, it turns out, toeing that seemingly difficult line wasn’t hard. Butt has an cartooning and illustration background, which made it easy to conclude the show to be done in animated form.
What wasn’t so easy was finding someone to play the role of Emma, vacated by Janet Wright after her passing in November 2016.
“We wanted to honour what she probably wanted us to do, so I went and talked to her husband, Bruce,” Butt said. “And he said emphatically Janet would want Emma to live on with the rest of the game, she wouldn’t want everybody to move on without Emma.”
“He made a recommendation. He said, ‘you know, you guys should audition for the part, there’s a good friend of Janet’s called Corrine Koslo.”
Butt said it’s nice to know the role portrayed by Wright will now be done by a friend of hers, taking a little bit of the sting out though.
On the whole though, Butt’s excited about the new show. When asked what can viewers expect, he just said:
“This just feels like more Corner Gas.”