Call Me Fitz

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Call Me Fitz
CallMeFitzLogo2.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created bySheri Elwood
StarringJason Priestley
Ernie Grunwald
Peter MacNeill
Kathleen Munroe
Tracy Dawson
Donavan Stinson
Brooke Nevin
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes38
Production
Executive producer(s)David MacLeod
Michael Rosenberg
Noreen Halpern
John Morayniss
Laszlo Barna
Teza Lawrence
Michael Souther
Sheri Elwood
Location(s)New Minas, Nova Scotia, Canada
Running time26-28 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelHBO Canada
Original runSeptember 19, 2010 – present
External links
Website
 
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Call Me Fitz
CallMeFitzLogo2.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created bySheri Elwood
StarringJason Priestley
Ernie Grunwald
Peter MacNeill
Kathleen Munroe
Tracy Dawson
Donavan Stinson
Brooke Nevin
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes38
Production
Executive producer(s)David MacLeod
Michael Rosenberg
Noreen Halpern
John Morayniss
Laszlo Barna
Teza Lawrence
Michael Souther
Sheri Elwood
Location(s)New Minas, Nova Scotia, Canada
Running time26-28 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelHBO Canada
Original runSeptember 19, 2010 – present
External links
Website

Call Me Fitz is a Canadian television series produced by E1 Entertainment, Amaze Film & Television, and Big Motion Pictures.[1] The half-hour comedy stars Jason Priestley as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick, a morally bankrupt used-car salesman whose consequence-free life is complicated by the arrival of do-gooder Larry (Ernie Grunwald), another salesman who claims he is Fitz's conscience.[2]

The first thirteen-episode season of the show premiered on HBO Canada in September 2010. The series is filmed in New Minas, Nova Scotia.[3] The second season of Call Me Fitz premiered on September 25, 2011 on HBO Canada, and airs every Sunday at 8:30 pm ET / MT.[4]

Contents

Synopsis

The first season stars Priestley as a used-car salesman walking a fine line of acceptable behaviour on the lot alongside a new salesman, do-gooder Larry, who becomes his alter-ego.[5]

In an interview with RTÉ Jason Priestley described the show as "booze, blow and broads or Sunday night at Charlie Sheen's house."[6]

Characters

Production

It was announced in November 2009 that principal photography had begun on the first season of Call Me Fitz and that filming would continue in the Annapolis Valley until mid-January 2010.[7] As of September 2011, production is under way on Season 3 in New Minas, Nova Scotia.[8] As of November 2011, primary filming of Season 3 appears to have wrapped up in New Minas, Nova Scotia.

In order to achieve the feel of the Rat Pack era to which Fitz relates the soundtrack is primarily performed by Canadian jazz singer Matt Dusk.[9]

Broadcast

Call Me Fitz was originally intended to be shown on Movie Central and The Movie Network[7] as was the second season.[4] The series has been sold in over 60 foreign markets,[10] including its American debut on the DirecTV exclusive The 101 Network (since renamed Audience Network) on April 21, 2011, with two back-to-back episodes, and was shown Thursdays at 9 pm ET/PT.[11] Season 2 started on Audience on November 3 in the 9:30 pm time slot.

Awards

The first season of Call Me Fitz was nominated for 16 Gemini Awards and won seven, including Best Actress (Comedy) for Tracy Dawson, Best Supporting Actor (Comedy) for Ernie Grunwald, and Best Guest Actress (Comedy) for Rachel Blanchard. The show also swept other comedy categories including Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Picture Editing, and Best Sound.[12]

Jason Priestley took home the award for Best TV Performance (Male) at the Canadian Comedy Awards. The show was also nominated for Best TV Show and Best Writing. At the Monte Carlo Television Festival, the show received Best International Producing and Best Acting nominations for Jason Priestley, Ernie Grunwald, Brooke Nevin, and Kathleen Munroe.

Additional nominations include Best TV Show and Best Production Design at the DGC Awards and Best Sitcom at the Banff World Media Festival.

In 2010, Jason Priestley received the Best Actor Award at the Roma Fiction Festival.

Reception

The New York Times called the series "A refreshingly original concept... It deftly draws a world in which sin and sexual charisma come at full new-model cost... [FITZ] is King of Front-Wheel Drive and Back-Seat Romps." [13]

Orange County, CA Film Commission President Paul Ruffino said about the series "A satirical demonic view of the menagerie of mediocrity called mankind. Bawdy and expertly written Call Me Fitz is TV platinum. HBO Canada? What about the lower 48...come on...we deserve genuine entertainment down here. A hit for sure!"

TV Guide wrote "The snappy, obscenity-filled dialogue was laugh-out-loud funny without being over the top. I call this one a hit."[14]

Episodes

Season 1

Total #Episode #TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Pilot"Scott SmithSheri ElwoodSeptember 19, 2010 (2010-09-19)
22"Loco"Scott SmithSheri Elwood & Dennis HeatonSeptember 19, 2010 (2010-09-19)
33"Mama"Scott SmithSheri ElwoodSeptember 26, 2010 (2010-09-26)
44"Long Con Silver"Scott SmithPat BullardOctober 3, 2010 (2010-10-03)
55"The Back End"James GennAri PosnerOctober 10, 2010 (2010-10-10)
66"Going Down Syndrome"James GennTeleplay by: Dennis Heaton
Story by: Steven Cragg
October 17, 2010 (2010-10-17)
77"The Diving Bell and the Barbara"Scott SmithAdriana MaggsOctober 24, 2010 (2010-10-24)
88"Married to the Mom"Shawn Alex ThompsonHeidi GerberOctober 31, 2010 (2010-10-31)
99"The Upside of Matricide"Shawn Alex ThompsonDennis HeatonNovember 7, 2010 (2010-11-07)
1010"The Kidney Stays in the Picture"Jason PriestleyAri PosnerNovember 14, 2010 (2010-11-14)
1111"This Business Has Been Homicide Free for __ Days"Jason PriestleyAdriana Maggs & Jeff DetskyNovember 21, 2010 (2010-11-21)
1212"Honesty, Integrity and Low Mileage: Part 1"James GennSheri Elwood & Tracy DawsonNovember 28, 2010 (2010-11-28)
1313"Honesty, Integrity and Low Mileage: Part 2"James GennSheri Elwood & Tracy DawsonDecember 5, 2010 (2010-12-05)

Season 2

Season 2 premiered on HBO Canada on September 25, 2011.[15]

Total #Episode #TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Ass Hickey"James GennSheri ElwoodSeptember 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)
152"Fucking Memories"Jason PriestleyDennis HeatonSeptember 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)
163"Don of the Differently Abled"Jason PriestleyMatt MacLennanOctober 2, 2011 (2011-10-02)
174"My Own Private OKA"Michael DeCarloJeff Detsky & Adrianna MaggsOctober 9, 2011 (2011-10-09)
185"Pubic Disturbance"James GennSheri Elwood & Heidi GerberOctober 16, 2011 (2011-10-16)
196"Bring Me the Feet of Dexter Laine"James GennDennis Heaton & Kyle MuirOctober 23, 2011 (2011-10-23)
207"Dysfunctional Family Circus"Jim AllodiDennis HeatonOctober 30, 2011 (2011-10-30)
218"Heir of the Dog"Jim AllodiSheri ElwoodNovember 6, 2011 (2011-11-06)
229"Repo Wedding"Michael DeCarloMatt MacLennanNovember 13, 2011 (2011-11-13)
Fitz is arrested for breaking into Sonja's apartment and putting on her lingerie. But this time he is actually innocent - he was drugged and abducted. No one cares. When Chester finds out that Fitz' alibi for the time that Sonja was abducted is Ali he vowes to get Fitz no matter what. Fitz learns that Chester is behind on his car payments and buys the lease and repossesses Chester's car, subsequently revealing the extent of Chester's money woes and corruption. Dot and Chester frame Fitz for the murder of Sonja, planting a bloody knife in Fitz' car. 
2310"How Do You Say Blowjob in Pennsylvania Dutch?"Shawn Alex ThompsonJeff DetskyNovember 20, 2011 (2011-11-20)
2411"Revel Without Applause"Shawn Alex ThompsonHeidi Gerber & Adrianna MaggsNovember 27, 2011 (2011-11-27)
2512"Hell Hath No Drink Limit"Sheri ElwoodSheri Elwood & Dennis HeatonDecember 4, 2011 (2011-12-04)
2613"What the Fuck Is a Beaver Moon?"Sheri ElwoodSheri Elwood & Dennis HeatonDecember 11, 2011 (2011-12-11)

Season 3

Season 3 premieres on HBO Canada on September 23, 2012.[16][17]

Total #Episode #TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"Fuck City Hall"Scott SmithSheri ElwoodSeptember 23, 2012 (2012-09-23)
282"Thirty Percent Less Pulp Fiction"Scott SmithDennis HeatonSeptember 23, 2012 (2012-09-23)
293"The Virgin Homo-Cide"September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30)
304"The Rise and Fall of Ethnic Man"
315"Fuck the Vote"
326"Semen-Gate"
337"The Totally Legitimate Death of Meghan Fitzpatrick"
348"Are You There God? I Need to Speak to Frank"
359"Teetotal Recall"
3610"Apoca' Smokes Now"
3711"And Baby Makes... Fuck! Part 1"November 25, 2012
3812"And Baby Makes... Fuck! Part 2"December 2, 2012

Home video releases

Entertainment One released the first season of Call Me Fitz on DVD in Region 1 on September 27, 2011.[18] It was released on Blu-ray in Region B (The Netherlands) on October 26, 2011.[19] Though not officially released in other regions, the Blu-ray for the season one release is available via import.[20]

Season 2 has been released in region 1 on DVD at March 13, 2012.[21] Entertainment One Benelux, the distributor of the season 1 Blu-ray, has indicated on July 9, 2012 that there are no plans to release season 2 on Blu-ray as well. [22]

Season 1, 2, and 3 can be downloaded from iTunes in SD and HD, but only from the US store.

References

  1. ^ "Call Me Fritz Media Session Info". Banff World Media Festival (2010). http://www.banff2010.com/session.description.php?session_id=451.
  2. ^ Call Me Fritz at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Knox, Carsten (2009-12-17). "Jason Priestley on the Fitz". The Coast. http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/jason-priestly-on-the-fitz/Content?oid=1443406.
  4. ^ a b Hickman, Angela (2011-06-13). "Movie Central and TMN announce new shows for 2011/2012". The National Post. http://arts.nationalpost.com/2011/06/13/movie-central-and-tmn-announce-new-shows-for-20112012/.
  5. ^ Vlessing, Etan (November 24 2009). "Cast grows for 'Call Me Fitz'". AP. Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cast-grows-call-fitz-91707.
  6. ^ "Back In Black". RTÉ. August 11, 2011. http://www.rte.ie/ten/2011/0811/priestley.html. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Call Me Fritz Starts Production". Channel Canada. 2009-11-25. http://www.channelcanada.com/Article3846.html.
  8. ^ Bobbin, Jay (July 21, 2011). "Busy man Jason Priestley on Shannen Doherty, '90210,' 'Haven' and more". Zap2it. http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/busy-man-jason-priestley-on-shannen-doherty-90210-haven-and-more.html. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  9. ^ Hoegg, Jennifer (September 28, 2010). "Crooner fits Fitz soundtrack". The Kings County Advertiser / The Kings County Register. http://www.kingscountynews.ca/Arts/Entertainment/2010-09-28/article-1802507/VIDEO%3A-Crooner-fits-Fitz-soundtrack-/1. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  10. ^ Brioux, Bill (July 13, 2011). "Being busy’s no curse for Jason Priestley". Toronto.com. Toronto Star. http://www.toronto.com/article/692296. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  11. ^ Weisman, Jon (February 10, 2011). "DirecTV places call on 'Fitz'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118031973.
  12. ^ "2011 Gemini Awards Presented in Drama, Children’s or Youth, Comedy and Variety Categories" (Press release). Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. August 31, 2011. http://www.geminiawards.ca/gemini26/press/gemini-news-release-aug-31.pdf. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  13. ^ Bellafante, Ginia (2011-04-20). "King of Front-Wheel Drive and Back-Seat Romps". The New York Times. http://tv.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/arts/television/jason-priestley-in-call-me-fitz-on-directv-review.html.
  14. ^ David, Greg (2010-08-30). "'Call Me Fitz' debuts". TV Guide. Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. http://web.archive.org/web/20101202175500/http://tvguide.ca/Special_Features/Fall_Preview_2010/Articles/100830_Call_Me_Fitz_GD. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  15. ^ "HBO Canada Releases Fall Programming Lineup". Broadcast Magazine. Business Information Group. 2011-08-15. http://www.broadcastermagazine.com/news/hbo-canada-releases-fall-programming-lineup/1000540580/.
  16. ^ "HBO Canada 'Call Me Fitz' Schedule (US access restricted)". HBO Canada. http://www.hbocanada.com/callmefitz/schedule.php. (at Google & Archive.is)
  17. ^ "Call Me Fitz Season 3 Episodes". CallMeFitz.tv. http://callmefitz.tv/episodes_s3.php.
  18. ^ "Call Me Fitz: The Complete First Season". Amazon.ca. http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B005CU5OH2. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  19. ^ "Call Me Fitz: The Complete First Season". freerecordshop.nl. http://www.freerecordshop.nl/films/call-me-fitz-seizoen-1-8713045230487. Retrieved Oktober 26, 2011.
  20. ^ "Call Me Fitz - Complete Season 1 - 3-Disc Set (Blu-Ray, Reg.A/B/C Import - Netherlands)". Amazon.com.
  21. ^ "Call Me Fitz - Season 2: Amazon.com: Jason Priestly: DVD". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006MHZ42O. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  22. ^ Reply on inquiry (Dutch): "Helaas hebben we door tegenvallende resultaten van seizoen 1 moeten besluiten dat we seizoen 2 niet gaan uitbrengen in de Benelux." (English tr.: "Unfortunately, we had disappointing results from season 1, so for season 2, we decided not to release in the Benelux nations."

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