After being off-air for a few years, ‘The Trailer Park Boys’ will be reborn for an online audience. The show’s core cast members, Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith – Ricky, Julian and Bubbles, respectively -- have obtained full-rights from the show’s former producers.
The trio plan to stream the show on their website, SwearNet.com, with filming beginning July 17th. The website will feature plenty of behind-the-scenes features over the course of the season’s production.
The mockumentary about beer swilling, pot smoking, drug dealing members of Sunnyvale Trailer Park will also see a return of characters Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth) and Sam Losco (Sam Tarasco). There is no word yet on the return of some of the other notable characters, such as J-Roc, Randy, Lucy and Sarah.
Creator/producer Mike Clattenburg was pleased with the idea of a relaunch. “While the three of us [producers] have moved on to different TV and film projects, the Boys are the only ones with the intimate knowledge and love of the show to keep Trailer Park Boys alive and well.”
The show ran for seven seasons, and has produced three movies. The latest movie entitled, ‘Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It’ is currently in post-production with a release date yet to be determined.
The online format will allow the series to maintain the same level of freedom with its mature subject matter as it did on Canada’s Showcase television.
With such a long run it is amazing that the show has managed to maintain a high level of consistency. The characters have yet to stray too far from their origins. With the cast running the show in the absence of Mike Clattenburg, let’s hope the series continues its strong performance.