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The Guys From Trailer Park Boys Are Back In A New Show
Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour Premieres on Action TV CA July 22 at 9 p.m.
John Paul Tremblay, Rob Wells, and Mike Smith, the trio from the legendary Canadian sitcom, Trailer Park Boys (TPB), are back on TV screens with a wild new show called the Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour.
For those not in the know, TPB was a mockumentary about three lifelong friends who lived in a fictitious trailer park and got involved in many shenanigans that often involved the weed business.
It ran for seven loud and vulgar seasons on Showcase, the Canadian version of Showtime, where it grew a huge cult following that became even bigger when it was syndicated around the world. The show spawned two movies, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie and Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day.
In Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour, Tremblay, Smith, and Wells play themselves. The boys are set to star in a new sketch comedy show (Happy Funtime Hour) when they run into a mad scientist who forces them to ingest hallucinogens-hence the Drunk and On Drugs part of the title. In the ensuing madness, the boys play a number of characters.
The new show features several performers from TPB, most notably John Dunsworth (who famously played trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey) as an armless owner of a restaurant called “Feetza Pizza.”
There were six episodes of Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour filmed in 2010. The show was originally slated to appear on Showcase but didn’t find a spot on their schedule and was later picked up by the Shaw Media owned Action TV Canada network.
Action will air two episodes on three consecutive Friday events. The episodes will appear for streaming on the Action website the day after their airing.
Given the title and subject matter of the new show, it is going to be a rough road going forward. It remains to be seen if it will carry over the audience from TPB.
Filming Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour had its difficulties. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (who appeared as himself on TPB) was originally slated to appear as the mad scientist. He had to turn the role down and character actor Murray Chaykin (who appeared as the Police Commissioner on TPB) was cast in the role. Sadly, he passed away in 2010. To date there has been no news on how Chaykin’s death will be handled in the show.
As a longtime TPB fan, I wish Tremblay, Smith and Wells the best in their latest endeavor. I don’t think the Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour will run beyond the six filmed episodes. That said, many people didn’t think that TPB would run past its initial season and they were proven wrong.