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CBC’s ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’ gets positive buzz

March 1, 2007

I saw reviews for this new Canadian sitcom called “Little Mosque on the Prairie” in December, and the press for the show has been mostly positive. The show had over 2 million viewers for its Janauary debut.

Once you get past the “how dare they mock Michael Landon Islam like that?!” shock of the title, you see that the show is very well intentioned, and aims to show the sense of humor that Muslim communities have for themselves and the outside world.

Here’s a clip from the CBCNews via YouTube:

Also, the show infuriated/frustrated some Muslims in America … here’s a clip from MSNBC discussing the show and controversy:

The final two episodes of the show’s first season air over the next two weeks.  It’ll be interesting to see if it gets renewed for Season 2.

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  1. March 21, 2007 4:54 pm

    For any New Yorkers reading this — The Museum of Television & Radio in NYC is hosting an evening with the cast and creators of “Little Mosque on the Prairie” on May 17, 2007. Details below!

    A First Look at Little Mosque on the Prairie
    Thursday, May 17; 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    Tickets: $30 / $15 for students using discount code STUDENT at mtr.org

    This hit Canadian sitcom from the CBC, centered on a Muslim community nestled in the wilds of rural Saskatchewan, has debuted to strong ratings and curious speculation: is it possible to find humor in Muslims interacting with suspicious North Americans in a post-9/11 world? Members of the cast and creative team will discuss the challenges that arise when sensitive social and political issues provide the context for a traditional comedy show.

    In Person:
    Mary Darling, Executive Producer
    Kirstine Layfield, Executive Director, Network Programming, CBC Television
    Anton Leo, Creative Head, Comedy, Arts & Entertainment, CBC Television
    Sheila McCarthy, “Sarah”
    Zarqa Nawaz, Creator, Consulting Producer, Writer
    Zaib Shaikh, “Amaar”

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