Liocracy

Summary

Liocracy was a Canadian mockumentary comedy television series, which aired on The Comedy Network in 2001 and 2002.[1]

Liocracy
GenreComedy
Written by[various]
Directed byRon Murphy
Alan Resnick
StarringLeslie Nielsen
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producersGreg Jones, Janice Evans
Production locationsHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkThe Comedy Network
Original release21 April 2001 (2001-04-21) –
1 February 2003 (2003-02-01)

The show, a spoof of biographical documentary series such as Biography or Life and Times, starred Leslie Nielsen as host Terrence Brynne McKennie.[2] Each episode presented a Biography-type profile of a fictional person loosely based on a real-life personality.

The first episode centred on Fiendly Giant, a Friendly Giant–like children's television host with a penchant for sadomasochism who became a pariah after being caught having sex with his rooster sidekick Rudy.[3] Later episodes focused on Anne Surly, a serial killer indirectly based on Lucy Maud Montgomery and her Anne of Green Gables novels; Simon Duke, a horror novelist who was a spoof of Stephen King; Rachel Lange, a soap opera diva; Boyz 'r Us, a pop music boy band; and the on-again off-again romance of Hollywood acting icons Richard Button and Elizabeth Paladoro.[4]

Filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the show was created by Ian Johnston and Peter Hays, two former journalists for the Halifax Daily News.[5]

The show was titled Liography in its first season, but was changed to Liocracy in the second season after the A&E Network, the producers of the original Biography series, threatened a copyright infringement lawsuit.[6] The second season premiered in November 2002, and ran for 13 episodes into early 2003. The series was not renewed for a third season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Leslie Nielsen spoofs TV's biography series: Actor says genre is perfect for parody". The Province, December 3, 2000.
  2. ^ "Nielsen's down-home humour keeps faux bio series upbeat". Halifax Chronicle-Herald, November 10, 2002.
  3. ^ "Nielsen spoofs TV bio phenom". Windsor Star, April 18, 2001.
  4. ^ "Biography gets a Nielsen raking: The Comedy Network is launching a parody of the popular TV genre. Bruce Deachman interviews the host". Ottawa Citizen, April 21, 2001.
  5. ^ "Lies, lies and Damn funny lies: Leslie Nielsen yucks it up in the Halifax show Liography". Halifax Daily News, April 20, 2001.
  6. ^ "The word from Leslie Nielsen". Halifax Chronicle-Herald, October 19, 2001.

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