Little Mosque On The Prairie

Little Mosque On The Prairie
Morningstar Entertainment Inc.

Morningstar Entertainment Inc.

October 31, 2007 13:28 ET

UPDATE: Little Mosque on the Prairie-The Complete First Season-Now Available on DVD in Stores November 13

Bonus features include series creators' commentary and candid interviews with key cast members

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 31, 2007) -

ATTENTION: TV WRITERS/ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE EDITORS!!

For those who loved or missed this successful new comedy series the first time

The inaugural season of Little Mosque on the Prairie, Canada's breakthrough series produced by WestWind Pictures in association with the CBC, will be released on DVD in Canada on November 13, 2007 by Morningstar Entertainment, a leading distributor of home entertainment products.

Little Mosque on the Prairie debuted in January, 2006 with stellar reviews and huge national and international attention. The series focuses on a small Muslim community in the fictional prairie town of Mercy, Saskatchewan many of whose residents are wary of their new, more exotic neighbours. The sit-com reveals that, although different, we are surprisingly similar when it comes to family, love, the generation gap and our attempts to balance our secular and religious lives. The new season of Little Mosque on the Prairie airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CBC.

"Morningstar is proud to present the complete first season of CBC's popular and innovative series," says Jason Moring, VP Sales & Marketing for Morningstar Entertainment. "Little Mosque has made a major impact on the cultural landscape of Canada and the world. Consumers will not only love watching the hilarious episodes, they'll learn more about the making of the production and will hear and see unique perspectives on its success from producers, cast and crew."

"We are very excited to make the series available on Home Video, says Mary Darling, Executive Producer of the series, "the requests for DVD began pouring in with the airing of our very first episode. This DVD gives us another way to satisfy the appetites of our valued viewers."

Produced in collaboration with WestWind Pictures, Morningstar Entertainment and CBC Home Video, the 200-minute, two-disc set features 5.1 surround audio, described video for the visually impaired and closed captioned for hearing impaired viewers. Bonus content includes:

- Extended interviews with cast members;

- Behind The Mosque: behind-the-scenes featurette of season 1;

- Under the Veil: Sitara Hewitt's guide to the wardrobe department;

- Double Audio Commentary for Episode 1 with show creator Zarqa Nawaz and Executive Producer Mary Darling (version 1) and various cast members (version 2).

Little Mosque on the Prairie - The Complete First Season (2 Disc DVD) can be found at retailers across Canada and online at www.cbcshop.ca; available November 13, 2007. The DVD features all eight of the Season One episodes:

1. Pilot: A small prairie Muslim community butts heads with locals when their new spiritual leader arrives.

2. The Barrier: A battle of the sexes erupts when Baber decides to put up a barrier between the men and the women in the new mosque.

3. The Open House: An open house meant to build bridges leads to unexpected consequences for both Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

4. Swimming Upstream: Rayyan and her mother end up on opposite sides of the fence over co-ed swimming in the local pool.

5. The Convert (2x Gemini-nominated episode) A new white convert at the Mosque causes problems for the community.

6. The Archdeacon Cometh: Yasir's overbearing mother visiting from Lebanon wants him to try something new - a second wife.

7. Mother-in-law: A local fireman proves too hot to handle when Rayyan considers dating.

8. Playing With Fire: The Muslim community steps in to help when Mercy Anglican faces financial ruin.

Little Mosque on the Prairie stars:

Sheila McCarthy (Sarah Hamoudi) Being Julia, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

Carlo Rota (Yasir Hamoudi) 24, Queer As Folk, Il Duce, La Femme Nikita

Zaib Shaikh (Amaar) Da Vinci's City Hall, Deadzone, Doc

Sitara Hewitt (Rayyan) Comedy Network's You BET Your Ass, The Lookalike

Manoj Sood (Baber) Da Vinci's Inquest, Dead Like Me, Robson Arms

Neil Crone (Fred)YTV's Erky-Perky, Hollywoodland

Arlene Duncan (Fatima) Puppets Who Kill, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Regenesis

Debra McGrath (Mayor Popowicz) This Is Wonderland, Burnt Toast, Paradise Falls

Derek McGrath (Reverend Magee) Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ellen, The Red Green Show


Release Date: November 13, 2007

DVD Selection Number: CLM2009

UPC: 0-63634-02009-7

Duration: 200 minutes (2disc Set)

DVD SRP: $29.98


About Morningstar:

Morningstar Entertainment Inc is one of Canada's leading independent home entertainment distribution companies. Since inception in 1992, Morningstar Entertainment has pioneered retail and consumer acceptance for any and all styles of programming. With non-conventional, out-of-the-box marketing strategies, Morningstar's success extends to promoting television, film and niche market properties, with over 1,000 DVD titles in its current library. In May 2007 Morningstar became a subsidiary of Knightscove Media Corp, a publicly traded entertainment company (Trading Symbol: KC). Morningstar together with Knightscove Films, KC's creative subsidiary, is now a fully integrated Canadian entertainment company specializing in the distribution, creation and financing of high quality live action feature films and television productions for the whole family. Morningstar currently distributes to all mass merchant and specialty retail outlets in Canada through direct relationships and distribution. For more information, visit www.morningstarent.com.

About WestWind Pictures:

WestWind Pictures is a film and television production company that develops products for a global marketplace, focusing on themes that resonate throughout the world. Productions include Little Mosque on the Prairie, Designer Guys, Time & Place, English Teachers, Trash to Treasure, This Small Space and The Perfect Divorce. With over 15 years of experience, WestWind has developed a reputation for delivering high-quality products in a variety of genres for diverse audiences. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.westwindpictures.com.

NOTE TO EDITORS: To view/download an image of the Little Mosque on the Prairie Season 1 DVD box set, please click on the following link: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/LITTLEMOSQUE.pdf.

Contact Information

  • For more information or to set up an interview, contact:
    Publicist, Morningstar Entertainment - Christine Mulkins
    BOOST PR
    (416) 652-2544
    Email: cmulkins@rogers.com
    Website: www.morningstarent.com
    or
    Publicist, Little Mosque On The Prairie/WestWind Pictures:
    Seth Feller
    Word Of Mouth PR
    (416) 484-6363 x101
    Email: seth@wordofmouthpr.com