It’s 2017 and the trendiest restaurants serve kombucha and cater to vegans, but if you’re looking for bottomless Drambuie and floor length furs, come into Michelle’s.
Michelle rules the fine-dining throne in Hope, BC, when a man from her past returns determined to destroy her queendom.
You don’t become the queen of late-night dining without making a few enemies. Michelle Gidard is the owner and proprietor of Michelle’s Restaurant, located in the small town of Hope, BC, and business is booming. That is, until a devilish man from her past, Hank Devereux, pays Michelle a visit and reveals that he has bought a competing restaurant across the highway. Just one of the many tricks up his sleeve. The times are changing, and Hank’s restaurant brings something new and exciting from the big city: fusion food. Goodbye Chicken a-la King, hello Shanghai Noodle Burgers. He’ll use her dark past against her, and will stop at nothing to steal her seat on the late-night fine-dining throne. As Michelle’s business and personal life crumble around her, will she be able to keep it together
Angela & Andrew are the co-creators & co-writers of Michelle’s. BFFs & performers at Vancouver TheatreSports, they’ve collaborated in digital & live comedy arenas for years. They have a team of ridiculously talented actors & crew to rock this project
Ambitious. Proud. Persuasive. Michelle Gidard is a larger-than-life diva who’s become accustomed to a lavish lifestyle after inheriting a large sum from her late father’s panty liner fortune. She is passionate about her thriving business and is eager to expand both her dominance in town and her shoulder pads, at an ungodly pace. She plays Godmother to all those who work for her - not the kind in Cinderella who turns pumpkins into carriages - but the rock jawed, family-first mentality of Brando’s Corleone. Cross her, and watch the diva turn into a dragon.
Michelle’s long-time lover and confidante, as well as head-chef and accountant, René is a man of modest means and quiet courage. He’s our unsung hero and adores Michelle so deeply that he’s willing to lie about the financial health of the restaurant just to protect her. Still reeling from the financial demise of his own restaurant, 'Rene’s', it seems as though his failures as a chef/accountant may come back to haunt him. At this restaurant, Michelle makes the rules. The only person that might dare stand up to her is Rene, though sometimes it only happens once she’s already left the room.
Donna is a career waitress, and has worked faithfully at Michelle’s for the last 6 years. What she lacks in her ability as a server, she makes up for with a sassy attitude. Something is a little off about Donna. Perhaps it’s her lathered on perfume that’s melted too many brain cells, or the fact that she was an orphaned child beauty pageant queen? Donna sees Michelle as the mother she wished she’d had, and often acts like her petulant child. She has big ambitions and believes she was destined for great things. Straight up, Donna’s a very dumb person.
A waitress at Michelle’s. On a work release program from a federal penitentiary, Tanya is desperate to get her life back on track. She can be temperamental, but at heart, she’s caring and determined. Crafty and intelligent, she’ll use her skills to get ahead at Michelle’s. But as everyone knows, some bad habits are hard to kick.
A fiery vixen and Hank’s partner in crime. She’s so vile and devious that it may just be that she’s the puppeteer yanking Hank’s strings. She’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants. Even if that means vomiting in her mouth a little when trying to seduce Damien Deveraux.
A regular at Michelle’s. Don works for the city, and is campaigning to become city Alderman. He often flirts with Michelle, a seemingly harmless act. Though his true feelings reveal and deep and growing love for her. Perhaps once he becomes Alderman Don Alderman, he’ll be of more use to her.
René’s sous-chef, and by far the most down-to earth character on the show. He is the object of Donna’s desire and a true gentleman. He’s a man who doesn’t seek out adventure, adventure often seeks him. Like the time he rescued the Prime Minister from a ditch fire, or when he briefly tambourined for Arcade Fire.
A frenetic and wild-eyed waitress, Felisha can make the most mundane task feel like the latest, hottest gossip. She always seems to find herself in the middle of everyone else’s drama, when she’s not inadvertently creating it on her own. She might cry out “we’re out of grenadine” with the same intensity that someone might proclaim “the restaurant is on fire.”
Hank has the confidence and allure of a far more attractive man. He has mysterious and scheming eyes and the stature of a middle-aged male improviser. But at his core, who or what is Hank? Charming? Endearing? Seductive? Or are these the masks of a talented chameleon? His sinister plans point to a man that’s been hurt so badly in his past, he no longer feels pain. He’s obviously our villain.
We aim to make a comedic web series that celebrates western Canada by situating our story in the beautiful community of Hope, BC. We chose Hope because it’s a place you typically pass through on Hwy 1 to get to other places in our province. We want viewers to park the car, get out and stay a while. More broadly, we want to celebrate Canadian humour that will not only connect with Canadians but will cross the 49th parallel.
Vancouver has some of the funniest comedians in Canada. We also have one of the most diverse populations in the country. We have built a core cast of characters that is representative of gender, ethnic, and sexual orientation diversity. And in the series there will be a rotating cast of customers making cameos that allow us to utilize the breadth of comedy talent in the city.
We want to prove that you can make a funny, intelligent, and engaging show that isn’t centred around a cast comprised of 95% straight white males. Don’t get us wrong, we love Mad Men. According to the website Women in Hollywood, of the top 100 films of 2016, females comprised 29% of all sole protagonists and 37% of major characters. Not only is our powerful protagonist a female character, our core cast also consists of 64% women.
Michelle’s is intended for the millennial demographic: 18-35 year olds. A celebration of nostalgia, melodrama in the workplace, soap operas and a touch of sarcasm all wrapped up in an aesthetically pleasing bow should go over well with the culture that thrives like vampires off of memes and irony.
This project aims to earnestly portray the soap-opera genre and find comedy in the absurdity of the characters and their circumstances. This isn't a “corny” or sarcastic portrayal, but rather a campy and committed parody. Our target audience grew up watching soaps with friends, siblings, mothers and grandparents. Week by week, they anticipated and revelled in the decadence and absurdity of shows like Dynasty, Days of Our Lives and Twin Peaks.
In recent years the film and TV landscape has been capitalizing on the nostalgia trend via direct reboots (Twin Peaks, Roseanne, Ghostbusters) as well as nostalgia through aesthetic (Hater’s Back Off, Stranger Things). These are just a few examples of film and TV tapping into the emotional attachment that viewers have to a distant but familiar time. Though set in modern times, Michelle’s characters and environment draw on a deep commitment to an 1980s aesthetic that clashes awkwardly with the world of 2017. My, how things have changed.