The upcoming mini-series The Best Laid Plans is a political satire. Hmmm, not much material for that these days, huh?
“What’s to satirize, really?” Jonas Chernick asks rhetorically. “But I think you’ll feel better watching our show than watching the news.”
Based on a novel by Terry Fallis, The Best Laid Plans debuts Jan. 5 on CBC. Chernick (pictured above) stars as Daniel Addison, the head speech writer for the federal Leader of the Opposition.
“My character has had enough of the game of politics, the spin, so I’m out,” Chernick explains. “I go to tell the party that I’m out and they coerce me into doing one last task before they let me out of politics forever. They want me to find a candidate and manage his campaign in a can’t-win riding.
“It’s a riding outside of Ottawa and the party that’s in power, their finance minister, who is like a superhero, that’s his riding. But someone has to run for our party. We’re not going to win, I don’t want to win, because I’m getting out.
“So I find a wacky, eccentric, Scottish nut-case (Angus McLintock, played by Kenneth Welsh) who has no interest in politics and we strike up a deal. So the show is about this fake campaign that we mount, and of course, through the absurdity of politics, things start to change and having him win becomes less unlikely. And then this web of lies we’ve created for ourselves starts to bite us in the ass.”
Rounding out the cast of The Best Laid Plans are Jodi Balfour, Sarah Allen, Mark McKinney, Peter Keleghan, Eric Peterson, Leah Pinsent, Sonja Smits and Barbara Gordon.
“The show does have a pure heart, it’s comedic but it’s not a cynical show,” Chernick assures. “I can’t watch any more Rob Ford coverage. So the antidote, really, is The Best Laid Plans.”