Dan For Mayor was a surprise hit in its first season. The CTV original program scooped up its star Fred Ewanuick after Corner Gas finished its remarkable run and did a great job at establishing its own identity beyond Dog River. The show revolves around the premise of an everyman bartender (Dan Phillips) deciding to run for office in the fictional city of Wessex. Much to the chagrin of its residents, while Dan didn’t necessarily win the position in Wessex, he certainly claimed it and while last season’s finale answered whether or not Dan would be successful in his campaign for office, we were definitely left with more questions than answers. Now that Dan was mayor, what would happen next? What about his love interest Claire? Would she return to support his inaugural run? Would a bartender be able to effectively govern?
These are the questions that will be answered in the show’s second season which will premiere on June 5 on CTV (as announced yesterday). Luckily, you don’t have to wait that long to get a taste of what’s to come in Wessex.
I was able to visit the set of Dan For Mayor while it was filming one of its second season episodes last year. I toured the set and caught up with Mary Ashton to talk about where the surprise hit will go now that its star already had the position that he spent the majority of the first season trying to obtain. Would the title change from Dan For Mayor to Dan Is Mayor?
Find out in Part 1 of my exclusive behind-the-scenes day at Dan For Mayor Season 2.
Murtz Jaffer is the world's foremost reality television expert and was the host of Reality Obsessed which aired on the TVTropolis and Global Reality Channels in Canada. He has professional writing experience at the Toronto Sun, National Post, TV Guide Canada, TOROMagazine.com and was a former producer at Entertainment Tonight Canada. He was also the editor at Weekendtrips.com.