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Dear Stella

Bridesmaids & 30 Rock meet Extras- DEAR STELLA is a videoletter from an actress mum to her daughter

Halifax, NS
6.46 (348)

Week #1 Show Teaser Dear Stella

Mary Jo is Stella's actress mom. She has gotten herself into hot water because somehow the nude photos she keeps on her phone have been leaked. She explains to her daughter and her public why actresses keep nude photos of themselves on their devices.

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Dreams can come true! Especially if you dream of being a middle aged actress who has to work as a waitress to make ends meet.

Dear Stella is a video letter made by an actress mom to her talented teenage daughter who wants to follow in her footsteps. Actress Mary Jo Caufield doggedly competes against models half her age and half her weight to find success in the film and TV industry. Her journey is paralleled by her artistic daughter’s passage through the minefield of junior high.


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Joanne Miller

Writer, Talent

Joanne Miller is a comedienne and writer who has appeared in many TV sitcoms (Call me Fitz, Mr. D, Seed, TV with TV’s Jonathan Torrens, etc) She was the lead on CBC’s series Backbencher, (winner-New York Festivals award). Thrice nominated (Actra and Merritts) she was the lead on the Gemini winning Olliver's Adventures. MJ's wall is her web series seen all over the world

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Len MacKeigan

Producer, Writer

Len MacKeigan is a comedy writer whose work includes This Hour has 22 Minutes, Poko & Lunar Jim for CBC, Pucca for Jetix Europe & Olliver's Adventures for Teletoon. He has been a producer on projects for Bravo, Vision TV, CTV and a live variety show for CBC. He currently is the production manager for Halifax Comedy Fest and writes movies on his computer.

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Jessica Brown

Producer, Showrunner

Jessica Brown has been working in the film and television industry since 2003. In 2012 she incorporated her own production company, Peep Media Inc., spearheaded by herself, and award winning writer, actor and documentarian Jackie Torrens. Recent accomplishments include Edge of East (CBC;documentary channel); Bunker 6 (feature film) and TV with TV's Jonathan Torrens. (Shaw)

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    Sarah B.
    posted 9 years ago

    Stella's mom has her funny moments, but the material doesn't match the sell - I'm not seeing Bridesmaids, I'm not seeing 30 Rock… it's more like a non-political, kind of negative, female rick mercer rant…
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    Sheldon O.
    posted 9 years ago

    Don't think someone is very happy with this whole process
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    Kris N.
    posted 9 years ago

    think there should be more funny ladies in television.
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    Nichole E.
    posted 9 years ago

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    Daniel J.
    posted 9 years ago

    Pretty good but there is lots of competition out there!!!!!!!!!!!! Lots of other competitors competing against everyone in the competition!!!!!!!! Good luck to you and everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    rachael g.
    posted 9 years ago

    Yeah Nova Scotia!! Keep up the great writing!!
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    Nadine D.
    posted 9 years ago

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    Ellen M.
    posted 9 years ago

    only a mother could know.
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    Jasneet U.
    posted 9 years ago

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    Laura M.
    posted 9 years ago

    Not a lot happening, wanting more comedy and a change of scenery
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    Rory H.
    posted 9 years ago

    Not sure this is worth $500K..
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    Loretta E.
    posted 9 years ago

    Not bad
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    Alannah T.
    posted 9 years ago

    Yay lady funny
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    Wyatt L.
    posted 9 years ago

    funny. Like your characters.
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    posted 9 years ago

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    Josh M.
    posted 9 years ago

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    Paul K.
    posted 9 years ago

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    Peggy L.
    posted 9 years ago

    Funny, smart and current. Loved it!
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    Marianne W.
    posted 9 years ago

    Smart satire! I'd love to see this made. I'd watch, for sure!
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    Jordan P.
    posted 9 years ago

    sorry dont like the idea, it would have been alot better if you had more than one actor in this preview
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    LeeAnne C.
    posted 9 years ago

    great concept! Looking forward to it
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    Dale W.
    posted 9 years ago

    Loved it! The frantic pacing is just right and the "attitude" of Stella is spot on too. Hope I get to see more.
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    Josh W.
    posted 9 years ago

    Not really interested in a show about complaining.
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    Franco C.
    posted 9 years ago

    Clever gal.
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    posted 9 years ago

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    Jeremy W.
    posted 9 years ago

    I'd like to see this show get developed & made.
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    Liam Q.
    posted 9 years ago

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    Kate S.
    posted 9 years ago

    A tad crass... good sense of humour
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    tricia B.
    posted 9 years ago

    Great glimpse of what to expect and what makes this project unique. Cant wait to see more
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    Vince T.
    posted 9 years ago

    I love this idea! And unlike some other posters, I don't see Stella's "attitude" as a negative. Those are the kinds of things we exaggerate for comedy's sake! And think of all the sitcoms that featured teenagers with attitude as characters. Looking forward to seeing more!
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    Meredith B.
    posted 9 years ago

    I think dear Stella and her ducklings are different enough to draw a lot of viewers to their reflecting pond.
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    Ali J.
    posted 9 years ago

    While I'm not a huge fan of the production style, I love the concept x 1 000 000. Love that this is a show centering on the trials and tribulations of a female actress!
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    Joceline P.
    posted 9 years ago

    I love the concept and it's really funny! You go girl!
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    Edward R.
    posted 9 years ago

    This concept is really has its heart in the right place. Best of luck!
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    Tim T.
    posted 9 years ago

    Yes to this comedy.
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    Janis S.
    posted 9 years ago

    Thumb up, so far!
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    Kate W.
    posted 9 years ago

    Looks cute and quirky!
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    robin g.
    posted 9 years ago

    Love the concept
    Have seen the actress before and love her work
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    Murray H.
    posted 9 years ago

    not in good taste not my kind of show, good luck though
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    Janet M.
    posted 9 years ago

    Most of thaT WAS FUNNY BUT WHAT WOULD THE WEEKLY BE LIKE? That part isn't rally obvious from the trailer. I' following this one to see how things progress.
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    Adam L.
    posted 9 years ago

    Good work, very funny.
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    Chris S.
    posted 9 years ago

    GREAT! Would be a great show on CBC
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    Ella M.
    posted 9 years ago

    I could see my friends watching this and my mom and her friends watching too!
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    Joanne M.
    posted 9 years ago

    Hey Guys! Love the feedback..Just wanted to let you know Dear Stella is a fully realized sitcom script which will be filmed in the mockumentary style of The Office. No its not a monologue. Yes we will meet Stella. See how talented the teenage daughter is. We will see MaryJo at work as a waitress. We will see the school talents shows and embarrassing auditions....etc...etc. I just didn't have the 5 grand it would take to show this all to you in a teaser video so I decided to do a promo video instead. If you like 30 Rock, Modern Family, Gilmore Girls and the Real Housewives of Anywhere....You will like this. If you don't like any of those shows, you wont. thanks for watching!!!
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    Katie J.
    posted 9 years ago

    So smart and funny and the concept of the show sounds like a real good idea. Dear Stella is about a mum and a daughter. anyone who has a daughter or a mum knows that is going to work!
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    Julius M.
    posted 9 years ago

    Snapchat your snatch... because snapchatting your hooha doesn't sound right. LOL AWESOME!
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    Greg W.
    posted 9 years ago

    Great work!
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    Bernie M.
    posted 9 years ago

    outstanding wit .Should go far
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    Kirsten K.
    posted 9 years ago

    I wish I'd been wearing Depends when I watched this. In fact it should have come with a warning. The entire monologue is hilarious but the punch line - best I've ever heard!
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    Brent M.
    posted 9 years ago

    The lead actor is very funny/charming. The script could have been tighter--I found myself zoning out a bit, especially when there were celebrity namedrops--I guess I just don't care that much about Ariana Grande and don't think that's funny on its own. Also, will the entire show be just Mary Jo talking to the camera/Stella? That's going to be difficult to sustain for half an hour. I'm assuming there will also be scenes between characters? And the show will be about more than the video leak? More information is all I'd like. Cheers!
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    Mary M.
    posted 9 years ago

    Love it!
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    Helen P.
    posted 9 years ago

    This is supposed to be a series right? How is that going to work? Is it going to be just monologues? Don't get it.
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    Elaine S.
    posted 9 years ago

    Can't wait for more of the monologues...
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