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The Departure Lounge

Its time to celebrate being old! A comedy about the summer camp you go to before you die.

Toronto, ON
6.63 (158)

Week #1 Show Teaser The Departure Lounge

Welcome to The Departure Lounge - Its time to celebrate being old.

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Departure Lounge is a show about the places we’re sending our parents to, a show that’ll mine the world of growing old in a way we’ve never seen before on television.
We will get to know the residents of Deer Lodge as though they were our own family. We will come to care and laugh with the people who work there. All ages, all backgrounds, all nationalities.
We ship our old people off to these homes sometimes without really thinking about their lives after they’ve moved in. We figure our loved ones are safe, dry, well-fed and tucked away nicely. We’re relieved they’re “taken care of” and we drive away guilt-free.
Departure Lounge is going to shatter that myth.


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Calwyn Shurgold

Talent, Director of Photography

Calwyn Shurgold is an Actor, visual artist, and award winning Comedian best known for his spot on impersonations. In 2010 he won the nation-wide comedy contest The You Discover Comic Search, and performed on Entertainment Tonight Canada's New Years Eve broadcast from Niagara Falls. Calwyn has been seen on Much Music, The Cannes Film Festival, and in numerous commercials.

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Brendan Howley

Writer, Marketing / Social

A former CBCTV fifth estate investigative journalist, Brendan has collaborated with Sheila McCarthy on VIRTUAL MOM, co-developed DEPARTURE LOUNGE, plus HAIRPIECE, a new play, and LUCYLIGHT, a feature film. Brendan, a multi-awardwinning content specialist, designs digital media for progressive Fortune 500 brands and entrepreneurial nonprofits in North America and Europe.

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sheila McCarthy

Writer, Talent

Sheila McCarthy is an icon in the Canadian Film and Television landscape. She's a multiple Genie, Gemini, and Dora Mavor Moore award winner best known for her roles in "I've Heard The Mermaids Singing","Die Hard II", "The Day After Tomorrow", and CBC's "Little Mosque On The Prairie". She's also writes and produces, one of her credits being CBC's movie "Virtual Mom".

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Ratings (158)

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Reviews (24)

  • Robert's Photo

    Robert C.
    posted 10 years ago

    We're all going to be there one day. Embrace it and laugh about it. Excited to see more! The wise cracking senior is FANTASTIC. LOVE HER!
  • Iris's Photo

    Iris S.
    posted 10 years ago

    As an older member of society I will be interested to see where this goes. Good luck in the competition!
  • Alan's Photo

    Alan H.
    posted 10 years ago

    getting old myself makes this one topical
  • Annikah's Photo

    Annikah T.
    posted 10 years ago

    I was surprised and definitely laughed at loud at the beginning. I also thought the speech he gave was a good combination of serious and funny. This seems like it could be a great show.
  • Marc's Photo

    Marc L.
    posted 10 years ago

    Love it
  • Stuart's Photo

    Stuart F.
    posted 10 years ago

    Very clever! And funny! Nice to have something that appeals to the 30+ (like me)!!!!!

  • Daryl's Photo

    Daryl L.
    posted 10 years ago

    Not bad.
  • James's Photo

    James W.
    posted 10 years ago

    Keep up the great work team.
  • Taylor's Photo

    Taylor E.
    posted 10 years ago

    This looks really original and great!
  • Davin's Photo

    Davin S.
    posted 10 years ago

    Love it!
  • andrew's Photo

    andrew c.
    posted 10 years ago

    Like the concept, curious to hear more of through line and characters.
  • Jo's Photo

    Jo Y.
    posted 10 years ago

    We need this show!!!
  • Jonathan's Photo

    Jonathan C.
    posted 10 years ago

    LIke the concept guys very creative. and with an aging population not a bad direction to go at all. Good call
  • Kevin's Photo

    Kevin S.
    posted 10 years ago

    I like this! It is cute and funny. I may think differently if I was in my 70's. There is humor in seniors homes. Be respectful and it will work. Week 3 was a let down.
  • George's Photo

    George G.
    posted 10 years ago

    Huge potential for viewers of all ages.
  • Clifford's Photo

    Clifford P.
    posted 10 years ago

    My mom works in a retirement home and her stories are amazing. I was also just saying that I can't wait until my life consists of nothing but playing cards and eating jello... the reward for a life well lived. I am excited to see this play out. Good luck.
  • Debra's Photo

    Debra T.
    posted 10 years ago

    Katherine is a great angle to have a young opinion. This looks very promising and can't wait to see more!
  • Laura's Photo

    Laura B.
    posted 10 years ago

    This is hilarious! I love it!
  • tammy's Photo

    tammy b.
    posted 10 years ago

    The actors are fabulous!
  • Ron's Photo

    Ron K.
    posted 10 years ago

    amazing show! amazing team!
  • Cheryl's Photo

    Cheryl M.
    posted 10 years ago

    Great talent attached to this project!
  • Jennifer's Photo

    Jennifer C.
    posted 10 years ago

    "Cheer up, you'll soon be dead". Ripped from Emily of New Moon. I'm onto you, McCarthy! ;)
  • kristian's Photo

    kristian R.
    posted 10 years ago

    We are working in Cooking With Heat and we all here really like your work! Well cut too.
  • Eric's Photo

    Eric L.
    posted 10 years ago

    It's not a bad idea, but the trailer didn't need to run the full 90 seconds.
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