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Joel Thomas Hynes Is Little Dog

Updated: Mar 28, 2019


Season 2 of Little Dog premieres on Thursday, January 17 at 9:30 p.m. (10 p.m. NT) on CBC Television and CBC Gem

LITTLE DOG's season one finale saw Tommy (JOEL THOMAS HYNES) riding off into the night after winning a fight he was supposed to throw, screwing over Tucker (MARY WALSH) and inadvertently losing his mother’s house.  Stream the seasons to recap on CBC Gem.

The only time I feel completely alive, is when I'm in the ring.- Tommy Ross

Season two picks up immediately afterwards and Tommy is on the run. Eventually forced to face his family, and the boxing ring, all hell breaks loose after an incident with an opponent - and Tommy ends up on the wrong end of a revenge story. This is great news to wannabe boxing promoter Kevin Smallwood (ROMAINE WAITE) who soon becomes intimately involved in the affairs of the Ross family. To make life even messier, Tommy is trying to parent a child he didn’t know he had and win back Pamela (JULIA CHAN) at the same time. Sylvia (GER RYAN) is struggling as a queen without a castle, Ginny (KATHARINE ISABELLE) can’t convince Chesley (BILLY COCHRANE) to give up the search for his own father and Lowly Jr (STEPHEN OATES) gives romance a go for the first time. Long-held family secrets surface in an exploration of forgiveness, redemption, family, and fatherhood that has the same unique and hilarious tone as season one. 


A CBC original series, LITTLE DOG is developed and produced by Cameron Pictures and Elemental Pictures with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Newfoundland Film and Video Industry Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. LITTLE DOG is created by, and stars, actor/author Joel Thomas Hynes, who is also an executive producer. Sherry White serves as showrunner and executive producer. In addition, the series is executive produced by Amy Cameron, Tassie Cameron, Rob Blackie, Alex Patrick and John Vatcher. LITTLE DOG is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Michelle Daly is Senior Director, Comedy, Scripted Content; and Greig Dymond is Executive in Charge of Production.


Joel Thomas Hynes stars as Tommy "Little Dog" Ross on CBC's Little Dog


Joel Thomas Hynes is a multidisciplinary artist from Newfoundland, Canada, and is creator, writer, star, and executive producer of LITTLE DOG. Hynes’ latest novel, We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night, won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for English language fiction and was also included on the long list for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize as well as the winner for the BMO Winterset Award. 

Hynes has worked in the Canadian film and television industry for more than fifteen years as a writer, actor and director. He’s written and directed two award-winning short films, Clipper Gold and Little Man, and is the author of numerous acclaimed books and stage plays including the novels Down to the Dirt and Right Away Monday. Hynes recently penned the screen adaption of his book Say Nothing Saw Wood under the title Cast No Shadow, which was nominated for four 2015 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Motion Picture. 


As an actor he’s performed numerous lead and principal roles for TV and film, including Down to the Dirt, Crackie, Cast No Shadow, Book of Negroes, ReGenesis, Rookie Blue, Republic of Doyle, Mary Kills People and Orphan Black. Most recently he starred in the indie feature Scattered & Small as well as a supporting role in Goalie opposite Mark O’Brien.

 

Hynes’ awards include the 2014 AFF’s Best Atlantic Screenwriter, The Newfoundland and Labrador Artist of the Year Award, Nickel Independent Film Festival People’s Choice Award, The Yorkton Film Festival Best Actor Award, The Lawrence Jackson Creative Writing Award, The Cuffer Prize, Summerworks Theatre Festival Best Dramatic Script Award and the Newfoundland Arts and Letters Award for Best Dramatic Script. 


Hynes is an alumnus of the Cineplex Screenwriter’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. He can be seen in the current season of Netflix’s drama Frontier.



Season 2 of Little Dog on CBC Gem


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