When viewers last saw Little Dog’s Tommy Ross (Joel Thomas Hynes), he was riding off into the night after a winning a fight that he was supposed to throw, making his family, adversaries and many others pretty upset with him. Season 2 of the CBC comedy series, which premieres Thursday, January 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET, picks up about “two seconds later,” says creator and star Hynes. “We carry on in real time in the first episode,” and will see Tommy hide out in the woods in an attempt to get away from the disapproval and disappointment of his mother Sylvia (Ger Ryan), and far from people looking for payback like Tucker (Mary Walsh).
The only problem for Tommy is “of course he can’t escape it,” says showrunner and director Sherry White. White told The TV Junkies that in Season 2, “we got to branch out a little more,” away from the “classic comeback” story that was told in Season 1. Now, Tommy “has to take some responsibility, very reluctantly, for some of the messes that he created,” said Hynes. This time around though, instead of being the end goal, boxing will be the means to an end. “He’s back into cleaning up all the mess of his life through boxing,” Hynes explained. White added that “Tommy’s debt to Tucker sees him having to do some dumb fighting to get his money back.”
Along the way, Hynes previewed that Little Dog will “delve a little bit deeper into Tommy’s relationship with his own father, Lowly Sr. played by Andy Jones.” The catalyst for that may have something to do with the child that Pamela (Julia Chan) showed up with in the Season 1 finale. White said that Tommy is “thrown a few new surprises in the first episode that really take over his exploration in the second season,” and confirmed that “who that child is and what that is going to mean to Tommy,” will be a major story this season.
While Tommy definitely has his hands full in Season 2, viewers should also expect to learn more about the rest of the interesting characters that inhabit the Little Dog universe. White said she and her team felt much more confident and excited about all the supporting characters heading into this season because “we had a strong sense of who they were, were excited to write for them, and excited to see them in situations we hadn’t seen them.” Hynes echoed her sentiments saying that “we were able to sink in their shoes a little more and had time to nurture and evolve these characters. It was quite a treat for me.”
“All the women in our show this year want to look for control in some way,” previewed White. With Sylvia now living at Ginny’s (Katharine Isabelle) and Pamela back it means for some busy times for the women of Little Dog. “Ginny’s castle is out of control because everyone is living in it. Sylvia has lost hers. Pamela is trying to figure out where hers is. They all have different ways of trying to be in control of their own domain and to be matriarchs of whatever family units they have.” That control may be hard to come by as long-held family secrets surface in a Season 2 that promises an exploration of forgiveness, redemption, family and fatherhood.
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