Disclaimer #1: I may be a grown man whose blog serves as an outlet for various workplace tensions, but I am also a dedicated family man and, on occasion, a raging fanboy.
See if you can guess what I am now…
Disclaimer #2: The hit CBC Victorian-era detective series, Murdoch Mysteries, is must-see TV in our house. Heck, even the dog is glued to the set when Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto Constabulary is onscreen.
Disclaimer #3: The ridiculously talented and decent (seriously, this guy’s beyond nice, even for a Canadian), Yannick Bisson portrays the title character. His portrayal of a man ahead of his time has made him one of my favorite actors and his accessibility to his fans has made him one of my daughter’s heroes.
All that having been said, I intend to test his good nature with my patent-pending humor.
Now, on with the show.
1) That thick, luxurious hair? Part of a follicle timeshare he went halfsies on with William Shatner. Why do you think his character always wears that bowler hat?
2) His Dragons’ Den pitch for a line of frozen foods called “Murdoch’s Mystery Meat” never made it to air. Go figure.
3) He was the only pitcher in Den history to make Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary wet his pants.
4) Yannick is the founder – and sole member – of the Toronto chapter of the Pauly Shore fan club. (Who is he kidding? This is the only chapter in existence.)
5) He once spent a year following David Hasselhoff across Europe. The funny thing is, the Hoff wasn’t even performing at the time.
6) He’ll soon be starring in his own “5×5 With The Hook” installment.
7) He has auditioned for various productions of Annie. In fact, he has done so seventeen times. Although his management team has urged him to audition for a role other than the title character, he feels the role was made for him.
“I’ve always felt I was an orphaned red-haired girl who is eventually adopted by a munitions magnate after a series of whimsical adventures in a man’s body.”
8) Yannick was the member of One Direction that was left behind when they made it big. (Pete Best sends him a Christmas card every year.)
9) Before hitting it big as a fictional detective, Yannick was Roseanne Barr’s stunt double. (He’s lost a little weight since then.)
10) “Murdoch’s Mystery Meat” was also the title of Yannick’s first “feature film”. Although he doesn’t say very much about that particular production…
And so concludes my presentation for today. I appreciate the fact you’ve indulged me once more, folks, but you deserve an explanation.
This isn’t an easy world to live in. My father-in-law is in his eighties and although he doesn’t say much about it, I know he realizes there are fewer days ahead than behind. His health has steadily deteriorated and so most of his day is spent in front of the television. My daughter has been bullied for virtually her entire life and while she has emerged stronger, the scars remain. My own mother has been battling various medical conditions for years as well.
And my wife? Well, she’s a wife/mom/devoted daughter and so she has the weight of the world on her pretty shoulders. Our life isn’t a waking nightmare, but its far from perfect.
And yes, there is a point in our future… and here it is.
In this day and Kardashian-dominated age, there are very few shows on television that my entire family can enjoy together. Murdoch Mysteries inspires conversation, something most domestic units rarely engage in. Murdoch Mysteries makes us laugh. Murdoch Mysteries has become part of our lives.
Yannick Bisson is Detective William Murdoch and as corny as it sounds, he is one of my personal heroes.
That’s all I have for you today, folks. Be well.
See you in the lobby…