Just Passing Through's first episode, Alberta Bound, features the side-tracked journey westward quirky P.E.I. Gallant cousins, Terry and Parnell, played by Dennis Trainor, left, and Robbie Moses, on the apartment doorstep of their somewhat stuffy and totally unprepared-for-company cousin, Owen Stephens, played by Tyler Seguin. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Jeremy Larter, a co-creator, is hopeful filming on the second season will begin on P.E.I. in late August
The quirky web-based comedy Just Passing Through produced by Islanders could be sticking around thanks to overwhelming support by fans.
The first seven 22-minute episodes of the critically acclaimed web series proved so popular, followers were hollering out for more.
So the producers turned to their adoring public to chip in to help fund a second season of the show that follows the exploits of two P.E.I. cousins who get stuck in Toronto at the home of their kooky cousin on their way to the buckets-of-money promised land of Alberta.
The first season has had more than 400,000 views, and support has now extended to successful fundraising.
Their Kickstarter campaign has surpassed the $50,000 goal by more than $6,000 to date.
“It’s a huge relief,’’ says Jeremy Larter, a co-creator of the show.
“It’s a big ask — $50,000 is a big ask.’’
More than 500 backers tossed their hard-earned coin into getting season two on-line with the largest single contribution coming in at $2,500.
Different levels of pledges earn financial supporters of the show special privileges, including one line of dialogue in the show and spending a day in Charlottetown with main characters Terry and Parnell, played by Island boys Dennis Trainor and Robbie Moses.
Thought to be the biggest budgeted, complex homegrown comedic dramatic series ever shot on P.E.I., in 2012 Just Passing Through received $150,000 from the Indpendent Production Fund (IPF) and Innovation P.E.I.
Innovation P.E.I. is not involved this year, which left a funding gap to be filled.
“There is no guarantee that the $150,000 IPF funding will happen, but with the unreal response to the show so far and your generous support, our chances are better than Grammie’s at bingo (as long as she’s not in the shine),’’ states the Just Passing Through website.
Larter is hopeful filming on the second season will begin in P.E.I. in late August.
“Because there has been such a great response, it really gives you the boost to make it again,’’ he says.