NORTH WEST RIVER, N.L. — Labrador’s first and only television series has been renewed for a second season.
In June, Bell Media, the parent company of Discovery Channel confirmed it will make another 12 episodes of “Last Stop Garage”, the comedy-reality show set in North West River’s CRB Rebuild and Recreation shop.
Collin Baikie, owner of CRB, said he was thrilled to be picked up again.
“We’re really excited,” he said. “When (the producers) come back, they were really impressed and basically what they told me is going to season two is a good sign because most shows don’t make it past a single season.”
He noted there was a lot of interest in the show outside of Canada, including the United States and other countries as well.
‘Last Stop Garage’, aptly named as it is the only one in North West River, which is literally at the end of the road, features Baikie and a cast of characters, all CRB employees, pulling off MacGyver-like fixes and builds on Frankenmachines of all kinds.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Baikie said. “We’re like a family business, but also the guys that are working are good friends of ours and we can joke around and we’re pretty open-minded, we don’t take things too personal. It’s a lot of fun, the projects we get to do, the people we get to meet, the things we get to do for people is second to none.”
Baikie’s highlights from season one were two episodes in particular: episode 12, in which they helped the town of Mud Lake recover from flooding by building a barge to move construction materials; and episode 1, in which they fused a broken-down tow truck with a giant skidder to create an off-road rescue machine.
“I’m a giver,” Baikie said. “I always like giving back and just helping out Mud Lake in a real-life situation would be the best feeling of all.
“The most fun episode we had was definitely the skidder tow truck episode. That was fun because I got to run over things, and I just love heavy equipment, I love monster-looking machines and I like intensity and moments like pulling that vehicle up over that bank was a thrill.”
The fun comes at a price, however.
“It’s a lot of work,” Baikie said. “We’ve got only a week ‘cause we’re filming in week blocks so if you think projects, we’ve gotta work a lot of overtime. It starts early in the morning, finishes late at night and we’re working long-hour days just to get the projects done and then with TV it’s not like you get it done when you want to get it done, it has to be done in a week and that’s it.”
Then there is balancing the show with regular business, because at the end of the day, CRB provides a necessary service to the town of North West River.
“(The show) definitely brought a lot of attention,” Baikie explained. “There’s a lot of people that come down and say ‘hi’ and want some random things fixed, but for our loyal customers, we definitely stay open to them. The TV show happens in a separate bay so we can still work on vehicles. Our mechanics are there, so when they’re not on TV, they’re still fixing vehicles.
“It was a real big challenge at the start, but now that we’re on to season two we kinda have things laid out a bit better and we’ll continue to take care of our customers.”
Baikie is keeping the details of the new season close to the chest, but hinted it will be more of the same, but maybe even a bit bigger and bolder.
“We’ve got some really interesting projects that obviously I’m not allowed to speak about, but people are coming in left, right and centre and we’ve got some good ideas,” he said. “This year I find we’ve got a base and we’ve got all the hard groundwork put in place, now it’s time to take on some other challenging projects and have some fun.
“It’s going to be pretty wild. I’m sure you’ll see a couple of new characters in there, but we’re looking to have a lot of fun this season and make the world laugh.”
One character that won’t be on screen much, if at all, is the sharp-witted, bombastic former manager of CRB (and Labradorian columnist) Stan Oliver. Oliver suffered a heart attack recently and is still recovering, Baikie said.
“We’re going to try to get him in an episode, but it doesn’t look like he’s well enough to come back for the season. He could be back for the next one, but we’ll see how that goes; his health is the first thing he should take care of.”
One thing that is certain is that Baikie and his lead mechanic, friend and co-star Corey Webber will be doing whatever it takes to “Get ‘er done” a CRB motto reminiscent of redneck comedian Larry the Cable Guy’s “Git r done,” but that goes back to Baikie and Webber’s teen years when they would fix snowmobiles and anything else they could make a buck on.
“Maybe Larry stole it from us and if he wants to fight about it, tell him, ‘let’s go’,” Baikie quipped.
Filming of season two starts this week in North West River.