Calgarian stars in new CBC drama

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Calgarian David Kopp plays game designer and sneaker collector Ethan Jarlewski on the new CBC TV show jPod, which is based on the popular book by Douglas Coupland.

A homegrown Calgary native is living his dream in the spotlight after his new series, in which he is the lead actor, debuted on CBC last night.

And 29-year-old David Kopp couldn’t be happier than watching his series’ premiere of jPod last night with his friends and parents in their southwest Calgary home.

“It’s awesome. It’s a dream and I’m living it. It was a great break for me to be a lead actor in a Canadian series. I hope we have a really good run,” Kopp told Metro.

Kopp plays Ethan Jarlewski, the gaming company’s “gore specialist” who is really just a normal, nice, regular guy. He often becomes the pawn to his parent’s exploits in the series, which is a centering aspect of the show.

jPod is a comedy-drama based on Douglas Coupland’s novel of the same name, and focuses on five video-game creators and the strange relationships they have with their boss, colleagues and even parents.

“It’s just a quirky show and it’s really funny. Audiences need to give it a chance to grow as it is a little choppy at first but when the series goes on the characters develop. It has very colourful characters with such great writing.”

jPod also features actor Alan Thicke as the philandering father and Sherry Miller as the pot-growing mother.

While Kopp grew up in Calgary and attended Lord Beaverbrook High School, he now calls Vancouver home, where they also filmed the first 13 episodes of the show.

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