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Finkelman returns to form with Good Dog

If there’s one thing you can say about the star and creator of award-winning TV series <em>The Newsroom</em>, Ken Finkleman has been ahead of his time.

If there’s one thing you can say about the star and creator of award-winning TV series The Newsroom, Ken Finkleman has been ahead of his time. Now the mind behind that acclaimed satire is finally back to form with Good Dog.

“What influenced (this series) is simply my daily life,” said Finkleman about the show’s March 6 debut on HBO Canada. “Something small happens and then the character tries to either take advantage of that or cure that…and in meddling with (it), you get into trouble.”

If that sounds Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque, don’t be surprised to find the pilot episode addressing that issue. Besides, The Newsroom made its debut in 1996 so some may argue that Finkleman’s neurotic archetype preceded Curb’s Larry David – a character that Finkleman might have a tough time separating from his own off-screen psyche.

“Everything I do is in search of some kind of truth and it’s stuff that goes through my head that I might not act on,” explained Finkleman. “(But) you let it out in a comic format and maybe you find some kind of truth and so you could, for lack of a better word, call it the id.”

While Finkleman denies enjoying much about the process of writing (or filming for that matter), he does concoct some comical situations involving a compulsive, older man dating a “trophy girlfriend.” And while he has devised a clever series, the pain of the art is definitely not lost on the artist –as explained with a simple analogy:

“My ex-wife is a judge and I think she likes it very much,” said Finkleman. “But guys have to gun other people down before she can enjoy her work.”

 
 
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