Hiccups (2010–2011) Review


Hiccups is the story of Millie Upton, a children’s book author who is wildly successful, internationally popular, and just a little bit nuts. Millie’s success in writing for children is perhaps due in part to her being about as emotionally evolved as a six year old. Happy as a pig in a puddle one second, then yelling at a cop the next, Millie’s emotional “hiccups” get her into no end of situations. In an effort to get a handle on things, she impulsively enlists the aid of a life coach – Stan Dirko – to help set her straight. Unfortunately, Stan has no real training and even less experience. Still, he’s got a big heart and a head full of ideas, and that’s enough for Millie. It’s the blind leading the blind through an adventurous, emotional minefield, with the best of intentions, high expectations, and very little success.

Along for the ride is Millie’s publisher – Joyce Haddison – who reaps the financial benefit of Millie’s popularity, while also suffering the pitfalls and dodging the lawsuits that result from being associated with someone who causes so many problems. Joyce also has to tolerate her new receptionist – Crystal Braywood – a spoiled little rich girl who has no idea what the word “work” actually means. Crystal’s father, a banker, was trying to land his little girl a job, and Joyce agreed to hire her in exchange for favourable terms on her building’s mortgage. The other stick in the spokes is Millie’s literary agent – Taylor Rymes – who is almost as slick and smooth as he is handsome and clueless. Drifting through both the publishing world and the personal world is Anna Dirko – Stan’s lovable wife – a wonderfully confused woman who is totally supportive of her husband’s lifelong dream to help people – even though she really has no idea what a life coach is supposed to be.

Nancy Robertson

Nancy Robertson is a Gemini Award winning actor, who has received numerous accolades and nominations for her diverse work on stage, on TV and in film streaming. At the Northwest Film Festival she was named Best Actress for her work in the independent film Organ Music, and she garnered rave reviews, as well as a Leo nomination, for her hilarious portrayal of Harriet in the award-winning feature film The Delicate Art of Parking. She has appeared onstage in numerous roles, winning a BC Drama Fest Award for Best Supporting Actress in the play Standing On My Knees, as well as being a member of the winning team at the International Improv Tournament, with her team taking the championship three times.

Some of her television credits include the recurring role of Gertrude on Fox-TV’s Los Luchadores, as well as roles on The Addams Family, Beggars and Choosers, Dead Like Me, and Robson Arms. She is probably best know, however, as one of the lead characters in Canada’s top rated sitcom Corner Gas, where she played the book-smart but socially stunted Wanda Dollard. Aside from earning her and her cast mates a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance, individually Nancy’s work as Wanda has been nominated for 3 Canadian Comedy Awards and 6 Leo Awards, earning her a win in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy. It’s little wonder that Nancy was recently put on MORE Magazine’s list of “Most Compelling Women”.

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