sure has changed since I Love Lucy. It's all sex,
drugs and rock 'n' roll on CHUM TV's new flagship
series, Godiva's which is set in a posh Yaletown restaurant.
MacLennan teamed up Julia Keatley to create six one-hour
episodes of the comedy/drama which premieres Wednesday
(March 16) at 7 p.m. on Bravo.
story line is about the restaurant's new manager,
Kate (Erin Karpluk) who arrives from Toronto and does
not see eye-to-eye with the young, high-strung, ambitious
sous-chef, Ramir played by Stephen Lobo. Part Goan
and part Iranian, Lobo only quite recently finished
drama school in London, England after a stint at the
University of Toronto.
made a late start as an actor after coming to the
realization that maybe he wasn't so crazy about math
and science after all. Not particularly interested
in commercial success, he was about to explore the
British theatre world last spring when the call came
from his Toronto agent to audition for the new show.
And when he got word that he'd been chosen for the
role he was gobsmacked.
was mindblowing," he remembers. "I thought
I blew the audition and I was like, I'm going to get
there, and they're going to go, 'Who's this guy?'
I was convinced they thought I was somebody else,
and I got here and nobody made any strange faces and
they were happy to see me, and I realized, Wow, this
is really happening!"
raw new show isn't for children. In fact, in one episode
not exactly palatable for a family newspaper, Ramir
is involved in a sexual dilemma not unsimilar to a
situation in Sex and the City.
and Lobo signed nudity clauses in their contracts