The Oil Change TV series returns: THREE CHEERS!

Oil Change is coming back. That’s very good news.

The six-part series of one-hour documentary shows that looks behind the scenes as the Edmonton Oilers have been going through an intensive re-building phase of their existence used to be broadcast on TSN. It became a favourite, developing an almost cult-like following right across Canada, and throughout the U.S., too.

This year, we’re going to see six one-hour parts, again, except the show has found a new home, on Sportsnet West and Citytv Edmonton. Quite logical, considering Sportsnet carries some 60 Oilers’ games this season.

If last year’s experience is any indication, we can expect fast-paced, very honest and open documentaries made by an incredibly talented crew concentrated around Edmonton’s own Aquila Productions. The Oilers have opened their doors to the creators in an unprecedented fashion, and the creators have never betrayed the trust. Still, the behind-the-scenes footage must have amazed even the crustiest of viewers.

Don Metz will again serve as executive producer, with Gord Redel returning as the show’s producer.

The series’ subtitle is Overdrive. Quite fitting, really. The Oilers have given their fans several years of frustration that developed into last year’s season of hope. As we all know, hope springs eternal, but who knows whether fans’ patience does, too.

In any case, Oil Change gives Oilers’ fans a unique chance to look what is really going on, and to appreciate their development with more knowledge and, dare we say it, empathy.

Last season’s series was a masterpiece. Not only was it deserving of its Gemini nominations, but, frankly, it should have won some of these awards, too.

Aquila can’t say what each episode will be about. They couldn’t say it in advance last season, either. Yes, they do have a rough idea that is based on some events that they can predict (first nine games for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, for example, the trade deadline, and such), but other than that, they follow their subjects’ lives as they live them, and film their series as life dictates, rather than going the other way round.

That, by the way, is one of their strengths. So is their skilful and very creative use of music, and incredible camera work and editing. Besides, unlike many who claim they know how to document, creators of Oil Change are aware that pictures are much worthier than any number of words. And so, there’s not too much talk in the series, just the bare and necessary minimum. The rest is action.

And that’s what hockey is all about.

If you wish, clip the information below and attach it to your fridge. You will need it.

Episode 1

· Citytv Edmonton – Friday, Oct. 21 @ 8 p.m. (MT)

· Sportsnet West – Sunday, Oct. 23 @ 11 p.m. (MT)

Episode 2

· Citytv Edmonton – Friday, Nov. 25 @ 8 p.m. (MT)

· Sportsnet West – Sunday, Nov. 27 @ 9 p.m. (MT)

Episode 3

· Citytv Edmonton – Friday, Dec. 30 @ 8 p.m. (MT)

· Sportsnet West – Sunday, Jan. 1 @ 9 p.m. (MT)

Episode 4

· Citytv Edmonton – Friday, Feb. 10 @ 8 p.m. (MT)

· Sportsnet West – Sunday, Feb. 12 @ 9 p.m. (MT)

Episode 5

· Citytv Edmonton – Friday, Mar. 16 @ 8 p.m. (MT)

· Sportsnet West – Sunday, Mar. 18 @ 9 p.m. (MT)

Episode 6

· Citytv Edmonton – Friday, Apr. 20 @ 8 p.m. (MT)

· Sportsnet West – Sunday, Apr. 22 @ 9 p.m. (MT)

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