Zoo Season 3 - No small parts - Who is Greg Mansdale

posted Jun 22, 2017, 2:51 PM by Jason Cermak   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 5:35 PM ]

Peripheral character Greg Mansdale on CBS' Zoo, played by Jason Cermak, first appeared in Season two as a inconsequential International Animal Defense Group (IADG) sergeant.

Making minor cameo appearances through season 2, Mansdale became know as the trusted advisor and confidant to General Davies, played by Peter Outerbridge, whom is bent on executing the Noah Objective, in which all of Earth's mutated animals are wiped out, then repopulated by new animals using "clean" DNA.


The shock happens in the penultimate final episode of Season 2; with the hero's looking for a cure and successfully destroying the clean animal DNA therefore thwarting the Noah Objective, Greg Mansdale takes matters into his own hands and kills Davie's to prevent him from calling off the Noah Objective.

Mansdale then frees and befriends the group, only to double cross them yet again on the beaches of Pangaea, seizing them and throwing them in prison, thus revealing that he is actually one of the Shepard's, and that the Noah Objective has been executed. Mansdale declares that "all will be revealed soon" and walks away down the beach.

Season 3 teaser trailer shows a distraught Mansdale behind bars. Looks like Jackson and the catch up to Mansdale and exact some revenge.

Find out June 29th, 2017 when Zoo Season 3 premiers.







Jason Cermak shares the story of how Mansdale came to be and his journey on the hit show thus far:

I initially got cast on Zoo in the principal role of "sergeant" and was to appear in one episode. The character just informs General Davies and the audience about key story points. I am a huge fan of the show having watched season one and was happy to be a part of the series.

I almost lost the part because I got the call that I booked Friday afternoon and was supposed to head for a weekend vacation later that afternoon to return Monday. As it was, I was supposed to now be on set for Zoo Monday morning as well. Transport was already booked an paid for when I got the call, and I was informed that I would have to get in for a wardrobe fitting ASAP. I was trying to make the weekend trip still work and work with the costume department to fit both in. I got word from my agent that production would simply hire another actor if they had to work around my schedule. I told them I would make it work and got in my car and headed to North Shore studios immediately. The wardrobe department was really accommodating in trying to get me out of there to make it to my ferry on time. As it turned out I made the ferry, and the wardrobe they selected for me happened to have the name "Mansdale" stitched on the jacket.

Working on set, I ended up having some great conversations with Peter Outerbridge whom plays General Davies. He is a highly intelligent and wonderful actor to work with. It turned out he bought a new laptop and was having issues with his microphone not working so he was having trouble Skyping with his kids back in Toronto. With my degree in IT, I was able to help Peter out in troubleshooting the issue.

The next episode came and they ended up giving me the part as "aide" which fills the same function as "sergeant" so I was happy to get another appearance in another episode. Upon seeing Peter again, he said "I knew you would be back. What's your character's name?" I said "I don't have one. I'm just 'aide'". Peter looked at my wardrobe and saw the name Mansdale and said "No, your name is Mansdale. I'm going to start the scene saying 'At ease Sergent Mansdale'". Unscripted and very gracious of Peter to do that for me.

Next episode rolls around and my agent informs me that Zoo is bringing me back for a 3rd episode as a "Sergent Mansdale?"

Mansdale appears in 6 episodes in Season two. During the table read for the second last episode, we find out that Mansdale actually kills General Davies. It was a shock to the entire cast so I can only imagine how the fans felt. The bitter irony of it all was Mansdale by in large was a creation of Peter Outerbridge. "I created a monster! That's the last time I give someone a name on a show!" Peter jokingly said to me after the table read. I had hugely mixed emotions; enormous gratitude to Peter for what he did for me and upset that I'm indirectly the reason he dies on the show. I expressed my appreciation to Peter and after the initial shock all was well. Peter is a fantastic talent and has no shortage of shows to work on.

Now Mansdale is back in Season 3 of Zoo, he doesn't get away with just walking into the sunset after double crossing Jackson Oz and team. I think the fans are really going to enjoy what's in store for Mansdale in season 3.

Catch a glimpse of Mansdale in the Zoo Season 3 Teaser trailer:

Signed Sealed Delivered

posted Jun 22, 2017, 1:56 PM by Jason Cermak

Jason got the chance to work with The Sopranos star Jamie Lynn Sigler once again, this time on Hallmark's Signed Sealed Delivered. Jason worked with Jamie in Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss back in 2004 in Calgary, Alberta.

Jason also got a chance to connect with longtime friend Crystal Lowe whom plays Rita on Signed Sealed Delivered.

Catch Jason on installment 7 of season three of SSD.

Hallmark "Fixer Upper" and Zoo

posted Jan 25, 2017, 9:56 AM by Jason Cermak

Very exciting start to 2017; so thankful to be returning to Zoo for Season 3 and am also headed back to the island for the next installment of the Fixer Upper Mysteries starring the wonderful Jewel!

Hallmark movie of the week "Curveball"

posted Jan 25, 2017, 9:52 AM by Jason Cermak

Just wrapped on the Hallmark movie of the week Curveball, playing Brandon, Lacey Chabert's character's brother. A lovely story that takes place in the backdrop of Vermon. Interestingly I am playing along side Fiona Vroom whom I just worked with in "Psycho Wedding Crasher" as well as "Death of a Vegas Showgirl". Three shows in a row getting to work with the talented Fiona Vroom.

Lacey Chabert

Psycho Wedding Crasher!

posted Nov 23, 2016, 11:46 AM by Jason Cermak

Landed a lead role playing Glenn on the new lifetime movie "Psycho Wedding Crasher" staring Fiona Vroom and the lovely Heather Morris from Glee. Directed by the fantastic David Langlois.


Mystery Wheel Series

posted Sep 26, 2016, 12:07 PM by Jason Cermak

Very excited to be heading out to Victoria for the first Movie of the Week for the "A Fixer Upper Mystery" series starring a Jewel of an actress...


Zoo, Imaginary Mary, Death of a Vegas Showgirl

posted Jun 3, 2016, 12:45 AM by Jason Cermak

Booked a little role in the pilot for Imaginary Mary playing Mary's father in a flashback scene. Was a very simple day on set. Show reminds me of the 80's series Alf, should be a good show, and I notice it got picked up for a season.

Just prepping for a lead in a movie of the week for lifetime called "Death of a Vegas Showgirl". A dark true story about, well you can probably guess from the title.

And you know the saying "There are no small parts" when it comes to booking roles; well I got to experience that first hand with the CBS show Zoo. I was very happy to book a single episode, small role as a sergeant informing General Davis of a few minor things during the episode. Well there is a similar character in another episode that they decided to bring me back for, and working with the great Peter Outerbridge, he decided that my character should have an actual name in the show. So to start the scene Peter added in "At ease Seargent Mansdale". Low and behold, my agent gets a call requesting me for yet another episode as "Seargeant Mansdale" and it now looks like I am a full on character in the show. Small role that has turned into something that was always a dream of mine. Just so very very grateful to Clark and Page casting in Vancouver for brining me in for the role to begin with, and for the producers and writers of Zoo, and for Peter for taking the initiative to give my character a name and thus give him life!

It's been a fantastic year so far!

Untitled Goldberg/Guarascio/Osborne pilot

posted Mar 1, 2016, 5:31 PM by Jason Cermak   [ updated Sep 26, 2016, 11:57 AM ]

Booked a nice role and excited to be working on the Untitled Goldberg/Guarascio/Osborne pilot in Vancouver tomorrow. Can't let the cat out of the bag on this one quite yet but stay tuned for updates...

Update...Project is called Imaginary Mary and was picked up by ABC.

Garage Sale Mystery and more When Calls the Heart for Hallmark

posted Mar 1, 2016, 5:28 PM by Jason Cermak   [ updated Mar 1, 2016, 5:29 PM ]

Haven't updated the old blog in a while as the 2016 Pilot season proved to be exceptionally busy!

Was back on When Calls the Heart as Dr. Burns for another appearance in Season 3. Was pleased to land a role in Hallmark's Garage Sale Mystery being directed by Norma Bailey starring When Calls the Heart's Lori Loughlin! Great to work with the talented Mrs. Loughlin once again. She is a fantastic, hard working and talented actress and I have to say she looks simply stunning in person and is simply a wonderful person to work with as well.

Was a blast to get to work with Fargo Season 1's Kevin O'Grady as well. "Woa there Big Fella"


When Calls the Heart

posted Oct 9, 2015, 12:30 PM by Jason Cermak

A long time in the making; I finally am on set of When Calls the Heart. Back in 2006 I worked on the show in Calgary when Michael Landon Jr was directing. That production (a MOW at the time) didn't get completed and the series got picked up years later in Vancouver. I was lucky enough to be on hold and book a couple roles on the show but unfortunately had scheduling conflicts so wasn't able to work on them until now.

Feeling very blessed to be playing Dr. Burns from Union City on this fantastic show. Really wonderful cast and crew and a pleasure to work with director Neil Fearnley.


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