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Lionsgate And The CBC Team Up For ‘Son Of A Critch’

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at July 29, 2021

Lionsgate and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation are trying to replicate the success of Schitt’s Creek with the new comedy Son of a Critch

Deadline broke the news that Schitt’s Creek producer Andrew Barnsley is behind the 13-part series from comedian Mark Critch, best known for his role on the Canadian show This Hour has 22 Minutes. While the show will be shown on the CBC in Canada, Lionsgate will see to the international and US distribution rights. This is a similar setup to Schitt’s Creek, as it aired on the CBC in Canada and on Netflix and through Pop TV in the US. 

The half-hour sitcom is loosely based on Critch’s memoir of the same name. Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Malcolm McDowell, Claire Rankin, Sophia Powers and Mark Rivera have also signed on to appear with Critch in the cast. The show is a coming-of-age story set in Newfoundland in the 1980s. The series is set to launch on CBC TV and CBC Gem in January 2022. 

The show has been called “hilarious and heartfelt” by Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs and President of Lionsgate Worldwide Television Distribution Jim Packer who also added “Son of a Critch is clever and entertaining with all the elements of a premium comedy series that will resonate with audiences in the U.S. and abroad.”

The show comes on the heels of the success of Schitt’s Creek which swept the 2020 Emmys with an impressive 7 primetime wins. With a possible similar tone, well-respected Canadian comedic actors, a father-son storyline and even a puny expletive name, Son of a Critch might be hoping for a similar audience pull both in the states and in Canada. Pre-Schitt’s Creek, Canadian TV had only a small foot into the American market. However, in recent years, Canadian sitcoms like Kim’s Convenience, Cavendish, and Letterkenny have made it into the US market especially as they have been added to streaming. Continued interest in Canadian comedies may also reinvigorate Canada’s production industry.


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