Canada's CTV Orders First-Ever Multi-Camera Sitcom to Pilot
Suddenly, Canadian broadcasters are big on multi-camera comedies.
CTV, which has popular hits in The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, is going the local route and handing out two homegrown comedy pilot orders, including Spun Out, the network’s first-ever multi-camera workplace comedy from writers Jeff Biederman, Brent Piaskoski (According to Jim) and Brian K. Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond).
In May, rival Citytv gave a full-season order to the multi-camera comedy Package Deal from creator Andrew Orenstein (3rd Rock From the Sun) and Thunderbird Films.
The two laughers are Canada’s first multi-camera comedies since the 1970s when the CBC aired the popular King of Kensington sitcom.
Toronto’s Project 10 Productions is behind Spun Out, which is produced by Andrew Barnsley and portrays a disgraced writer who joins a PR agency staffed by people spinning everyone’s problems but their own.
CTV also ordered to pilot the ensemble comedy Satisfaction, written by Tim McAuliffe (Up All Night) and produced by Michael Donovan of DHX Media.
Satisfaction is about a twenty-something couple who rent a room out to a newly single young man who hopes to learn from his friends the secrets to a great relationship.
The Spun Out and Satisfaction pilots will be shot in Toronto this Fall.