'Up All Night' Scribe Sells Comedy Pilot to CBC
TORONTO – Los Angeles-based TV scribe Tim McAuliffe (Up All Night, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) is suddenly in big demand back in his native Canada.
After CTV ordered to pilot his ensemble comedy Satisfaction, the rival CBC has also handed the veteran Canadian screenwriter a half-hour comedy pilot order for The Khouris.
Both the Satisfaction and The Khouris pilots are to be produced by Michael Donovan of DHX Media.
The CBC has also ordered to pilot another two projects, the family drama Port Hope from Entertainment One Television, and 19-2, a French-to-English TV adaptation of a popular Quebec cop drama from Sphere Media Plus and Echo Media.
The Khouris follows an immigrant family led by a right-wing, freedom-loving patriarch.
McAuliffe wrote the pilot for The Khouris, which has yet to attach a director.
McAuliffe and Donovan will executive produce.
The public broadcaster’s pilot slate also includes Port Hope, a family drama created by Heather Conkie, head writer on the popular CBC family drama Heartland, and Leif Bristow, a veteran family content producer.
The one hour pilot, written by Conkie and to be directed by Stefan Scaini, introduces the Gilberts, a family that lives on an old farm in rural Ontario that runs a wildlife sanctuary for injured or abandoned wild animals and birds.
Toronto-based eOne is currently casting the Port Hope pilot, with an eye to starting production in early September.
And the CBC has handed out a one hour drama pilot order for the crime drama 19-2, from screenwriter Bruce Smith and Quebec TV producer Sphère Média Plus’ new Toronto operation led by Carolyn Newman.
The English-language adaptation of a popular Radio Canada French-language drama follows Sphère Média Plus selling to NBC the adaptation rights to a French language comedy now being developed as a pilot, Isabel, and starring Marcia Gay Harden and Sophia Schloss.
Set in Montreal, 19-2 portrays two career patrolmen thrust together against their will, one a veteran downtown cop recovering from the shooting of his partner, the other a small-town policeman trying to restart his life in the big city.
Casting is underway on the pilot to be directed by Louis Choquette, and executive produced by Jocelyn Deschênes and Luc Châtelain.
Carolyn Newman, who was earlier hired away from Breakthrough Films & Television to run the new Toronto office for Sphère Média Plus, will produce the pilot.