ABC locked in for '18 to Life'

Joint investment a first for a Canadian pilot

TORONTO -- ABC has picked up U.S. rights to the Canadian primetime comedy "18 to Life," a single-camera Canadian Broadcasting Corp. pilot from Montreal-based indie producer Galafilm.

The deal, brokered by Alchemy Television, marks the first time Canadian and U.S. networks have jointly invested in a Canadian comedy pilot.

The Montreal-set sitcom portrays two 18-year-old neighbors, played by Stacey Farber ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") and Michael Seater ("Life With Derek"), who get married on a dare, only to face criticism from their parents and friends.

Rounding out the "18 to Life" cast is Peter Keleghan, Al Goulem, Ellen David and newcomers Tommie-Amber Pirie and Ariel Shiri.

The comedy is created, written and executive produced by Derek Schreyer and Karen Troubetzkoy. Peter Wellington will direct the pilot, and Ian Whitehead will produce.

"18 to Life" is the latest Canadian series to be picked up by a U.S. network. The U.S. format rights to another CBC comedy, "Little Mosque on the Prairie," from producer Westwind Pictures was sold to 20th Century Fox Television.

CBS also picked up the CTV drama "Flashpoint" for its Thursday night schedule, and NBC is to air "The Listener," another CTV drama, in the fall.