CBC picks up 'Men With Brooms' series

Comedy based on Canadian curling movie

TORONTO -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has picked up a sitcom from E1 Television based on the popular Canadian curling movie "Men With Brooms."

The TV adaptation follows an earlier pilot written by Paul Mather ("Corner Gas") about four regular joes who hang out at the local curling rink.

The "Men With Brooms" series, in celebrating Canada's working guy culture, will echo another popular CBC comedy, "Little Mosque on the Prairie," also written in part by Mather.

Canada's public broadcaster also picked up a second half-hour comedy, "Insecurity," from Verite Films and produced by Virginia Thompson.

The "Insecurity" pilot was directed by Robert De Lint.

The CBC also renewed "The Ron James Show" for a second season.