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TORONTO – It’s official: The CW has acquired the Canadian soap The L.A. Complex from Epitome Pictures and Canadian broadcaster Bell Media.
The youth-skewing network bought six episodes of the one-hour series about Canadians chasing the Hollywood dream first ordered by Bell Media in August 2010, ahead of production in Toronto and Los Angeles in fall 2011.
There’s no word yet on another seven episodes that Bell Media could order if the homegrown drama, which bows Tuesday night on CTV and MuchMusic, connects with viewers.
CW plans a spring bow for The L.A. Complex, which was created and is executive produced by Martin Gero, who wrote for HBO’s Bored to Death before returning to Canada to write the homegrown drama tailored for the U.S. market.
The series follows six young actors seeking stardom in Hollywood, including Jonathan Patrick Moore (Neighbours) as Connor, an Australian with a dark past, and Cassie Steele (Degrassi) as Abby, a Toronto girl looking to make it far from home.
For Epitome Pictures, which produces the Degrassi TV franchise, The L.A. Complex is hardly a stretch.
Like most TV producers here, Epitome has long worked with wannabe Canadian stars that each year fly to Los Angeles for pilot season, and return home full of war stories.
The soap has a U.S. setting, set in Highland Gardens and an apartment building complete with a courtyard swimming pool built on a Toronto sound stage.
The L.A. Complex is executive produced by Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn of Epitome Pictures, and Gero,
Gero and Stefan Brogren directed the initial six episodes shot in Toronto in fall 2011.
The Bell Media execs on the project included production executive Trish Williams and Corrie Coe, senior vp of independent production.
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