Jeremy Hotz And Russell Peters To Yuk It Up for Canada's Comedy Network

The Canadian comedy channel unveiled its development slate at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

MONTREAL – Canada’s Comedy Network is developing a half-hour scripted series with veteran stand-up comic Jeremy Hotz.

The series, Hotz D.V.M., portrays Hotz as a as a neurotic, self-obsessed man who moves back home to open his own veterinary practice.

Producer/director Troy Miller and Just For Laughs producer Jodi Lieberman are attached to the project.

The Hotz series is part of a development slate unveiled by the Canadian cable channel at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival, which is moving into its final weekend.

Also in the pipeline from the Comedy Network is The Tim Steeves Project, a news satire show hosted by comedy writer Tim Steeves (Rick Mercer Report).

Steeves is joined on the project by fellow Canadian TV writers Greg Eckler and Mark Farrell.

And the network is grooming Canadian comic and actor Russell Peters (Breakaway) for a Christmas special to feature stand-up, sketch, animation and musical performances by international and Canadian performers.

Other projects in the development hopper: Satisfaction, a sitcom about a twentysomething Montreal couple and their single guy roommate created by comedy writer Tim McAuliffe.

And the comedy channel is developing Spun Out: Spun Out, which follows a disgraced writer who tries to turn his life around by joining a PR firm filled with spin doctors whose own lives have veered out of control.

The sitcom was created by Brent Piaskoski, Jeff Biederman and director Brian K. Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond).

Andrew Barnsley of Project 10 Productions is to produce Spun Out: Spun Out.