Lauren Lee Smith catches 'Good Dog' bone

Ken Finkleman to direct 13-episode sitcom for Canuck pay TV

TORONTO -- Lauren Lee Smith ("CSI") is to co-star along series creator Ken Finkleman in the Canadian pay TV sitcom "Good Dog" from Shaftesbury Films.

Smith will play an ex-model with two young kids and a nanny living with a neurotic TV show host twice her age, played by Finkleman.

Jason Weinberg is to play the TV host's sounding-board friend.

Finkleman wrote and will direct the 13-episode sitcom, which is to air on the Canadian premium pay TV channels The Movie Network and Movie Central.

Production in Toronto is to run to August, with Finkleman ("The Newsroom") executive producing alongside Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie.

Jan Peter Meyboom and Avi Federgreen share the producer credits.