'Black-ish' Star Catherine Reitman to Write, Star in Canadian Mom Comedy (Exclusive)

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'Workin' Moms,' picked up by the CBC, is written, directed and stars the daughter of Hollywood director Ivan Reitman.

Black-ish star Catherine Reitman has created and will star in a Canadian comedy for the CBC.

The daughter of Hollywood director Ivan Reitman is writing, directing and starring in Workin' Moms, a 13-parter based on her own life as a working mother. The half-hour follows four women in a mommies' group wanting to have it all as they juggle relationships, insatiable babies, horrific co-workers and postpartum depression.

"I hope we can serve as a comedic battle cry for women experiencing change everywhere," Reitman said in a statement on Thursday. Canada's public broadcaster gave the project a straight-to-series order for the sitcom to shoot in Toronto starting in July 2016, ahead of a Fall 2016 debut.

Reitman also has a second scripted comedy in development at the CBC, Starting Over, about a young woman who moves back in with her impulsive twin sister and lonely father after she discovers her husband has slept with most of her friends and boss. Los Angeles-based Reitman's acting credits include It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Friends With Benefits and Knocked Up.

She also wrote, directed and starred in the YouTube show Breakin' It Down With Catherine Reitman. Reitman will share producing credits on Workin' Moms with husband and producing partner Phil Sternberg through their shingle Wolf and Rabbit Productions.

The project also marks the latest collaboration between the Reitman family and Canada. Reitman pitched the CBC and rival Canadian broadcasters on Workin' Moms in September while in Toronto to also help her brother, Jason Reitman, in his live table read of The Princess Bride at the Toronto Film Festival.

Ivan Reitman told The Hollywood Reporter he will remain on the sidelines as the cheering "consigliore" for his daughter's Canadian comedy. "Her brother has always loved Toronto, and it's really great to see her come back to my hometown and discover her Canadian roots," he said.

The Reitman family's Canadian immigrants-make-good story began when a 4-year-old Ivan Reitman and his late parents, Leslie and Clara Reitman, came to Canada from their native Czechoslovakia. The elder Reitmans eventually ran a car wash from the mid-1960s as a family business in Toronto, before turning their downtown property into a parking lot.

Ivan Reitman went on to a successful Hollywood career when he directed hit films like Stripes, Ghostbusters and Kindergarten Cops.

But he and sisters Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels in 2000 donated the plot of land to help build Bell Lightbox, the Toronto Film Festival's year-round headquarters. The CBC has already had comedic success with another family affair, Schitt's Creek, co-created and starring the father and son duo of Eugene Levy and Dan Levy.

That edgy series, and Workin' Moms, shows the increasing influence of cable comedy on the pubcaster as it looks to compete with serialized American dramas and comedies that dominate Canadian primetime TV. "Catherine's ability to reflect the complexity of being a working mother with great humor, poignancy and honesty is remarkable," said Sally Catto, general manager, programming at CBC English Television, in her own statement.