With audiences up an average of 35% across all demographics, The Comedy Network celebrates its fifth anniversary on solid ground this fall. And dysfunctional comedy is the name of the game as six brand new, original, Canadian comedy series join the line-up.
Leading the line-up is the highly anticipated debut of PUPPETS WHO KILL (Radical Sheep Productions; 13 x :30), starring Dan Redican, about a halfway house for very bad puppets. Don McKellar voices the title character in the interactive, animated comedy THE SEEN (Smiley Guy Studios; 13 x :30), about a wayward temp worker. PATTI (Amaze Film & TV; 6 x :30) hilariously documents the misadventures of a female misfit. Cutting-edge sketch troupe THE BOBROOM pushes the envelope in their self-titled series (Leopard One Productions; 13 x :30). Bumbling cops in a small-town police department go for laughs in ROCKPOINT P.D. (Small Screen Pictures; 13 x :30). And in association with CTV, award-winning comedienne Jessica Holmes stars in the Carol Burnett-style comedy THE HOLMES SHOW (Natasha Major Productions, 22 x :30).
Each of these series is weirdly off-kilter, but also wonderfully hilarious, says Comedy Network president and general manager Ed Robinson.
Forty-one per cent of The Comedy Network’s revenues are re-invested in Canadian productions, resulting in a strong line-up of returning original shows, including the sixth, unprecedented season of OPEN MIKE WITH MIKE BULLARD. Additional returning series include multi-award winning stand-up series COMEDY NOW! (Season Six); animated cult hit KEVIN SPENCER (Season Five); Gemini-winning BUZZ (Season Three); and critical favourite THE GAVIN CRAWFORD SHOW (Season Three).
Also returning are audience hit JUST FOR LAUGHS GAGS, which will also air on CTV (Season Three); and sports comedy GAME FACE, starring Cameron Hughes and Matt Hopkins (Season Two).
The Comedy Network’s solid line-up of acquisitions continues as well with new episodes from THE SIMPSONS, SOUTH PARK, THE DAILY SHOW, DENNIS MILLER LIVE, HBO SPECIALS, KING OF THE HILL, BATTLEBOTS, THE MAN SHOW, PRIMETIME GLICK and INSOMNIAC WITH DAVE ATTELL.