Halfire-CORE Entertainment and Shaw Media announced today the addition of Benjamin Arthur (Less Than Kind) and Azura Skye(American Horror Story, Grimm) to the cast of Global Television‘s new half-hour original comedy series Working the Engels. Arthur and Skye join previously announced cast members Andrea Martin and Kacey Rohl. Commissioned by Shaw Media’s original content team, produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment and written by Katie Ford(Miss Congeniality, Desperate Housewives) and Jane Ford (Listen Missy, Material World), the 12-episode series has begun production in Toronto.
In this laugh-out-loud comedy, a family of ne’er-do-wells must band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt. The Engels must all go to work running Dad’s storefront law firm, with one minor problem – daughter Jenna Engel (Rohl) is the only one who is qualified to practice law. Unfortunately for Jenna, this also means taking on her eccentric relatives as co-workers, including her self-involved mother Ceil (Martin), her pill-popping sister Sandy (Skye) and her bad boy brother Jimmy (Arthur). Jenna, the youngest sibling, becomes the unlikely family patriarch, running the law firm and keeping her crazy family together.
Azura Skye joins the cast as Sandy Engel, the law firm’s receptionist and a recently divorced, recovering pill-popper, now on a self-help kick and mission to save humanity. Skye is best known for her television performances in American Horror Story, Grimm and American Dad!, and can be seen in the upcoming films Explosion and The Factory.
Benjamin Arthur portrays Jimmy Engel, a bad boy and petty criminal with a heart of gold who would do anything for his sisters and his mother. He’s just returned from a stint in prison for embezzling money from his own parents and much to Jenna’s reluctance, begins working as an investigator at the law firm. The award-winning Arthur most recently starred as Josh Blecher in the highly acclaimed dramedy Less Than Kind.
Working the Engels is produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment with Katie Ford, Jane Ford, Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall and Noreen Halpern serving as Executive Producers.