Canada’s CTV has ordered pilots for two new comedies, an ensemble sitcom from powerhouse DHX Media and a workplace laugher from relative newcomer Project 10 Productions.
DHX (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) will shoot Satisfaction, from writer Tim McAuliffe (Up All Night), this fall. The show centres on a 20-something couple and their newly single friend, whose situation leaves both sides imagining the grass is greener for the other.
Project 10 in Toronto, meanwhile, got the nod for multi-camera show Spun Out, about a disgraced writer who falls in with a PR firm. The show comes from creators Jeff Biederman (Life With Derek), Brent Piaskoski (According To Jim) and Brian K Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) and producer Andrew Barnsley (Hotbox).
The network ordered the pilots just as its sibling Comedy Network okayed a new series from the Just for Laughs festival and a reboot of the gameshow Match Game. The two broadcasters often share programming. CTV has been without any homemade comedies since the cancellation of Dan for Mayor and Hiccups.
“These two projects are a perfect combination of excellent writing paired with top-notch award-winning production teams coming together to make great television,” said Corrie Coe, senior VP of independent production for Comedy parent company Bell Media.