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The CW adds more Canadian scripted to summer line-up, expands unscripted slate

Family comedy Run the Burbs

The CW Network in the US has set its programming line-up for this summer, with Canadian series Run the Burbs and Moonshine joining an expanded unscripted slate.

Family comedy Run the Burbs, which comes from Kim’s Convenience star Andrew Phung and features a diverse ensemble cast, will make its US debut on The CW later this summer.

It follows the Phams, a young, bold Vietnamese-South Asian family taking a different approach to living life to the fullest, while changing the way we think about contemporary family values and life in the burbs.

Produced by Pier 21 Films, the show first aired in Canada on pubcaster CBC and is distributed by Fifth Season.

Another CBC series, Moonshine, will also air on The CW this summer. Created by Sheri Elwood (Lucifer), the series is set in a small town where dysfunctional siblings are battling for control of their family business.

The series is produced by Six Eleven Media and Entertainment One. Elwood also serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside Six Eleven Media’s Charles Bishop. Jocelyn Hamilton is executive producer for eOne.

The acquisition of more international fare continues The CW’s strategic pivot under its new owner, local news giant Nexstar Media Group, which became the majority owner of the broadcaster last year.

The CW had already acquired Sky Studios’ British crime thriller The Rising and Fremantle’s Australian surfing drama Barons for it summer schedule, as well as Canadian comedy Son of a Critch.

Meanwhile, The CW’s expanded unscripted slate includes Greatest Geek Year Ever: 1982, a four-part documentary charting the year when numerous classic genre films were released, and extreme cooking competition series Recipe for Disaster.

Greatest Geek Year Ever: 1982 is written and produced by Mark A Altman, directed and produced by Roger Lay, Jr and executive produced by Berge Garabedian. Scott Mantz, Thomas P Vitale, Eric Carnagey and Aaron Rattner also serve as producers.

Produced by 3Bird Media, Recipe for Disaster sees three professional chefs and their cooking buddies compete to prepare spectacular dishes under absurdly adverse conditions. It is executive produced by Jennifer Twamley, Andrika Lawren and Cyle Zezo.

Additionally, The CW will feature the broadcast television debut of Netflix series Down to Earth With Zac Efron, which follow the actor’s travels around the world, and launch new seasons of returning alternative series Great Chocolate Showdown and Mysteries Decoded.

Other previously announced series heading for the summer line-up on The CW include the second seasons of Bump and Family Law and the final seasons of Nancy Drew and Riverdale.

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