TORONTO — “The Wonderful Race Canada” is heading again on the highway for a Bell Media lineup that additionally features a “Letterkenny” spinoff and an Indigenous drama from actor-producer Jennifer Podemski and playwright Hannah Moscovitch.
The Canadian media firm introduced its full 2021-22 season Thursday, together with subsequent 12 months’s return of the CTV hit journey competitors collection “The Wonderful Race Canada” following a two-year hiatus as a result of pandemic.
Justin Stockman, vice-president of content material growth and programming at Bell Media, stated the present is necessary for the community’s summer season 2022 schedule. However even a month in the past they weren’t positive they’d be capable of announce its return due to ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions.
“However standing at this time, it appears to be a really secure announcement to make,” Stockman stated in an interview.
The Crave streaming service could have the comedy “Shoresy,” from “Letterkenny” duo Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney. Keeso created, wrote and stars as his “Letterkenny” character Shoresy within the collection whereas Tierney directs the story of a northern Ontario senior triple-A hockey crew decided by no means to lose once more.
Stockman stated discuss of a “Letterkenny” spinoff has swirled for the reason that rural Ontario comedy turned a global phenomenon, with superstar followers together with Brad Pitt. Nevertheless it was a matter of which character to give attention to.
A derivative that includes hockey participant Shoresy initially appeared “probably the most weird concept,” stated Stockman, since he’s a aspect character whose face is rarely seen. However Shoresy turned out to be the No. 1 character related to “Letterkenny” merchandise, he added.
“There’s quite a lot of curiosity on the market, so we’re like, ‘Why not take a personality that folks know so little about and make the whole present about them? It provides us much more alternative,” stated Stockman.
One other new Crave authentic is “Little Chicken,” a six-part restricted drama created by Podemski and Moscovitch and government produced by them in addition to Jeremy Podeswa. Bell Media is in partnership with APTN on the present.
The collection follows an Indigenous lady who was adopted right into a Jewish household when she was 5. As she searches for her beginning household, she learns she was a part of the so-called ’60s Scoop, when the Canadian authorities forcibly apprehended Indigenous kids from their beginning households and communities.
Stockman stated it’s Crave’s first authentic drama in English and one they really feel can stand beside the streamer’s big-budget HBO and Showtime programming.
“Once we obtained the script for this, our crew had been blown away as a result of it’s an necessary story that lots of people don’t know, that we weren’t taught in class, in regards to the Sixties Scoop. However the way in which the story is advised, it peels the onion and it unravels.”
One other Indigenous-focused challenge certain for Crave is “Thunder Bay,” a four-part investigative documentary collection primarily based on a Canadaland podcast. Acclaimed filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers directs, and journalist and author Ryan McMahon hosts and produces.
The streamer may also have the brand new scripted comedy “Du Me a Favor” starring brothers and 4YE Originals sketch comedy YouTubers Jermaine Richards and Trevaunn Richards, and “1 Queen 5 Queers,” an replace to MTV Canada’s “1 Lady 5 Gays,” with host Brooke Lynn Hytes of “Canada’s Drag Race.”
Stockman stated Bell Media is set to do “a lot, rather more Canadian originals for Crave,” noting “Letterkenny” and “Canada’s Drag Race” are among the platform’s “high performers.”
“It distinguishes us towards our competitors,” Stockman stated. “We’re the Canadian streaming service, we should always have Canadian tales.”
Different new Canadian collection on the docket embrace the haunted-house drama “Surrealestate” for CTV Sci-Fi Channel, starring “Schitt’s Creek” actors Sarah Levy and Tim Rozon.
Beforehand introduced new homegrown choices embrace the parenting drama “Kids Break All the things” for CTV, starring Meaghan Rath and Aaron Abrams, and CTV Comedy Channel’s stand-up comics competitors “Roast Battle Canada,” which has already been renewed for a second season.
Returning Canadian hits embrace the medical drama “Transplant” and “Jann” for CTV, and “Nook Fuel Animated” for CTV Comedy Channel.
Buzzy U.S. collection set for CTV embrace “The Marvel Years” reboot; “The Large Leap,” a drama about chasing one’s desires with Scott Foley and Piper Perabo; the hip-hop collection “Queens;” and the Lee Daniels drama “Our Type of Individuals,” primarily based on the acclaimed ebook of the identical title.
And the game-show circuit will probably be filled with stars: “The Celeb Courting Sport” is hosted by actor-singer Zooey Deschanel and musician Michael Bolton, whereas “Celeb Wheel of Fortune,” presents a brand new spin with hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White.
Stockman stated Bell Media wished a wide range of applications that wouldn’t lean too closely on cop dramas or actuality competitions.
“There appears to be a theme by way of a bunch of reveals of latest beginnings and other people reevaluating their lives and beginning recent, which I don’t suppose is stunning, contemplating what we’ve all been by way of.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed June 10, 2021.
Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press