CBC AND LIONSGATE WILL BRING "SON OF A CRITCH" TO CANADIAN TV ON JANUARY 2022!
CBC AND LIONSGATE REUNITE WITH EMMY WINNING® SCHITT’S CREEK PRODUCER ANDREW BARNSLEY AND PROJECT 10 FOR MARK CRITCH’S ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES “SON OF A CRITCH”
Based on the Best-Selling Memoir by Critch and Starring Critch, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth and Malcolm McDowell,
Production Starts Today in Newfoundland
Lionsgate Bringing the Series to the U.S. and International Market;
Series to Premiere on CBC in Canada January 2022
CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, and global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) are partnering with “Schitt’s Creek” Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning producer Andrew Barnsley and comedian-actor-writer Mark Critch to bring “Son of a Critch” to audiences in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. Created by Critch and Tim McAuliffe (“The Office,” “Last Man on Earth,” and the upcoming “MacGruber” series) and based on Critch’s award-winning, best-selling memoir Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir, the CBC original series will premiere on CBC TV and CBC Gem in Canada in January 2022, with Lionsgate handling U.S. and international distribution rights.
“Son of a Critch” is the hilarious and very real story of 11-year-old Mark coming of age in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the 80’s. It’s a heartfelt window into the life of a child - much older inside than his 11 years - using comedy and self-deprecation to win friends and connect with the small collection of people in his limited world. With production starting today in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the comedy stars Mark Critch as his father and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Pinocchio) as young Mark. Ainsworth can currently be seen as one of the leads in the limited series “The Haunting of Bly Manor” for director Mike Flanagan on Netflix, and stars as Pinocchio opposite Tom Hanks in Walt Disney Pictures’ upcoming live action remake of Pinocchio for director Robert Zemeckis. Additionally, Claire Rankin (Molly’s Game) has been cast as Mark’s mother, Mary, alongside newcomers Sophia Powers and Mark Rivera, who are cast as classmates of young Mark. Golden Globe nominee Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) to star as Pop.
The project is a very personal one for both Critch and McAuliffe, as the two have been friends dating back to working on “This Hour has 22 Minutes” together. “I’ve been listening to the hilarious stories of Mark’s youth in Newfoundland for years, and it’s amazing to now be a part of bringing them to life on screen,” said McAuliffe.
“I’m thrilled to kick off production on Son of a Critch with such a talented young actor like Benjamin playing my kid self,” said Critch. “Everyone working on the project is incredibly supportive of my vision and, with world-class partners like Lionsgate and CBC, I know my story is in the best hands.”
“We’re excited to reunite with Andrew and his incredible team at Project 10, led by President Ben Murray, and to be working with Tim and comedy genius Mark Critch in bringing his hilarious and heartfelt life story to television screens,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs and President of Lionsgate Worldwide Television Distribution Jim Packer. “Son of a Critch is clever and entertaining with all the elements of a premium comedy series that will resonate with audiences in the U.S. and abroad.”
“Son of a Critch shares the same warm-hearted values and celebration of family and friendship that hit CBC comedies including Schitt’s Creek have become known for worldwide,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports, CBC. “We are delighted to partner with Mark, Tim, Andrew, Project 10 and Lionsgate on this new, authentic coming-of-age story that will charm audiences in Canada and around the world.”
“If you’ve read Mark’s memoir, you’ll find watching the series just as enjoyable and if you haven’t, you’ll discover how captivating and out-of-this-world funny he is,” said Barnsley. “We have a stellar creative team, amazing IP and great partners in Lionsgate and CBC, and we can’t wait to make Son a Critch another Canadian original comedy with international reach,” added Murray from Project 10.
A CBC original series, “Son of a Critch” is an inter-provincial co-production between Barnsley’s Project 10 Productions Inc. and Newfoundland-based Take the Shot Productions in association with CBC and Lionsgate Television, and executive produced by Critch, McAuliffe, Barnsley, Ben Murray and Allan Hawco. Renuka Jeyapalan and Anita Kapila serve as co-executive producers with Jeyapalan directing the first four episodes of the series. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Sandra Picheca is Director, Current Production, Comedy; and Greig Dymond is Executive in Charge of Production and Head of Festivals, Comedy.