30 JUL 2021

CBC AND LIONSGATE TO DEVELOP 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 started in Newfoundland.

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Comedian-actor-writer Mark Critch

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Canada’s public broadcaster, and Lionsgate 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” (13x30) to audiences in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

Created by Critch and Tim McAuliffe (“The Office,” “Last Man on Earth,”) and based on Critch’s 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 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the comedy stars Mark Critch as his father and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Pinocchio) as young Mark. 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.