Three hit comedies just got renewed
Three new comedies have just been renewed for a second season on CBC, which is good news for the genre. The Canadian television network released a press release saying it had renewed Run the Burbs, Son of a Critch and wanderers. None of these shows are currently airing in the United States.
CBC is beefing up its slate for the 2022-2023 television season, and these shows will no doubt play an important role. One of the network’s executives, Sally Catto, said: “CBC’s rich comedy heritage continues to shine with this new generation of series that feature original and authentic storytelling, led by talented creative teams. RUN THE BURBS, SON OF CRITCH and LOST provide audiences across the country with great laughs and also, each in their own way, a sense of Canadian identity. We can’t wait to see how their second seasons go.”
Run the Burbs is created by Andrew Phung of Kim’s Convenience and Scott Townend of The Secret Marathon. It’s about a Vietnamese-Canadian family looking for ways to live life in the suburbs to the fullest, and it celebrates South Asian culture. The series just premiered in January and is already a hit, with critical praise and discussion on social media.
Meanwhile, Son of a Critch is based on a memoir by Mark Critch and follows a fictionalized version of the 11-year-old author growing up in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the 1980s. Critch is listed as the series creator along with Tim McAuliffe, who worked on The office, last man on earth and MacGruber. Again, this show is brand new in 2022, and its immediate renewal is already being celebrated.
Ultimately, wanderers is about a woman who becomes the new executive director of an animal shelter and gets more than she bargained for. It stars Nicole Power as Shannon Ross and was developed by Kevin White, Anita Kapila and Clara Altimas, who all worked on Kim’s Convenience. It premiered in September 2021 and was praised for finding comedy in times of anxiety.
Canadian TV is celebrating a lot of wins lately, though it can still be difficult to get to shows south of the border. The easiest way to stream CBC shows in the US is still to subscribe to a VPN, through which you can change your IP address and connect from a virtual location in Canada. However, this limits the number of devices you can use to watch TV, which turns away many potential fans. At this time, there have been no announcements of plans to make any of the above shows available in the United States.