Photo Credit: Derm Carberry

First Season Debuted as the Most-Watched Original Canadian Comedy in the country and is one of the Most-Streamed Comedies on CBC’s Streaming Service, CBC Gem

CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, and global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), has announced the start of production on the second season of Mark Critch’s original comedy series “Son of a Critch” in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The series is produced by Project 10 Productions Inc. and Take the Shot Productions in association with CBC and Lionsgate Television. Lionsgate handles worldwide distribution rights outside Canada. The 13-part, half hour comedy stars Mark Critch alongside Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Malcolm McDowell, Claire Rankin, Sophia Powers and Mark Rivera. The second season will premiere on CBC and CBC Gem in winter 2023. 

On Saturday, July 30, the creators and cast of “Son Of A Critch” will participate in a panel at the ComedyPRO industry event during the 40th anniversary of the Just For Laughs Montreal Festival. More information about the panel and tickets are available here

Based on comedian Mark Critch’s award-winning, best-selling memoir, “Son of a Critch” is the hilarious and very real story of 12-year-old Mark coming of age in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the 80s. The series was created by Critch (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Tim McAuliffe (The Office, Last Man on Earth and MacGruber) and produced by “Schitt’s Creek” Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning producer Andrew Barnsley.

The series premiered in Canada on January 4, 2022 ranking as the #1 scripted program on CBC in the 25-54, 18-49 and 18-34 key audience demographics.* Since its premiere, “Son of a Critch” has ranked as the most-watched original Canadian comedy in the country and as one of the top 5 most-watched comedies overall in Canada.** It is currently one of the most-streamed comedies on CBC’s streaming service, CBC Gem.***

“Son of a Critch” is executive produced by Critch, McAuliffe, Barnsley, Ben Murray and Allan Hawco. Renuka Jeyapalan, Perry Chafe and Anita Kapila serve as co-executive producers. 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 Mélanie Lê Phan is Executive in Charge of Production.

*Source: Numeris TV Meter, Total Canada, English TV Networks, 25-54, 18-49, 18-34 AMA, September 13, 2021- April 17, 2022.

**Source: Numeris TV Meter, Total Canada, English TV Networks, AMA, January 4 – April 17, 2022.

***Source: Adobe Analytics, CBC Production, OTT Segment, Jan 2- Jun 25, 2022.

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