Monday, May 8, 2023

The CW Acquires Canadian Comedy 'Son of a Critch' Created by Mark Critch and Tim McAuliffe

The CW has today acquired the stateside rights to the Canadian original comedy series Son of a Critch created by Mark Critch and Tim McAuliffe. As a result, The CW will board the already announced third season as an official co-producer.

The 13-episode first season will debut on The CW in Summer 2023. The comedy has already produced two seasons, with a third in the works.

Based on the bestselling memoir by Mark Critch, the series centers on the hilarious and very real story of a young Mark coming of age in the 1980s. The series is a heartfelt window in the life of a child - who is 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.

Mark Critch stars as a fictionalized version of his father, Mike. The comedy also stars Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Claire Rankin, Sophia Powers, Mark Rivera, Colton Gobbo and Malcolm McDowell.

Critch and McAuliffe executive produce with Andrew Barnsley and Allan Hawco. Perry Chafe, Amanda Joy, Anita Kapila and director Renuka Jeyapalan co-executive produce. Lionsgate Television, Project 10 Productions and Take the Shot Productions produce in association with CBC.

"Andrew and I had a ton of fun and success together on Schitt's Creek, and I can't wait for everyone to see his newest hilarious and heartwarming series," said Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment, The CW. "Son of a Critch is a truly unique family comedy about adolescent adventures and those awkward and relatable growing pains. We are thrilled to work with Tim, Mark and a pitch-perfect cast, led by an award-worthy performance by Malcolm McDowell."

"When I was a young kid watching American TV in the '80s, I never dreamed that one day my own story would be beamed back over the border," added Critch. "Having enjoyed so many CW shows with my own family, I'm excited to invite our American friends over to 'my house.' Onwards!"