Netflix commissions SCTV comedy special

It will be produced by SCTV producer Andrew Alexander, Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions and Emma Tillinger Koskoff of Sikelia Productions.
SCTV reunion

Netflix has commissioned an original comedy special exploring the legacy of Canadian sketch show SCTV.

To be directed by Academy Award-winner Martin Scorsese, the untitled special will reunite SCTV co-stars Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Dave Thomas.

The stars will come together in front of a live audience at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre on May 13 for “An Afternoon with SCTV,” moderated by Jimmy Kimmel. The event will be part of the Netflix special, which will be produced by SCTV producer Andrew Alexander of Second City, Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions and Emma Tillinger Koskoff of Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions.

SCTV aired for six seasons between 1976 and 1984. The comedy classic was originally created for Global by Flaherty, Levy, Martin, O’Hara, Short, Thomas and the late Harold Ramis and John Candy.

The show eventually migrated to CBC before landing on Super Channel. It also aired in the U.S. on NBC and received 13 Emmy nominations, winning two awards for best writing.

One of the most successful comedy series to come out of Canada, the show also produced famous characters like Short’s “Ed Grimley,” which he later took to SNL; Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas’ Canuck brothers “Bob and Doug McKenzie,” and Levy’s TV anchorman “Earl Camembert.”