Bell Media adds five comedies to dev slate

The company unveils new projects from Mark McKinney and Rob Sheridan, along with its full comedy development slate.
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Announced at the inaugural Canadian International Television Festival Friday, Bell Media has added five new comedy projects to its original development slate.

Those projects join Bell Media’s current development slate of 15 projects.

Of the newest projects, We’re Adults Now is a half-hour scripted series from Less Than Kind writer and exec producer Mark McKinney about young 20-somethings, with Breakthrough Entertainment producers Ira Levy and Diane Boehme attached to produce.

The Team, from scribe Rob Sheridan (The Red Green Show) is a multi-cam sitcom about a “rag tag group of friends”, while an untitled project from Paul Mather will focus on lifelong frenemies in the workplace.

LetterKenny, from actor and PlayFunGamesPictures YouTuber Jared Keeso and produced by Mark Montefiore and Patrick O’Sullivan’s new shingle New Metric Media, is a comedy series based on the LetterKenny Problems YouTube videos. The videos star Keeso and Nate Dales presenting problems faced by people in the small Midwestern Ontario town of Letterkenny.

And Method, from Ilana Frank’s ICF Films, Peter Mooney, Gregory Smith, David Wellington, Peter Wellington and Sonia Hosko is a comedy series based on the BravoFACT short of the same name, which screened at TIFF this year. Method is Rookie Blue actor Gregory Smith’s short film directorial debut, about a fumbling police officer who must take extraordinary measures to get a confession.

The other projects on Bell Media’s current development slate are as follows (all working titles):

Against the LawAn unscripted half-hour courtroom format. Attached: Jeremy Hotz; Lone Eagle Entertainment (Rachel Horvath, You Gotta Eat Here)

BestliesAn ensemble comedy about family and friendship. Attached: Force Four Entertainment (Rob Hardy and John Ritchie, Seed); James Phillips (Last Ride).

Breaking: A workplace comedy set in the world of new media. Attached: Amaze Film + Television’s Michael Souther and Teza Lawrence (Call Me Fitz); author Zoe Whittall (Bottle Rocket Hearts)

Chasing Manhood: A scripted ensemble comedy inspired by Darrin Rose’s stand-up material. Attached: Darrin Rose

Divorce Party: A scripted comedy about three women experiencing life after divorce. Attached: New Metric Media (Mark Montefiore and Patrick O’Sullivan); Jessie Gabe (Being Erica, Mr. D); Linsey Stewart (Being Erica)

Friday: An edgy, urban ensemble comedy. Attached: Six Eleven Media’s Charles Bishop; Carolyn Taylor (Corner Gas)

Good Behaviour: A scripted half-hour comedy about parenthood. Attached: Entertainment One’s Mackenzie Lush and Rachel Fulford; Allana Harkin (The Atomic Fireballs); Jennifer Whalen (INsecurity)

The Lainey Gossip ProjectA half-hour dramedy inspired by Attached: Amaze Film + Television’s Michael Souther and Teza Lawrence (Call Me Fitz); Elaine Lui (The Social, ETalk)

Matt & Jeff: A half-hour bromance comedy. Attached: Vérité Films’ Virginia Thompson (Corner Gas); Mike McPhaden (Seed, INsecurity)

The Angelo Show: A multi-cam sitcom inspired by the comedy of Angelo Tsarouchas (Sullivan & Son, Mad Men). Attached: Wild West Productions’ Vince Vaughn (Sullivan & Son), Howard Busgang, and Tom Nursall

Ungrown Up: A scripted half-hour hybrid comedy about family. Attached: Just For Laughs’ Evi Regev (Just For Laughs: All Access); Adam Brodie (Funny As Hell, Scare Tactics); David Derewlany (Freak Encounters, The Jon Dore Television Show)

The Untitled Vera Stantamaria Project: A blind pilot deal with acclaimed writer/producer Vera Santamaria (Community). Attached: Vera Santamaria

The Virgin Chronicles: A scripted, half-hour, “fish-out-of-water” comedy. Attached: Mark Sawers (Alienated)

Who Needs Enemies: A scripted, half-hour relationship comedy. Attached: Farpoint Films’ Kyle Bornais (House Party); Collin Friesen (The Big White)

With or Without You: A female-centric scripted comedy about friendship. Attached: Sphere Media’s Carolyn Newman (19-2); Barbara Haynes (Spun Out)

All projects are working titles only.

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