Kim’s Convenience reopens for business after production shutdown

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New episodes of the Thunderbird-produced comedy are scheduled to premiere on CBC TV and CBC Gem this winter.

Kim’s Convenience is reopening for business after its original production cycle was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CBC half-hour comedy, produced by Vancouver-based Thunderbird, starts filming its fifth season today (Sept. 9) in Toronto. New episodes are expected to premiere in winter 2021 on CBC TV and CBC Gem.

In April, CBC ordered two additional seasons (both running to 13 episodes) of the show about a Korean-Canadian family that owns a convenience store. The show is based on the award-winning play of the same name by Dora Mavor Moore and actor-writer Ins Choi, who co-created the show with Kevin White.

Like a number of scripted CBC shows, Kim’s Convenience typically goes into production in June or July and wraps production in September. However, due to the production shutdown, a number of the pubcaster’s series were put on hold. Many of them are getting underway this month, including Lady DicksFrankie Drake Mysteries, Coroner and Tallboyz, while Murdoch Mysteries started last month.

While some series, such as Murdoch, had their episode counts reduced due to time and budgetary constraints related to the pandemic, the fifth season of Kim’s Convenience will still run to 13 episodes.

Kim’s Convenience is produced by Ivan Fecan and stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Simu Liu, Andrea Bang, Andrew Phung and Nicole Power. Executive Producers are Fecan, Alexandra Raffé, Choi and White, with Sandra Cunningham serving as supervising producer.