CBC renews its freshman comedy slate

Run the Burbs, Son of a Critch and Strays have all been renewed for sophomore seasons.

CBC has renewed its freshman comedies Run the Burbs, Son of a Critch and Strays for second seasons.

All three series will be part of CBC’s 2022/23 broadcast slate with additional renewals across various genres to be announced in the spring. The news follows CBC and HBO Max’s renewal of the hit comedy Sort Of last week.

Run the Burbs (pictured) is produced by Toronto’s Pier 21 Films and is co-created by star Andrew Phung (Kim’s Convenience) and Scott Townend (The Secret Marathon).

The series, which premiered last month, follows the antics of a Vietnamese-South Asian family in the Canadian suburbs. Endeavor Content holds international distribution rights.

Son of Critch is based on the bestselling memoir of This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch, telling the story of his life as a pre-teen in the ’80s in St. John’s, Nfld.

The series is co-created by Critch and Tim McAuliffe (The Office) and is a provincial coproduction between Toronto’s Project 10 Productions and Newfoundland’s Take the Shot Productions. Lionsgate holds international distribution rights.

Son of a Critch marked the highest-rated comedy premiere for CBC since Kim’s Convenience in October 2016 and was the No. 1 scripted program on CBC in the 25-54, 18-49 and 18-34 demographics, according to Numeris.

Strays is produced by Thunderbird Entertainment and served as a spin-off for Kim’s Convenience, following the character Shannon Ross (Nicole Power) as she becomes executive director of a Hamilton animal shelter. The series was developed for television by Kim’s Convenience showrunner and producer Kevin White and writers Anita Kapila and Clara Altimas. It premiered as part of CBC’s fall 2021 broadcast lineup.