CTV Comedy’s Acting Good goes to camera

Michael Greyeyes and Darlene Naponse are attached as directors on the original comedy, loosely based on the life of Anishinaabe stand-up comic Paul Rabliauskas, who serves as co-creator, star and EP.

Production is underway in Manitoba on Acting Good, the CTV Comedy Channel series loosely based on the life of Anishinaabe comedian Paul Rabliauskas.

The series is produced in association with Kistikan Pictures, owned by Manitoba’s Buffalo Gal Pictures, with Kistikan’s Tina Keeper and Buffalo Gal’s Jennifer Beasley serving as producers. Buffalo Gal’s Phyllis Laing is executive producer while Paula J. Smith is supervising producer.

Acting Good stars Rabliauskas, who also serves as co-creator and executive producer, as a comic who returns to the fictional Grouse Lake First Nation after failing to make it big in the city.

Amber-Sekowan Daniels (Anishininew), Eric Toth and Pat Thornton are co-showrunners on the series, with Daniels and Toth attached to direct. Both Thornton and Keeper are among the cast.

Award-winning actor Michael Greyeyes (Rutherford Falls), of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, is attached to direct, as well as Anishinaabe filmmaker Darlene Naponse (Falls Around Her).

Rounding out the cast are Billy Merasty (Elijah), Roseanne Supernault (The Drive), Gabriel Daniels (The Ice Road), and newcomers Avery Claudia Sutherland, Cheyenna Sapp, Jason Mason and Rosanna Deerchild.

Acting Good was greenlit by CTV Comedy Channel in fall 2021. Little Bird, another Bell Media original scripted series for its streamer Crave, went into production in Manitoba last month.

Pictured (L to R): Gabriel Daniels, Avery Sutherland, Roseanne Supernault, Tina Keeper, Paul Rabliauskas, Cheyenna Sapp, Michael Greyeyes and Jason Mason.