Comedian Gerry Dee is working in partnership with CBC to develop a new half-hour television comedy, titled My Scottish Family, Project 10 Productions announced today.
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The single camera production will tell the story of Canadian-born Francis MacPhee (Gerry Dee) who is Catholic, and his extended Scottish family. While living in Scotland, Francis marries the Protestant Lizzy Knox and eventually returns to Canada with Lizzy, her father and their teenaged children.
The series highlights the awkward, funny ways this proudly Scottish family fits into their new Canadian neighbourhood.
"My Scottish Family will introduce viewers to unique, funny, and proud Scottish culture," says Gerry Dee."I look forward to sharing the stories and characters that my family has shared with me."
Gerry Dee is receiving the 2015 Canadian Award of Distinction at the Banff World Media Festival on June 10.
The new comedic improv series Take Sides, is also in development, CBC and The Gurin Company announced today.
The show will put a hot button topic "on trial" each week, with comedians and musicians facing off with sketches, videos, music and monologues. A live audience will reach a verdict after the two sides present their cases.
"We need to take creative risks, and are delighted to go into development on this very new and innovative factual concept," said Jennifer Dettman, Executive Director, Unscripted Content, CBC.