From a media release:
New Comedy Pilot Rise Up Greenlit by Canwest
- Pilot created by and starring comedic icon Mary Walsh
Joining forces with Gemini Award-winning and Canadian comedy legend Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Executive Producer Christina Jennings of Shaftesbury Films (ReGenesis, The Listener), Canwest has greenlit the half-hour comedy pilot Rise Up. The series was created by Mary Walsh.
Rise Up is a wickedly funny pilot about Siouxie Power (Walsh), a strong-willed, salt-of-the-earth ex-punk rocker from – “The Rock” – Newfoundland. When Siouxie wins the hundred-million-dollar Atlantic Super Lottery, she decides to move her family out of the close-knit community of “Heart’s Desire” and right into the beating heart of the Canadian moneyed establishment – Rosedale. However, upon landing in her new home, she quickly learns that her neighbours don’t care for the disruption she causes to their lives. The pilot finds Siouxie caught up in a host of awkward situations – mistaken for domestic help, arrested for disturbing the peace and throwing a very unwelcomed charity bash for her neighbours. Along for the ride are her former husband Spook Sparks, who seems unshakable from her life, their troubled teenage kids Syd and Vida and their huge, overly friendly Newfoundland dog, Captain Bartlett (Drools for short).
The pilot was written by Mary Walsh, Kevin White and Sara Snow. White’s previous credits include Corner Gas and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Snow has previously written for teenage dramas, Degrassi and Renegadepress.com. Casting, directing and additional production development announcements will be made shortly.