From a media release:
PACK YOUR BAGS! â€˜VACATION WITH DEREK’ IS NOW IN PRODUCTION
- Entire Cast of Life With Derek Reunites for Television Movie Starring Ashley Leggat, Michael Seater, Daniel Magder, Jordan Todosey, Ariel Waller, Joy Tanner and John Ralston.
- So You Think You Can Dance Canada Winner Nico Archambault Guest Stars
Shaftesbury Films and Astral Media’s Family Channel are thrilled to announce that the highly successful comedy series Life with Derek is back with the TV-movie Vacation with Derek. Directed by award-winner Michael McGowan (One Week, Saint Ralph), the TV-movie will have Ashley Leggat and Michael Seater reprising their roles as the rival step-siblings and will be joined by former cast mates Daniel Magder, Jordan Todosey, Ariel Waller, Joy Tanner and John Ralston. The TV-movie production runs September 14, 2009, through until October 7, 2009, and will shoot on location in Northern Ontario. Commissioned by Family Channel, Vacation with Derek will air in 2010.
So You Think You Can Dance Canada season one winner Nico Archambault will guest star as â€˜Jesse’, the dance instructor at the lodge where the McDonald-Venturi’s take their vacation. Nico has also signed on to be the choreographer for the television movie. Also guest starring as â€˜Felicia’, Casey’s Grandmother, is award-winning actress Kate Trotter (Murdoch Mysteries, The Jane Show).
Vacation with Derek, starring Ashley Leggat and Michael Seater, is based on the internationally successful comedy series Life with Derek. The TV-movie will follow the McDonald-Venturi family as the children are forced to spend part of their summer vacation with their grandmother at her senior’s lodge.
Vacation with Derek is produced by Shaftesbury Films. Executive Producers are Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury, and Daphne Ballon. Producers are Suzanne French and Stephen Montgomery, with Shaftesbury Films’ Laura Harbin and Peter Meyboom serving as Supervising Producers. Created by Daphne Ballon, and commissioned by The Family Channel (Canada), the TV-movie is distributed internationally by Shaftesbury Sales Company. Life with Derek: The Complete Second Season (KOCH Entertainment) is now available on DVD in retail outlets across Canada.