From a media release:
Canuck A-listerÂ Jason PriestleyÂ (Call Me Fitz, Beverly Hills: 90210, Haven) and celebrated actressÂ Molly RingwaldÂ (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Breakfast ClubÂ and the upcomingÂ Universal Pictures filmÂ Jem & The Holograms) bring the funny toÂ Family Channel,Â starring as seemingly-flawless parents to five children in the new original seriesÂ The Wonderful Wayneys.Â FromÂ Aircraft PicturesÂ andÂ Dolphin Entertainment,Â The Wonderful WayneysÂ follows Paige and Wayne Wayney as they forge the path to familial greatness. The live-action comedy, created and executive produced by the witty and cheeky Tom Saunders (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show), begins filming in Toronto onÂ July 27Â and will deliver 26 half-hour episodes toÂ DHX TelevisionÂ for Spring 2016.
The wonderful Wayneys are an amazing family: good looking, MENSA smart, talented,Â athletic and popular to boot. Paige (Ringwald) and Wayne Wayney (Priestley) haveÂ worked hard atÂ raising â€œmulti-exceptionalâ€ offspring and are proud of their children: Adam, Conner, Bentley and Derek.Â Everyone in townÂ envies them or wants toÂ beÂ them, andÂ you can even find Paigeâ€™s book about raising her extraordinary family on the bestseller list. But alas,Â their fifth child, Emmett, is not marching in lock step on the path to familial greatness. What heÂ lacks academically,Â athletically and artistically, he makes up for with relentless enthusiasm and curiosity. Emmett knows that one day heâ€™ll find his way, but in the meantime heâ€™s determined to celebrate his C-average status in spectacular creative fashion â€“ no matter howÂ often his best laid plans threaten to destroyÂ the familyâ€™s living space, reputation or sense of safety.
Filling the roles of Priestley and Ringwaldâ€™s multi-exceptional children in the series are: Luke Bilyk (Degrassi,Â Lost Girl) as Adam; Katie Douglas (Defiance, Max & Shred) as Conner; Matthew Tissi (Call Me Fitz, Transporter) as Bentley; Jake Sim (The Amazing Gayl Pile, Arthur) as Derek; and newcomer Simon Cadel as Emmett.
The Wonderful WayneysÂ is produced by Aircraft Pictures (Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil,Â Whatâ€™s Up, Warthogs!) with producers Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen, and Dolphin Entertainment (Nedâ€™s Declassified School Survival Guide,Â Zoey 101,Â and the upcoming feature filmÂ Max Steel,Â based on the Mattel action-figure franchise) with Executive Producer Bill Oâ€™Dowd. Tom Saunders (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show) is Series Creator and Executive Producer. The show is co-executive produced by Steve Skrovan (Everybody Loves Raymond, Hot in Cleveland) and Garry Campbell (MADtv, Kids in the Hall). Tia Ayers, Barbara Haynes, Skander Halim, Max Reid, Josh Gal,Â Kate Spurgeon and Emer Connon round out the writing room.