Insight Productions and CBC are developing a character-drivenÂ half-hour drama series, based on Lisa Gabrieleâ€™s novel, Tempting Faith DiNapoli, John Murray, ViceÂ President & Supervising Producer, Insight Production Company Ltd., announced today. The series isÂ a bittersweet and darkly funny look at a volatile yet heartwarming Â relationship between a motherÂ and daughter, both coming of age in the early 80s. Gabriele serves as creator and executiveÂ producer along with industry veteran Shelley Scarrow (Being Erica, Lost Girl). Both Gabriele andÂ Scarrow will also act as writers on the series.
Set in Windsor’s Little Italy and the francophone enclave of Belle River, Ontario, Tempting FaithÂ DiNapoli tells the story of what it means to grow up in a broke, blue-collar, loving, dysfunctional,Â God-fearing, yet increasingly faithless family. After Nancy DiNapoliâ€™s marriage falls apart and theirÂ immigrant community turns its back on the family, this scrappy single mother and her four unrulyÂ teens must start all over again. Faith tries to keep it together, even while everything around her isÂ falling apart, with sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious results.
â€œLisa has such an authentic and unique voice,â€ said John Murray, Supervising Producer. â€œThe novelÂ reminds me of Angela’s Ashes â€“ poignant, heartbreaking at times â€“ and yet always propelled byÂ Lisa’s incredible gift for character and razor sharp wit. CBCâ€™s passion for finding and developingÂ unique Canadian voices makes it the perfect home for the series.â€
Tempting Faith DiNapoli is executive produced by Insight Productionâ€™s John Brunton and BarbaraÂ Bowlby. Lisa Gabriele and Shelley Scarrow serve as creators and executive producers. John MurrayÂ is Supervising Producer.