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Unmistakably Canadian Satisfaction


From Eric Volmers of Postmedia News:

Satisfaction distinctly Canadian
In an upcoming episode of the new CTV comedy Satisfaction, there is a scene involving ne’er-do-well Toronto urbanite Mark Movenpick suddenly discovering the heritage of his date during what he hopes will be a one-night stand. It’s a brief romance. Part of Movenpick’s shtick as a character is that all of his romances are brief. But for a show that seems to aim for a sort of Friends-like universality, the scene is unmistakably Canadian. Continue reading.


Interview: Luke Macfarlane on comedy, sex and getting Satisfaction


By Adam Langton for TV, eh?

Tonight, CTV’s latest sitcom offering Satisfaction will be debuting at 8pm. The show stars Luke Macfarlane and Leah Renee as a loving couple, with comedian Ryan Belleville playing their best friend and roommate. As detailed in the breakdown, Satisfaction is about struggling with the next step. Whether it’s committing to a career, a relationship, or living arrangements, it’s not easy being a twenty-something when you’re torn between your immature past and your potential future. Luke Macfarlane took a few minutes out of his busy press day to chat with me about the show.

First off, I read that you’re from London, Ontario. I actually went to grad school there and I was curious: do you ever make it back for any London Knights games?

No, unfortunately not! I’ve learned a bit about hockey but was never a big hockey fan. My father worked at the University, however. He was actually the director of Student Health Services for almost twenty years.

Oh wow, good for him! Perhaps he and I crossed paths, who knows?

Well that depends, did you have any psychological counselling?

I think we’ll save that for off the record. (laughs)

(Laughs) okay!

 So with your acting background through Over There and Brothers and Sisters and your recent appearance on Person of Interest, you’re well known for your drama chops. I was wondering if switching to comedy came as a relief, or is it a challenge?

Oh it’s definitely a challenge. It was something that I really, really wanted to do. I actually had a conversation with my agent after I finished Brothers and Sisters. I said you know, when I look at the actors that I really admire, they’ve all done their time in comedy. And I really, really, really wanted to do it, so I started reading comedy scripts. I got a lot of responses with people saying “I don’t know if we think Luke is funny.” Then, it was a relief when I read this script. Not only did I think it was super, super funny, Tim (McAuliffe)’s script, but they also said “we think you’re funny too!” So it’s definitely something that is scary and a challenge and I’m learning so much. But if you’re going to stay in the business for a long time you have to be willing to do everything.

Sounds like a perfect match. So how is the tone, on set? Is it a lighter and goofier tone than you’re used to, even when you’re not actually rolling? Or is it business as usual?

It’s funny. We do laugh a lot, for sure–there’s always laughs on set, no matter what. I will say of this show, the pace at which we film is so fast. We just get through so much material. I have never worked this hard in my life, ever; the hours that I’ve been keeping… when I was doing other shows in the past, I would come in and do a couple of days a week. This is every single day at the crack of dawn. So that’s hard, but laughter is the way that we get through the day.

Tell us a little bit about Jason Howell.

Jason Howell is a PhD candidate in plant genetics … so something that’s really exciting to a lot of people, I’m sure (laughs). Tim actually intentionally wanted Tim to have a job that sounded really boring. He kind of is the nerd of the group. I’ve got this beautiful, beautiful, intelligent, quick-witted girlfriend and I think that we wanted him to be smart on the page and maybe not as smart when it came to more practical matters.

Are you an academic type, like Jason?

I do think I am a bit of a nerd, although it’s such a cliché for people to say that now. I think I am a nerd. When I was making my decision of what I wanted to do in life I had a very real interest in going into the sciences. And I applied to the Applied Sciences program at [the University of Toronto] and I also auditioned for Juilliard, and I instead went down the path of acting as I somehow got into Juilliard.

Well I was reading how during the development of Satisfaction there was a heavy emphasis on keeping Jason’s relationship with Maggie very much about love — they didn’t want their relationship to be about fighting and bickering. Is that very clear in the script or did you guys have to sort of bring that love to life while shooting?

Leah (who plays Maggie) and I get along so well, so that was really easy. And, although love is not the same as sex, when the show actually starts you find Jason and Maggie goin’ at it in a few inappropriate places in the house.

So it’s part of the struggle of living with a roommate and how you try to have a private life in the company of somebody else. So that’s definitely something present. We want to show that these guys are all really bonded in the problems that they face. It’s really easy, Leah and I get along really, really well. And they certainly write us as a very affectionate couple.

Well I think I should post this interview as fast as possible — tell people about the opening sex scene and make sure that all eyes are on CTV tonight!

I really hope so! I’m really, really optimistic and I have to say, honestly, I’ve been lucky to be a part of a lot of things but I feel so strongly about the quality of this. I’m really proud that it happens to be Canadian. I’ve always wanted to come back and work here. I am really, really proud of the show and I hope that everyone else likes it as much as I do.


New Monday: Satisfaction series premiere

Satisfaction, CTV – “The Blackout Cometh”
With a heat wave in the city, Jason (Luke Macfarlane) and Maggie (Leah Renee) resort to lying in front of the air conditioner and watching movies all weekend, including Trapped in a Box, their favourite Gary Busey movie…or is that a Nick Nolte film? Just as they turn to search engines to settle the argument, the power cuts out. There’s a blackout in the city and no IMDB to decide who’s right. Meanwhile, Mark (Ryan Belleville) has six months’ worth of frozen food from his favourite bulk store, and turns to his neighbours for ice to help salvage the defrosted meat in the middle of the blackout, but he quickly discovers that no good deed goes unpunished.


Satisfaction mostly satisfies

From Greg David of TV Guide Canada:

Satisfying Canadian sitcom debuts
Has CTV found the next Corner Gas in Satisfaction? It would appear so. The summer sitcom — debuting Monday as a lead-in to Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management — combines the light-hearted, though snarky, humour of the Brent Butt-starring vehicle with eye candy, giggle-inducing sight gags and a general air of confidence in what it is. Continue reading.

From Bill Harris of QMI Agency:

‘Satisfaction’ shows promise
or many years after the Rolling Stones’ first big hit (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, lead singer Mick Jagger would be asked by media, “Are you presently satisfied?” Having seen two episodes of the new CTV sitcom Satisfaction, which debuts tonight, I might be asked the same question. Am I satisfied with Satisfaction?Continue reading.


Satisfaction is a “mature comedy about immaturity”


From Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald:

CTV’s Satisfaction a mature comedy about immaturity, says Calgary star Ryan Belleville
In an upcoming episode of the new CTV comedy Satisfaction, there is a scene involving ne’er do well Toronto urbanite Mark Movenpick suddenly discovering the heritage of his date during what he hopes will be a one-night stand. Continue reading.

From Scott Stinson of the National Post:

CTV’s Satisfaction harnesses the luck of the Canucks
On the set of the new CTV comedy Satisfaction, the cast and crew are setting up a shot. Mark (Ryan Belleville) and his roommate Jason (Luke Macfarlane) are peering into their fridge, as Mark, who is serially unemployed, considers eating some Chinese takeout of uncertain provenance. Continue reading.

From Cassandra Szklarski of the Canadian Press:

Unsettled urbanites meander toward adulthood in CTV’s ‘Satisfaction’
omic veteran Ryan Belleville admits there’s not much to the premise of his new sitcom, “Satisfaction,” and that’s the way he likes it. The CTV series basically centres on the lives of a young couple and their off-kilter best friend, who share a cramped Toronto apartment while navigating the ups-and-downs of their love lives and the encroaching responsibilities of adulthood. Continue reading.

From Bryan Cairns of Huffington Post Canada:

‘Satisfaction’: CTV Comedy Channels ‘New Girl’ And ‘Friends’
Everyday life can be a hoot and a holler. That philosophy is certainly evident in CTV’s new series, “Satisfaction.” Created by Tim McAuliffe (“The Office,” “Up All Night,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”), the 30-minute comedy follows Jason (“Brothers & Sisters” Luke MacFarlane), his long-term girlfriend Maggie (“The Playboy Club”s Leah Renee), and their bromantic roommate, Mark (“The L.A. Complex”s Ryan Belleville) as they struggle to make ends meet, keep their relationships thriving and their sanity in check while somehow living “harmoniously” under one roof. Naturally, hilarity ensues. Continue reading.

From Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette:

Tim McAuliffe finds Satisfaction by writing what he knows
The Canadian sitcom Satisfaction, which premières on CTV Monday night, is not a Montreal show, but it has plenty of Montreal connections.The creator, co-writer and co-executive producer of the series is Tim McAuliffe, who grew up in Pointe-Claire, went to Loyola High School (at the same time as Sam Roberts) and used to manage the Local Rabbits, a happening ’90s alt-pop band from the West Island that released a couple of albums on Sloan’s Murderecords label. McAuliffe has written for some American series, including The Office, Up All Night and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Continue reading.