From a media release:
CBC, Canadaâ€™s public broadcaster, and global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) are partnering with â€œSchittâ€™s Creekâ€ EmmyÂ® and Golden GlobeÂ® winning producer Andrew Barnsley and comedian-actor-writer Mark Critch to bring â€œSON OF A CRITCHâ€ (13×30) to audiences in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. Created by Critch and Tim McAuliffe (â€œThe Office,â€ â€œLast Man on Earth,â€ and the upcoming â€œMacGruberâ€ series) and based on Critchâ€™s award-winning, best-selling memoir Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir, the CBC original series will premiere on CBC TV and CBC Gem in Canada in January 2022, with Lionsgate handling U.S. and international distribution rights.
â€œSon of a Critchâ€ is the hilarious and very real story of 11-year-old Mark coming of age in St. Johnâ€™s, Newfoundland in the 80â€™s. Itâ€™s a heartfelt window into the life of a child – much older inside than his 11 years – using comedy and self-deprecation to win friends and connect with the small collection of people in his limited world. With production starting today in St. Johnâ€™s, Newfoundland, the comedy stars Mark Critch as his father and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Pinocchio) as young Mark. Ainsworth can currently be seen as one of the leads in the limited series â€œThe Haunting of Bly Manorâ€ for director Mike Flanagan on Netflix, and stars as Pinocchio opposite Tom Hanks in Walt Disney Picturesâ€™ upcoming live action remake of Pinocchio for director Robert Zemeckis. Additionally, Claire Rankin (Mollyâ€™s Game) has been cast as Markâ€™s mother, Mary, alongside newcomers Sophia Powers and Mark Rivera, who are cast as classmates of young Mark. Golden Globe nominee Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) to star as Pop.
The project is a very personal one for both Critch and McAuliffe, as the two have been friends dating back to working on â€œThis Hour has 22 Minutesâ€ together.
A CBC original series, â€œSon of a Critchâ€ is an inter-provincial co-production between Barnsleyâ€™s Project 10 Productions Inc. and Newfoundland-based Take the Shot Productions in association with CBC and Lionsgate Television, and executive produced by Critch, McAuliffe, Barnsley, Ben Murray and Allan Hawco. Renuka Jeyapalan and Anita Kapila serve as co-executive producers with Jeyapalan directing the first four episodes of the series.