From a media release:
Award-winning media production and distribution company, marblemedia, in association withâ€¯award-winning creator Beachwood Canyon Productions, announces today production is set to begin later this month in Torontoâ€¯on series,â€¯The Parker Andersons andâ€¯Amelia Parker (20 eps x 30 mins), two brand-new scripted family single-camera sitcoms that follows the life of one bi-racial family, blended by marriage.
In this completely new and innovative concept, the series will enhance traditional TV storytelling by creating two stand-alone comedy series, The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker, each with their own storylines and episodes, while still connected by larger overarching plotlines tying the two independent series together. The Parker Andersons follows the warmly comedic antics of a newly blended family, while Amelia Parker centers around the quietest member of the family, a tween girl navigating the world around her.
The Parker Andersonsâ€¯follows Tony Parker, a British widower and father of two (Nathan and Amelia), who moves to North America where he meets and marries Cleo Anderson, the mother of two kids (Victoria and Charlie). Altogether, they quickly discover that sometimes being â€˜blendedâ€™ feels a lot like being in a blender.
Amelia Parker centers around the quietest member of the Parker Anderson family, a tween girl who is coming into her own. After her mother died, Amelia became selectively mute, figuring that before she participates in the world again, she better figure some things out. In confessionals, we see that Amelia is actually an opinionated, vivacious girl, who openly explains her hopes, anxieties and fears in virtual conversations with her deceased mom.
Anthony Q. Farrell takes over as Showrunner for both series. Farrell has written for NBCâ€™sâ€¯The Office, CBCâ€™sâ€¯Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Nickelodeonâ€™sâ€¯The Thundermansâ€¯andâ€¯has developed TV series for CBS Studios, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network amongst others.â€¯Heâ€¯isÂ the creator ofâ€¯Secret Life of Boys, the BAFTA-winning CBBC series, which is in its fifthÂ season. Anthony joins the series bringing unparalleled talent,â€¯humourâ€¯and leadership to really form the true essence of both shows.â€¯â€¯He has assembled a richly talented and diverse team of writers and directors to assist him in ensuring that the stories for both shows are not only entertaining but also authentic. Leading by example through collaboration and providing an opportunity for the next generation, Anthony Q. Farrell is reimagining show running for the next wave.
The series has been commissioned by BYUtv in the U.S. to debut in 2021 as part of their focus on inspiring family programming and will launch in Canada later in 2021, with a Canadian broadcaster to be announced soon.
The Parker-Andersons andâ€¯Amelia Parkerâ€¯will starâ€¯Arnold Pinnock as Tony Parker (Cardinal, Coroner, Baroness Von Sketch), Kate Hewlett as Cleo Anderson (The Stanley Dynamic, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Girlfriend Experience), Millie Davis as Amelia Parker (Odd Squad, Dino Dana, Orphan Black), Agape Mngomezulu as Nathan Parker (Best Intentions, The Twilight Zone, Supernatural), Devin Cecchetto as Victoria Anderson (Ginny & Georgia, TheÂ Craft), Charlie Zeltzer as Charlie Anderson (The Handmaidâ€™s Tale, Anne with an E),â€¯Sandy Jobin- Bevans as Roger Anderson (Designated Survivor,â€¯Just Like Mom and Dad, Good Witch, Baroness Von Sketch Show) andâ€¯Akiel Julien as Nick Parker (Utopia Falls, The Boys, What We Do in the Shadows). Additional cast members will be announced in the coming weeks.
Executive Producers for the series include Mark J.W.â€¯Bishop, Matt Hornburg, Carrieâ€¯Paupstâ€¯Shaughnessy, and Co-Executive Producer Donna Luke (marblemedia); Executive Producers Frank vanâ€¯Keekenâ€¯and Yolanda Yott (Beachwood Canyon);â€¯Executive Producer and Showrunner Anthony Q. Farrell and Producer Jim Corston; Executive Producers forâ€¯BYUtvâ€¯Michael Dunn,â€¯Andraâ€¯Johnson Duke, Melissa Puente and Jim Bell.