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US and Canadian broadcasters team for comedy series first

NBC and Shaw are joining forces to make single-cam comedy series Working the Engels, marking the first time the US and Canadian broadcasters have collaborated on a half-hour network comedy.

The show will be made by the broadcasters and US/Canadian producer Halfire-Core Entertainment, the joint venture between ex-eOne exec Noreen Halpern and ex-NBC exec Marc Graboff-helmed Core Media.

Running to twelve episodes, the series follows a family who must band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt. They take on the deceased father’s law firm despite only one other family member having an legal experience.

Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding ) will play Ceil, the family matriarch and Kacey Rohl (Hannibal), Azura Skye (American Horror Story) and Benjamin Arthur (Less Than Kind) will also star.

“We’re over the moon thrilled to work with NBC and Shaw Media on this series,” said Noreen Halpern, president, Halfire-Core Entertainment. “Katie and Jane Ford have created a laugh-out-loud show and we’re delighted to have a comedic legend in Andrea Martin, complemented by a trio of rising stars.”