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Now in production in Toronto and Hamilton, the Pier 21 Films comedy will premiere on CBC in winter 2022.
Production is underway in Toronto and Hamilton on CBC original comedy Run the Burbs, led by award-winning Kim’s Convenience star Andrew Phung.
Produced by Toronto’s Pier 21 Films, the series is co-created by Phung, who stars in the series, and filmmaker Scott Townend; both serve as executive producers. Shebli Zarghami serves as showrunner and executive producer.
The series, which is set to premiere in winter 2022, follows Phung as a stay-at-home dad of a Vietnamese-South Asian-Canadian family who take a “different approach to living life to the fullest.” Phung has won four Canadian Screen Awards for his acting work on Kim’s Convenience.
The series’ main cast, announced today, includes Rakhee Morzaria (Private Eyes), Zoriah Wong (Nancy Drew) and Roman Pesino (Odd Squad), who round out the series’ fictional family. Additional cast members Ali Hassan (Laugh Out Loud), YouTube comedian Julie Nolke, Jonathan Langdon (Utopia Falls), Simone Miller (Detention Adventure), Samantha Wan (Second Jen), Candy Palmater (The Candy Show), Chris Locke (Workin’ Moms) and Aurora Browne (Baroness von Sketch Show).
Executive producers on the series are Laszlo Barna, Nicole Butler and Bill Lundy of Pier 21 Films, Phung, Townend, Zarghami and Aleysa Young. Jessica Daniel serves as producer while Matt Kippen and Wendy Litner are co-executive producers. Endeavor Content handles international sales for the series.
Directors on season one are Young, Peter Wellington, Joyce Wong, Melanie Orr, and Justin Wu.
“We are so hyped and proud of this incredible group of performers that have joined us on this journey,” said Phung in a statement. “We’re honoured to have this opportunity and it’s been our absolute pleasure working with CBC, Pier 21 Films, and Endeavor Content as we bring Run the Burbs to life.”
“We are so fortunate to be working with such a talented cast led by our star and co-creator Andrew Phung,” added Barna. “We can’t wait for the world to join us in the burbs and meet the Phams and their unforgettable friends and neighbours.”