Run the Burbs starts shooting season two in and around Toronto

Oct 24, 2022

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By Victoria Aheard | Playback

Production is running along for CBC’s Run the Burbs as filming gets underway on season two, with Anthony Q. Farrell joining the creative team as executive producer and showrunner.

The Pier 21 Films-produced comedy is rolling cameras in and around Toronto on the 13 x 30-minute season, which is slated to premiere on CBC and CBC Gem in winter 2023, according to a news release. Production is set to wrap on Nov. 18.

The original comedy about a Vietnamese-South Asian-Canadian family in the suburbs was created by comedian, writer and actor Andrew Phung (Kim’s Convenience) and his best friend and collaborator, filmmaker Scott Townend (The Secret Marathon). Phung also stars in the series and is an executive producer along with Townend.

Other executive producers on the series include Laszlo Barna, Nicole Butler, and Karen Tsang for Pier 21 Films, and Aleysa Young. Co-executive producers are Nelu Handa and Courtney J. Walker. Jessica Daniel is the series producer.

New writers for season two are Farrell, Walker, Cathryn Naiker and Sara Peters.

Farrell — who was named Playback‘s Showrunner of the Year last year — brings much cachet to the new season, having gained prominence as showrunner on Overlord and the Underwoods and The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker, among others. His other credits include directing CBC’s Son of a Critch and writing for NBC’s The Office.

Young is also a director on season two, along with Zoe Hopkins, Pat Mills, Joyce Wong and Sherren Lee. Distributed by Fifth Season, the CBC original series also stars Rakhee Morzaria, Zoriah Wong, and Roman Pesino.

New cast members this season include Sharjil Rasool (New Eden) and guest stars Dakota Ray Hebert (Run Woman Run), The Great Canadian Baking Show host Ann Pornel, and comedian Gavin Crawford.

In a statement, Phung said they want to push the concept of “redefining the way we see life in the suburbs” even further in season two “and have even more fun with the ‘Burbs.’”

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