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Canadian Match Game coming this fall

- June 28th, 2012

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If only Gene Rayburn, Richard Dawson, Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly still were alive to see this.

A new Canadian version of the classic game show Match Game is coming to the Comedy Network in the fall.

Bell Media, which owns the Comedy Network, announced on Thursday that shooting on the series will begin this summer in Montreal, with 60 half-hour episodes having been commissioned.

The Canadian Match Game will be produced in association with Montreal’s Zone3, which already produces a French-language version of the series.

Bell Media also confirmed on Thursday it has placed pilot orders for two half-hour scripted comedies, titled Satisfaction and Spun Out. Together they’d make a good Rolling Stones biography, right?

Anyway, both Satisfaction and Spun Out are set to shoot this fall in Toronto.

Satisfaction is an ensemble comedy about a couple in their 20s named Peter and Claire, who invite Peter’s newly single best friend Mark to move in to help pay the rent.

Spun Out is a multi-camera workplace comedy about a disgraced writer named Beckett Ryan who joins a public relations agency staffed with people who can spin everyone’s problems but their own.

CTV’s Corner Gas proved that a home-grown sitcom can be a hit in Canada, but it doesn’t happen very often, even though Canada stocks the world with comedians. You almost can hear the late Match Game host Rayburn saying, “Canadian sitcoms are usually … BLANK.”

But hey, you won’t succeed unless you try. Every Match Game contestant or comedy writer knows that.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

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1 comment

  1. kathleen clifton | December 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    How do i enter the game show. Thanks Kathleen

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