Season 2 of Hiccups begins production

Sparrow Media Company Inc., in association with CTV and The Comedy Network announce that production is underway on Season 2 of Brent Butt’s hit comedy series Hiccups.

This season, Millie goes to Hollywood to firm up a Grumpaloo movie deal, Stan (Brent Butt) and Anna’s (Paula Rivera) life gets interrupted when Millie (Nancy Robertson) moves in, and Millie obsesses about the sound of her voice when a talking Missy Grumpaloo doll is introduced.

On the heels of securing international distribution rights with Electus Distribution for Season 1, the 13-episode half-hour series will shoot its second season in Vancouver until December, 2010.

Ben Silverman, the award-winning producer and CEO of Electus, has secured the international distribution rights for the first season in a sub-distribution deal with Thunderbird Films through Electus Distribution.

Season 1 of Hiccups premiered to 1.9 million viewers on March 1, making it the most-watched premiere of any scripted Canadian series and the new #1 comedy program (Canadian or American) of the year.

Viewers can catch encore broadcasts of Season 1 on The Comedy Network Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and on demand at watch.ctv.ca.

Hiccups stars Nancy Robertson (Corner Gas, Robson Arms) as Millie Upton, a successful children’s author who is socially unpredictable, except for being predictably inappropriate. She is prone to sudden outbursts of laughter, sadness and rage. All traits that her life coach Stan (Brent Butt) tries to subdue, her publisher Joyce (Laura Soltis, The Guard) fails to keep under wraps and her slick but useless agent Taylor (David Ingram, Queer As Folk) is too self-centred to notice. Meanwhile, Stan finds life-support in his wide-eyed and slightly bewildered wife, Anna (Paula Rivera, Flashpoint), who does her best to support his impractical dream of becoming a life coach. All observed by the sardonic eye of Joyce’s spoiled receptionist, Crystal (Emily Perkins, Gingersnaps).

Created, written and executive produced by Brent Butt (Corner Gas), Hiccups is also executive produced by Laura Lightbown (DaVinci’s Inquest, Intelligence) and David Storey (Corner Gas). Producers are Nancy Robertson (Corner Gas) and Arvi Liimatainen (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Intelligence) and supervising producer is Andrew Carr (Corner Gas).

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