18 To Life

With one simple “I do”, three couples become connected for better or worse, ‘til death do them part’… 18 TO LIFE captures the stories of neighbouring families with vastly different lifestyles, who reluctantly become in-laws after their teenage kids get married at the tender age of 18. This new family comedy debuts on CBC Television, Monday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m.

It’s a complicated situation, but ripe for comedy: Ben (Peter Keleghan, The Newsroom, Love Letters) and Judith (Ellen David, Surviving My Mother, Mambo Italiano, Heist) are conservative and like to keep up with the Joneses. Their son Tom (Michael Seater, Life With Derek, The Zack Files) is an easy-going guy’s guy. Neighbours Phil and Tara Hill (Al Goulem, The Tournament, Stardom and Angela Asher Degrassi: The Next Generation, Queer as Folk) are tree-huggers who like to rock out. Their daughter Jessie (Stacey Farber, Degrassi: The Next Generation) is passionate and outspoken.

No longer satisfied with stealing kisses through the fence dividing their houses, Tom and Jessie decide they are mature enough to seal the deal. When the newlyweds move into Tom’s parents’ attic, their marriage becomes public property, stirring up new frictions, old passions and spousal tug-of-war.

“What could be shocking for many parents is perfect fodder for a comedy. Canadians of all generations will relate to the hilarious situations that ensue when two star-crossed teenagers take the plunge, with their parents in tow, on 18 TO LIFE,” said Kirstine Stewart, general manger, CBC Television.

18 TO LIFE is created and written by Derek Schreyer and Karen Troubetzkoy. Writers also include Paul Sheridan (co-producer), Skander Halim, Jenn Engles and Andrew De Angelis. It is produced by Ian Whitehead and Neil Bregman and directed by Peter Wellington, Paolo Barzman and Stefan Pleszczynski. Executive producers are Derek Schreyer, Karen Troubetzkoy, Andrew Orenstein and Arnie Gelbart. It is a Gala Film production in association with CBC Television.

Galafilm and Sound Venture announced today that principal photography has begun on their new comedy series 18 TO LIFE, for CBC Television. The comedy is the story of two neighbours with total opposing points of view who become family after their teenage kids run off and get married. With one simple “I do”, the three couples are joined, for better or worse! The shooting started yesterday in Montreal, Quebec, and will continue through September.

“This is the second series we’ve produced with Karen Troubetzkoy and Derek Schreyer,” said Galafilm CEO Arnie Gelbart. “As in all their work, they bring to 18 TO LIFE passion, originality and unbounded creativity. I am enormously pleased that the show resonates with CBC, and, we hope, a large audience.”

Starring Stacey Farber (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Michael Seater (Life With Derek)  as the young lovers, 18 TO LIFE also reunites Peter Keleghan (Billable Hours, The Newsroom),   Al Goulem (The Tournament, Stardom), Ellen David (Surviving My Mother, The Business), Angela Asher (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Queer as Folk), Jesse Rath (Prom Wars, Dead Like Me), and Tiio Horn (Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis).

The series is created, written, and executive produced by Derek Schreyer (Murdoch Mysteries, Cold Squad) and former network exec and International Emmy Award-winning producer      Karen Troubetzkoy (15/Love, The Magician’s House). Andrew Orenstein (Everybody Hates Chris, Malcolm in the Middle) joins as executive producer and Rob Sheridan (Corner Gas, Less Than Kind) co-produces. The series will be directed by Peter Wellington (Slings and Arrows), Paolo Barzman (The Phantom, The Last Templar) and Stefan Pleszczynski (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Intelligence). Ian Whitehead and Neil Bregman produce the show.

The show is a Quebec-Ontario co-production between Galafilm Inc. and Sound Venture Inc.     in association with CBC Television. International distribution is being handled by Alchemy Distribution, with offices in Los Angeles and London.