satisfactionSatisfaction’s Luke Macfarlane is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling by making the transition from TV to stage to film.

The London, Ont., native has returned to Canada after a five year stint on American series Brothers & Sisters to take up the role of Jason alongside Leah Renee (The Playboy Club) and Ryan Belleville (Almost Heroes).

The 33-year-old hopes to follow a similar career path to that of Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling, as he feels they are “guys who were able to straddle everything.” Continue reading »

Satisfaction3So how exactly did the creator of CTV’s new summer sitcom Satisfaction wrangle Mad Men’s Jessica Pare into a guest role on the show?

For Tim McAuliffe it appears to be all about calling in favours from friends.

“Jessica Paré is someone who sort of hung out at our apartment a lot,” McAuliffe told TV Guide Canada.

“She’s a friend, and she used to sleep over a lot because she was a good friend of [real-life roommate] Claire, who is played by Leah. So, she spent a lot of time there and we’ve remained friends over the years. She came in last week and filmed for 13 hours. That was really nice of her.” Continue reading »

Satisfaction3New original comedy Satisfaction is due to touch down on CTV June 24, it has been announced.

Ryan Belleville (The L.A. Complex), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) and Leah Renee (The Playboy Club) feature in the half-hour relationship comedy about struggling with the next step and trying to figure out how to get satisfaction.

Anchoring an all-new block of Monday night comedy on CTV, Satisfaction is paired with a new summer season of Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management (8:30 p.m. ET/PT).

Satisfaction mines the trials and tribulations of young adulthood for laughs, touching on everything from the fear of opening a joint bank account and using a scurvy diagnosis to get out of a new job, to finally making friends with a new couple who then turn out to be swingers. Continue reading »

AmazingRaceCanadaCTV has today laid out its upcoming summer line-up, which is headlined by the first ever season of The Amazing Race Canada.

Returning series include The Listener, Saving Hope, MasterChef and So You Think You Can Dance while the new series premieres of Satisfaction and Mistresses take place also.

“From reality TV, to comedy and drama, audiences are in store for an incredible summer of original series debuts, and returning hits,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks, Bell Media. “With the nail-biting, down-to-the-wire energy and anticipation of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA setting the pace, this summer’s lineup is unstoppable, bringing the best in entertainment to Canadians across the country.” Continue reading »

satisfaction2Work is underway on a new Canadian comedy series called Satisfaction.

The half-hour comedy for CTV comes from the mind of Tim McAuliffe (The Office, Up All Night) and features Ryan Belleville (The LA Complex, Going the Distance), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) and Leah Renee (The Playboy Club).

The 13-episode, half-hour comedy series begins shooting in and around Toronto today (April 29) through July 2013.

“With the winning combination of creator Tim McAuliffe’s comedic vision, the production strength of DHX Media Ltd., and a talented and funny all-Canadian cast, Satisfaction is firing on all cylinders as it starts production,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Continue reading »

Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports, announced today from the Television Critics Association tour in Pasadena, CA that CTV has ordered to series the new half-hour Canadian scripted comedy series Satisfaction.

The series stars Luke MacFarlane (Brothers and Sisters), Stephanie Lemelin (Bones), Ryan Belleville (The L.A. Complex), Vik Sahay (Chuck), and Leah Renee (The Playboy Club).

From Halifax’s DHX Media, the ensemble comedy series is written by Tim McAuliffe (Up All Night, The Office) and produced by Michael Donovan (Bowling for Columbine, This Hour Has 22 Minutes). CTV has ordered 12 half-hour episodes in addition to the pilot shot last fall in Toronto. The series is set to begin production in late spring. Continue reading »

CTV announced today the pilot orders for two new original half-hour comedies, backed by some of Canada’s most successful TV comedy writers and producers.

From Halifax’s DHX Media comes ensemble comedy Satisfaction, written by Tim McAuliffe (Up All Night) and produced by Michael Donovan (Bowling for Columbine, This Hour Has 22 Minutes).

Toronto’s Project 10 Productions are winding up for Spun Out, CTV’s first ever multi-camera workplace comedy, created by Jeff Biederman (Life with Derek), Brent Piaskoski (According to Jim) and Brian K. Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) and produced by Andrew Barnsley (Hotbox). Continue reading »