Bell Media's CTV Orders New Half-Hour Original Comedy SATISFACTION

- Ensemble comedy stars Luke MacFarlane, Stephanie Lemelin, Ryan Belleville, Vik Sahay, and Leah Renee -

- Tim McAuliffe and Michael Donovan partner on new relationship comedy -

To tweet this release: http://bit.ly/TMKnK9

PASEDENA, CA, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - 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, starring 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.

The pick-up announcement for SATISFACTION comes as CTV also orders today the ensemble undercover detective drama PLAYED (working title). The two programs join CTV's burgeoning lineup of original scripted series including MOTIVE, SAVING HOPE, and THE LISTENER.

**Media Note** Download artwork for SATISFACTION at BellMediaPR.ca.

SATISFACTION takes a humorous look at a group of friends who are completely uninhibited as they share their relationship woes and romantic wins, life crises, and personal ambitions. Dedicated single man Mark (Belleville) hustles the dating scene while his best friends and long-term couple Jason (MacFarlane) and Maggie (Lemelin) work at keeping the sparks flying as they face the day-to-day challenges of being in a committed relationship. Neighbours Nancy (Renee) and Dan (Sahay) have a marriage that proves that, while opposites can definitely attract, it can also deliver some seriously epic volatility.

"From the wild singles scene, to the rewards and worries of a monogamous commitment, SATISFACTION offers a candid and hilarious take on modern romantic relationships from a 'bromance' perspective," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. "SATISFACTION complements our lineup of Canada's most-watched comedies. We look forward to working with the talented actors and creative team behind this hilarious new series."

SATISFACTION is produced by DHX Media is association with CTV. Executive producer is Michael Donovan and Tim McAuliffe is executive producer/writer. Keith Samples (EVERWOOD, ONE TREE HILL) is director. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series MOTIVE and PLAYED (working title), relationship comedy SATISFACTION, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series, and a pilot for the half-hour comedy SPUN OUT. Scripted series on Bell Media specialty channels include two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, mythological/action series PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD, and the upcoming dramas ORPHAN BLACK and BITTEN. In total, Bell Media ordered 26 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter:
@CTV_PR
@CTV_Television
@satisfactionTV
@lukemaconline - Luke MacFarlane
@StephyLems - Stephanie Lemelin
@RyanBellville - Ryan Belleville
@Leah_Renee - Leah Renee
@TimMcAuliffeIII - Tim McAuliffe

Facebook:
facebook.com/ctv

About CTV
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 10 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at ctv.ca.

SOURCE: CTV

For further information:

Matthew Almeida, CTV, CTV Two, 416.384.2629 or matthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca
Jim Quan, CTV, CTV Two, 416.384.5311 or jim.quan@bellmedia.ca