CTV Orders New Comedy Pilot From Brent Butt

Gas Leads to Hiccups: CTV Orders New Comedy Pilot From Brent Butt

    -- Brent Butt returns to helm his latest project as creator, writer and
    executive producer --

    -- Corner Gas co-star Nancy Robertson stars in new comedy pilot --TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - With production just wrapped on the sixth and
final season of Corner Gas (premiering Oct. 13), CTV and The Comedy Network
announced today that it has commissioned a pilot for a new scripted half-hour
original comedy series from Brent Butt. The star, creator and executive
producer of Canada's No. 1 comedy series, Butt moves behind-the-scenes to helm
his latest project, Hiccups, which begins shooting in Vancouver later this
month. The pilot episode stars the hilarious Nancy Robertson, who plays Wanda
Dollard on Corner Gas.

    In Hiccups, Robertson plays Millie Upton, a children's author with anger
issues. Her emotional quirks contribute to her success as an author, but make
living in the real world with actual people a bit of a challenge. Though she's
generally an upbeat and happy person, Millie often experiences "hiccups" -
raging episodes, fits of depression or euphoric highs - at the drop of a hat.
After finally being convinced that she needs help, Millie impulsively enlists
the aid of a life coach, Stan Dirko. It's just unfortunate that Stan has no
training or credentials. Millie and Stan are like the lost leading the lost,
with the best of intentions, and little success.

    "There's no rest for the hilarious," said Susanne Boyce, President,
Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "We wanted to make sure Brent got
right back to work. Fan-favourite Nancy Robertson promises to sparkle as
Millie Upton. We can't wait to see what these two come up with."

    "It's hugely satisfying to continue my relationship with CTV and The
Comedy Network," said Butt. "The past six years have been like some kind of
dream, so I am thrilled to get the opportunity to create something new."

    The pilot for Hiccups is produced by Sparrow Media in association with
CTV and The Comedy Network. Brent Butt is creator, writer, show runner and
executive producer. Executive producers are Laura Lightbown (DaVinci's
Inquest, Intelligence) and David Storey (Corner Gas); Storey also directs the
pilot.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.




For further information: Jim Quan, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5311 or
jquan@ctv.ca