New multi-cam series premieres Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT
Series features special guest stars Michael Gross, Scott Thompson, Seán Cullen and Colin Mochrie
TORONTO, Feb. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - YTV is set to premiere The Stanley Dynamic, a new hilarious live action, multi-cam sitcom about a typical family with a big twist—one of their twin sons is animated. The 26 x 30-minute series, co-created by Ken Cuperus, produced by Amaze Film + Television, with animation produced by 9 Story Media Group, will debut on YTV on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. For a sneak peek, click here.
At the core of the Stanley family are 14-year-old twins Larry, played by Charles Vandervaart (Murdoch Mysteries, Camp Rock 2), and his cartoon twin brother Luke, voiced by Taylor Abrahamse (Beyblade: Metal Fusion), who are navigating their first year of high school and trying to fit in. Luke prefers to stay under the radar, but his ability to stretch his body like a wad of gum keeps him in the spotlight, while Larry's love of attention constantly backfires and results in him getting into a lot of trouble.
Luckily, the twins have the support of their cartoonist dad, Lane, played by Michael Barbuto (Banner 4th of July, Nip/Tuck), who chronicles the family's adventures in his online comic strip, "The Stanley Dynamic"; their overworked mom, Lisa, played by Kate Hewlett (Remedy, Degrassi: The Next Generation); and their bug-obsessed, genius sister, Lori, played by newcomer Madison Ferguson.
Despite the fact that Luke is a cartoon, in the eyes of the Stanleys and the world around them, Luke is accepted as a regular kid living in a three-dimensional world. Together the Stanleys juggle home life, school and work in a way that stretches their relationship with each other and the world in all kinds of unexpected ways. "YTV viewers will love the laugh-a-minute wit and humour of the show, which is taken to the next level by the squash and stretch physical comedy of Luke," said Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content, Corus Kids. "The show also sends a strong message that it's okay to be different and that deep down Luke is just like everyone else."
"We're proud of this fun and innovative series and hope families will enjoy it across the country," said Michael Souther, co-founder Amaze Film + Television. "Luke and the Stanleys are a great example of a modern family that embraces its uniqueness in a loving, comedic way, which is exactly the kind of show we wanted to make," added Teza Lawrence, co-founder Amaze Film + Television.
Special guest stars in the first season include Michael Gross (Family Ties), Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall), Seán Cullen, and Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway?).
Viewers will be able to follow "The Stanley Dynamic" comic strip on YTV.com beginning March 19. There will also be a digital point-and-click adventure game, The Stanley Adventure. Players will control Luke, as he prepares for the most epic LARPing event the community has ever seen, by exploring The Stanley Dynamic world, interacting with characters, solving puzzles, and using Luke's animated abilities to move the story forward. The game will feature 40 unique missions, as well as three mini-games that are integrated seamlessly into the story, making the game fun for both long-term and casual gamers.
Celebrating 25 years in television, YTV is a leading cross platform entertainment brand for kids and families. The channel offers quality entertainment with hilarious animated and live-action comedy series, popular Nickelodeon series, blockbuster movies, top-rated original Canadian programming, music, celebrities and the channel's after-school block, The Zone. Through its multiple platforms and exclusive digital and interactive content, YTV is the voice of Canadian youth culture. YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc.
About Amaze Film + Television
Amaze Film + Television is an award-winning production company that partners with companies around the world to produce market-driven films and television programming. Amaze's diverse portfolio includes award-winners Call Me Fitz, which has sold to 192 territories, the family film Finn on the Fly, and Amaze's first feature Saint Ralph, which was distributed theatrically around the world. Amaze Film + Television was founded by writer/producers Michael Souther and Teza Lawrence.
SOURCE YTV Canada Inc.