TORONTO – With the first season coming to a close, The Comedy Network confirmed today that CORNER GAS ANIMATED is its #1 original series of all time. Following its debut as the most-watched series premiere in the history of Comedy, CORNER GAS ANIMATED became the channel’s most-watched series this broadcast year among total viewers and all key demos (A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54), making Comedy the #2 specialty channel in its Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot, among all key adult demos. Already renewed for a second season, CORNER GAS ANIMATED wraps up its smash-hit debut season on The Comedy Network, Monday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
“Truly an audience favourite, CORNER GAS ANIMATED remained tenacious in its timeslot and officially smashed records for Comedy,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “Congrats to Brent and the entire team on a hugely successful debut season. We can’t wait to return to Dog River for a second season.”
In the Season 1 finale, “Zip-A-Dee-Broom-Bah,” (Monday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT),
Hank (Fred Ewanuick) wants to build a zip line in town and Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) and Brent (Brent Butt) help out so he doesn’t get himself killed. Davis (Lorne Cardinal) and Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn) crack down on Dog River’s “Free Corner” while Oscar (Eric Peterson) and Emma (Corrine Koslo) score a free robot vacuum that Oscar befriends.
Season 1 of CORNER GAS ANIMATED currently airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT on CTV as part of the 2018 summer schedule. As well, fans can celebrate Canada Day in Dog River with a Season 1 marathon on Comedy beginning at 6 a.m. ET/PT on Sunday, July 1. All 13 episodes of Season 1 are available to stream on CraveTV beginning July 6, joining all 107 episodes of the original six-season series, CORNER GAS, as well as the feature film, CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE. Viewers can also catch up on past episodes of CORNER GAS ANIMATED on demand through Comedy GO and TheComedyNetwork.ca.
CORNER GAS ANIMATED is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Prairie Pantoons (BC), comprised of Brent Butt and David Storey from 335 Productions; and Moving Mountoons (ON), comprised of Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint from Vérité Films, in association with Bell Media, Canada Media Fund, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit, Film Incentive BC Tax Credit, Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post Production Tax Credit, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Animation is produced by Prairie Pantoons, Moving Mountoons, and Smiley Guy Studios. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Production Executive for Bell Media is Chris Kelley. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Production, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming; Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.
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Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and the international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Bravo’s mystery drama CARTER; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.
About The Comedy Network
Canada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country.