WGN to ‘Gas’ up on Canuck series

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WGN has picked up U.S. rights to 88 episodes of “Corner Gas,” Canada’s top-rated scripted homegrown TV series, to air Stateside early 2007.

“Corner Gas” draws around 1.5 million viewers in the Great White North; the fourth season is airing on CTV. Created by and starring Brent Butt, the sitcom is about life in the fictional prairie town of Dog River, Saskatchewan.

Butt doesn’t think Americans will be turned off by the show’s Canuck flavor.

“The response from Americans who’ve seen the show is really good,” said Butt, who also exec produces. “In their mind, it’s Nebraska, right. It’s funny people saying funny things in unusual situations.”

Deal for the U.S. sale was made by Arthur Hasson’s Multi-Platform Distribution Co. Skein has sold in 26 other countries.

WGN deal includes the first four seasons and season five, which Brett and his co-writers will begin penning next year.

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