Drama-heavy net to air Canuck comedy

The CW is getting back into the comedy business, thanks to our neighbors from the north.

Network has acquired “18 to Life,” a young-adult comedy from Canada’s CBC. Deal had been in the works for sometime, but was finalized Wednesday night.

“18 to Life” will air back-to-back episodes on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 3, giving the net more of an firstrun scripted presence heading into the rollout of its fall lineup.

Acquisition comes as CW continues to search for new ways to keep the lights on during the summer, when it generally airs nothing but repeats and draws miniscule ratings. This summer, the net also has the reality series “Plain Jane” on tap for Wednesdays starting at the end of this month.

“18 to Life” reps the latest Canadian export to get some U.S. broadcast air time this summer. ABC just greenlit a second season of cop drama “Rookie Blue,” which airs on Canada’s Global.

The CBC has already aired the show’s first season, which consisted of 12 episodes, and a second season of 13 episodes is set for next January.

Single-camera comedy, set in Montreal, centers on two 18-year-olds who shock their families and friends by getting married.

Derek Schreyer (“The Murdoch Mysteries”) and Karen Troubetzkoy (“15/Love”) created and exec produce “18 to Life,” while Andrew Orenstein and Arnie Gelbart are also exec producers.

Project was originally imagined as a U.S.-Canadian co-production between ABC and the CBC, under a deal orchestrated in 2008 by Alchemy TV, which held U.S. and U.K. distribution rights to the show. ABC eventually dropped out, but the CBC continued on with the show.

Galafilm and Sound Venture produce the show along with CBC. ITV Studios Global Entertainment holds international distribution.

“18 to Life” stars Stacey Farber (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Michael Seater (“Life With Derek”) as the teen couple. Project also stars Peter Keleghan, Al Goulem, Ellen David, Angela Asher, Jesse Rath, Tiio Horn, Arielle Shiri, Erin Agostino and Carl Alacchi.

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