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The CW to pick up Canada’s ’18 to Life’ as summer series

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The CW is getting back into the comedy business — sort of. The C-Dub net has acquired “18 to Life,” a young adult comedy from Canada’s CBC. Deal had been in the works for sometime, but was finalized last night.

“18 to Life” will air back-to-back episodes on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 3, leading into the netlet’s fall lineup.

Project would rep the latest Canadian export to get some U.S. broadcast air time this summer. ABC just greenlighted 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, while a second season of 13 episodes is set for next January. (Check out the show’s official site here.)

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.

“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.

Galafilm and Sound Venture are the producers, along with CBC. ITV Studios Global Ent. distributes the show internationally.

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