The Beaverton (TV series)

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The Beaverton
StarringMiguel Rivas
Emma Hunter
Marilla Wex
Laura Cilevitz
Aisha Alfa
Donavon Stinson
Country of originCanada
Production company(s)Pier 21 Films
Release
Original networkThe Comedy Network
Original releaseNovember 9, 2016 (2016-11-09) – present
External links
Website

The Beaverton is a Canadian news satire television comedy series, which premiered on The Comedy Network in 2016.[1] Based on the satirical online publication of the same name, the series follows the format of a mock television newscast,[2] parodying both the content and the form of contemporary television news.[3]

The show stars Miguel Rivas and Emma Hunter as the anchors,[3] with Laura Cilevitz, Aisha Alfa, Marilla Wex, Dave Barclay and Donavon Stinson as correspondents,[4] and Pat Smith and Luke Gordon Field as hosts of the Beaverton Sports Network segment. Numerous Canadian actors, comedians and other media personalities have also appeared on the show in supporting character roles as interview guests. Field is also one of the show's producers, and the editor of the parent website.[5]

Pier 21 Productions announced in July 2015 that a pilot was in development.[5] In June 2016, the Comedy Network confirmed that it had picked up the series for airing in the 2016-17 television season.[6] In June 2017 Beaverton was greenlit for season 2 in press release by Bell Media Studios.[7]

The series debuted on November 9, 2016. Because the first episode was taped before, but aired after, the date of the 2016 United States presidential election, the program prepared and filmed two different introductions based on both possible outcomes.[2]

In the third season, the series was also added to the schedule of CTV.[8]

Critical response[edit]

National Post critic David Berry wrote favourably about the show's premiere, noting that the show displayed signs of a much harder satirical bite than the relatively soft parodic tradition of established shows such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes.[9] Heather Mallick of the Toronto Star wrote that she was looking forward to the series premiere, comparing the advance preview clips she had seen to the best of The Onion and the Canadian sketch comedy classic SCTV.[10]

The series was a Canadian Screen Award nominee for Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards and the 6th Canadian Screen Awards.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09)February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08)
213November 1, 2017 (2017-11-01)February 7, 2018 (2018-02-07)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Beaverton is Canada's newest destination for fake news and political satire". Q, November 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "New Canadian comedy The Beaverton makes its grand debut". Halifax Chronicle-Herald, November 11, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Comedy-news show The Beaverton serves up satire with a straight face". The Globe and Mail, November 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "In brief: Cameras roll on CBC’s Anne, Comedy Net preps The Beaverton". Playback, October 21, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "The Beaverton: How much further can comedic satire go in Canada?" The Globe and Mail, August 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "Canadian Satire Site 'The Beaverton' Becomes Fake News Show". Exclaim!, June 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Canada's Best Original Content Lives Here: Bell Media Studios Announces 2017/18 Original Productions – Bell Media". www.bellmedia.ca. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  8. ^ "CTV gets The Beaverton, Jann Arden and more". Media in Canada, June 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "How political satire series The Beaverton cracks the pillars of the smirking self-satisfied Canadian". National Post, November 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Beaverton provides much needed laughs: Mallick". Toronto Star, November 9, 2016.

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