In Toronto, Ontario, production has started on the new comedy series “One More Time” from CBC. ‘One More Time’ is a workplace comedy that was created by award-winning comedian D.J. Demers (‘Born in ’86’) with Jessie Gabe (‘Workin’ Moms’) serving as the showrunner. It will have 13 episodes with a 30-minute runtime and centre on D.J. (Demers), the partially deaf manager of a used sporting goods store, and the oddball staff that surrounds him. D.J. and his staff have a number of challenges to overcome in order to maintain their small, independent firm.
Besides Demers, the series stars Geri Hall (‘Astrid and Lilly Save the World’) as assistant store manager Cynthia, Elise Bauman (‘Carmilla’) as employee and Olympian Jen, Daniel Beirne (‘Ginny & Georgia’) as under-motivated ‘lifer’ Wayne, Dayton Sinkia (‘Letterkenny’) as ill-fitted security guard Chris, and debutant Seran Sathiyaseelan as young part-timer Keeran. Along with Jim Chad from Murdoch Mysteries, who plays a golf club shopper, the ensemble also includes Nadine Bhabha from “This Hour Has 22 Minutes,” Marito Lopez from “Coroner,” Maddy Foley from “Step Sisters,” Chris Robinson from “The Amazing Gayl Pile,” and others.
Through Counterfeit Pictures, the company that is producing the CBC series, Dan Bennett, Shane Corkery, and Anton Leo serve as executive producers on the programme. Executive producer credits will also be given to Demers and Gabe. Colin Brunton (‘Schitt’s Creek’) and Martina Munro (‘You Me Her’) are the producers of ‘One More Time.
Demers said in a statement that “everyone involved in this show is top notch and incredibly adept at covering up my flaws, from the writers to the cast to the producers to the CBC.” This is certainly a dream come true, and I can’t wait to share it with Canada, despite the fact that the phrase is often used.
One of the partners in Counterfeit Pictures, Dan Bennett, claimed that they had long been admirers of Demers’ work. “D.J. is very brilliant, skilled, and endowed with true charm as a comic and performer. We are thrilled to introduce Canadian fans to his humour and distinctive point of view.
“D.J. Demers continues to impress us with his wit, relatable humour, and the way he crafts a story through his distinctive POV,” said Trish Williams, executive director of CBC’s scripted programmes. We are eager for viewers from coast to coast to fall in love with this store and the environment that D.J. and the amazing crew have created around it in ‘One More Time’, which depicts an honestly humorous and refreshing outlook on what it means to be a member of a team.
The next series doesn’t appear to share any similarities with the 1969–1970 television music programme “One More Time” from CBC. Demers incorporates his experiences as a partially deaf person into his comedic routines and specials. ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,’ ‘Conan,’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’ have all featured him.
It’s unclear whether this Canadian production will be impacted by the ongoing writers’ and actors’ strikes in the United States. In addition to the casting of the story, we may anticipate further details on it in the upcoming months. The premiere of “One More Time” on CBC and CBC Gem is scheduled for the winter of 2024.
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