CBC ready to commit to "18 to Life"

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. is ready to pick up locally produced single-camera comedy “18 to Life,” even with pilot partner ABC out of the picture.

The Montreal-set sitcom, from indie producer Galafilm, portrays 18-year-old neighbors, played by Stacey Farber and Michael Seater, who get married on a dare only to face criticism from their parents and friends.

Last summer, ABC brokered a deal with Alchemy Television for U.S. rights to “18 to Life,” marking the first time a Canadian and a U.S. network partnered on a Canadian primetime comedy. But the U.S. network said Tuesday that it is no longer involved with the project.

Rounding out the sitcom’s cast are Peter Keleghan, Al Goulem, Ellen David and newcomers Tommie-Amber Pirie and Ariel Shiri.

In recent years, the CBC and other Canadian broadcasters have shifted their development process to include the production of pilots, even as U.S. networks opt for more straight-to-series orders.

As a result, a number of Canadian dramas, including “Flashpoint,” “The Bridge” and “The Listener,” have been picked up by the U.S. networks.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)