Robson and Jeff moved to Saturdays
The tenants of a Vancouver low-rise and a certain conceited advertising exec return to CTV's schedule next week, as Robson Arms and Jeff Ltd. make their second-season debuts on Feb. 10, playing back to back on Saturday nights.
The homegrown sitcoms will play at 9 pm and 9:30 pm, respectively, opposite CBC stalwart Hockey Night in Canada. Robson Arms producer Brian Hamilton of Omni Film Productions is upbeat about the release and the timeslot. ‘We’re very happy to be premiering in mid-February… when most Canadians watch the most TV because of weather outside,’ he says, adding that he prefers the 9 pm slot. The comedy managed to draw an average 450,000 viewers to its unenviable Friday 10 pm timeslot during the summer of 2005.
Storylines this season feature some of the same characters, including sleazy superintendent Yuri (John Cassini), the paranoid and now-pregnant Bobbi (Gabrielle Miller) and the abrasive Sault (Alisen Down). Guest stars include Leslie Nielsen, Patrick McKenna and Nancy Robertson of Corner Gas.
Though there are no firm plans for a third season, co-creator Susin Nielsen tells Playback Daily the production has already written four scripts, noting ‘we have a lot more compelling stories to tell.’
Jeff Seymour, co-creator and star of Jeff Ltd., is also plotting a third season for his comedy, noting that ‘CTV has been very happy with the show,’ though the network hasn’t put out the order yet. ‘We’ll have to wait and see what happens [with season two],’ Seymour says on the phone from Sarasota, FL.
Seymour (The Eleventh Hour) added directing credits this season, helming the opener ‘Too Many Hens in the Foxhouse.’ Seymour says he wouldn’t have handpicked the Saturday 9:30 p.m. time slot, but adds that he has faith in CTV’s promotional muscle.
‘CTV is running promos during American Idol, so they care about us,’ Seymour says. Jeff Ltd. nabbed an average 739,000 viewers during season one, which aired in the winter of 2005 on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.
CTV plans to stream new episodes on its broadband site at ctv.ca. Dates and times are to be determined.
This story first appeared in Playback Daily.