How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders is plotting a return to comedy series as a creator. Andrew Barnsley and Vernon Wells’ Toronto-based Project 10 has inked development deals with Canada’s Bell Media for comedy series from Smulders and Paul Campbell to star, as well as Darcy Michael and Carl Johann, and is looking for U.S. and international partners for both series. Barnsley also is behind Eugene Levy’s Canadian comedy series Schitt’s Creek, which successfully found a home in the U.S. on Pop.
Beyond Repair, a single-cam from Canadian-born Smulders and Campbell (Spun Out) tells the story of Nick Barrett (Campbell), a charming and handsome but out-of-work actor, and Kevin, the son Nick never knew he had. When Kevin shows up on Nick’s doorstep in need of a place to live, perpetual man-child Nick must accept a position as the superintendent of the apartment building his father owns to make ends meet. Faced with “parenting” his nerdy, virgin son, Nick finally starts to grow up.
Darcy is a multi-cam family sitcom that follows two working class dads as they struggle with marriage, children, and money problems. Based on the stand-up comedy and real life of comedian Darcy Michael, the series centers on the Mason Family, husbands Darcy and Jeremy, their 15 year-old daughter Grace, six year-old son Bruno, and their extended (sometimes uninvited) family Jane and Carl. Michael is attached to play the lead.
“Bell Media has a great track record for developing and supporting half hour comedies and we’re thrilled to partner with the talented team there for these projects,” said Barnsley, President, Project 10.