December 20, 2016

CBC RENEWS CANADA’S NUMBER-ONE NEW COMEDY – KIM’S CONVENIENCE – FOR A SECOND SEASON

Season 1 finale featuring two back-to-back episodes to air at a special time Tuesday, December 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

CBC today announced the renewal of its breakout hit comedy series KIM’S CONVENIENCE, following an acclaimed first season (13 x 30) that is drawing an average audience of 933,000 per episode to date (2+ AMA), with 39% of viewers in the 25 – 54 demographic.* A CBC original series produced by Thunderbird Entertainment (Thunderbird) in association with Soulpepper, the series will return with Season 2 (13 x 30) in fall 2017.

“Canadians have fallen in love with the Kims. The series has struck a chord among viewers of all ages with its unique perspective and its authentic, relatable and hilarious take on family relationships,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with how CBC audiences have responded to the series and its talented cast, and look forward to partnering with Thunderbird and Soulpepper to bring fans a second season in 2017.”

“All of us at Kim’s have loved making this show and are enormously gratified that it has connected with audiences so viscerally, “ said the series’ producer, Ivan Fecan. “We can’t wait to start work on season two.”

Based on the Soulpepper production of Ins Choi’s award-winning play, KIM’S CONVENIENCE is the funny, heartfelt story of The Kims, a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store in downtown Toronto. The series centres around Mr. and Mrs. Kim (‘Appa’ and ‘Umma’), who immigrated to Toronto in the ’80s to set up shop near Regent Park, and their two grown kids, Jung and Janet. The world of Kim’s Convenience is real, colourful and urban – a diverse landscape of people and places – with the Kim family at its core, as they find humour in their everyday lives running the store.

KIM’S CONVENIENCE airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and is also available to stream online at http://www.cbc.ca/kimsconvenience/. The series’ first season finale will air at a special time at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on Tuesday, December 27, featuring two back-to-back episodes.

Produced by Ivan Fecan and co-created by Ins Choi and Kevin White, KIM’S CONVENIENCE stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Shoot The Messenger, Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Appa, Jean Yoon (Orphan Black, The Expanse) as Umma, Simu Liu (Blood and Water, Taken) as Jung, Andrea Bang (Camp Death III: The Final Summer) as Janet, Andrew Phung (Adventures of a Pizza Guy) as Kimchee, and Nicole Power (Anne of Green Gables) as Shannon.

The series is executive produced by Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble, Alexandra Raffé, Leslie Lester, Albert Schultz, Ins Choi and Kevin White, with Sandra Cunningham and Robin Cass (Strada Films) serving as supervising producers.

*Source: Numeris TV Meter, October 11 – November 29, 2016, CBC Total, A2+, Total Canada, AMA, generated by InfoSys+TV

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter: @KimsConvenience

Instagram: @KimsConvenience

Facebook: facebook.com/KimsConvenience

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.

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About Thunderbird Entertainment

Thunderbird Entertainment is a rapidly growing Vancouver-based multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Thunderbird creates award-winning programming for Canadian and International broadcasters and boasts divisions in scripted and unscripted development and production, theatrical distribution, and animation.

Thunderbird’s most recent projects include Blade Runner 2049 starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, hit Canadian comedy Kim’s Convenience, recently announced dramatic series Somewhere Between for ABC and the animated Netflix original series Beat Bugs, featuring reimagined songs from the Beatles catalogue featuring artists such as Sia, Eddie Vedder and P!nk.

About Soulpepper

Located in its multi-venue home, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District, Soulpepper is Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company. Founded and guided by artists, under the leadership of Artistic Director Albert Schultz and Executive Director Leslie Lester, Soulpepper has an integrated mission which includes: industry-leading youth outreach initiatives; the Soulpepper Academy, Canada’s only multi-year paid professional training program for theatre artists of all disciplines; and a year-round diverse repertory season which is grounded in the classics and committed to the creation of new works, new forms, and innovative practices. Visit soulpepper.ca for more details.

For more information, please contact:

Danielle Sefton, publicist, CBC
Danielle.sefton@cbc.ca
416-205-8638

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