The Topics You Didn’t Know Needed Covering: THE BEAVERTON Premieres November 9, on The Comedy Network

— October 18, 2016

- Premiering the day after the U.S. Presidential Election with the hardest-hitting facts on comb-overs and pant suits -
- Correspondents Aisha Alfa, Laura Cilevitz, Donavon Stinson, and Marilla Wex join THE BEAVERTON cast alongside previously announced co-anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas -

TORONTO (October 18, 2016) – It’s happening. Soon-ish. The Comedy Network announced today that new original satirical series THE BEAVERTON will premiere on Wednesday Nov. 9 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, conveniently debuting the night after the U.S. Presidential election and leading into THE DAILY SHOW. Also revealed today are the correspondents rounding out THE BEAVERTON’s news team. Helmed by co-hosts Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas, the 13-episode, half-hour satirical series features “hard-hitting” news reporter Aisha Alfa; resident provocateur Donavon Stinson; delightfully corrupt financial correspondent Laura Cilevitz; and sharp-tongued foreign correspondent, Marilla Wex. “We’re thrilled to add THE BEAVERTON to a formidable roster of some of TV’s most buzz-worthy satirical news programs, including FULL FRONTAL and THE DAILY SHOW,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “With the incredibly sharp cast and creative team behind this series, we’re confident THE BEAVERTON will become part of viewers’ Hump-Day rituals.” “THE BEAVERTON has recruited some of the most talented Canadian comedians to provide a unique spin on headlines and newsmakers,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Alongside our quick-witted co-anchors Emma and Miguel, THE BEAVERTON will deliver unapologetic satire about the world’s hottest topics. Sorry. Not sorry. With love, Canada.” Among topics on THE BEAVERTON:
  • S. militia protecting its border from Canadian Black Friday shoppers
  • With beer now available in grocery stores throughout Ontario, The Beer Store fights back by selling groceries
  • Uber reaches a deal with Québec to provide taxi drivers with free rides to job interviews
  • With the Loonie at a 20-year low, Canada moves to Canadian Tire money as its national currency
  • Justin Trudeau wins the Internet by posting dub-smash video while approving the transcontinental pipeline
  • Don Cherry unveils new clothing line for women
  • A technological breakthrough in Virtual Insanity glasses that lets users experience life as Jamiroquai
A so-called televised adaptation of the immensely popular online satirical site, THE BEAVERTON files fake news stories of the upmost importance, informed by real events, the cultural zeitgeist, and national news media. With nearly 6 million views in 2016 and averaging more than half a million unique visitors a month, has become a go-to source for Canadian satire. Viewers who need a daily-dose of biting Canadian satire can check in with for hourly updates. THE BEAVERTON is the brainchild of co-creators Luke Gordon Field and Jeff Detsky (CALL ME FITZ, SEED) of, as well as website senior editors Jacob Duarte Spiel and Alexander Saxton. Directors are Henry Sarwer-Foner (THE RICK MERCER REPORT) and Shelagh O’Brien (JUST FOR LAUGHS GALAS). Producer is Paula J. Smith. Pier 21 Film’s Laszlo Barna and Melissa Williamson serve as Executive Producers. THE BEAVERTON is produced by Pier 21 Films in association with The Comedy Network, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Production executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, and the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, the upcoming original series RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new scripted series in 4K.

About The Comedy Network
Canada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country.


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