By Regan Reid
The CBC has ordered 12 episodes of a new original digital series from Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey, the creators of the viral YouTube series Shit Girls Say. The premiere episode of the series, which began in 2011, has received more than 21 million views.
The new series, Coming In, produced by Toronto’s First Generation Films, will premiere online in early fall. Each episode will run four to seven minutes.
Coming In tells the story of a gay man who wakes up straight on the morning of his wedding. The series was written and co-created by Sheppard and Humphrey, with Sheppard directing all 12 episodes. Sheppard and Humphrey also serve as executive producers alongside First Generation’s Christina Piovesan, Nicole Bond and Julie Di Cresce.
The series stars Dylan Archambault (Van Helsing), Natalie Krill (Below Her Mouth), Noah Danby (Bitten), and Parker Kit Hill.
The CBC has spent the past year building its digital presence. In 2015 it partnered with Fullscreen to start its own online influencer network, and hired former Secret Location strategy head Chris Harris as executive producer, scripted digital, to help boost its online original properties. Zach Feldberg is in charge of production, digital originals at CBC.
It also recently commissioned a series from NextTime Productions, the prodco owned by Epic Meal Time creators Harley and Darren Morenstein. Elebrity was chosen as a new linear CBC series following the Canadian Film Centre’s “Jumping Screens” program, which helped digital-first creators develop and pitch ideas for new linear TV shows.