Aug 23, 2018

CBC has renewed its award-winning, all-female original sketch comedy series BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW from Frantic Films for a fourth season (10 x 30). Created by and starring Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen, the new season will begin production in Toronto this September for launch on CBC in 2019.

The renewal announcement comes just ahead of the premiere of Season 3 on CBC, the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch on Tuesday, September 18 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT).

“We are so proud to be home to Baroness von Sketch Show,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC. “It’s intelligent, insightful and ridiculously funny and I look forward to seeing what the brilliant Baronesses have in store for Season 4.”  

"We are excited to continue working with our partners at CBC and with the incredibly talented Baronesses," said Jamie Brown, CEO/Executive Producer, Frantic Films.

Since its debut in 2016, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW has been recognized with 15 nominations and 10 wins to date, including Canadian Screen Awards for Best Sketch Comedy Program or Series (2017, 2018), Best Writing, Variety or Sketch Comedy (2018) and Best Performance, Sketch Comedy (2018) for the ensemble. Additional award wins include a 2018 ACTRA Toronto Award for Outstanding Performance - Ensemble and a 2018 Canadian Comedy Award for Best TV Show.

Fast paced and irreverent, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW celebrates the absurd, mines the embarrassing and satirizes our daily lives. Shot entirely on location, this single-camera comedy series takes a fresh look at our navel-gazing, contemporary culture. From marriage equality to screen addiction, Airbnbs to ultrasounds, this satirical sketch show captures the banalities and absurdities of modern life.

A CBC original series, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW is produced by Frantic Films.  Drawing on 16 years of comedy experience and multiple collaborations, the award-winning, talented team of Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen are the writers, stars and executive producers. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Michelle Daly is Senior Director, Comedy, Scripted Content; Greig Dymond and Karen Tsang are the Executives in Charge of Production.

The series is also broadcast on IFC in the U.S.  Season 3 will premiere on IFC on Thursday, November 8 at 9 p.m., with IFC also picking up Season 4 for U.S. audiences in 2019.



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Since its inception, Frantic Films has had a reputation for creating outstanding programming for a global audience. In addition to its success in Canada and the U.S., Frantic’s award-winning TV series, features and documentaries have sold to well over 100 countries worldwide.

Frantic has won over a hundred awards and set numerous ratings records in lifestyle, factual, reality, sports, comedy and drama. Frantic’s lifestyle and documentary programs include Backyard Builds, The Stats of Life, long running series Til Debt Do Us Part, the hit series Pitchin’ In (Food Network), and many more. Its comedy series include the critically acclaimed sketch series Baroness Von Sketch Show, live shows such as the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, scripted series such as Todd & the Book of Pure Evil, prank shows such as Meet the Family and our multiple award winning, hybrid comedy-factual series Still Standing. Its TV movies and mini-series have attracted top talent including Judd Hirsch, Danny Aiello, Mercedes Ruehl and Gil Bellows, and have been enjoyed by millions of viewers. Frantic made its first feature film, Lucid, over a decade ago, and went on to make films such as Faces the Crowd, starring Milla Jovovich and Julian McMahon to this year’s feature “Strike!”

Frantic has over 20 years’ experience collaborating with a wide variety of partners. We take great pride in our excellent relationships with co-producers, creatives and networks alike. Our team understands the needs of various stakeholders and we ensure productions are brought in on time, on budget and to the highest creative standards.


For further information, please contact:

Elizabeth Reid, CBC PR