New $10M teen sitcom to film in Ottawa

Ottawa's film and television community is celebrating after successfully attracting the production of a new $10 million sitcom to the city.

Ottawa's film and television community is celebrating after successfully attracting the production of a new $10 million sitcom to the city.

Montreal-based independent production house Muse Entertainment announced Thursday evening its plans to film the new family series Dad's in the Attic at a defunct Ottawa high school.

"This is what we call, by Canadian terms, a premiere series," Jesse Prupas, Muse's vice-president of development and distribution, told CBC News.

"We try to be modest about talking about the figures, but this is a $10 million project. … It's very, very exciting. It's much larger than anything we've brought here."

Muse is planning to shoot 26 episodes of the high-definition series at the former Laurentian High School, which closed in late 2004 because of low enrolment.

"We're also going to turn some of the school into mini-studio space," he added.

Slated to air on youth network YTV, Dad's in the Attic revolves around three teenage siblings who find their freedom curtailed after their former corporate bigwig father gets fired from his job and decides to set up shop at home.

The production is a coup for Ottawa, which doesn't regularly see many major scripted TV productions filmed in the area.

Roch Brunette, president of the Ottawa Gatineau Film and Television Development Corporation, helped convince Prupas and Muse to pick Ottawa for the series — which could also have been shot in Toronto.

"It's fantastic," Brunette said of the company's decision. "This is one of the biggest productions Ottawa's seen in a long, long time, if ever."

Prupas is now casting for the show, which will film for 75 days starting in May and likely employ crew from the Ottawa area.

Muse's past credits include co-producing the 2006 live-action adaptation of the children's classic The Wind in the Willows and the Gemini Award-winning TV drama The Many Trials of One Jane Doe.