Lea Thompson and Stacey Farber Headline New CTV Series The Spencer Sisters


CTV and Entertainment One (eOne), together with Buffalo Gal Pictures, announced on Friday afternoon that actress, director, and producer Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Caroline in the City) and Stacey Farber (Virgin River, Schitt’s Creek) will headline the upcoming CTV original procedural series The Spencer Sisters. Production will begin next month in Winnipeg, with broadcast slated for 2023.

Created by Alan McCullough (Private Eyes, Rookie Blue) and executive produced and co-showrun by McCullough and Jenn Engels (Sort Of), the lighthearted 10-episode, one-hour series centres on a hot-headed former police officer Darby Spencer (Farber) and her estranged, internationally renowned, mystery novelist mother, Victoria Spencer (Thompson). Despite opposite personalities, differing sensibilities, and complicated history, they embark on the unlikeliest of ventures: becoming partners in a private detective agency.

Victoria Spencer (Thompson) is an intelligent, charismatic, and renowned best-selling author of mystery novels, who is suffering from crippling writer’s block. When her estranged daughter Darby returns home, Victoria seizes the opportunity to reconnect with her. After the two work to solve a crime together, Victoria is inspired by the experience – and the possibility of a mended relationship with her daughter – to sit behind the keyboard once more.

Darby Spencer (Farber) is a smart, opinionated, and passionate woman who follows in her late father’s footsteps and becomes a police officer – much to Victoria’s stark disapproval. Carrying an innate intellect and the natural intuition of an experienced detective, Darby’s career aspirations come to a halt when she impetuously quits her job as a police constable after an unjust reprimand. About to turn 30 and in a dead-end relationship with a cheating boyfriend, she returns home, where to her surprise, she finds she may have more in common with her mother than she thought.

“We look forward to kicking off production next month in Winnipeg, and working alongside our partners at eOne to bring this creative and clever new series to CTV,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Content Development & Programming, Bell Media. “We are excited for our viewers to see the undeniable chemistry between our strong female leads Lea Thompson and Stacey Farber as they provide a fresh take on the mother/daughter dynamic.”

“With a stellar, female-led cast, quick-witted writing, and talented creative partners in CTV, we’re excited to begin principal photography on this engaging new series, and look forward to bringing it to audiences next year,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, President, Canada, eOne Television.

The Spencer Sisters will air on CTV in 2023.