CTV, along with independent production company Counterfeit Pictures, announced Wednesday afternoon the cast of the new original comedy series Shelved. Created by Anthony Q. Farrell (The Office), Shelved will consist of eight half-hour episodes and be led by Lyndie Greenwood (The Expanse), Chris Sandiford (What We Do in the Shadows), Dakota Ray Hebert (Run Woman Run), and Paul Braunstein (Baroness Von Sketch). Production on the series is currently underway in Toronto with Taylor Love (Most Dangerous Game), Varun Saranga (Wynonna Earp), and Robin Duke (Schitt’s Creek) rounding out the ensemble cast.
Executive produced by Farrell, Shelved is a single-camera workplace comedy centered around the lives of the employees and patrons at the Jameson Public Library in Parkdale as they go about their lives in this unassuming yet extraordinary place. Greenwood stars in Shelved as Wendy, Head of the Jameson Branch. Wendy is an energetic dreamer who always sees the best in people and cares passionately about her library and the community of Parkdale. The staff at Jameson Public Library also includes the fastidious and judgmental Howard (Sandiford), who begrudgingly joins the team after getting transferred from the prestigious Midtown branch; social rights activist Jaq (Hebert), who is obsessed with dystopian Young Adult novels and calling out micro-aggressions; and Assistant Branch Head, Bryce (Braunstein), a conservative devoted to conspiracy theories and following the letter of library law.
“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Anthony Q. Farrell and the Counterfeit Pictures team to bring this hilarious new series to CTV,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Content Development & Programming, Bell Media. “Stacked with a stellar cast and an established writers room, Shelved is poised to be Canada’s next great comedy series.”
“Talk to any librarian and they will tell you the stories that walk through their door are frequently interesting. When that library is in Parkdale, one of the most eclectic parts of one of the most diverse cities in the world, they become endlessly interesting,” said Anthony Q. Farrell, Showrunner and Executive Producer. “The writers and I have had enormous fun developing the world of Shelved, and we are all incredibly excited about this phenomenal cast bringing our words to life.”
“As a long-time Parkdale resident, library obsessive, and unofficial president of the Anthony Q. Farrell fan club, this show is an absolute dream come true,” said Shane Corkery, Counterfeit Pictures. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring Shelved to CTV. Also, go support your local library.”
Alongside Farrell, Shelved is executive produced by Dan Bennett, Shane Corkery, and Anton Leo of Counterfeit Pictures. Jay Vaidya serves as co-executive producer, Sadiya Durrani as co-producer, and Colin Brunton produces. Aleysa Young (The Kids in the Hall, Run the Burbs) serves as executive producer and pilot director. Additional directors for Shelved’s first season include Cory Bowles, Joyce Wong, Cazhhmere, and Samantha MacAdam.
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