“SON OF A CRITCH”
Thursdays (8:00-8:30pm ET/PT) on The CW
Based on the award-winning, bestselling memoir from Mark Critch (“This Hour Has 22 Minutes”), SON OF A CRITCH is the hilarious and very real story of a young Mark coming of age in the 1980s. The series is a heartfelt window in the life of a child—who is much older inside than his 14 years—using comedy and self-deprecation to win friends and connect with the small collection of people in his limited world. The comedy stars Mark Critch as his father, Mike, and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Pinocchio) as young Mark. Claire Rankin (Molly’s Game) stars as Mark’s mother, Mary, alongside newcomers Sophia Powers and Mark Rivera, who play classmates of young Mark. Colton Gobbo (“Ginny & Georgia”) plays Mark’s older brother, Mike Jr., and Golden Globe® and SAG nominee Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Bombshell) also stars as Patrick “Pop” Critch.
Mark has always been a late bloomer and in season 3, we see him finally start to bloom. As the season begins, we find that Mark has anxiously made his first awkward steps into junior high. Yes indeed. He’s now in ninth grade and should be king of the castle. One year on top before the cycle starts anew in high school where he’ll find himself once again at the bottom rung. Until then, ninth grade brings the promise of being the Big Man On Campus. But is Mark ready for junior high? When we first met Mark back in season 1, he had no idea how to navigate the school yard. But now, after three long years – he still has no idea how to navigate the school yard. He hasn’t learned to fit in, but he has accepted the reasons why he stands out.
While Fox (Sophia Powers) grows into a part-time parent role at home to fill in the gap left by her father and Ritche (Mark Rivera) grows ever more comfortable in his skin, Mark seems more than happy to cling onto the last few moments of childhood. But as our season grows, so does Mark. Pushed by his peers, he casts off the last vestiges of boyhood. It all culminates in the final episode when Mark, Fox and Ritche wander the school at night as they say goodbye to their old alma mater as they contemplate what the next school year in a bigger building holds in store for them.
SON OF A CRITCH is created by Mark Critch and Tim McAuliffe (“The Office,” “Last Man on Earth”) and produced by Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning producer Andrew Barnsley (“Schitt’s Creek”). The series is a co-production between Barnsley’s Project 10 Productions Inc. and Take the Shot Productions in association with CBC and Lionsgate Television, which handles worldwide distribution rights. SON OF A CRITCH is executive produced by Critch, McAuliffe, Andrew Barnsley, and Allan Hawco. Renuka Jeyapalan, Perry Chafe, Anita Kapila and Amanda Joy serve as co-executive producers.
CREDITS FOR “SON OF A CRITCH” ON THE CW
Day and time: Thursdays at 8:00pm ET/PT
Network Debut: July 24, 2023
Short Synopsis: Based on the award-winning, bestselling memoir from Mark Critch (“This Hour Has 22 Minutes”), SON OF A CRITCH is the hilarious and very real story of a young Mark coming of age in the 1980s. The series is a heartfelt window in the life of a child—who is much older inside than his 12 years—using comedy and self-deprecation to win friends and connect with the small collection of people in his limited world.
Cast: Mark Critch as Mike Critch
Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Mark Critch
Claire Rankin as Mary Critch
Colton Gobbo as Mike Critch Jr.
Sophia Powers as Fox
Mark Rivera as Ritchie
And Malcolm McDowell as Patrick “Pop” Critch
Executive Producers: Mark Critch, Tim McAuliffe, Andrew Barnsley, Allan Hawco
Produced by: Project 10 Productions Inc, Take the Shot Productions in Association with CBC and Lionsgate Television
Format: Comedy / 30 mins
Media Contact: Jodi Karp, 818/977-2609
The Ghosts of Christmas Presents
MERRY CHRISTMAS – It’s Christmas time and Mark (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) discovers “Santa” has come early when he finds his brand-new gaming system hidden in the house. Mark can’t help himself and starts playing with his gift, but he has to keep it under wraps (#307)! The episode was written by Kerri MacDonald and directed by Vanessa Matsui. The CW original airdate 3/7/2024.