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CBC announces new spinoff of Kim’s Convenience set in Hamilton

One of the most popular sitcoms in Canada is getting a spinoff set right here in Hamilton.

Based on the hit stage play by series co-creator Ins Choi, Kim’s Convenience – the CBC Television comedy series currently airing its fifth season – has risen to becoming one of Canada’s most successful sitcoms, gaining a massive fanbase on an international scale.

The hilarious and heartfelt series is a novel one too, for offering a rare, loving, nuanced depiction of the Korean-Canadian experience in a way that had previously never been seen before in Canadian media.

Building on that success, CBC has just announced a new spinoff series titled Strays that is currently in production and led by Kim’s Convenience cast member Nicole Power.

Strays is a sitcom following Kim’s favourite Shannon Ross (played by Power) as she moves from Toronto to Hamilton to embark on a new career.

The series is created by Kevin White, who co-created Kim’s Convenience with Ins Choi and has played key roles in other landmark Canadian television series including Schitt’s Creek, Corner Gas, Dan for Mayor, and Insecurity.

The announcement doesn’t come without its controversy, however. The unveiling of Strays comes on the heels of an abrupt cancellation of Kim’s Convenience, with co-creators Choi and White departing the series to move on to other projects.

The cancellation means that the show’s fifth season – currently airing on CBC – will unexpectedly be its last. It is also currently unclear whether or not other key characters from Kim’s Convenience will make appearances on Strays.

Strays is set to debut on CBC in the 2021/2022 broadcast season.

Read the full CBC news release here.

Lead image courtesy of Kim’s Convenience (CBC)

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