October 18, 2021
Roku is bringing a new half-hour comedy from Bell Media’s CTV to The Roku Channel in the United States in 2022. The eight-episode series will join the Roku Originals programming slate in a new agreement with award-winning independent production company New Metric Media.
Created by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Kurt Smeaton (“Schitt’s Creek,” “Kim’s Convenience”), “Children Ruin Everything” is about living with the worst roommates of all: young children. Astrid and James struggle to find a balance between being ‘Mom and Dad’ to two kids and being who they were before offspring. “Children Ruin Everything” explores the hilarious and varied ways kids can tear down your life and, if you’re lucky, replace it with something you have to admit is pretty okay, too.
The series stars Meaghan Rath (“Being Human, Hawaii 5-0”) and Aaron Abrams (“Blindspot,” “Hannibal”). Ennis Esmer (“Blindspot,” “Schitt’s Creek”) and Nazaneen Contractor (“Ransom,” Heroes Reborn”) also are among the cast.
Chuck Tatham (“Modern Family,” “Arrested Development”) and multiple Canadian Screen Award-winner Mark Montefiore (“Letterkenny,” “What Would Sal Do?”) are executive producers, with Beth Iley (“Killjoys”) serving as producer.
The show is produced and developed by New Metric Media in association with Bell Media for CTV, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund. Bell Media Distribution is the international rights holder for “Children Ruin Everything” and New Metric Media is the series’ exclusive Sales Agent.
“‘Children Ruin Everything’ is endearing, funny, and painfully relatable,” Colin Davis, head of scripted at Roku, said in a statement. “The familiarities and the modern evolutions of parenting are on full display. The greatest joys in our lives sometimes come from little monsters. I’m excited for The Roku Channel audience to instantly connect with the humor and heart of this show.”
Davis said originals have been an important part of Roku’s content portfolio for The Roku Channel, the company’s ad-supported VOD platform.
“‘Children Ruin Everything’ represents an exciting step in the growth as we continue to build up our slate with a great variety of originals from all over the world,” Davis said.