The Roku Channel to Bow Original Comedy Series ‘Children Ruin Everything’ on May 13

Roku April 19 announced that season one of Roku Original comedy “Children Ruin Everything,” will debut on The Roku Channel in the United States on May 13. Roku has picked up season two of the series, which will feature double (16) the 30-minute episodes of season one. Production for season two is to begin this spring in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario.

Created by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Kurt Smeaton (“Schitt’s Creek”), “Children Ruin Everything” is about living with the worst roommates of all: young children. Astrid (Meaghan Rath) and James (Aaron Abrams) struggle to find a balance between being Mom and Dad to two kids and being who they were before offspring.

“This story is universal, endearing, and audiences will instantly relate with these characters,” said Colin Davis, head of scripted originals at Roku, in a statement.

The series is produced and developed by New Metric Media in association with 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 international sales agent. While airing in Canada, the series was the No. 1 new comedy of the 2021-22 broadcast season and ranked as the biggest debut episode for a Canadian comedy among since 2019.

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In addition to Rath (“Being Human,” “Hawaii 5-0”) and Abrams (“Blindspot,” “Hannibal”), the series also stars Ennis Esmer (“Blindspot,” “Schitt’s Creek”), Nazneen Contractor (“Ransom,” “Heroes Reborn”),  Logan Nicholson (“Blues Clues and You”), Mikayla SwamiNathan, Dmitry Chepovetsky (“Killjoys,” “Departure”), Veena Sood (“Corner Gas Animated,” “The Indian Detective”), Lisa Codrington (“Letterkenny,” “Anne With an E”), and Darius Rota.

Launched in 2017, The Roku Channel reached U.S. households with an estimated 80 million people in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2021. The Roku Channel was a top five channel on the Roku platform in the United States by active account reach in Q3 and Q4 2021. The platform features a lineup of more than 80,000 free movies and programs and more than 275 free live linear television channels in the United States. It licenses and distributes content from more than 250 partners.

In addition to Roku devices, The Roku Channel is available on Web, iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV and select Samsung TVs.

Roku Adds ‘Children Ruin Everything’ to Original Program Slate

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.