Spun Out
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Andrew Barnsley
  • Jeff Biederman
  • Brent Piaskoski
  • Brian K. Roberts
Production companyProject 10 Productions
Release
Original networkCTV
Original releaseMarch 7, 2014 (2014-03-07) –
October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03)

Spun Out is a Canadian television sitcom. It ran two seasons, premiering March 6, 2014 on CTV[1] and airing its last original episode on October 3, 2015.

Premise

The series stars Dave Foley as Dave Lyons, the head of DLPR, a public relations firm staffed with people "who can spin everybody's problems but their own".[2] The cast also includes Paul Campbell, Rebecca Dalton, Al Mukadam, Holly Deveaux, J. P. Manoux and Darcy Michael.[2]

Story

First season

The series had 13 episodes in its first season.

Episode 7, titled "Middle Aged Men in the Hall", featured guest appearances by all of Foley's Kids in the Hall colleagues — Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson and Kevin McDonald — as his former high school bandmates in a Goth rock band, who visited to demand that Dave honour a suicide pact that they had made in their youth.[3]

Spun Out was renewed for a second season with the same number of episodes.[4]

Second season

The second season finished filming on December 5, 2014. A sneak preview of the program's season premiere was slated to air on February 1, 2015 after CTV's broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX, with the full season run slated to air beginning in March 2015.[5]

However, on January 26, as a direct response to J. P. Manoux's arrest on voyeurism charges, CTV put the program on hiatus "indefinitely" and pulled the show from all streaming platforms.[6] Manoux appeared in all 13 episodes, making it impossible for the network to simply air a shortened run of the series by excluding his episodes. The post-Super Bowl slot was reassigned to the season premiere of MasterChef Canada.[5]

The network later clarified that the series was not cancelled, but would eventually air. According to network executive Phil King, "I think it’s wildly unfair that you have a whole cast of people who put their livelihood into this and we’re not going to see this because someone did something inappropriate."[7] CTV later announced the second season of Spun Out would begin airing July 14, 2015.[8] The premiere featured a guest appearance by comedian Russell Peters.[8]

While there was never an official announcement of the show's cancellation, in August 2015 Foley took another full-time acting job on the American sitcom Dr. Ken, signalling the de facto demise of Spun Out. By that time the voyeurism charges against Manoux had been dropped,[9] although he still faced charges of mischief to property. Manoux was eventually found guilty of this lesser charge in early 2017.[10]

Cast

Main

Recurring and guest stars

References

  1. ^ "CTV schedules ‘Motive’, ‘Spun Out,’ announces midseason". The Loop, January 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Canada's CTV Orders Dave Foley Comedy 'Spun Out' to Series". The Hollywood Reporter, March 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "Kids in the Hall reunite on Spun Out on CTV". Toronto Star, April 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "CTV Begins Production on Season Two of Original Comedy Series". Broadcaster, October 7, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "‘MasterChef Canada’ replaces ‘Spun Out’ after scandal". Toronto Sun, January 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Jean Paul Manoux, star of Spun Out, charged with voyeurism. CBC News, January 27, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "It's not curtains for Spun Out, says CTV". Toronto Star, June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Spun Out returns for Season 2 on July 14". Toronto Star, July 13, 2015.
  9. ^ "Dave Foley casts doubt on future of 'Spun Out' with role on 'Dr. Ken'". Torontosun.com. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  10. ^ "Actor guilty of mischief for hiding camera in rental condo". Toronto Star, January 11, 2017.