The Sausage Factory
Also known asMTV's Now What, Much Ado About Whatever
GenreComedy
Created byHenry Pincus
StarringAdam Brody
Kenny Fisher
Adam Frost
Johnny K. Lewis
Kristen Renton
Andi Eystad
Opening themeBrown – Satellite
Ending themeBrown – Satellite
ComposerAri Wise & Brian Carson
Country of originCanada
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersDanny Kallis
Michael Hirsh
Patrick Loubert
Stephen Hodgins
Timothy Gamble
John Miller
Jessica Swirnoff
Doug Murphy
ProducersStephen Foster
Jeny Quine
Dan Signer
EditorStuart Bass
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesPeaceArch Entertainment
Nelvana
MTV Original Productions
Release
Original networkThe Comedy Network (Can)
MTV (USA)
Original release
  • Canada:
    November 19, 2001 (2001-11-19) - February 25, 2002 (2002-02-25)
  • U.S.:
    April 12, 2002 (2002-04-12) - May 29, 2002 (2002-05-29)

The Sausage Factory, also known in the United States as MTV's Now What? or Much Ado About Whatever, is a teen sitcom that followed the lives of four friends in their junior year at West Boulder High School.[1]

The four friends were Zack (Adam Brody), trying to win over his unrequited crush Lisa; Ted, the stereotypical rich kid who tries to consummate with his girlfriend, Nancy (Kristen Renton); J.C. (Kenny Fisher), who finds himself constantly approached by middle-aged women; and Gilby (Johnny Lewis), the class clown, who regularly creates trouble.[2]

Produced in 2000 and 2001, it ran for one season. The single-camera series was shot without an audience and included no laugh track.

Originally aired in Canada on The Comedy Network,[3] reruns were later screened on CTV and YTV. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it airs on Trouble. Sky One previously aired it.

Cast

Episodes

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Election"TBATBANovember 26, 2001 (2001-11-26) (Canada)
April 6, 2002 (2002-04-06) (USA)
2"Running Free"TBATBADecember 3, 2001 (2001-12-03) (Canada)
April 13, 2002 (2002-04-13) (USA)
3"The Tux"TBATBADecember 10, 2001 (2001-12-10) (Canada)
April 20, 2002 (2002-04-20) (USA)
4"Gilby's Millions"TBATBADecember 17, 2001 (2001-12-17) (Canada)
April 27, 2002 (2002-04-27) (USA)
5"Community Impact"TBATBADecember 24, 2001 (2001-12-24) (Canada)
May 4, 2002 (2002-05-04) (USA)
6"Hang Ups"Ron OliverJeny QuineJanuary 7, 2002 (2002-01-07) (Canada)
May 11, 2002 (2002-05-11) (USA)
7"Purity Test"TBATBAJanuary 14, 2002 (2002-01-14) (Canada)
May 13, 2002 (2002-05-13) (USA)
8"Good Ted Hunting"TBATBAJanuary 21, 2002 (2002-01-21) (Canada)
May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21) (USA)
9"Sex, Guys and Videotape"Richard MartinJeny QuineJanuary 28, 2002 (2002-01-28) (Canada)
May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22) (USA)
10"JC, the Gay Model"TBATBAFebruary 4, 2002 (2002-02-04) (Canada)
May 23, 2002 (2002-05-23) (USA)
11"Dances with Squirrels"TBATBAFebruary 11, 2002 (2002-02-11) (Canada)
May 11, 2002 (2002-05-11) (USA)
12"Zack's Little Problem"John PozerJeny QuineFebruary 18, 2002 (2002-02-18) (Canada)
May 28, 2002 (2002-05-28) (USA)
13"Reality Bites"TBATBAFebruary 25, 2002 (2002-02-25) (Canada)
May 29, 2002 (2002-05-29) (USA)

References

  1. ^ John Doyle, "Let's hear it for Canada's benign social contract". The Globe and Mail, November 19, 2001.
  2. ^ Leah McLaren, "The not-so-junior highs". The Globe and Mail, November 28, 2001.
  3. ^ Liane Faulder, "Link up with some wacky teen misadventures: Everyone can relate to these hilarious high-school high jinks". Edmonton Journal, November 19, 2001.