Insight Production Company/2M Innvovative

December 12, 2005 15:28 ET

HATCHING, MATCHING & DISPATCHING PREMIERES JAN. 6 ON CBC

--Mary Walsh, Mark McKinney, Shaun Majumder Star in All-New Comedy Series-- Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Media Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 12, 2005) - The blazingly funny Mary Walsh returns to her comedy roots with the Gemini Award-winning series Hatching Matching and Dispatching, a dark and satirical half-hour comedy that follows the adventures of the Furey family as they ferry the residents of their hometown right from the sperm to the worm. Starring Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Open Book, Codco) as the fiercely independent and outspoken family matriarch, with comedy A-listers Mark McKinney (Saddest Music in the World, Kids in the Hall) and Shaun Majumder (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Cedric the Entertainer), Hatching, Matching & Dispatching kicks off its first season Friday, January 6 at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. in Newfoundland) on CBC Television. The Hatching, Matching & Dispatching Pilot will be re-broadcast on Friday, December 30 at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. in Newfoundland).

Media Note - Hi-Res photography is available on-line at www.cbc.ca/imagegallery.

Often in outport Newfoundland it is left to one enterprising family to literally taxi the residents from the cradle to the grave, offering wedding, funeral and ambulance services all under the same roof. The Furey family provides that service to the residents of Cats Gut Cove with side-splittingly funny results.

Shot entirely in Newfoundland, the irreverent series aired last January as a stand-alone pilot episode that garnered audience and critical acclaim including a recent Gemini Award for Walsh for Best Performance in a Comedy and a Gemini nomination for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series. The series stars actor Rick Boland (The Divine Ryans) as Phonse, the Furey family patriarch who is always searching for a bit of liquid courage. Mckinney stars as the neurotic Todd Meaney, the mainlander husband of Myrna Furey; while Majumder stars as Cyril Pippy, the dimwit graveyard digger hired by the Furey Family.

Hatching, Matching & Dispatching also stars a wickedly-funny ensemble cast of up-and-coming actors including, Susan Kent (Violet) in the role of Darlene Furey, the outspoken Furey daughter who also provides the embalming services for the family business; Sherry White (The Bread Maker) plays Myrna Furey, the eldest and always correct daughter; Joel Hynes (Down to the Dirt) plays the cocky, confident and sexually charged Nick Crocker,

boyfriend of Darlene Furey; and Jonny Harris (Young Triffie's Been Made Away With) plays Troy Furey, the prodigal son of the Furey Family.

Additional Canadian talent guest-starring throughout the season include, Sheila McCarthy (Being Julia), Andy Jones (Rare Birds), Cathy Jones (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Ed MacDonald (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Bette MacDonald (The Bette Show), Linda Kash (Best in Show), Berni Stapleton (Behind the Red Door), Mary Ellen MacLean (Wilby Wonderful), and Sherry Lee Hunter (Made in Canada).

Hatching, Matching & Dispatching is complemented with a sophisticated Web site, www.hatchingmatchinganddispatching.com, in which viewers can virtually visit the Furey family website, as if Hatching, Matching & Dispatching were a real company existing outside of a fictional series, and internet travelers are clients. To kick-off the series, viewers will have the opportunity to win $5000.00 towards hosting their next family event such as a wedding, funeral service, or baby shower by describing in 300 words or less how $5000.00 would help them host their next family event. Viewers can enter online or via postcard or letter. The person with the most votes online wins the grand prize.

Hatching, Matching & Dispatching was filmed on location in Petty Harbour and Torbay, Newfoundland.

Hatching, Matching & Dispatching was produced in association with CBC by 2M Innovative, a partnership of Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Open Book), and Mary Sexton (Canadian Idol, Accordian Voices), and Insight Productions, comprised of John Brunton (The Juno Awards, Canadian Idol), Barbara Bowlby (Canadian Idol, Falcon Beach) and Lindsay Cox (The Juno Awards, Canada's Walk of Fame). Hatching, Matching & Dispatching is written by Walsh with Ed Macdonald (Made in Canada, This Hour Has 22 Minutes), and directed by Henry Sarwer-Foner (The Mercer Report, The Associates) and Stephen Reynolds (Shattered City: the Halifax Explosion, New Waterford Girl).

Hatching, Matching & Dispatching was produced with the support of The Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation, The Newfoundland & Labrador Tax Credit, The Canadian Television Fund EIP & LFP, The Federal Tax Credit, The Ontario Tax Credit, and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The Hatching, Matching & Dispatching Web site is produced by Newfoundland's
NanoNaut Post Inc.

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For more information, contact:
Anne-Marie La Pointe
Broadcast Publicist, Hatching Matching & Dispatching
902.679.4655
alapointe@eastlink.ca

or

Helicia Glucksman
Media Profile
helicia@MediaProfile.com
(416) 504-8464
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