Check out the trailer for the new Hamilton-based comedy that premieres next week


Published September 10, 2021 at 11:25 am

Nicole Power plays Shannon Ross in the 'Kim's Convenience' spinoff series 'Strays' which is set in Hamilton. - CBC

The ‘Kim’s Convenience’ spinoff series set in Hamilton is slated to premiere on CBC next week and the broadcaster has provided a short glimpse into this much-anticipated new comedy.

‘Strays’, starring Nicole Power, who portrayed the delightful Shannon Ross on ‘Kim’s’, follows Shannon to her new job as an executive director at a Hamilton animal shelter where she presides over an eclectic cast of characters who work there.

The show also features a stellar cast: Nikki Duval (‘Workin’ Moms’), Frank Cox-O’Connell (Soulpepper Theatre), Tina Jung (‘Suits’, ‘Second Jen’), Tony Nappo (‘Pretty Hard Cases’), Kevin Vidal (‘Workin’ Moms’), Emily Piggford (‘The Sounds’, ‘Warigami’), and Paula Boudreau (‘Workin’ Moms’).

In the trailer, we learn that upon hitting the age of 30, Shannon quit her job at Handy Car Rental and needed a change. We catch glimpses of her navigating her new life in Hamilton with that signature awkwardness that made Shannon a ‘Kim’s’ fan favourite.

The show’s creator, Kevin White, is a writer and producer known for his work on ‘Corner Gas,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Kim’s Convenience’.

Seeing as how the settings of all of the above-mentioned shows played such a big role in all of their success, it will be interesting to see how big a role Hamilton will play in ‘Strays’.

The series, produced by Thunderbird Entertainment, has been in development since July 2018.

The show airs on CBC television and CBC Gem on Tuesday (Sept. 14).

Also airing soon is another new CBC series, ‘Run the Burbs,’ which will star Andrew Phung, who played Kimchee on ‘Kim’s’, as a stay-at-home dad in the suburbs.

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