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[Updated with the official press release announcing the start of photography]

They're local legends for a reason and they're back ...

Kids in the Hall reunite for Accent Entertainment¹s Death Comes To Town Principal Photography underway in North Bay, Ontario August 20th, 2009, Toronto ­ Accent Entertainment in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation are thrilled to announce that principal photography began today in North Bay, Ontario on Death Comes to Town created by and starring the Kids in the Hall.

A departure from sketch comedy, Death Comes to Town is an eight-part comic murder mystery. When Death gets off the Greyhound bus in small town Shuckton, Ontario, the entire town is drawn in when one of its most distinguished citizens is found murdered. As a suspect is arrested and the trial plays out, the entire town is affected and its dark secrets are unraveled and exposed.

Though not the sketch comedy that made the Kids famous around the world, Death Comes to Town will feature the original five Kids in the Hall, Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thomson, all playing multiple characters, men and woman, all distinctively quirky, gender-bending, boundary pushing and definitively Kids in the Hall.

It is possible, though unconfirmed, that a special appearance or two by characters from the original series may be made. Original characters include the small town Mayor and his alcoholic wife, a germ gel sniffing town criminal, a pizza delivery woman with Alzheimer¹s, a 600lb ex-hockey star, and of course, Death himself.

Death Comes to Town was conceived of by Bruce McCulloch, who also executive produces, is co-written by all five Kids in the Hall, and is produced by Susan Cavan of Accent Entertainment.

Comments McCulloch, ³We have thought about reuniting on television for years, but we¹ve all had a lot of personal projects and weren¹t sure about how we wanted to come back together ­ we didn¹t necessarily want to come back and do the same thing all over again. Then this idea for this small town murder mystery occurred to me and seemed loaded with possibilities for the kinds of things we like to explore.²

Kirstine Stewart, General Manager, CBC Television English Services adds, ³Audiences have been dying for them to come back, and we¹re bringing them back in a format that is totally new and fresh. There is nothing like this on television. It takes all the best of what people loved about the Kids, and puts it into a narrative format. The scripts and performances will showcase the fifteen years of added experience as comics these guys now have.²

Death Comes to Town reunites the Kids with director Kelly Makin (Kids in the Hall, Brain Candy, Mickey Blue Eyes), and production designer Gregory Keen (Brain Candy, Superstar, Citizen Duane). Joining the team are director of photography Paul Sarossy (Chloe, Adoration) and costume designer Alex Kavanaugh (Splice, Diary of the Dead.)

Principal photography will continue in North Bay until early October with broadcast scheduled on the CBC for January 2010.

Death Comes to Town is produced by Accent Entertainment-KITH Productions Limited in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and with the participation of The Canadian Television Fund, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, and Northern Ontario Media Fund.

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dwinstigatorAugust 7, 2009 8:46 PM

Those are the same quotes given to Chortle last December... it hasn't been a secret for a long time.

Andrew MackAugust 7, 2009 9:57 PM

KITH doing TLOG? Well, kind of anyways. Really? REALLY!?! Oh my. I just got a tingle.

Rhythm-XAugust 7, 2009 11:35 PM

Money money MONEY money money. Money MONEY MONEY money money? Money. Money money money money money money. MONEY money! Money money money money money money money. Money? Money.

All obvious motivations aside, this is still pretty great news.

Todd BrownAugust 9, 2009 9:30 PM

They don't need the money, actually. The whole group has kept really busy from the day they split and started working solo. There's never been any sense that they did any of the live reunions or this show for any reason other than that they wanted to ...

Joshua ChaplinskyAugust 21, 2009 10:19 PM

Hope this is better than Brain Candy, which paled in comparison to the series. I like the League of Gentlemen comparison. Psyched for this.

nanalafAugust 22, 2009 6:38 AM

Kids in the Hall are back!! I'm looking forward to see it.

El DuderinoAugust 22, 2009 4:53 PM

Awesome! I love KITH!

J HurtadoAugust 22, 2009 6:27 PM

I think calling Kids In The Hall a "local legend" is a bit myopic. Nonetheless, great news! I spent almost everyday after school in high school watching reruns of the show over and over again. I wasn't very popular...

KiriyamaAugust 26, 2009 4:08 AM

So basically they're going to do a Canadianized version of the LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN with 50 percent less comedy and 40 percent more gayness?