Jennifer Maguire and Katherine Lynch to play for laughs in new sitcom
WANT a good laugh? Republic Of Telly star Jennifer Maguire and Katherine Lynch are teaming up in a new RTE sitcom.
The new series, under the working title The Centre will focus on the hilarious mishaps and goings-on that occur in an Irish community centre.
In the world of TV, sitcoms have the highest attrition rate and few make it to a second series.
In the past, RTE has spun out some less than impressive sitcoms -- let's not dwell on The English Class, or student-based show The Roaring Twenties?
Hopefully, Jen's wit and Katherine's ballsy brand of comedy will prove to be a winning combo.
The Centre was commissioned by RTE's comedy guru, Eddie Doyle, who is committed to producing home-grown comedy output.
"In the past few years there have been some great Irish-produced comedy shows such as Republic Of Telly, The Mario Rosenstock Show and The Savage Eye," an RTE insider said.
"But in the past year, Eddie and his team have been focusing on sitcoms and light-hearted dramas similar in style to Bachelor's Walk."
It seems that the producers of the new series have been watching US sitcoms for inspiration.
"The Centre is like an Irish version of Community, but without Chevy Chase," the source added.
The show will feature some of Ireland's freshest and funniest female talent.
"It's a female-heavy cast. Jennifer Maguire, Katherine Lynch, Norma Sheaban who plays Linda in Moone Boy and Denise McCormack from Love/Hate are all in it."
The Fear's Hilary Rose will also star in the series alongside London Irish actress Yasmine Akram, Holby City actress Catherine Walsh and Helen O'Brien.
But it's not all women, comedian Gary Cooke will also appear in the new series.
"They've got some great names attached so hopefully it will be a hit," the RTE insider said.
Managing director of television Glen Killane said he hopes drama and comedy will continue to blossom on RTE.
"I'd love to see a return to the days of Bachelor's Walk," he said. "Getting drama onto RTE 2 is important."
"And comedy is a big area for us. Not so long ago RTE was considered a bit of joke when it came to comedy -- and not in a good way. We weren't developing comedy but I think that has changed."