NBC Orders 12 Episodes of Canadian Series "Working the Engels," Starring Tony Winner Andrea Martin

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14 Nov 2013

Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin
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NBC has entered a deal to co-produce 12 episodes of the half-hour comedy "Working the Engels," starring Tony Award winner Andrea Martin (Pippin) and produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment in partnership with Shaw Media.

"Working the Engels" marks the first time a U.S. and Canadian broadcaster have collaborated to produce a half-hour network comedy.

The series, created and written by Katie Ford ("Miss Congeniality," "Desperate Housewives") and Jane Ford ("Listen Missy," "Material World"), "centers on a family who must band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt," according to press notes. "The Engels must all go to work running Dad’s storefront law firm, with one minor problem — daughter Jenna is the only one who is qualified to practice law."

As previously reported, Martin will play Ceil, the overly confident family matriarch. She will be joined by Kacey Rohl ("Hannibal"), Azura Skye ("American Horror Story") and Benjamin Arthur ("Less Than Kind").

"We're over the moon thrilled to work with NBC and Shaw Media on this series," said Noreen Halpern, president of Halfire-CORE Entertainment, in a statement. "Katie and Jane Ford have created a laugh-out-loud show and we're delighted to have a comedic legend in Andrea Martin, complemented by a trio of rising stars."



Martin is also a Tony Award winner for her performance in My Favorite Year and was Tony-nominated for Candide, Oklahoma! and Young Frankenstein.

Katie Ford, Jane Ford, Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall and Noreen Halpern serve as executive producers.