Original scripted comedies aren’t just for the likes of HBO and Netflix. Vancouver-based national telecom giant TELUS has added its very first original scripted comedy to its on-demand library.
“The robot workforce is here! R500 Robots are friendly, capable and ready for any situation… like helping humans deal with their awkward existential crises.”
The four-part series, Android Employed, which was filmed in Vancouver is the brainchild of filmmaker Jem Garrard who created, wrote and directed the show. The four-time Leo Award winner has also worked on Disney Channel’s Mech X4 and music videos for Linkin Park and Ringo Starr.
— Jem Garrard (@Jemga) November 21, 2015
Her short film Unit Bryan was picked up by TELUS through the 2015 TELUS STORYHIVE program and became the basis for Android Employed.
— STORYHIVE (@STORYHIVE) July 31, 2017
At the launch and series premiere event in Vancouver, the producers described the project as a labour of love and how it truly takes a village. The four producers behind Android Employed, Greg Crompton, Jon Silverberg, Tony Cerciello and Beatrice King all wore multiple hats throughout production – they even served as extras.
Garrard expressed her hopes and plans for a continuation of the series either in the current anthology format or spinning off from one of the initial four storylines. Each of the four episodes takes on a different story of a robot in workplace setting – and all the comical things that would happen:
- Episode 1 – Your average dysfunctional family are brought closer together by their newly acquired robot.
- Episode 2 – After a desperate accountant loses his job to a robot, he decides to kidnap it as payback.
- Episode 3 – Robots hired on a film production set end up in more creative roles than was intended.
- Episode 4 – The unique teaching style of the first robot to teach a kindergarten class looks promising until tragedy strikes.
The series stars Ryan Beil from Vancouver-filmed iZombie, Sarah Canning (The Vampire Diaries), Andrea Bang from Toronto-filmed Kim’s Convenience, Sonja Bennett from Vancouver-filmed Supernatural, Kalyn Miles, Dave Collette, Peter Benson, Veena Sood, Victor Dolhai, and Trevor Devall as the dapper voice of the robot.
The comedy is a co-production between ARTABAN and Red Castle Films with the support of Telus Original. It can be watched through TELUS Optik TV on Demand and online at androidemployed.com.