Kim’s Convenience spinoff in the works at CBC

Andrew Phung and Nicole Power will star in respective comedy shows set to air over the next year

Kim’s Convenience might be coming to an end, but one of the characters will live on in a spinoff series.

CBC has announced that Nicole Power will reprise her role as Shannon Ross in the comedy Strays. The show, led by Kim’s Convenience co-creator Kevin White, will follow Shannon “as she embarks on a new career in Hamilton,” the network said. The ensemble cast includes Frank Cox O’Connell, Tina Jung, Nikki Duval and Kevin Vidal, among others.

The spin-off has been in development since July 2018 and is currently in production, suggesting that perhaps Shannon was destined to say goodbye before showrunner and co-creator Ins Choi decided to leave, precipitating the sitcom’s surprise cancellation.

Meanwhile, another Kim’s Convenience star has landed a new gig on a CBC series. Andrew Phung, who plays Kimchee, has co-created the comedy series Run The Burbs with filmmaker Scott Townend.

The series is about “a young, bold Canadian family taking a different approach to living life to the fullest in the suburbs,” according to a show description. Phung plays a stay-at-home dad with an entrepreneur wife and two kids.

Both shows are slated to air on CBC during the 2021-2022 season.

“Both of these series were planned to join Kim’s Convenience on our comedy lineup this upcoming year, to reflect how many young Canadians are forging new lives outside of urban centres in Canada,” said Sally Catto, CBC’s general manager of entertainment, factual and sports said in a statement. “We look forward to watching Andrew and Nicole as they explore these new stories.”

In early March, CBC announced Kim’s Convenience would conclude in April after five seasons.

“Our two co-creators confirmed they were moving on to other projects. Given their departure from the series, we have come to the difficult conclusion that we cannot deliver another season of the same heart and quality that has made the show so special,” the network said.

The show has since been nominated for 11 Canadian Screen Awards.


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One response to “Kim’s Convenience spinoff in the works at CBC”

  1. Disappointing and suspect when it comes to both co-creators deciding to move on to other projects at the same time. Interesting how the two new shows have been in the works since 2018 and May 2020, so those 2 actors knew all along they’d be going somewhere. It sounds like they didn’t share that with the other cast members or there wouldn’t have been the surprise attack that there was of ending the series 1 year too soon. Did White and Choi have a falling out? Whatever it is, it’s sad that the cast was not allowed a proper good-bye to each other and to their fans, and to let the characters play their ending out. One day the truth will come out, but I don’t think the truth has been spoken yet. Ins Choi may have created the play and the show, but he is not necessary in order for it to continue as the cast and writers especially have a good idea of where to take this all. Is this all about egos? Surely there have been shows where the original creators have moved on but left the show in capable hands? I know they wanted someone Asian to fill Ins Choi’s place and the producers said they couldn’t find anyone, but was it more than that? Was it a money thing? I personally don’t think Ins had to be involved any more as again, the writers knew where to go from here. They are the ones that make the show what it is by giving the actors the material to work with. Again..strange.

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