Here’s a roundup of the most noteworthy movie and TV comedies to watch right now, as covered by The Wall Street Journal’s critics.
Prime Video Jumps Back Into ‘The Lake’ With Season 2 Order As Production Begins In Canada
Prime Video’s first scripted Canadian Amazon Original series, The Lake, is getting a second season. Amazon has greenlighted another cycle of the half-hour comedy written and executive produced by Julian Doucet (Killjoys) and executive produced by Karen Troubetzkoy (Killjoys, Orphan Black). Michael Souther and Teza Lawrence also executive produce for Amaze (Carter).
Wall Street Journal: ‘The Lake’ Review: Cabin Fever
“The Lake” begins with the very white, unquestioningly gay Justin (Jordan Gavaris) trying to buy politically correct ice cream for his mixed-race biological daughter, Billie (Madison Shamoun), who was adopted by black parents and identifies accordingly. Chocolate? “Pandering,” he says to himself. Vanilla? “Probably triggering.” Rainbow pops? “Too on the nose.” In the end, no ice cream.
Entertainment Weekly: Jordan Gavaris wants you to join him at The Lake
Amazon’s first Canadian original series (June 17) is full of family drama, small-town charm, and lots of laughs. After infidelity causes the end of a long-term relationship, Justin (Jordan Gavaris) heads back home to Canada to reconnect with his life there, including his birth daughter Billie (Madison Shamoun). While he hasn’t spent much time with Billie since she was adopted, they have always known about one another, and their summer at the lake is a chance to connect. “Whether he realizes it or not, he is also reconnecting with some fundamental part of himself from when he was younger, as we do when our adult life blows up,” Gavaris tells EW.
Toronto Star: In Prime Video’s “The Lake,” Ontario actor Jordan Gavaris takes centre stage
TORONTO – Best known for his scene-stealing comedy chops in “Orphan Black,” actor Jordan Gavaris takes the lead in “The Lake” as a gay man trying to reconnect with the biological daughter he gave up for adoption as a teenager.
Amazon Orders ‘The Lake’ Starring Jordan Gavaris, Julia Stiles & Madison Shamoun As First Scripted Canadian Series
Prime Video has set its first scripted Canadian Amazon Original series, The Lake. Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black), Julia Stiles (Hustlers, The Bourne Identity) and Madison Shamoun (#blackAF, Black-ish) star in the half-hour comedy, produced by Amaze (Carter).
Chuck Tatham Developing Comedy Series ‘Return To Edenview’ With ‘The Lake’ Producer Amaze
Chuck Tatham, a co-exec producer of CBS sitcom The United States of Al, has teamed with Amaze, the production company behind The Lake, Amazon’s first Canadian scripted series, on a new comedy. Tatham, who has also worked on Modern Family and Central Park, has created Return to Edenview.
BANFF Master Class lineup includes The Umbrella Academy, The Lake
Teams from Starstruck, Rutherford Falls and Among the Stars will also speak in Master Class sessions at next month’s Banff World Media Festival.
Canadian cottage country the backdrop of new Amazon series The Lake
“What we kind of poke fun at in the show is the gossip and the insular nature of those groups,” said Stiles, who plays Maisey-May, the step-sister.
Amazon Prime Video Begins Production on the First Scripted Canadian Amazon Original Comedy Series – THE LAKE
In The Lake, Justin (Jordan Gavaris) returns from living abroad after a break-up with his long-term partner, in the hope of reconnecting with the biological daughter that he gave up for adoption in his teens.