"Gas" creator gets case of "Hiccups"

Fri Oct 3, 2008 1:22am EDT
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Canadian broadcaster CTV on Thursday ordered a new pilot from "Corner Gas" creator and star Brent Butt.

Network executives hope the Vancouver-based comic's new series, "Hiccups," will repeat the success of "Gas," Canada's top-rated homegrown comedy, now in its sixth and final season on CTV and Superstation WGN. In "Gas," Butt plays Brent Leroy, proprietor of a gas station in a small Saskatchewan town.

"We wanted to make sure Brent got right back to work," said Susanne Boyce, president of creative, content and channels at


"Hiccups" will star Butt's "Gas" co-star Nancy Robertson as a children's author with anger issues. Her "hiccups" -- alternate rage, depression and euphoric highs -- lead the successful author to recruit a life coach with no evident training or credentials.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Comedian Brent Butt pretends to shadow box after he won the Sir Peter Ustinov Award at the Banff World Television Festival in Banff, Alberta, June 9, 2008. REUTERS/Todd Korol</p>