October 3, 2008 / 5:26 AM / 10 years ago

"Gas" creator gets case of "Hiccups"

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

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

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

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