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Life With Derek -- The Canadian Brady Bunch -- Oh and a Modern One







Life With Derek

Category: Sitcom

Created by: Daphne Ballon

Developed by: Daphne Ballon, and Bernice Vanderlaan

Stars: Ashley Leggat, Michael Seater, Daniel Magder, Jordan Todosey, Ariel Waller, Joy Tanner, and John Ralston

Opening Theme: "Life with Derek" by Unsensored

Number of Episodes: 52 (46 aired)

Original Channel: Family Channel, Disney Channel/Boomerang

Original Run: September 18, 2005 to presentLife with Derek is a

Canadian sitcom that is currently being aired on Family Channel (English) and VRAK.TV (French) in Canada, in Germany, Israel, France, Disney Channel in the United States, Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Central America, and South America, Asia, Nickelodeon in Australia and Boomerang in the United Kingdom. It is currently in its 3rd season, and is expected to be produced until at least 2009.



Life With Derek

Synopsis

A divorced man named George Venturi who has custody of his two sons, Derek and Edwin and daughter Marti, marries a divorced woman, Nora, with two daughters, Casey and Lizzie.

Up until that point, Casey McDonald was perfectly content with her life. Growing up as the oldest child in a household with only her mother and sister had suited her well and brought her up as a self-sufficient and independent young woman.

With the addition of a stepfather, two stepbrothers, a stepsister, new school, new house and overall a whole new life, Casey struggles to find her place within the new family. The series is also based on Casey and Derek's rivalry.

The family is revealed to live in London, Ontario when George is reading a newspaper titled "London Chronicle" in episode "Don't Take a Tip From Me." Also in another episode, "All Systems No Go" he refers to himself as "George from London".

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Life With Derek

The Rivalry

Prior to becoming members of a blended family, Casey and Derek were firmly comfortable in their roles as first-born children, including having a major influence on how family decisions were made. When their families blend, each strives for dominance: Casey by "sticking to the rules" and Derek by asserting himself with both force and manipulation. This is further complicated because Derek and Casey are in the same grade in high school; the situation is harder for Casey, who's making new friends.

Both teens aren't afraid to speak their minds, especially when trying to recruit their respective parents to be on their side. The sibling rivalry grows intense at times, and causes them to constantly try to one up the other in order to get their way, even if it involves them getting really sneaky and have to risk being grounded by the adults, and sometimes no matter who gets in the way, whether it's friends or family. In their struggle to find their place, both at home and at school, Casey learns to "loosen up" and break a rule or two, while Derek learns to occasionally "walk the straight and narrow" and put family interests ahead of his own gain, even if it means that Casey benefits.

The show includes several cut-scenes, where various members of the family (usually the ones involved in a problem) interact with one another in a way that is symbolic of their current issue, performed in a nondescript setting with no background.

Despite Casey and Derek's constant bickering and disagreements, they have been known to come together to cooperate toward a common goal, or to use one another to further their own selfish agendas. Although the rivalry continues, they sometimes try to help each other in the series. This not only benefits their relationship, but their parents relationship.



Life With Derek

Cast of Characters

The MacDonalds

Joy Tanner as Nora MacDonald Ashley Leggat as Casey MacDonald Jordan Todosey as Lizzie MacDonald

The Venturis

John Ralston as George Venturi Michael Seater as Derek Venturi Daniel Magder as Edwin Venturi Ariel Waller as Marti Venturi

Family

McDonald Relatives

Sarah Gadon as Cousin Vicki Tara Manuel Rigal as Aunt Fiona Rick Roberts as Dennis MacDonald (Nora's ex-husband / father of Casey and Lizzie)

Venturi Relatives

Jennifer Wigmore as Abby Venturi (George's ex-wife / mother of Derek, Edwin, and Marti) Barbara Gordon as Aunt Madge Lisa-Marie Bonotello as Cousin Mary

Friends

Shadia Simmons as Emily, Casey's best friend who has a crush on Derek. She is now dating Sheldon Shlepper. Arnold Pinnock as Paul, Casey's guidance counselor Kit Weyman as Sam, Derek's best friend and Casey's ex-boyfriend Lauren Collins as Kendra, popular girl and Derek's ex-girlfriend Robbie Amell as Max Miller, Casey's boyfriend. Shane Kippel as Ralph, one of Derek's friends and band member William Greenblatt as Sheldon Schlepper Keir Gilchrist as Jamie, one of Lizzie's friends who harbors a crush on her Kate Todd as Sally, Derek's co-worker



Life With Derek

Guest Stars

Ryan Cooley as Frank Alex House as Trevor Hannah Lochner as Michelle Kayla Mills as Amy Lara Amersey as Lucy Cameron Ansell as Teddy Cyrus Aazam as Clink Adam Butcher as Noel Robert Clark as Patrick Michael Kanev as Tinker AJ Walsh as Jake.

Premiere

Life with Derek and another Canadian sitcom, Naturally, Sadie (also aimed at the 10-15 age group), were introduced together on Disney Channel. However in May of 2007, Naturally, Sadie was pulled off of the air, but Life with Derek was left on. School

Both Derek and Casey go to Sir John Sparrow Thompson High School. The school mascot is "The Bears." With a few exceptions, each episode contains at least one scene with Casey and Derek at their school. Casey makes frequent visits to Paul, the school counselor. School is also the place where popular Derek spends his time pulling scams, while perfectionist Casey strives for good grades and tries to "fit in" with the other kids at school.

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