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Paperny readies more Women

Paperny Films is developing a third cycle of the reality TV series, The Week the Women Went after two earlier seasons that gave women a break, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation impressive ratings.
November 5, 2009

Paperny Films is developing a third cycle of the reality TV series, The Week the Women Went after two earlier seasons that gave women a break, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation impressive ratings.

Paperny is scouting countrywide for a tight-knit town that will agree to see wives and girlfriends go off on holiday as the men take care of the housework and the kids in front of assembled TV cameras.

Paperny producers, led by Alisen Hunt, held an October 3 town hall meeting in the village of Queen Charlotte on the British Columbia coast to gauge local interest in taking part in the show. There’s no word on the other short-listed towns.

The Vancouver-based producer previously took women out of Hardisty, Alberta and Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia during the first two seasons of the CBC series.

The first season of The Week The Women Went bowed with 770,000 viewers in January 2008, and averaged a solid 775,000 viewers during its eight-episode run. The second season from the east coast debuted with 819,000 viewers earlier this year and signed off with an average 796,000 viewers.

Despite the impressive showing, CBC left the Paperny series off its current season schedule as it trimmed programming expenditures in a challenging economy. As the producers prep another cycle, CBC says it has made no firm decision on purchasing the third season of the series.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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