Hatching, Matching and Dispatching

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Hatching, Matching and Dispatching
Created by Mary Walsh
Directed by Henry Sarwer-Foner
Stephen Reynolds
Starring Mary Walsh
Shaun Majumder
Mark McKinney
Joel Thomas Hynes
Jonny Harris
Susan Kent
Theme music composer Ron Hynes
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 + pilot
Producer(s) Mary Sexton
Production location(s) St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Running time22 minutes
Original network CBC Television
Original releaseJanuary 17 (2006-01-17) 
February 10, 2006
External links
Rink Rat Productions

Hatching, Matching and Dispatching is a Canadian television sitcom, which aired on CBC Television on 2006. [1] The show starred Mary Walsh as Mamie Lou Furey, the matriarch of a family in Cats Gut Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador who owns a combination ambulance, wedding and funeral business. [2] The show's title — and a basic summary of its premise — had previously appeared as a one-time gag in a "Wake of the Week" sketch on CODCO .


The cast included Sherry White, Mark McKinney, Rick Boland, Joel Thomas Hynes, Jonny Harris, Shaun Majumder and Susan Kent. [3] Hynes, White and Walsh were also writers for the series, along with Ed Macdonald and Adriana Maggs.

The series pilot aired January 17, 2005 as one of three CBC sitcom prototypes which included Getting Along Famously and Walter Ego . [2] The CBC employed a viewer response poll to gauge interest in these pilots, a technique previously employed with the shows Rideau Hall and An American in Canada .

Hatching, Matching and Dispatching began shooting its first season of six episodes in Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove on July 18, 2005 [4] and began airing as a regular series on January 6, 2006 with six episodes, following a rebroadcast of the original pilot on December 30, 2005. The episodes were repeated from July 18 to August 22, 2006. The CBC subsequently announced the cancellation of the series after its sole season. [5]

At the 21st Gemini Awards, Walsh and Macdonald won the award for Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series, for the series pilot. [6]

A Christmas Fury

In September 2016, Walsh confirmed a television film based on the series was in production. [7] A Christmas Fury premiered on CBC on December 3, 2017. [8] Walsh and McKinney received Canadian Screen Award nominations for lead actress and lead actor in a limited series or dramatic program at the 7th Canadian Screen Awards in 2019.

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