The Smart Woman Survival Guide

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The Smart Woman Survival Guide
Created by Al Magee
StarringTricia Braun
Laura McLean
Siobhan Murphy
Joanne Alderson
Riley Gilchrist
Ryan V. Hays
Adam Seybold
Jean-Paul Saurine
Country of originCanada
No. of episodes39 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Al Magee
Running time22 minutes
Original network W Network
Original releaseSeptember 4, 2006 (2006-09-04) 
January 5, 2008 (2008-01-05)
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The Smart Woman Survival Guide is a Canadian situation comedy, filmed in Toronto, Ontario, that aired from September 4, 2006, to January 5, 2008. It aired on the W Network and CosmoTV. It was renewed for 26 further episodes before season one had finished shooting. The show was originally conceived as a two-act show that grew to four acts with a teaser and tag.



The Smart Woman Survival Guide is a half-hour hybrid that is part lifestyle and part comedy. Lifting the ‘Ironed Curtain’ on a Martha Stewart Living -type show, the series takes place behind the scenes of a fictional lifestyle program called Smart Woman and follows a group of women who bond over their work, lives and loves.

The series stars Tricia Braun as Lana Pearson, the demanding host of Smart Woman, and her trusty staff, producer Liz (Siobhan Murphy), associate producer Brooke (Joanne Alderson), and researcher Natalie (Laura McLean). As the women attempt to navigate the challenges of their personal and professional lives, the audience is presented with tips, how-tos and information for today’s “smart woman”. When the Smart Women go into the real world to research segments for the show, they interact with real world experts who make guest appearances on the Smart Woman show. These include real-life Olympians, celebrity chefs and New York Times bestselling authors.


Notable guest-starring cast

Guest experts


Production credits

The series was edited at Visual Fixations. Audio post production and 5.1 surround mixing for the 39 episodes was completed at Rhythm Division. The re-recording mixer was Jim Longo, with additional editing on season 3 by Andrea Cyr. Music for season 1, as well as the show theme were composed by Tom Third. For seasons 2 and 3 the music was composed at Rhythm Division by Kevan Staples.

Executive Producer Al Magee was the creative consultant for Showcase Network, contributing to numerous shows, including Slings & Arrows , Kink , Naked Josh , Show Me Yours, Kenny vs. Spenny , and Trailer Park Boys . Series composer Kevan Staples was a member of the Canadian new wave rock band, Rough Trade. He has won 4 Juno Awards and a Genie Award.

The photo of Liz and Steve on Liz’s desk is a real photo of Siobhan Murphy (Liz) and Jean-Paul Saurine (Steve) taken years ago, when the two were classmates at theatre school.

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