Raising Expectations, created by Tom Saunders (Arrested Development, The Larry Saunders Show) and premiering on ACCTV Monday July 26, chronicles the hilarious misadventures of the Wayney family.
Nineties icon Jason Priestley and 1980s Bratpacker, Molly Ringwald star as Wayne and Paige Wayney, the perfectionist parents of five teenage children, four of whom are perennial overachievers. Simon Cadel stars as Emmett, the one son constantly falling short of his parents’ demanding expectations.
The Wayneys are an amazing family: good looking, MENSA smart, talented, athletic and popular to boot. Paige and Wayne Wayney have worked hard at raising “multi-exceptional” offspring and are proud of their children: Adam, Conner, Bentley and Derek. Everyone in town envies them or wants to be them, and you can even find Paige’s book about raising her extraordinary family on the bestseller list.
But alas, their fifth child, Emmett, is not marching in step on the path to familial greatness. But what Emmet lacks academically, athletically or artistically, he makes up for with relentless enthusiasm and curiosity. Emmett knows that one day he’ll find his way, but in the meantime, he’s determined to celebrate mediocrity in spectacularly creative fashion – no matter how often his best laid plans threaten to destroy the family’s living space, reputation or sense of safety.
His young co-stars weren’t even born when Canadian born actor Jason Priestley was a style icon and heart-throb in the 90s. Priestley attained teen dream status playing Brandon Walsh in hit TV show, Beverly Hills: 90210. He has enjoyed a long and varied career, but it was 90210 that garnered worldwide fame and popularity and made Priestley a teen idol. Nominated for two Golden Globes for his work on the show, he also directed 15 of the show’s episodes. He remained on the show until 1998, when Brandon moved to Washington DC, but continued to serve as an executive producer until the show ended in 2000.
Molly Ringwald was a household name as one of the 1980’s biggest teen movie stars, even gracing the cover of Time Magazine in 1986. Ringwald shot to fame starring in a trio of teen movies by legendary filmmaker John Hughes: The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. Along with Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez and Andrew McCarthy, Molly was one of the eight original core members of the 1980s ‘Brat Pack’ and has been listed as Number 1 in a list of ‘Greatest Teen Stars’.
Starring alongside Priestley and Ringwood as the Wayney kids (and no doubt benefiting from their experience as former young stars themselves) are Luke Bilyk (Degrassi, Lost Girl) as Adam; Katie Douglas (Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey, Ginny and Georgia) as Conner; Matthew Tissi (Schitts Creek, Covert Affiars) as Bentley and Jake Sim (It Chapter Two, Arthur) as Derek. Newcomer Simon Cadel had no formal acting training before he was cast for the role of Emmett on Raising Expectations. He was discovered by the show’s creator, Tom Saunders, while the young aspiring comedian was doing a stand-up set in New York City.
This terrific ensemble is what makes Raising Expectations so enjoyable. Their family dynamic is relatable – even if the situations they find themselves in are entirely absurd! With plenty of laughs and an endearing cast of characters, Raising Expectations is a show the whole family will watch together.