Despite the title of his new comedy, Kurt Smeaton really does not believe that Children Ruin Everything. The Emmy-winning writer, exercutive producer and showrunner and his wife have, after all, three thriving young rascals of their own.
In creating this series for CTV, he wanted to show that, yes, kids can ruin some things, but that life also enters a surprisingly rich and rewarding phase with dependents in tow. In other words, all those surveys that show life is less enjoyable with children? Bunk.
Smeaton also talks about growing up in Ottawa, venturing onto sketch comedy stages and writing for shows such as Men with Brooms, The Hour and Mr. d. Besides contributing to Kim's Convenience, he won an Emmy writing and producing on the sixth and final season of Schitt's Creek, the one where, as he points out, they all won Emmys.
We also talk about shooting a comedy with kids through a pandemic. Plus we salute a little show he created called What Would Sal Do? We both agree it should have run longer, but at least it pulled him into the New Metric Media universe. That partnership continues to thrive with Children Ruin Everything (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CTV).