|Life with Derek|
Life with Derek title card
|Created by||Daphne Ballon|
|Developed by||Daphne Ballon
|Theme music composer||Gary Koftinoff and
|Opening theme||"Livin' Life with Derek",
sung by Cheyenne Twiner of Unsensored, performed by Gary Koftinoff
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||70 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Daphne Ballon
|Camera setup||Film; Single camera|
|Running time||approx. 22 minutes
|Production company(s)||Shaftesbury Films
Pope Productions (season 1)
|Distributor||Disney Channel (USA)|
|Original channel|| Family
|Original run||September 18, 2005 – March 25, 2009|
|Followed by||Vacation with Derek
(2010 TV movie)
Life with Derek is a Canadian television sitcom that aired on Family (English) and VRAK.TV (French) in Canada and on Disney Channel in the United States. The series premiered on Family on September 18, 2005 and ran for four seasons ending on March 25, 2009. The series starred Ashley Leggat and Michael Seater as the two oldest children in a stepfamily.
A divorced man named George Venturi (John Ralston) who had custody of his three children from a previous marriage: sons Derek (Michael Seater) and Edwin (Daniel Magder) and daughter Marti (Ariel Waller), marries a divorced woman named Nora McDonald (Joy Tanner), who has two daughters of her own from a previous marriage: Casey (Ashley Leggat) and Lizzie (Jordan Todosey). Up until that point, Casey was perfectly content with her life. Growing up as the oldest child in a household in Toronto, Ontario with only her mother and sister had suited her well and brought her up as a self-sufficient and independent young woman.
With the addition of a stepfather, stepbrothers, a stepsister, new school, new house and overall a whole new life, Casey struggles to find her place within the new family. One of the primary points is how Casey must live with Derek, her stepbrother who has also held a dominant position in his family, and the rivalry that emerges as they try to assert themselves within their new family.
The family has been revealed in several episodes to live in London, Ontario. Casey was originally upset about having to move to London, Ontario from Toronto, a much bigger city (as shown in the episode "How I Met Your Stepbrother"), for many reasons including Derek, but she eventually got over her own problems and agreed to move there for Nora and George's sake once she saw how much they cared for each other.
|Season||Ep #||First Airdate||Last Airdate|
|Season 1||13||September 18, 2005||January 22, 2006|
|Season 2||13||July 1, 2006||December 15, 2006|
|Season 3||26||May 11, 2007||July 5, 2008|
|Season 4||18 ||July 19, 2008||March 25, 2009|
Life with Derek will have an upcoming movie Vacation with Derek. It was shot at Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada. During the airing of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, season 2, host Leah Miller announced that season 1 winner, Nico Archambault, would be in the movie, meanwhile the movie will be released Summer 2010.
The first season of Life With Derek was taped in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. Seasons two through four were taped in Toronto, Ontario.
Life with Derek and another Canadian sitcom, Naturally, Sadie both added to the Disney Channel in the United States in 2005. However in May 2007, Naturally, Sadie was pulled from the channel, but Life with Derek was left on. Though many episodes were originally broadcast on Family in Canada, Disney often advertised the episodes as being new episodes (though they were only first-run broadcasts in the United States). Life with Derek has not aired on the Disney Channel since January 2, 2010 but reruns continue to air on Family and VRAK.TV in Canada.
|Name||Release Date||Ep #||Additional Information||Bonus Features|
|Season One||USA/CAN: October 1, 2008||13||This two disc box set includes all 13 episodes from Season 1.||
|Season Two||USA/CAN: August 11, 2009||13||This two disc box set includes all 13 episodes from Season 2.|
|DVD Title||Release Date||Episodes Featured||Bonus Features|
|Life with Derek: Let the Games Begin!||US\CAN: February 17, 2009||
A series of Life With Derek books has been released in the U.K., however they have not been released in Canada or the United States.
|France||Disney Channel France|
|Germany||Disney Channel Germany|
|Italy||Disney Channel Italy|
|United States||Disney Channel|
|Portugal||Disney Channel Portugal|
|Israel||Disney Channel Israel|
|Disney Channel Latin America|
|Brazil||Disney Channel Brazil|
|Japan||Disney Channel Japan|
|Spain||Disney Channel Spain|
|Norway||Disney Channel Scandinavia|
|Sweden||Disney Channel Scandinavia|
|Brunei||Disney Channel Asia|
|Taiwan||Disney Channel Taiwan|
|India||Disney Channel India|
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