Shelved Star Lyndie Greenwood Talks the “Fun-brary!”March 9, 2023
Shelved, a CTV Original comedy that premiered on Monday, March 6 has people talking. Just very, very softly. It’s a workplace comedy that follows the underfunded Jameson Branch of the Metropolitan Public Library, also known as the “fun-brary.” Get it? A library – that’s fun!
Wendy (played by Canadian Actor Lyndie Greenwood, The Expanse) does her best to provide outstanding service for the community despite the many challenges she faces. Set in Parkdale, one of Toronto’s most eclectic and unique neighborhoods, viewers can expect some wacky situations and characters.
Created and executive produced by Anthony Q. Farrell, known for his writing on the U.S. version of The Office and work on Run the Burbs, this workplace comedy is billed as “a love letter to the public library system.”
Greenwood thinks that workplace comedy is “a wonderful way to tell stories because it’s accessible; most people work [and the library] is a setting we haven’t seen before. Many of us [used the library] when we were younger, and maybe stepped away,” so the subject matter is going to be readily familiar to most viewers.
The series also stars Chris Sandiford (What We Do in the Shadows,) Dakota Ray Herbert (Run Woman Run,) and Paul Braunstein (Baroness Von Sketch Show,) with Robin Duke from Schitt’s Creek as “Unhoused Wendy.”
Comedy is a departure for Greenwood who is perhaps best known for drama, with roles in Nikita, Sleepy Hollow, and The Expanse, but she was excited to do something different with Shelved. “I approached [comedy] enthusiastically. It’s a bit of a different process. Wendy is very positive, she operates from a place of warmth and love. It’s something I can access and turn up a bit.” She’s excited by the different timing and pace of it all, finding it “a super-fun challenge.”
She also said that Shelved wasn’t going to shy away from current issues. It isn’t just going to be fun and games in the library. “We address a lot of the issues that come up in the library system [like] a lack of resources. [We will also look at] different political opinions and address them in a way that’s funny, but also offers a particular opinion. [We’re] going to investigate how each character thinks while letting the audience decide how they feel.”
You can “check out” Shelved and decide how you feel Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca and the CTV app.
Thanks to Lyndie Greenwood and CTV
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