Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Catherine Reitman Mines Her Own Life as a Parent for CBC's 'Workin' Moms'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Catherine Reitman Mines Her Own Life as a Parent for CBC's 'Workin' Moms'

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Catherine Reitman mines her life for 'Workin' Moms'


TORONTO - Six weeks after having her now-three-year-old son, Catherine Reitman returned to her career as an actor, writer and director in the comedy world.

"I really enjoy working, I really enjoy telling stories, I really enjoy acting," she says. "The idea that I would have a baby and stop doing that was unrealistic to me."

But the move was "probably too soon," she adds, noting she "suffered from some pretty bad postpartum depression."

The situation hit her hard while she was on set for the comedy series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." It was Mother's Day, her first, and a group of male actors started joking about how she wasn't home for it.

"They were being really funny but I couldn't take the swings anymore and I started crying," recalls Reitman, daughter of Canadian Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ivan Reitman.

"This moment ... was so dark, it was so real -- but there was something really funny about it."

Reitman's actor-husband, Philip Sternberg, convinced her to write about her experiences. The result is the couple's new Toronto-shot comedy series "Workin' Moms," debuting Tuesday on CBC-TV.

"Almost every moment you see on the show, and I mean it, is based off of something that's real that happened, if not to me then one of the women in our writers' room," says Reitman, who has since had a second child.

"It's a pretty accurate show."

Reitman also co-produces and stars in the series as Kate, a PR executive who encounters hilarious and heartbreaking challenges when she returns from maternity leave -- from having to pump milk in the car and office bathroom, to lactating onto her blouse, and missing hearing her child's first word.

Sternberg co-produces and plays her husband, who is sometimes on a different page when it comes to parenting.

Co-stars include Dani Kind as Anne, a psychiatrist whose family is expanding more rapidly than she's comfortable with. …

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