Comedy series ‘Cows Come Home’ set to film in Fort Erie this fall

Lots of television shows are built around the goings-on in small towns. Soon, Fort Erie will find itself as the backdrop to a new show.

‘Cows Come Home’, a heartfelt comedy created by Lindsey Middleton and Katie Uhlmann, will be making its debut spring of 2025 on Bell Canada’s Fibe TV1.

Middleton and Uhlmann spoke with Fort Erie Radio about the show and plans to film on location in the town this September.

Uhlmann, from Trenton, is best known for her recurring role on the hit medical drama ‘Nurses’. She also co-wrote, produced and directed two seasons of the award-winning comedy series ‘My Roommate’s an Escort’ and directed the festival favourite short film ‘When you know you…know?’

Middleton, a Canadian Screen Award nominee and 2024 Dora Award winner, was one of the leads and producers on the award-winning show ‘Out with Dad’ which has over 38 million views on YouTube. She is also the co-creator and producer of the Roku Channel show ‘Just Hysterics’.

Middleton grew up in Ridgeway and it was her experiences participating in 4-H, a club that helps youth “find a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable life skills,” that inspired the series.

Credit: Lindsey Middleton

She explained how she participated in 4-H from the ages of 10 to 15.

“It was a great time in my life. My family has been involved in 4-H in different clubs for generations,” said Middleton. “I did my 4-H with the Walnutknoll Dairy Farm. It’s going to be where we’re going to be shooting a lot of the show.”

She will play the role of Sam Acres.

“The story kind of follows her misadventures,” said Middleton. “She’s a bit of a chaotic and broken soul who finds herself returning home to her small town, looking for a fresh start.”

She added that her character is looking “to put the pieces of her life back together and she discovers an unlikely source of solace in the world of competitive cow showing.”

It was a conversation Middleton had with Uhlmann about cow showing that ultimately led the pair to collaborate on making a show about it.

“It has been an amazing adventure,” said Uhlmann.

The duo are planning to film in the middle of September into October. There will be a mix of actors from Toronto as well as Niagara locals.

They admit they are operating on a small budget and have been getting assistance from local family and friends to help billet some of the actors. Local businesses will also be catering and offering other support.

Middleton said she had always kept thoughts in the back of her mind of wanting to return to Ridgeway to film one day.

“Fort Erie has always been such a supportive community, my whole childhood and upbringing. It’s a very special and rare place,” she said.

Uhlmann said the show is “really is about female friendship set inside the world of competitive cow showing,” adding that ‘Cows Come Home’ is “also about community and people who do a deal on a handshake and those types of values and characters.”

‘Cows Come Home’ is on Facebook and Instagram. For more information, please contact cowscomehomeshow@gmail.com.

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