Global's Bomb Girls Begins Season 2 Principal Photography

The WWII Drama Stars Meg Tilly And Jodi Balfour 

Michael Seater Joins The Cast

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TORONTO, Aug. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Shaw Media announced the start of production on Season 2 of Bomb Girls, currently shooting 12 X 1-hour episodes in Toronto now until mid-December 2012. Last season, Bomb Girls made its indelible mark as the #1 new Canadian series, and the program will return to Global Television in the new year (date to be announced).

The critically acclaimed series stars Academy Award® nominee Meg Tilly (Agnes of God, The Big Chill) and Jodi Balfour (The Sinking of the Laconia). Gemini award-winner Michael Seater (Life with Derek) is joining the cast as Ivan, a gregarious factory worker and object of interest of the girls working the assembly line at Victory Munitions.

This season Bomb Girls takes us back to 1942 - the war is in full swing, and it seems the Axis forces are winning every battle. With the demand from the Allies increased due to bombed-out factories abroad, folks at Victory Munitions are busier than ever - both inside the plant and out of it.

For shift matron Lorna Corbet (Tilly), something has got to give. The demands of her job, family and her own burgeoning need to define herself stirs things up at home and at work. Meanwhile, Gladys Witham (Balfour) is tiring of living under the shadow of her powerful family. Working at Vic Mu has fed her desire for independence, but she learns that making her own decisions doesn't guarantee she'll get what she wants.

Marco Moretti, played by Antonio Cupo (L'Ombra del destino), faces the challenges of his Italian heritage at a time when Canada is at war with Italy. He wants to do his part for the war effort, but confronts hostility from the powers-that-be. Betty McRae, played by Ali Liebert (Hellcats), searches for home both literally and figuratively, grappling with her identity, working to feel safe in her world. And what of Kate Andrews? Played by Charlotte Hegele (Murdoch Mysteries), can she return to the world and its promise of freedom, or will the shackles of her past overwhelm her? Still learning to live a life where her beauty is no longer the most outstanding asset, Vera Burr, played by Anastasia Philips (Skins), braves a world-view where her smarts can be just as important as her looks.

Bomb Girls is produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions Limited in association with Shaw Media. The executive producers are Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, Pillars of the Earth), Janis Lundman (Durham County), Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County) and Michael MacLennan (Flashpoint, Queer as Folk). Mitchell is director on the first two episodes and is co-showrunner of the series along with Michael MacLennan who is also head writer. The show is distributed worldwide by Muse Distribution International.

Global Television is a Shaw Media network.

Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

About Muse Entertainment

Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions.  Since its founding in 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced or provided production services on more than 160 TV movies and mini-series, television series and feature films and has won 98 awards and garnered over 300 award nominations!  Most recently, Muse Entertainment produced the 8-hr. television event The Kennedys and co-produced the 8-hr. event series Pillars of the Earth, based on the popular Ken Follett novel.  Other big-event, mini-series include: Ben Hur, The Phantom, The Last Templar, Impact, Human Trafficking and Answered by Fire. Muse is also producing the third season of its other-worldly series Being Human, produced the series Durham County, This is Wonderland and Crusoe. The company's head office and its Quebec production centre are in Montreal.  Muse also has development and production offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. For more information please visit www.muse.ca.

About Back Alley Film Productions Ltd.

Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. has been producing entertaining and provocative film and television in Canada for over 20 years and is known internationally for its production of cutting edge and entertaining dramatic television series.  Founded by Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell, the company most recently produced the critically acclaimed Durham County, a dramatic crime series that explores violence and the hope for love that drives it.  They also created and produced the series Bliss and the first interactive dramatic series in Canada for CBC, Drop The Beat, set in the world of hip hop music, as well as the Gemini award-winning Straight Up also for CBC. In 2001 Mitchell and Lundman won the Production Award for Excellence from Women in Film & Television - Toronto.  Back Alley has offices in Toronto and Montreal. For more information please visit www.backalleyfilms.ca.

Source: BBM Canada PPM Data, Total Canada: SP12 (1/2/12-5/13/12, confirmed up to 4/29/12), Ind 2+ AMA(000), rankers based on 3+ airings excluding sports

SOURCE: Global Television

For further information:

Grace Park
Global Television
416-967-2484
grace.park@shawmedia.ca

Beverly Warren
Unit Publicist
416-726-4771
vebco@rogers.com

Betty Palik
Muse Entertainment Enterprises
514-866-6873
bpalik@muse.ca