Fall for HBO Canada

  • HBO's award-winning Boardwalk Empire returns September 25
  • New HBO series Enlightened bows in October, alongside Martin Scorsese's documentary about George Harrison and new seasons of How to Make It in America, Hung and Bored To Death
  • Hot home-grown fall titles include Call Me FitzLiving In Your Car and Beauty Day

TORONTO, Aug. 15, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - From exclusive HBO programming to cutting-edge original Canadian series and films, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada), brings viewers the hottest series, documentaries and specials available on premium television this fall. Subscribers will have access to this talked-about programming on multiple platforms including on HBO Canada OnDemand and HBO Canada OnLine.

On Sunday, September 25, HBO Canada's fall season gets into full swing with new episodes of HBO's Golden Globe®-winning and Emmy®-nominated prohibition-era drama, Boardwalk Empire. Leading into Boardwalk Empire's premiere on September 25 is Season 2 of the no-holds-barred, Gemini-nominated Canadian original comedy series Call Me Fitz, starring Jason Priestley. Also in September is Beauty Day, an original documentary from The Movie Network and Movie Central about the Canadian cult basic cable series The Cap'n Video Show.

Sunday, October 2 brings new seasons of the HBO comedy series Hung and How to Make It in America, followed on October 5 and 6 with Martin Scorsese's documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material WorldMonday, October 10 is the premiere of HBO's Enlightened, a new half-hour series about a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening after a life altering meltdown, and Season 3 of Bored To Death starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. Rounding out October is the Season 2 premiere of the David Steinberg-helmed Gemini-nominated comedy Living In Your Car.

Additional information about HBO Canada's fall programming is outlined below. All HBO programming premieres day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.:

Beauty Day
Premieres Monday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT
Before Tom Green and Jack Ass there was Ralph Zavadil "Captain Video." This original documentary chronicles Zavadil's cable access television show, The Cap'n Video Show, which featured Zavadil performing a series of idiotic and occasionally dangerous stunts, challenging the sensibilities of his small Southern Ontario audience. With the advent of the Internet and reality television still years away, his unique brand of gross-out stunt comedy was truly ahead of its time. All it took was a broken neck for him to get noticed.

Call Me Fitz (Season 2)
Premieres Sunday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/MT
Debuting with back-to-back half-hour episodes, Call Me Fitz returns with Jason Priestley as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick, a handsome, substance-abusing used-car salesman who torments his naïve co-workers, sleeps with any woman who has a pulse, and thinks his life is perfect. Also starring Ernie Grunwald, Peter MacNeill, Kathleen Munroe, Tracy Dawson, Donavon Stinson and Brooke Nevin.

Boardwalk Empire (Season 2)
Premieres Sunday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET/MT
From Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire returns to chronicle the life and times of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson. Set in 1921, a few months after the end of Season 1, the series picks up after Nucky and his lieutenants - including young WWI veteran Jimmy Darmody - appeared to solidify their power by successfully rigging an election and getting a Nucky crony elected as Mayor. Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael K. Williams, Dabney Coleman, Gretchen Mol, Vincent Piazza and Stephen Graham.

Hung (Season 3)
Premieres Sunday, October 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT
From creators Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin, HBO's half-hour comedy Hung returns to the recession-plagued suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, for its third season. The series continues to follow divorced, middle-aged former high school sports legend Ray Drecker as he continues to exploit his best asset in order to survive. At the conclusion of Season 2, Ray contemplated a break from the business after eyeing a possible second chance with ex-wife Jessica, but Lenore may not be willing to give him up without a fight. Starring Thomas Jane, Jane Adams, Anne Heche and Rebecca Creskoff.

How to Make It in America (Season 2)
Premieres Sunday, October 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT
HBO's half-hour comedy series that follows two enterprising twentysomethings as they try to achieve the American Dream in the bohemian subculture of downtown New York City, returns for its second season. In the first season, friends and business partners Ben Epstein and Cam Calderon attempted to use their street knowledge and connections to make a name for themselves in the city's competitive fashion scene. Starring Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Luis Guzman, Lake Bell, Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, Martha Plimpton and Shannyn Sossamon. The series is executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Rob Weiss, series creator Ian Edelman, Julian Farino, Jada Miranda and Mark Wahlberg.

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Part One Premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00 p.m.; Part Two Premieres Thursday, October 6 at 9:00 p.m.
Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese traces music icon George Harrison's life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker. The documentary combines interviews with Harrison and his closest friends with performances, home movies and photographs, and features Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart.

Bored To Death (Season 3)
Premieres Monday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m.
HBO's quirky half-hour comedy returns for its third season, following Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames, who lives his life based on a character from his favourite series of detective novels - an unlicensed, inexperienced private eye. Starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and Zach Galifianakis, written and executive produced by Jonathan Ames, and co-executive produced by David Becky and Stephanie Davis.

Enlightened
Premieres Monday, October 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT
Blending comedy and drama, Enlightened focuses on Amy, a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening after a meltdown. After three months of contemplation and meditation at a treatment centre in Hawaii, Amy returns rested and ready to pick up the pieces of her old life and reshape the world she left behind. That includes delivering well-meaning, but generally unwanted advice to her mother Helen, with whom Amy is now living; her slacker ex-husband Levi whose only solace comes from recreational drugs; and the crew of awkward co-workers Amy finds herself reassigned to. Starring Laura Dern, Luke Wilson and Diane Ladd.

Living in Your Car (Season 2)
Premieres Monday, October 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT
Executive produced by legendary Canadian comedic talent David Steinberg, Living In Your Car tells the riches to rags story of Steve Unger, a fallen corporate executive who is now living in a converted van, and finds himself settling deeper into the life of a car dweller while attempting to reconcile his growing empathy for the have-nots with his still vibrant need for riches and power. Starring John Ralston, Ingrid Kavelaars, Mariah Horner, Colin Cunningham, Joe Cobden, Ivo Canelas, Kathryn Winslow and Jason Blicker, and featuring appearances by Colin Mochrie, Patrick McKenna, Deb McGrath and Kristin Booth. Series directors include Bruce McDonald, Paul Fox, Shawn Alex Thompson and Henry Sarwer-Foner.

All programming will be broadcast in High Definition, and will be available on demand following the network premieres. In Eastern Canada programming will be available via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers On Demand OnLine, Bell TV Online and Videotron's Illico Web and in Western Canada via HBO Canada Online with Shaw and Shaw Direct Video On Demand and Bell TV Online.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic programs for which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.

The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX: ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.

Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B/CJR), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. 

For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press site, please visit http://press.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com

For further information:
Media contacts:
The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)   
Nicolle Balen       
(416) 956-8638      
nbalen@astral.com     
Movie Central (Western Canada)
Owen McCorquodale
(416) 479-6068
Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com