- New drama series premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic and CTV -
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"The L.A. Complex….practically bursts with energy in its hour-long
- Postmedia News
"The L.A. Complex is a slick, well-shot project…"
- QMI Agency
"A soap with some smarts and well-drawn characters."
- The Globe and Mail
TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Bell Media announced today that its sexy
new Canadian drama THE L.A. COMPLEX has become its latest original series to be acquired by a U.S. network.
The CW has picked up the existing six episodes of the one-hour series,
which was ordered by Bell Media in August 2010 and shot in Toronto and
Los Angeles last summer. Produced by Emmy®-nominated Epitome Pictures
(DEGRASSI) and executive produced, written, and directed by Martin Gero (HBO's BORED TO DEATH, Young People F*cking), THE L.A. COMPLEX is a no-holds-barred, character-driven relationship drama that follows
the exploits of six attractive, young hopefuls in search of stardom in
Hollywood. A MuchMusic Original Series, THE L.A. COMPLEX has its world premiere tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (8 p.m. CT, 10 p.m. MT/AT), in simulcast on CTV and MuchMusic. Subsequent episodes air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic. The CW has announced plans for its American premiere
later this spring.
"We're very happy The CW has recognized the potential in what we hope is
another long-running franchise from our partners at Epitome Pictures,"
said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. "THE L.A.
COMPLEX has international characters and a U.S. setting, but tells a
familiar Canadian story. With tonight's world premiere just around the
corner, today's announcement bodes well for the future of this
"Collaborating with Bell Media has been an excellent experience right
from the get-go, and to have this announcement come the day of THE L.A.
COMPLEX premiere on CTV and MuchMusic, makes it even better," said
Executive Producer and CEO of Epitome Pictures Inc., Linda Schuyler.
"For so many years, we've been working with young Canadian actors who
venture to L.A. for pilot season, some of whom have even landed series
on The CW! To tell stories like theirs is so much fun."
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Full of new relationships, salacious temptations and make-it-or-break it
decisions, THE L.A. COMPLEX's coming-of-age dwellers grapple with life's defining moments as they
deal with the unreality of the show-biz industry. THE L.A. COMPLEX stars Canadian Jewel Staite (FIREFLY, STARGATE ATLANTIS) as the street-smart Haligonian Raquel, who's frightened of becoming yesterday's news; Jonathan Patrick Moore (Neighbours, All Saints) as Connor, a break-out Australian with drop-dead good looks and a dark past;
Canadian Joe Dinicol (MURDOCH MYSTERIES, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) as "nice guy" Nick, a struggling stand-up comedian from Edmonton who is always the best
friend and never the boyfriend; Andra Fuller (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Entourage) as Kaldrick, the extremely successful Hip-Hop artist hailing from the streets of
Oakland; Canadian Chelan Simmons (SMALLVILLE, SUPERNATURAL, KYLE XY) as Alicia, a sensitive, aspiring dancer from Regina who will do whatever it takes
to make ends meet; Canadian Cassie Steele (DEGRASSI, RELIC HUNTER) as Abby, the naïve Toronto actor who is ready to fight to get to the top; and
Canadian Benjamin Charles Watson (Todd and the Book of PURE Evil, The Listener) as Tariq, the confident and talented Montreal hip-hop artist with a secret.
THE L.A. COMPLEX is executive produced by Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn of Epitome
Pictures (DEGRASSI, INSTANT STAR) and Martin Gero. Directors are Martin
Gero and Stefan Brogren. Writers are Martin Gero, Aaron Abrams, Matt
Huether, Cole Bastedo, Karen Hill, and Brendan Gall. For Bell Media,
Trish Williams is Production Executive; Corrie Coe is Senior
Vice-President, Independent Production; Neil Staite is Vice-President
and General Manager, Music and Entertainment; Catherine MacLeod is
Vice-President, Specialty Channels; Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production, and Phil
King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.
About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has produced some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed
original programming in partnership with Canadian independent
producers, including, most recently, ratings success stories FLASHPOINT
and THE LISTENER, Emmy Award-winning period drama THE BORGIAS,
international hit DEGRASSI, Gemini Award-winning comedy TODD & THE BOOK
OF PURE EVIL, sci-fi fan favourite SANCTUARY, critically acclaimed
sketch comedy series PICNICFACE, upcoming theatre docu-series WAY OFF
BROADWAY, upcoming hospital drama SAVING HOPE, and mythological
action/adventure series PRIMEVIL: NEW WORLD. The company has also
ordered two-hour drama pilot, BOREALIS, and the television feature THE
HORSES OF McBRIDE.
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of today's pop-culture landscape. Live performances and interviews with
the best Canadian and international artists, and celebrity guests put
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Toronto headquarters Canada's epicentre of celebrity. A multiplatform
Canadian icon, MuchMusic.com is a favourite destination for youth delivering music videos,
user-generated content and more. Much spotlights homegrown talent
through original productions and nurtures the Canadian music video
production industry through its annual, multi-million dollar
contribution to MuchFACT. It is available in 8.6 million households
across Canada via cable, satellite, and mobile. Much is a division of
Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's
largest communications company.
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