HBO Canada gets dirty as Jason Priestley returns for season two of the Gemini-winning comedy Call Me Fitz

  • "A deliciously toxic, black Canadian comedy...for grown-ups." - John Doyle, Globe and Mail
  • "Call Me Fitz is so enjoyable, it's almost a crime." - Alex Strachan, Postmedia News
  • "And at long last, Canadian viewers have an original character to ponder." - Andrew Ryan, Globe and Mail
  • "Priestley plays the title character, who has the perfect combination of sleaze and charm..." - Bill Harris, Sun Media

**MEDIA NOTE** Free sneak peek of episode 1 & 2 now available at http://www.hbocanada.com/callmefitz/ or on HBO Canada On Demand and HBO Canada Online

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - He's rude, he's crude and he's coming back to HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). Returning with back-to-back half-hour episodes, Call Me Fitz stars Jason Priestley as the insalubrious Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick, a handsome, substance-abusing used-car salesman with a conscience. Call Me Fitz (Season 2) premieres Sunday, September 25 at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/MT, and the following week moves into its regularly scheduled timeslot Sunday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT.

Nominated for 16 Gemini Awards, Call Me Fitz recently took home seven trophies, the most of any comedy or drama series this year. Wins include: Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series (Ernie Grunwald); Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role (Tracy Dawson); Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series (Rachel Blanchard); Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series; and Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series.

"With an impressive 16 Gemini nominations and 7 wins, Call Me Fitz has connected with audiences," said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama, Corus Entertainment. "Season 2 does not disappoint with Fitz even more immoral, unscrupulous and charming than ever."

"We're thrilled to be launching a second season of Call Me Fitz alongside Jason Priestley and our innovative production partners at Entertainment One and Amaze. This critically-acclaimed, award-winning series is a one-of-a-kind purely Canadian comedy that we're very proud of, and we look forward to bringing viewers even more cringe-worthy laughs when season three goes into production this fall," said Aubie Greenberg, Director, Original Programming, Movie Services, Astral Television Networks.

The start of the second season finds Fitz incapacitated by a series of recurring nightmares in which he is naked and shackled to a wheel of death before a knife-throwing shadowy figure - who may or may not be the hot new office manager Dot Foxley. Ever the pragmatist, Larry believes Fitz is simply anxious about not being able to sell cars, a theory quickly discarded after a psychic tells Fitz the nightmare is actually a prophecy, and unless Fitz makes amends to the 'person he's wronged', he is marked to die by the next Beaver Moon.

The ensemble cast includes Ernie Grunwald as Larry, Fitz's so-called conscience, the last undamaged corner of Richards blackened, booze-soaked soul; Peter MacNeill as Ken Fitzpatrick, Fitz' father and patriarch of Fitzpatrick Motors; Tracy Dawson as Meghan Fitzpatrick, Fitz's shrewish younger sister and thorn in his side; Donavon Stinson as Josh Mctaggart, the Fitzpatrick Motors in-house auto repair and wildcard; and Brooke Nevin as Sonja Lester Fitzpatrick Motors' receptionist and former fling of Fitz. Amy Sloan joins the cast as Dot Foxley, the new office manager who has an inexplicable hate on for Larry, a penchant for witchcraft and a miniature model of Fitzpatrick Motors (complete with Fitz and Larry voodoo dolls) hidden in her apartment.

The 13-episode second season of this made-in-Canada half-hour comedy series was created by Sheri Elwood and then developed by Amaze Film + Television and is produced by Amaze, Big Motion Pictures and Entertainment One, with the participation of The Movie Network and Movie Central. Executive Produced by Sheri Elwood, who is also the series Show Runner, the series is filmed in New Minas, Nova Scotia. The first season of Call Me Fitz premiered earlier this year on DirecTV in the U.S.

From Entertainment One, The complete first season of Call Me Fitz will be available on DVD September 27th and includes special bonus features including: The Genesis of Fitz, Casting of Fitz, Blooper reel, and a Season 2 sneak peek.

FREE SNEAK PEEK - EPISODES 1 & 2
Beginning today, Movie Central and The Movie Network are offering subscribers and non-subscribers a chance to sample the first two episodes of the second season prior to its premiere. The sneak peek will be available through a variety of platforms including:

  • Online at http://www.hbocanada.com/callmefitz/
  • On demand via HBO Canada On Demand (where available)
  • Via the free Video On Demand services of participating television providers
  • Via HBO Canada OnLine with participating television providers

All episodes will be broadcast in High Definition, and will be available On Demand following their 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), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com

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.

SOURCE Movie Central

For further information:

Media contacts:

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

 

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