Half-hour Canadian series starring Ken Finkleman, Lauren Lee Smith and
Premieres Sunday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET/MT
Sampling opportunities begin Monday, February 28
TORONTO, Feb. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Start with a self-absorbed, neurotic TV
producer and his hot young new girlfriend, add a reality series pitch
about their volatile lives into the mix, and you get Good Dog, a sharp, snappy new comedy series from award-winning writer and
producer Ken Finkleman (The Newsroom). The series debuts with two back-to-back episodes beginning Sunday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada).
"TMN and HBO Canada create the environment for Canadian auteurs like Ken
Finkleman to truly realize their vision," said Aubie Greenberg,
Director, Original Programming, Movie Services, Astral Television
Networks. "We were thrilled to collaborate with Ken and the amazing
team at Shaftesbury Films on this bitingly funny homegrown series and
are excited to bring Good Dog to viewers."
"From The Newsroom to Good Dog, Ken Finkleman takes Canadian audiences on a journey of cringe worthy
laughs and unforgettable dialogue," said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice
President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama, Corus
Entertainment. "With Good Dog joining the Gemini-winning Less Than Kind, Call Me Fitz, Living In Your Car and the upcoming Funny As Hell, HBO Canada continues to offer subscribers the raw, edgy and quality
comedy that they enjoy and have come to expect from pay TV."
Good Dog focuses on the life of George (Ken Finkleman), an irritable,
narcissistic TV producer. As the series begins, George gets involved
with Claire (Lauren Lee Smith, CSI; The L Word; The Listener), a gorgeous model half his age, and negotiates his new reality of
dating a younger woman by pitching a reality show about his highly
coveted, seriously volatile life. When network executives insist that
Claire move into his house with her two young children and opinionated
nanny, George is forced to escalate the relationship and consequently,
his fears of commitment. After the pitch and his life begin go
sideways, George discovers he must be a good dog if he wants his
relationship to work out, and frets, vents and re-evaluates everything
by soliciting questionable advice from his best friend Doug (Jason
The 13-part half-hour comedy series is created, written and directed by
Ken Finkleman. Finkleman, Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie are
executive producers. Jan Peter Meyboom and Avi Federgreen are
producers. The series is produced by Shaftesbury Films with the
participation of The Movie Network and Movie Central, the Canada Media
Fund, Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production
Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation Film and
Television Tax Credits.
Following its special two-part premiere, subsequent episodes of Good Dog will debut at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT Sunday nights on HBO Canada. All episodes
will be broadcast in High Definition, and will be available on demand
and through The Movie Network OnLine with Bell TV, Rogers and Videotron
following their network premieres.
Beginning Monday, February 28, The Movie Network and Movie Central will offer subscribers and
non-subscribers a chance to sample the premiere episode prior to its
premiere. The sneak peek will be available via the following platforms:
Free of charge online at www.hbocanada.com
In Eastern Canada, free of charge via the video on demand services of
participating television providers including: Bell, Cogeco, Eastlink,
Mitchell Seaforth Cable, Rogers, Seaside, Source
In Eastern Canada via The Movie Network OnDemand
In Eastern Canada via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers Rogers, Bell TV and
In Western Canada, free of charge via the video on demand services of
participating cable providers including: Shaw, Bell, Eastlink, Delta,
Coast, Telus & Westman
In Western Canada via Movie Central On Demand and via HBO Canada Online
with Shaw Video On Demand and Bell TV Online
In April and May, the first two episodes will be also be available
through Air Canada's in-flight entertainment network on all of the
airline's regional, domestic and international flights
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 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://tv.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com.
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