BANFF, Alberta, June 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) are pleased to unveil the original series, miniseries,
specials and documentaries that have been greenlit for production in
2012/2013. The line-up includes: returning comedy favourites Call Me Fitz, Less Than Kind and Funny as Hell; prominent international co-productions The Heretics and Rogue; and documentaries and special presentations Altman, In Studio, the David Steinberg Documentary, The Reelside, Revolution: Sharkwater 2, Vincent Goes to Hell: An Alice Cooper Doc Opera and Water.
"With Call Me Fitz, Less Than Kind and Funny as Hell returning, we take great pride in the calibre of these comedic gems that
continue to engage and entertain our audience," said Jocelyn Hamilton,
Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama, Corus
Entertainment. "Showcasing these critically acclaimed series alongside
a lineup of exceptional productions with our international partners,
Movie Central is providing our viewers access to an unmatched lineup of
comedic, dramatic and action-packed series that reflect the best of
Canada and abroad."
"The Movie Network is committed to offering audiences unparalleled
premium made-in-Canada programming," said Aubie Greenberg, Director,
Original Programming, Movie Services, Astral Television Networks. "Our
latest round of original productions further fulfills our goal of
balancing auteur-driven comedies and documentaries from Canada's most
original voices with compelling international co-productions sure to
have viewers on the edge of their seats."
New and returning series and miniseries greenlit for 2012/2013 include:
Call Me Fitz (Season 4)
Call Me Fitz returns for a fourth season. Comedy's favourite dysfunctional family
blows up the themes of identity as the Fitz family find themselves
living back at home with mom. Call Me Fitz is produced by Entertainment One, Amaze Film + Television, Big Motion
Pictures. The fourth season will begin filming in New Minas, Nova
Scotia in Fall 2012, when the third season is scheduled to premiere.
Funny As Hell (Season 3)
Produced by Just for Laughs Television, Funny As Hell is back for a hell of a third season. The half-hour comedy series mixes
daring stand-up featuring some of the funniest rising stars in comedy,
with musical comedy and digital shorts. Hosted by Jon Dore, Season 3
will be filmed during the 2012 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.
Set in 13th Century France, The Heretics portrays the story of the Cathars and the powerful force that was so
threatened by their peaceful and egalitarian society, it had to wipe
them off the face of the earth. The Heretics is a Canada/France co-production between The Movie Network, Movie
Central, Shaw Media and Sienna Films in Canada and Breakout Films, Arte
and France 2 in France. The 10-episode, miniseries is currently in
production in Romania and the South of France.
Less Than Kind (Season 4)
Gemini® trifecta winner for Best Comedy, Best Acting, and Best Writing, Less Than Kind's fourth and final season returns to Winnipeg during the short summer
months. The series stars Wendel Meldrum, Jesse Camacho, Benjamin
Arthur, Nancy Sorel, Brooke Palsson, Tyler Johnston and joining the
cast, veteran Canadian actor, Nicholas Campbell. Less Than Kind is produced by Breakthrough Film & Televistion and Buffalo Gal
Pictures, principal photography runs from May 28-July 10 in Winnipeg,
A 10-episode drama, Rogue follows a morally and emotionally conflicted cop, Grace, who is
tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her
son's death. Rogue, stars award-winning actress Thandie Newton (Mission Impossible 2, Crash) and is produced by Entertainment One Television (eOne) and Greenroom
Entertainment. The series will air on DirecTV in the U.S. and
production is slated to begin in August 2012 in Vancouver.
Original films and documentaries on Movie Central and The Movie
Network's 2012/2013 production slate include:
Altman (Sphinx Productions) is a feature-length theatrical documentary based on
the life and art of iconic director Robert Altman. From M*A*S*H to A Prairie Home Companion, Altman's naturalistic and prophetic movies reinterpreted every
conceivable genre to chronicle a post-war America in transition. Altman is produced and directed by Ron Mann.
The David Steinberg Documentary (working title) (The Nightingale Company) is an intimate portrait of the Canadian icon, comedian and director of
legendary television series like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Mad About You and Newhart. The documentary follows Steinberg as he works on a new hour of
stand-up comedy, his first in years. The interviews, a who's who of
comedy, include Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry Charles, Don Rickles
In Studio (Barry Avrich) is a one-hour special that celebrates Canadian
filmmaking. Taped at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox the night before the
32nd Annual Genie Awards Gala, acclaimed actor, writer and filmmaker Don
McKellar interviews four of the five nominees in the Achievement in Direction category: David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method), Jean-Marc Vallée (Café De Flore), Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) and Larysa Kondracki (The Whistleblower). Also featuring a special interview with Viggo Mortensen, star of A Dangerous Method. In Studio premieres Sunday, July 1 at 8 p.m. ET on The Movie Network and on
Wednesday, July 27 at 8 p.m. PT on Movie Central before the network
premiere of A Dangerous Method.
The Reelside (Chris Szarka and Raj Panikkar) is a six-part half-hour documentary
series that features some of Canada's most prominent directors
interviewing their actor counterparts.
Revolution: Sharkwater 2 (Rob Stewart), follows Rob Stewart (director of Sharkwater) on a 15-country, life-threatening adventure to save the world.
Realizing his efforts to save sharks have been in vain, Stewart faces
his greatest battle yet: trying to start a revolution to save
ecosystems and humanity.
Vincent Goes to Hell: An Alice Cooper Doc Opera (Banger Films) is the saga of Vincent Furnier's struggle to contain his
mad creation and celebrity persona, Alice Cooper. The biopic
documentary follows Cooper's evolution from insanity to peace.
From Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, the award-winning
filmmaking team behind Manufactured Landscapes, Water (Sixth Wave Productions), will let viewers experience water in ways that
they are not accustomed to: politically, culturally, ecologically.
Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western
Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international
and Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including
dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and
exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first
window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A
major force in the Canadian independent film and television production
industry, Movie Central, through The Corus Made with Pay Fund, supports
many critically-acclaimed and award-winning Canadian series and films.
Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., 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.
The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada. With premiere
access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content,
critically-acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian
programming, this pay-television service presents Canadians with some
of the best television entertainment available. The Movie Network
service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels - M, HBO Canada,
MExcess, MFun! and MFest - which deliver diverse and entertaining
programs in an uncut and commercial-free television environment. The
Movie Network also offers The Movie Network HD, HBO Canada HD, MExcess HD and MFun! HD, four dedicated high-definition channels providing hundreds of titles
in HD; The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select
areas across eastern Canada; and, TMN OnLine an Internet-based content streaming service available to BellTV
subscribers. For more information, please visit www.themovienetwork.ca.
The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral is one of
Canada's largest media companies. It operates over 100 of the country's
most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home
advertising and digital 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.
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.
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