Same dog, new tricks - Shaftesbury, The Movie Network and Movie Central confirm casting and production details for season two of Ken Finkleman's GOOD DOG

Samantha Bee (The Daily Show) and Lolita Davidovich (ZOS: Zone of Separation) co-star in new season

TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - Leading creator and producer Shaftesbury, in association with Astral's The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central, today announced casting and production details for season two of Good Dog, the half-hour comedy series created, written and directed by Ken Finkleman (The Newsroom). In the second 10-episode season, Finkleman is joined by new co-stars Samantha Bee (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Bored to Death) and Lolita Davidovich (ZOS: Zone of Separation, The L Word). Currently in production on location in Toronto until October, season two of Good Dog will premiere on HBO Canada in 2012.

Season two of Good Dog finds neurotic TV producer George Findlay (Finkleman) once again at a crossroads in life. Ditched by his live-in girlfriend Claire (Lauren Lee Smith; The Listener) for his defiant attitude toward change and compromise, George reconnects with Virginia Hailwood (Davidovich), a socialite and trustafarian he had a fling with 20 years earlier. When presented with a challenging new opportunity by Virginia's father, the significantly left-leaning George takes the helm of a fervent right wing TV network, where he must learn to work with a new team including the network's wonderfully dumb morning show host, Shandy Sommers (Bee). George may not exactly think like a fundamentalist, but he'd like to think his worldview is fundamental.

"Central to The Movie Network's original programming strategy is a commitment to working with the very best talent in Canada," said Aubie Greenberg, Director, Original Programming, Movie Services, Astral Television Networks. "So we're proud to welcome two of the brightest lights in the business, Samantha Bee and Lolita Davidovich, to the incredible cast and crew assembled by Shaftesbury for what promises to be an outrageous sophomore season of Good Dog."

"It is great to be working with Ken Finkleman and Shaftesbury on the new season of Good Dog," said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama, Corus Entertainment. "Good Dog showcases Ken's uncompromising comedic view of the world and we look forward to Samantha Bee and Lolita Davidovich being part of this fantastic series."

"In merging the political with the personal this season, Ken has managed once again to produce timely material, with unforgettable characters and outrageous situations that nonetheless ring true," said Jan Peter Meyboom, Producer, Good Dog and Senior Vice President, Production, Shaftesbury.

Finkleman is best known as the writer, creator and producer of the International Emmy award-winning series, The Newsroom for CBC and PBS. The Good Dog season two cast also includes actress-comedian Samantha Bee, best known for her irreverently funny role as a senior correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Bee was recently featured on last season's Law & Order, and has a recurring role on the new season of HBO's Bored to Death.

Lolita Davidovich also stars as George's privileged new girlfriend, Virginia Hailwood. Davidovich is best known for feature films such as Blaze (1989), Gods and Monsters (1998) and Play It to the Bone (1999). Davidovich also recently starred in the TV mini-series ZOS: Zone of Separation (2009). Jason Weinberg (Casino Jack, Red) returns this season as George's best friend and new employee at the network, Doug. The first season of Good Dog premiered on HBO Canada in February 2011, and was nominated for a 2011 Gemini in the Best Comedy Program or Series category.

Created, written and directed by Finkleman, Good Dog is produced by Shaftesbury in association with The Movie Network, Movie Central and the Canada Media Fund, with the participation of the Rogers Cable Network Fund, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. The series is executive produced by Shaftesbury's Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie and by Ken Finkleman, and is produced by Jan Peter Meyboom for Shaftesbury. Shaftesbury Sales Company holds all international sales and distribution rights outside of Canada.

About Shaftesbury

Founded in 1987, Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator, producer and distributor of original content for television and multiple platforms, with programming available in more than 120 countries worldwide. Recent productions include three seasons of The Listener for CTV and Fox International Channels; five seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for Citytv, UKTV and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment; and two seasons of Good Dog, an irreverent comedy from acclaimed writer and producer Ken Finkleman (The Newsroom) for HBO Canada. Shaftesbury's slate of programming for kids and families includes the global hit series Life with Derek and the movie follow-up to the series, Vacation with Derek. Shaftesbury's divisions include Shaftesbury Factual, which is focused on non-fiction storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres; Smokebomb Entertainment, the company's digital media branch responsible for the development and production of original online series and companion web experiences for Shaftesbury's slate of properties; and Shaftesbury Sales Company, which manages international sales and distribution for the company's content. Shaftesbury also recently launched Shaftesbury U.S., a new division focused on development for the U.S. market located in Los Angeles, California. www.shaftesbury.ca.

SOURCE Shaftesbury Films Inc.

For further information:

Katherine Wolfgang
VP, Communications, Shaftesbury
kwolfgang@shaftesbury.ca
Office: 416-363-1411
Mobile: 416-669-2823

Mario Tassone
Unit Publicist, Good Dog
mariotass@gmail.com
Mobile: 416-889-6993

Tanya Koivusalo
Communications Coordinator, Shaftesbury
tkoivusalo@shaftesbury.ca
Office: 416-363-1411
Mobile: 416-575-4671

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