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
"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.
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:
VP, Communications, Shaftesbury
Unit Publicist, Good Dog
Communications Coordinator, Shaftesbury