SHOCKING EPISODE OF GAME OF THRONES BUILDS BUZZ FOR THE HIGH-STAKES SEASON FINALE ON HBO CANADA

  • "(the latest episode) was an opportunity for the writers of the show to pull off an even more disorienting twist than Psycho." - Jaime Weinman, Macleans.ca
  • "Shocking! Unbelievable! Incredible! Suffice it to say, there are no words…(the most recent episode) of Game of Thrones solidified our love affair with a series in which anything, and we mean anything, can happen." - Daniel Malen, TVAddict.com
  • "Just when you thought TV couldn't surprise you, along comes this…I cannot wait for next week." - Nikki Stafford, Nik At Nite

TORONTO, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Following last Sunday night's talked-about plot twist in the penultimate episode of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones, the epic first season comes to a conclusion on HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) on Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. In the finale episode, "Fire and Blood," the stakes are high for the Stark House as aspirations and ambitions, secrets and feuds come to a head in the quest to control the Iron Throne.

Seeing audience growth week over week, Game of Thrones has connected with subscribers, becoming one of the top three performing series on HBO Canada since the channel's launch. Based on its success in the US, Game of Thrones has been renewed for a second season by HBO.

The season finale premieres Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada and the entire season will be available:

  • On The Movie Network OnDemand, Movie Central On Demand, and HBO Canada On Demand
  • In  Western Canada via Movie Central Online with participating television providers
  • In Eastern Canada via Bell TV Online, Rogers On Demand Online and Videotron's Illico Web

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones is a 10-part epic fantasy series that follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power and control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

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/CJR), 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.

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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