Free sampling of Season 3 finale and Season 4 premiere begins Sunday,
May 19 across all platforms
TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), heads back to Winnipeg for a bittersweet summer of
turmoil and goodbyes in this fourth and final season of the
award-winning, half-hour original comedy series, Less Than Kind. Opening with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET/MT, nothing is certain but change for the quirky Blechers in this season
of milestones and mishaps. Following its debut, new episodes premiere
in their regular time slot, Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada.
"We are so happy to bring the Blechers back for the fourth and
concluding chapter of Less Than Kind," said executive producer, writer and showrunner Mark McKinney. "The series has been blessed by an amazing cast that only grew
stronger and funnier each season. This season's storyline brings their
characters' journeys to a very satisfying finish. And we are thrilled
to be bringing it to HBO Canada where so many great original Canadian
shows have thrived."
On the heels of recognition at the WGC Awards, Canadian Screen Awards,
and Canadian Comedy Awards, including top honours as Best Comedy at the
inaugural Canadian Screen Awards, season 4 of Less Than Kind draws to a close during a period of transition for the Blechers. Anne's
(Wendel Meldrum, in her Canadian Screen Award winning role) anxiety is
rising at the looming loss of Sheldon (Jesse Camacho) to a gap-year
adventure and to the advances of employee Jim Sheridan (Nicholas
Campbell). Newly engaged Josh (Benjamin Arthur) pursues a career at
Manitoba Labels in order to move out, move up and start his own family
with the increasingly demanding Shandra (Lisa Anne Durupt). Aunt Clara
(Nancy Sorel) finds herself facing the harsh prospect of unwelcome
spinsterhood. As for the loveable trio of youngsters - Sheldon, Miriam
(Brooke Palsson) and Danny (Tyler Johnston) - their relationships will
be strained to the breaking point by a series of tumultuous events.
Life will never be the same again for the Blechers. And that might not
Season 4 of the series features a distinctly Canadian soundtrack with
music from the legendary Bruce Cockburn, Jon Bryant, Gloryhound and
Imaginary Cities, among others.
Sneak Preview Available On All Platforms
The Movie Network and Movie Central are offering subscribers and
non-subscribers a chance to sample the finale episode of Less Than Kind season 3, as well as the first episode from season 4. Beginning Sunday,
May 19, Canadians can watch free-of-charge on www.hbocanada.com, via the free On Demand and Online services of participating television
providers as well as on TMN GO in Eastern Canada.
In Eastern Canada, the series will be available in High Definition, on
demand, on TMN GO, and on HBO Canada OnLine.
In Western Canada, the series will be available in High Definition on
HBO Canada HD; on demand, via mobile and online with participating
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SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
@Mark_DMcKinney - Mark McKinney
@marvinkaye - Marvin Kaye
@thatgreendude - Chris Sheasgreen
@Jesse115115 - Jesse Camacho
@LisaDurupt - Lisa Anne Durupt
@tylerjbjohnston - Tyler Johnston
@BenjaminAyres - Benjamin Ayers
Less Than Kind is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment and Buffalo Gal Pictures, in
association with Astral's The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment's
Movie Central, and is helmed by executive producer, writer and
showrunner Mark McKinney, executive producers Peter Williamson and Ira
Levy for Breakthrough Entertainment and Phyllis Laing for Buffalo Gal
Pictures. The series is also written and executive produced by former
Winnipegger Marvin Kaye and Vancouver born Chris Sheasgreen, who
created the series based on Kaye's semi-autobiographical one-act play, They Have Mayonnaise in Montreal . Paula J. Smith is producer. The fourth season of the series was
written by Mark McKinney, Garry Campbell, Marvin Kaye and Chris
Sheasgreen, Karen Hill and Jenn Engels.
Less Than Kind is a Breakthrough Entertainment/Buffalo Gal Pictures production, and
produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Manitoba Film
& Music, The Canadian Film and Video Tax Credit, The Government of
Manitoba - Manitoba Film & Video Productions Tax Credit, and the
Government of Ontario - The Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
Distribution by Breakthrough Entertainment Inc.
About Breakthrough Entertainment
Headquartered in Toronto, Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. (BEI) is a
world class studio and leading global producer and distributor of
acclaimed primetime comedy and drama series, as well as factual
entertainment, documentaries, television movies, feature films, family
entertainment and children's animation. As one of Canada's largest
television production and distribution companies, BEI has licensed
programs to major broadcasters in over 200 territories. With a
catalogue of over 3000 half-hours of programming, the company handles
distribution as well as worldwide pre-sales, co-productions and
third-party acquisitions. In addition to its dedicated program
development, production and distribution divisions, Breakthrough's
digital media division ranks among one of the industry's most respected
producers of high quality digital entertainment, including ebooks,
webisodes and online and mobile games. (BreakthroughEntertainment.com).
About Buffalo Gal Pictures Inc.:
Buffalo Gal Pictures is an award-winning independent production company
based in Winnipeg, Canada. President Phyllis Laing and producer Liz
Jarvis have developed and produced many challenging and diverse
projects including Amreeka, which premiered at Sundance, 2009, My
Winnipeg and Stone Angel, which both had premieres at the 2007 Toronto
International Film Festival. Buffalo Gal Pictures has also produced
over 52 hours of television programming including Less Than Kind and
Cashing In. In addition, they have also produced seven award-winning
By creating collaborative relationships with creative talent and
building successful co-production partnerships, Buffalo Gal Pictures
has become one of the top independent production companies in Canada.
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 and online 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,
children's animation and animation software. 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://press.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com.
SOURCE: THE MOVIE NETWORK
For further information:
The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
Movie Central (Western Canada)