TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - On Sunday, June 10, Canadians from coast-to-coast
can be part of the most anticipated television event of the year - the series
finale of HBO's landmark drama series The Sopranos. The final episode will air
exclusively in Canada day-and-date with HBO on Astral Media's The Movie
Network (eastern Canada) at 9 p.m. ET and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central
(western Canada) at 8 p.m. PT. The final episode, titled "Made In America,"
was written and directed by series creator and executive producer David Chase.
Over nine years and six critically-acclaimed seasons, the Soprano family
saga has riveted viewers, becoming a worldwide pop culture phenomenon that has
redefined television drama. On Sunday, June 10, fans will finally find out
what fate has in store for mob boss Tony Soprano: will he finally let go of
the demons that have plagued him for years or will Tony emerge as a sociopath
incapable of redemption?
The last eight episodes of The Sopranos have left viewers on the edge of
their seats with the shocking death of Tony's nephew Christopher Moltisanti,
the heart-wrenching suicide attempt of AJ Soprano, Tony's ongoing struggle
with the ghosts of his past, and a an impending mob war threatening to change
the landscape of the Soprano family forever.
The Sopranos stars Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)-award winner James
Gandolfini (Tony Soprano), Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)-award winner Edie Falco
(Carmela Soprano), Emmy(R)-award winner Michael Imperioli (Christopher
Moltisanti), Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts), Steven R. Schirripa (Bobby
Baccilieri), Steven Van Zandt (Silvio Dante), Robert Iler (AJ Soprano),
Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano), Dominic Chianese (Junior Soprano),
Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Jennifer Melfi), Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano), John
Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco), and Vincent Curatola (Johnny Sack).
The end of The Sopranos marks the beginning of a summer full of new HBO
programming on The Movie Network and Movie Central including:
- John From Cincinnati - Sunday, June 10 at 9 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET
(8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET as of June 17)
- Big Love (Season 2) - Premieres Monday, June 11 at 9 p.m. PT/
10 p.m. ET
- Entourage (Season 4) - Premieres Sunday, June 17 at 9 p.m. PT/
10 p.m. ET
- Flight Of The Conchords - Premieres Sunday, June 17 at 9:30 p.m.
PT/10:30 p.m. ET
All nine episodes of The Sopranos will be available on The Movie Network
OnDemand and Movie Central On Demand throughout the summer.
The Movie Network is an Astral Media network available in eastern Canada.
With premiere access to blockbuster movies, critically-acclaimed HBO and
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, MMore, 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 and MMore HD, two dedicated
high-definition channels providing hundreds of titles in HD; and The Movie
Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in
select areas across eastern Canada. For more information, please visit
Astral Media is one of Canada's leading media companies, active in
specialty, pay and pay-per- view television, radio and outdoor advertising.
Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests
on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted
media for all its audiences. www.astralmedia.com.
Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay-TV service
available to Western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with
major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination
for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to
the best of HBO and Showtime, through its investments, pre-buys and licence
fees for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is
recognized as a major force in the Canadian independent film and television
production industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central
High Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being
first with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. 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, advertising and
digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing
and children's animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands
include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and
radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded
entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A
publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York
(CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
For access to Movie Central's press site or The Movie Network's media
room, please visit http://pressroom.corusent.com or http://tv.astral.com.
For further information:
For further information: The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), Nicolle
Balen, (416) 956-8638, firstname.lastname@example.org; Movie Central (Western Canada),
Alex Chapple, (416) 530-2249, email@example.com