Get Ready to Cross the Line, The Movie Network and Movie Central Premiere New Pay-TV Original Series



    
    -     Created and Written by George F. Walker and Dani Romain

    -     Starring Sharon Lawrence, Linda Hamilton, Wes Williams,
          Daniel Kash and Ron White

    -     Premieres Monday, March 16 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

    -     Two-episode online and on-demand preview begins March 2
    

    TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Renowned playwright George F. Walker and his
creative partner Dani Romain take viewers into a complex, unpredictable world
where the lives of cops, criminals and the innocent collide and spiral out of
control in The Line, a new Canadian drama series from Astral Media's The Movie
Network (eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (western
Canada). The 15-part Canadian original series (previously known as The Weight)
debuts on Monday, March 16 at 10 p.m. ET on The Movie Network and 9 p.m. PT on
Movie Central.

    Shot entirely on location in Toronto and Scarborough, Ontario, The Line
follows two morally ambiguous cops, Max (Ron White) and Donny (Daniel Kash),
who take matters into their own hands in an attempt to clean up their
neighbourhoods. Having lost interest in conventional police work, Max now opts
to implement his own method of dealing with the criminals he pursues, while
having an affair with burned out legal aid lawyer Jayne (Sharon Lawrence) who
has her ailing father Patrick (Ed Asner) to deal with. Donny treats his job as
more of a hobby and prefers to bide his time with drinking and prostitutes and
soon gets involved with Carol (Linda Hamilton), a charming grifter from his
past.

    Max and Donny's paths soon collide with Carlos (Clé Bennett), a mid-level
drug dealer trying to turn his life around, who finds himself caught between
warring drug suppliers Andre (Wes Williams) and Eddie (Von Flores), and
ex-wife Lucie (Sarah Manninen), who wants nothing to do with his criminal
lifestyle. In Carlos, Max sees an opportunity to sabotage the criminal
underpinning of the entire neighbourhood. As Max's plan unfolds, it unravels
the worlds of not only the cops and criminals, but everyone who surrounds
them: their wives, mothers, brothers, sisters and children.

    "This is not a typical cop show - there is no investigation, only
conflict and finally empathy," said George F. Walker, Co-creator and Executive
Producer, The Line. "We are drawn into this world as it reveals itself, and as
a viewer, there is a certain joy in giving yourself over to novelistic
television. If you put your faith into the characters and their journeys, you
will be rewarded."

    "The Line is a pay-TV viewing experience: entertaining and challenging.
Politically, the show has no sacred cows - no one is all good or all bad as
with the traditional TV cop-show paradigm - uniquely, each character has their
own humanity," said Michelle Marion, Director, Canadian Independent
Production, The Movie Network. "The Movie Network's original programming is
point-of-view television with strong opinions and George and Dani, who are
drawn to the unconventional, have been able to create this with The Line."

    "This is an extraordinarily powerful series that reflects the unmatched
depth and cinematic possibilities that pay TV audiences have come to expect
from our dramas," said Erica Benson, Vice President, Programming, Movie
Central. "The characters in The Line are raw, damaged, funny and real -
creating a multilayered story that encompasses intense emotion, suspense and
biting humour."

    The Line was developed and produced by The Nightingale Company in
association with Astral Media's The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment's
Movie Central. The series is executive produced by Debbie Nightingale in
association with Nuno Bernardo (beActive), George F. Walker and Dani Romain
and directed by Gail Harvey and Shawn Alex Thompson. The Line is developed and
produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, Rogers Cable
Network Fund, the COGECO Program Development Fund and the Independent
Production Fund. The Line is distributed by Double V (France and French
Territories) and Peace Arch.

    The series is simulcast on The Movie Network and Movie Central's High
Definition channels and each new hour-long episode will also be available each
week on The Movie Network OnDemand and Movie Central On Demand. Following each
episode premiere, the series will repeat Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO
Canada.
    
    THE LINE PREVIEW
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    Viewers can catch a sneak peek of the first two episodes of The Line
beginning Monday, March 2 until Sunday, March 15 via the following platforms:

    -   The Movie Network OnDemand and Movie Central On Demand

    -   www.themovienetwork.ca and www.moviecentral.ca
    


    The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern
Canada. With premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO
content, critically-acclaimed 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, HBO Canada, 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 HBO Canada 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 www.themovienetwork.ca.

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media Television Network. Astral Media is
a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television,
radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia. 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.

    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
services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's
animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV,
Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBO Canada, 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 The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://tv.astral.com or
http://mediacentre.corusent.com/mediacentre/home.asp.





For further information:

For further information: The Movie Network (eastern Canada): Nicolle
Balen, (416) 956-8368, nbalen@tv.astral.com; Movie Central (western Canada):
Owen McCorquodale, (416) 530-2249, owen.mccorquodale@corusent.com

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