HBO Canada gets unscripted and playfully noir with Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bored To Death



    
               Season Seven of Curb Your Enthusiasm premieres
     Sunday, September 20 at 9 p.m. ET/MT day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.;
                  new season features Seinfeld cast reunion

         Bored To Death starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis
                           and Ted Danson premieres
    Sunday, September 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - This September, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel
of Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral Media's The
Movie Network (Eastern Canada), welcomes back Seinfeld co-creator Larry David
and his Emmy(R)-winning unscripted and improvised half-hour comedy series Curb
Your Enthusiasm for season 7. This landmark series is immediately followed by
the premiere of Bored To Death, the new half-hour quirky comedy starring Jason
Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson.

    From executive producers and series stars Larry David and Jeff Garlin,
HBO's candid, unsparing and self-deprecating comedy series that blurs the line
between reality and fiction returns with Larry continuing to cope with the
aftermath of Cheryl's (Cheryl Hines) departure even as his life remains
intertwined with the Black family. The new 10-episode season of Curb Your
Enthusiasm will also feature a highly anticipated multiple-episode story arc
with former Seinfeld cast members Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason
Alexander and Michael Richards that begins on Sunday, October 3.

    Additional guest stars this season include series veterans Ted Danson,
Mary Steenburgen, Richard Lewis and Vivica A. Fox, plus new guest stars Sharon
Lawrence, Catherine O'Hara, Meg Ryan, Elisabeth Shue and Christian Slater. On
Sunday, September 20 at 8 p.m. ET/MT, HBO Canada presents the network premiere
of Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, the 1998 one-hour comedy special that
was the basis for the series.

    Following Curb Your Enthusiasm each Sunday is Bored to Death, a comedy
series based on the semi-autobiographical musings of eclectic author Jonathan
Ames. Bored To Death tells the story of the fictional Jonathan Ames (Jason
Schwartzman), a young Brooklyn writer who, in the wake of a painful break-up,
is finding it difficult to write his second novel. Rather than face reality,
Jonathan turns instead to his fantasies, including moonlighting as a private
detective, in an attempt to emulate his heroes from classic crime novels.

    Mixing noir mystery and neurotic humour, the eight-episode first season
follows Jonathan's misadventures as he offers his services as a private
detective through a Craigslist ad. With virtually no experience, responses
begin to roll in and Jonathan finds himself taking on cases and injecting his
own personal problems into his clients' situations. Along for the ride are
Jonathan's needy magazine editor boss, George Christopher (Ted Danson), who
frequently interferes with his newfound career, and his best friend Ray (Zach
Galifianakis), a struggling graphic artist who does his best to advise him but
can barely keep his own life together.

    Guest stars include Olivia Thirlby, Heather Burns, Kirsten Wiig, Parker
Posey, Bebe Neuwirth, Oliver Platt, Patton Oswalt and John Hodgman.
    New episodes of both series will continue to air throughout fall and will
also be simulcast on HBO Canada HD and will be available on demand following
their network premieres.

    HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral Media'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 an Astral Media Television Network. Astral Media is
a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television,
radio, outdoor advertising and interactive media. 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. For more information about Astral Media, please visit
www.astralmedia.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,
advertising services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and
children's animation.

    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) 956-8638, nbalen@tv.astral.com; Movie Central (western Canada),
Owen McCorquodale, (416) 530-2249, Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com

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