New Canadian original series from Movie Central and The Movie
Network premieres Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada
Series premieres with back-to-back half-hour episodes leading
into the debut of HBO's Boardwalk Empire
TORONTO, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - Some men are born sleazy, some achieve
sleaziness, and then there's Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick.
Call Me Fitz, starring Jason Priestley as Richard "Fitz"
Fitzpatrick, is a biting, dark comedy about a morally bankrupt yet
charismatic used-car salesman who is forced to become business partners
with his inner conscience. The series premieres Sunday, September 19
at 8 p.m. ET/MT with back-to-back episodes on HBO Canada,
a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment's Movie Central
(Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern
"Call Me Fitz is an outstanding addition to HBO Canada's
line-up. Fitz is like a corrupted modern version of Frank Sinatra,
Casanova and Gordon Gekko, and it takes a special actor to make a
character like this likeable," said Joanna Webb, Vice President, Head of
Programming and Production Corus Entertainment. "But with the great
writing of Sheri Elwood and the talents of Jason Priestley, the show
really comes together with boundary-pushing results.
"Call Me Fitz shows a side of Jason Priestley Canadians have
never seen before," said Aubie Greenberg, Director, Original
Programming, Movie Services, Astral Television Networks. "Jason's
performance as Fitz, coupled with an ensemble cast of oddball, edgy and
dysfunctional characters, adds up to one wild, twisted and hilarious
ride. Hang on tight."
Created by Sheri Elwood (Defying Gravity), Call Me Fitz
tells the story of a handsome, substance-abusing scoundrel who torments
his naïve co-workers, stoops to shameful lows to get the best of the
competition, sleeps with any woman who has a pulse and thinks his life
is perfect. That is, until a major accident unleashes something from
within Fitz - the actual living embodiment of his conscience, or at
least that's what Larry, the tall and lanky do-gooder, claims to be. As
the last unblemished corner of Fitz's damaged soul, Larry is intent on
rehabilitating Fitz's battered psyche and, in turn, the entire
Fitzpatrick family's sleazy way of life, one disaster at a time.
The 13-part made-in-Canada half-hour comedy series was originally
developed by Amaze Film + Television and is produced by Amaze Film +
Television, Big Motion Pictures and Entertainment One, with the
financial participation of The Movie Network and Movie Central.
Executive Produced by Sheri Elwood, who is also the series Show Runner,
the show was filmed in New Minas, Nova Scotia and boasts a strong
ensemble cast including Ernie Grunwald (The High Life) as Larry,
Peter MacNeill (Rookie Blue), Kathleen Munroe (CSI: NY),
Brooke Nevin (Animorphs), Husein Madhavji (Star!), Tracy Dawson
(The Gavin Crawford Show) Phyllis Ellis (Three Chords from the Truth),
Joanna Cassidy (Six Feet Under), Rachel Blanchard (Flight of
the Concords) and Jonathan Torrens (Trailer Park Boys).
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Call Me Fitz will premiere Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET/MT
with back-to-back episodes before the premiere of HBO's Boardwalk
Empire at 9 p.m. ET/MT. New episodes of Call Me Fitz will
air regularly at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT on Sundays on HBO Canada.
Call Me Fitz will be simulcast on HBO Canada HD, and will be
available on demand and also on The Movie Network OnLine with Bell TV
following its network premiere.
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.
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. Experience Corus on the web at
The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral is one of
Canada's largest media companies. It operates over 100 of the country's
most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home
advertising and digital 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.
For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://tv.astral.com or
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