One doctor. Five sessions. Five nights a week. The Movie Network and Movie Central present In Treatment, a groundbreaking new series from HBO



    
      - Premieres day-and-date with HBO on Monday, January 28, 2008, at
     8:30 p.m. ET on The Movie Network and 9:30 p.m. PT on Movie Central

         - Starring Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest and Blair Underwood,
                   and Executive Produced by Mark Wahlberg
    

    TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - Astral Media's The Movie Network (eastern
Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (western Canada) step into the
therapist's office and intimately explore a new staple of modern society - the
psychotherapy session - with the premiere of HBO's first-ever half-hour drama
series In Treatment. The 43-epsiode series premieres day-and-date with HBO on
Monday, January 28, 2008, at 8:30 p.m. ET on The Movie Network and 9:30 p.m.
PT on Movie Central, and will air daily from Monday to Friday.
    In Treatment centres around Paul, (Gabriel Byrne) a psychotherapist who
exhibits an insightful and reserved demeanour while treating his patients, but
secretly has his own set of painstaking problems. Each week, Paul sees four
patients: Laura (Melissa George), a woman in her 30s who reveals her love for
the therapist; Alex (Blair Underwood), a U.S. Air Force pilot torn by his role
in the Iraqi war; Sophie (Mia Wasikowska), a young girl with a dark secret;
and Jake (Josh Charles) and Amy (Embeth Davidtz), a passionate couple on the
verge of breaking up. On the fifth day (Fridays), Paul seeks counsel from his
therapist, Gina (Dianne Wiest), for his crippling insecurity and anger. The
five individual storylines play out over the series' nine-week run, with each
story anchored on a specific weekday.
    Based on the hit Israeli series B'Tipul, In Treatment is executive
produced by Mark Wahlberg, Steve Levinson, Rodgrigo Garcia and Hagai Levi
(creator of B'Tipul).

    
    The Movie Network and Movie Central will mirror HBO's unique scheduling
strategy for the series, giving subscribers the widest possible choice of
viewing options. The scheduling strategy for each network is comprised of the
following:

    The Movie Network and The Movie Network OnDemand

        -  New episodes will air five days a week (Monday to Friday) at 8:30
           p.m. ET.

        -  Beginning February 4, (the second week of the series), new
           episodes will be preceded at 8 p.m. ET by the previous week's
           episode for that day (i.e.: the same patient's previous session).
           This will give viewers the opportunity to catch-up on or follow
           the individual storyline of the patient they're interested in.

        -  The entire week of episodes will air back-to-back on Saturdays
           beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.

        -  Every Monday, The Movie Network OnDemand will preview all five
           upcoming episodes for that week.

        -  The Movie Network OnDemand will also provide various viewing
           options by categorizing the episodes by each week and by each
           patient.

    Movie Central and Move Central On Demand

        -  New episodes will air five days a week (Monday to Friday) at 9:30
           p.m. PT.

        -  Beginning February 4, (the second week of the series), new
           episodes will be preceded at 9 p.m. PT by the previous week's
           episode for that day (i.e.: the same patient's previous session).
           This will give viewers the opportunity to catch-up on or follow
           the individual storyline of the patient they're interested in.

        -  The entire week of episodes will air back-to-back on Sundays
           beginning at 5:30 p.m. PT.

        -  Every Monday, Movie Central On Demand will preview all five
           upcoming episodes for that week.
    

    In Treatment will also be simulcast on Movie Central and The Movie
Network's High Definition channels.

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media network available in eastern Canada.
With premiere access to Hollywood hit 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
www.themovienetwork.ca.
    Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty,
pay and pay-per-view television, radio, outdoor advertising and the Internet.
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 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 The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://tv.astral.com or http://pressroom.corusent.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: The Movie Network (eastern
Canada), Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638, nbalen@tv.astral.com; Movie Central
(western Canada), Alex Chapple, (416) 530-2249, alex.chapple@corusent.com

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