Showcase Launches Exclusive Canadian Premiere of The Riches Starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver



    Series Debuts Wednesday, May 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

    "Addictive."  - The New York Daily News
    "Best new show of the year."  -  Cincinnati Post
    "A true treasure."  - Philadelphia Inquirer

    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - One of the most talked-about and critically
acclaimed new series this year, The Riches makes its Canadian debut on
Showcase. Joining the network's celebrated "Showcase at 10 p.m." line-up, the
series will air on Wednesdays, beginning May 9 and is available in HD.
    The Riches follows a family of grifters as they attempt to steal the
American Dream by conning their way into a wealthy community. Wayne and Dahlia
Malloy (Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver) and their three children make up a
traveling band of con artists. As a family of travelers, life is all about the
money - other people's money - and steering clear of the law. Through a set of
unusual circumstances, the Malloys steal the identity of a wealthy "normal"
couple, Doug and Cherien Rich, and embrace the chance to reinvent themselves.
The family must pull together as they quickly find out that going from rags to
riches and living the Dream in suburbia is more twisted and challenging than
any of their previous stings.
    "This show is so quintessentially Showcase and is a perfect addition to
our 10 p.m. line-up. When FX premiered The Riches in the U.S. a month ago, it
drew the second-highest ratings ever for an FX series premiere (for adults
18-49). We're certain that our viewers will also flock to this show," said
Tara Ellis, VP of Content for Showcase.
    Izzard, having lived his own rags to riches story, is best known for his
stand-up comedy routines which he performs as a self-professed "straight
transvestite." Driver is an actor/singer whose second album, entitled Sea
Stories, is being released this summer. Viewers can catch a sneak peek of The
Riches online beginning May 2 at www.showcase.ca/riches.

    Showcase - Television Without Borders - is the home of premium
boundary-pushing series from Canada and around the world. For more
information, please visit www.showcase.ca.

    About Alliance Atlantis Communications
    Alliance Atlantis offers Canadians 13 well-branded specialty channels
boasting targeted, high-quality programming. The Company also co-produces and
distributes the hit CSI franchise and indirectly holds a 51% limited
partnership interest in Motion Picture Distribution LP, a leading distributor
of motion pictures in Canada, with motion picture distribution operations in
the United Kingdom and Spain. The Company's common shares are listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange - trading symbols AAC.A and AAC.B. The Company's
website is www.allianceatlantis.com.





For further information:

For further information: Pamela Mollica, Communications Manager,
Dramatic Networks, Alliance Atlantis Communications, Tel: (416) 967-4067,
E-mail: pam.mollica@allianceatlantis.com; Geneviève Parent, Communications
Coordinator, Dramatic Networks, Alliance Atlantis Communications, Tel:
(416)967-3194, E-mail: genevieve.parent@allianceatlantis.com

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