Testees joins Showcase fall line-up



    Half-Hour Comedy Series from Kenny Hotz Slated to Premiere in October on
    Showcase and FX

    Production on 13 episodes to begin late summer

    TORONTO, July 15 /CNW/ - Never one to shy away from provocative Canadian
comedy, Canwest announced today that Testees, an edgy new half-hour comedy
series from outrageous Showcase personality Kenny Hotz, will air on the
channel this fall. The show is a co-production with Canwest for Showcase in
Canada and FX in the United States. It will premiere exclusively Showcase in
Canada and FX in the U.S. this October.
    Testees stars Canadian newcomers Steve Markle as "Peter" and Jeff Kassel
as "Ron," as two best friends and roommates in their early 30s who work as
test subjects for "TESTICO", a less-than-normal product testing facility. In
each episode, Peter and Ron are given a new product, experimental medication
or treatment to test. The side effects from these are usually ridiculous and
almost always negative. The roommates just try to live their lives while
waiting for the side effects from these untested products to wear off.
    "The minute Kenny Hotz brought us this wild idea we knew it was perfect
for Showcase. Showcase viewers love the way Kenny's brain works and we can't
wait to bring Testees to Canadian audiences this fall," says Christine
Shipton, Senior Vice President, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest.
    The Testees pilot was written by Hotz and Derek Harvie and directed by
Samir Rehem. Hotz is executive producing, along with John Morayniss and
Michael Rosenberg of Blueprint Entertainment. Blueprint Entertainment is
producing in association with Canwest and FX.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and twenty-one of the country's most popular
specialty channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel,
Showcase, Slice(TM) and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of
Canwest Media Inc.





For further information:

For further information: Jessica Gold, Publicist, Dramatic Channels,
(416) 967-3110, jgold@canwest.com; Amy Waters, Senior Publicist, Dramatic
Channels, (416) 934-7079, awaters@canwest.com

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