"The Guard" - Global Television's Hit Original Series Returns to Primetime



    
                     WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 - 10PM ET/PT

             ROGER CROSS ("24") AND GEMINI NOMINEE SONYA SOLOMAA
              ("DURHAM COUNTY") JOIN HIGH CALIBRE ENSEMBLE CAST

                                   - PLUS -

                   CANADIAN DRAMA SERIES NOW SOLD IN OVER
                         30 TERRITORIES AND COUNTING

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    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Following its impressive debut as the number one
new Original drama series of last Spring(*), Global's The Guard makes its highly
anticipated return to primetime with an all-new instalment of 15 episodes.
    Premiering October 29 - 10pm ET/PT, The Guard completes the networks'
already robust Wednesday night line-up of fan favourites Bones (8pm) and NCIS
(9pm).
    "We couldn't be more pleased with the growth and direction of the series
- from the ramped up storylines to the dangerous and thrilling stunts, the
sheer amount of action and drama alone is enough to keep our viewers engaged
and at the edge of their seats," said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and
Factual Content. "We're extremely excited that the universal appeal of our
homegrown series has already garnered attention amongst the major markets, and
we're confident the interest will only continue to climb."
    Captain Miro Da Silva (Steve Bacic) along with Rescue Specialists Andrew
Vanderlee (Jeremy Guilbaut), Carly Greig (Zoie Palmer) and First Mate Laura
Nelson (Gemini nominee for Durham County, Sonya Salomaa) are back saving lives
on the water while trying to keep the storms in their personal lives at bay.
Turning up the action and turning out the star power, the new season of The
Guard features Roger Cross (24) as Port Hallet's new Officer in Charge, Jim
McGregor with returning special guest David James Elliott (JAG) as David
Renwald.
    Making waves in international waters, The Guard has successfully sold in
over 30 territories including France, Poland, Hungary and the Middle East,
with recent sales to A&E in Latin America, MNET in South Africa, YLE in
Finland and RTBF in Belgium.

    PREMIERE EPISODE SYNOPSIS

    "The Hold": Miro breaks the rules when he takes the MLB on a chase of a
battered trawler and ends up rescuing the victims of a human trafficking
operation. Andrew's marriage is threatened when he comes clean to Amy about
kissing Carly.
    (*)Source: BBM-NMR Meter Data, Adults 18-49 (Sep 10/07-May 25/08)

    Global Television is a Canwest Broadcasting network.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and eighteen 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.

    About Canwest Media Inc.

    Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
(www.canwest.com; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company, Canwest
is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and
owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television,
out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio
stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.

    HALIFAX FILM, a DHX Media company

    Halifax Film, co-founded by Michael Donovan and Charles Bishop develops
and produces original film and television programming. Halifax Film manages
and co-ordinates all aspects of a program's life, including developing
original ideas; purchasing literary rights; arranging production financing;
carrying out production and post-production; and exploiting worldwide
distribution rights. Halifax Film is a subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., a leading
international producer and distributor of television programming and
interactive content with an emphasis on children, family and youth markets.

    BRIGHTLIGHT PICTURES

    Founded in 2001 by producing partners Stephen Hegyes and Shawn
Williamson, Brightlight Pictures is a feature film and television production
company that develops, finances and produces feature film and television
projects for the international marketplace. Brightlight has successfully
completed thirty feature film and television projects in the past six years,
working with such stars as Justin Timberlake, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Morgan
Freeman, Al Pacino, Anne Hathaway, Kevin Spacey, Elijah Wood, Jaime King,
Mandy Moore and Nicholas Cage among others. Brightlight is committed to
developing diverse high-quality feature film and television projects with
solid commercial appeal.





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For further information: Media Contact: Jacqueline Kendall, (416)
934-7850, jkendall@globaltv.com

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