15 New Dramas Build On Record-Breaking
2010/11 Homegrown Lineup
Enthusiastic International Partners, Award-Winning Creative Teams
and an Abundance of Compelling Stories Bring It All Together
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TORONTO, May 31, 2011 /CNW/ - Illustrating its continuing commitment to
the Canadian television production industry, Shaw Media announced today that it has 15 new scripted dramas planned for the next
year - more than any other Canadian broadcaster. This ongoing focus on
outstanding Canadian productions, co-productions and partnerships
delivered record audiences during the 2010/11 season with homegrown
programs Rookie Blue, Lost Girl and The Kennedys.
Upcoming titles include:
►Rookie Blue - Season 2
►Lost Girl - Season 2
►World Without End
►Haven - Season 2
►Single White Spenny
►King - Season 2
►Producing Parker- Season 2
►Triumph Of Will
►Drunk And On Drugs Happy
"We're extremely proud of the role we've played in championing original
Canadian dramas," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. "This past year proved to be a real turning point for our local
productions attracting record Canadian audiences and unprecedented
attention from the US. And with four US network simulcasts scheduled
over the next 12 months, the future is only looking brighter for
Through Shaw Media's many US and international partners, audiences can
expect to see a wide spectrum of top notch productions - some based on
best-selling novels, others inspired by true events and many original
dramas from some of the country's best creative team.
Productions of note include:
Combat Hospital is set in 2006 when Canadians played a pivotal role overseeing the
medical and military personnel at the NATO Multinational Medical Unit
at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. This highly charged series follows
the frantic lives of the hospital's resident doctors and nurses as they
navigate their way through the relentless life-and-death battles on the
operating table. Global's latest original drama makes its series
premiere Tuesday, June 21 - 10pm ET/PT in simulcast with ABC. Combat Hospital is a joint production of Canada's Sienna Films and the UK's Artists
Studio, and is currently filming in Toronto
Rookie Blue, Season 2
This summer, the personal and professional lives of the rookies continue
to collide. On and off the job, these cops still have a lot to learn.
After premiering on Global last year as the most-watched debut season
of any scripted Canadian TV series in two decades, Rookie Blue is back with season two Thursday, June 23 - 10pm ET/PT in simulcast with ABC. Developed by Thump Inc. and produced in
partnership with Entertainment (eOne) Television, the 13-episode series
was commissioned by Shaw Media and picked up last year by ABC
Television Network during development. Rookie Blue II was shot earlier this year in Toronto.
Already a bestselling novel and a box office smash hit, John Grisham's The Firm has now been commissioned by Shaw Media for Global as an original
22-episode x 60-minute series. The Firm will premiere midseason 2012 in tandem on Global and NBC as part of the
networks' fall TV seasons, and will be shot on location in Toronto. The Firm is produced by Entertainment (eOne) Television in association with Sony
Pictures Television Networks and Paramount Pictures.
Set in 1940s Toronto, the 6-part x 1 hour series Bomb Girls delves into the lives of the exceptional women - peers, friends and
rivals - who find themselves thrust into new worlds, building bombs on
the assembly line in the munitions factory. Bomb Girls is a Muse Entertainment /Back Alley Film production set to shoot on
location in Toronto. Written by Michael MacLennan (Queer as Folk, Godiva's) and co-created by Michael Maclennan and Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County, Bliss), the series is Executive Produced by Janis Lundman (Durham County, Bliss), Michael MacLennan, Adrienne Mitchell and Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, The Pillars of the Earth). Bomb Girls will premiere on Global in winter 2012.
Shaw Media, along with ABC, ITV Studios and Lookout Point present Titanic, an epic four-part (4x1hr) miniseries set to premiere in simulcast on
Global and ABC. The story that continues to generate interest globally
is brought back to life with a fresh take from BAFTA® winning producer Nigel Stafford Clark (Bleak House) and Oscar® winning writer Julian Fellowes, (Gosford Park). The television debut of the Titanic in spring 2012 will aptly commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragic event. Filming began this spring on location
in Budapest, Hungary.
Lost Girl, Season 2
Lost Girl follows supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk: Being Erica; Billable Hours), a Succubus who feeds on the sexual energy of mortals. The premiere on
September 12, 2010 garnered the highest ratings ever for an original
Canadian scripted series on Showcase, pulling in over 400,000 viewers
(2+). Based on this great success, work began almost immediately on
season two. Lost Girl is developed and produced in partnership with Prodigy Pictures Inc. and
Shaw Media, and is shot in the Hamilton area.
King, Season 2
King, starring Amy Price-Francis (The Cleaner, 24, Californication) as gutsy, no holds barred police detective Jessica King, is currently
in early pre-production for season two. A critical success in its first
season on Showcase, King is shot on location and in studio in Toronto.
The series was developed by Greg Spottiswood (Shattered) and Bernie Zukerman (This Is Wonderland, Million Dollar Babies) for Indian Grove Productions Ltd. and commissioned by Showcase for
World Without End
World Without End is based on Ken Follett's multi-million bestseller of the same name and
will air on Showcase in 2012. Budgeted at US$43 million, this
eight-hour special event is a Canadian/German production with Tandem
Communications and Canada's Take Five Productions in association with
Ridley Scott and Tony Scott´s SCOTT FREE FILMS. Principal
photography with director Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy, Shooting Dogs) is set for a July start on location in Hungary.
Haven, Season 2
Haven centres on the small town of Haven, Maine, where FBI agent Audrey
(Emily Rose, ER, Brothers and Sisters) discovers that this curious enclave is a long time refuge for people
with supernatural afflictions. Currently in production for season two
in Nova Scotia, this fantasy-noir series premieres Monday, July 18 on Showcase. Developed and produced by Entertainment One, and
co-commissioned by Shaw Media with the Syfy Channel in the United
States, Haven secured 2.6 million total viewers on Syfy and ranked as one of the top
five series for Showcase (A25-54) for season one. Haven is based on The Colorado Kid by Stephen King.
About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media
company, providing consumers with broadband cable television,
High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through
Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct)
and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4
million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw
Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in
Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV
Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is
traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in
the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more
information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
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