A CTV Original Mini-Series Would Be Kings Premieres Jan. 27 and 28

    -- Power, money and drugs leads to murder in modern-day Shakespearean
         tragedy from the creative team behind The Eleventh Hour --
        -- Starring Currie Graham, Ben Bass and Natasha Henstridge --

    TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - CTV announced today the broadcast premiere of
the epic, four-hour Original Mini-Series Would Be Kings, airing Sunday,
January 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET and Monday, January 28 from 9-11 p.m. ET,
exclusively on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings). A modern and
timely take on a classic tragedy, Would Be Kings is the riveting tale of
Patrick Lehane (Currie Graham; Desperate Housewives, CSI) and Jamie Collins
(Ben Bass; The Eleventh Hour, Last Exit), two cousins and drug-squad cops who
find their family ties torn apart by corruption within the police force. The
gripping, family saga also stars Natasha Henstridge (Eli Stone, The Whole Nine
Yards) and Clare Stone (Breach, The Man Who Lost Himself).

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    Would Be Kings is the latest project originating from four members of the
creative team behind the CTV series The Eleventh Hour: executive producer
Ilana Frank, director David Wellington and writers Tassie Cameron and Esta
Spalding. Based loosely on Shakespeare's King Henry IV, Part 1, the gritty
drama is a large-scale, family saga involving love, loyalty, betrayal and
murder, set against the backdrop of crystal meth production and police

    In Would Be Kings, Patrick Lehane and Jamie Collins are cousins, best
friends and, most importantly, cops. Complicating their relationship is the
fact that Patrick, a clean-cut investigator desperate for a promotion, is also
Jamie's boss. Jamie is anything but a by-the-book cop, always breaking the
rules and nursing a drug addiction. Their family ties unravel when Jamie is
forced to clean up his act and Patrick becomes embroiled in questionable
police work - leading to not only an exchange of dirty money, but murder as

    Meanwhile, Patrick's unhappy wife Diana (Henstridge) is questioning their
marriage and their daughter (Stone) is getting herself into trouble. While
Patrick is drawn into a criminal compromise, Jamie must decide where his
loyalties lie - with his family or with the law? In the end, the choices these
two "Would Be Kings" make will ultimately dictate their fates.

    "Ilana Frank, David Wellington and the late, wonderfully prolific Peter
Simpson have created a world of gritty, urban realism juxtaposed against the
suburban reality of modern-day families," said Susanne Boyce, President,
Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "The result is a high-stakes morality
play that will leave viewers spellbound."

    "Would Be Kings is set in the world of police officers, but there's
actually very little of the mechanics of policing in the story," said
Executive Producer and Director David Wellington. "At the heart of the
mini-series is the story of a family and how they struggle to survive."

    Filmed entirely in Hamilton, Ontario, Would Be Kings also stars Robert
Forster (Huff, Mulholland Dr.), Stephen McHattie (Kaw, A History of Violence)
and Stana Katic (24, ER). Additional cast members include Peter Stebbings
(Kardia, The Limb Salesman) and Matt Gordon (Terry, Rent-A-Goalie).

    Would Be Kings is a CTV Original Mini-Series executive-produced by Ilana
Frank (The Eleventh Hour, The Life Before This) and David Wellington (The
Eleventh Hour, Long Day's Journey Into Night), who also directs, and Peter R.
Simpson (The Marsh, The Eleventh Hour) for Norstar Filmed Entertainment Inc.
Would Be Kings was written by Tassie Cameron (Robber Bride, Cake, The Eleventh
Hour) and Esta Spalding (In God's Country, Falling Angels) who are also
Executive Producers. Ray Sager (Sex Life, The Marsh, MythQuest) is Producer.
CTV's Executive in Charge of Production was Tecca Crosby. Louise Clark is
Vice-President, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President,
Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    Would Be Kings is part of a line-up featuring five CTV Original Movies
slated for broadcast in 2008: Elijah, Mayerthorpe, The Terrorist Next Door,
She Drives Me Crazy and Who Named the Knife.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5325 or

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