A killer dad and a naughty Professor, The Movie Network and Movie Central debut new seasons of Showtime's Dexter and Californication

     - Dexter (Season 4) premieres Sunday, September 27 day-and-date with
         - Californication (Season 3) premieres Monday, September 28

    TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - New daddy Dexter Morgan and Professor Hank Moody
return to Astral Media's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus
Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) in new seasons of Showtime's
highly addictive series Dexter and Californication. Season 4 of the hit series
Dexter premieres Sunday, September 27 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, and the daring
half-hour comedy Californication is back for a third season beginning Monday,
September 28 at 10 p.m. ET/9 PT.
    The fourth season of Dexter picks up with title character Dexter Morgan
(Michael C. Hall) continuing to live a double life as a blood splatter expert
by day and serial killer by night. After disposing of his former friend turned
nemesis Miguel Prado, escaping from The Skinner, and finally marrying his
long-time girlfriend in season 3, this 12-episode season opens with Dexter as
a husband and new father. But with a sparkling suburban life with wife Rita
(Julie Benz) and three kids, Dexter is finding it increasingly difficult to
maintain his freedom and privacy and must find creative ways to deal with his
need to kill.
    Joining the cast is Academy Award(R)-nominated and Emmy(R), Tony(R) and
Golden Globe(R) award-winner John Lithgow as Walter Simmons, an unassuming,
mild-mannered suburbanite who also happens to be the most wanted serial killer
in the U.S. Dubbed the "Trinity Killer" because of his tendency to murder in
threes, Simmons is being hunted by FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy (Keith
Carradine). After being brought on to assist in the investigation, Dexter
finds himself fascinated with Simmons' unique killing methods and his ability
to evade capture for almost three decades. Dexter also stars Jennifer
Carpenter, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas, and James Remar.
    Also returning in September, Golden Globe(R)-winner David Duchovny is
back as self-destructive, brutally honest and deeply flawed novelist Hank
Moody in Showtime's half-hour comedy series Californication. In the 12-episode
new season, Hank takes on a new job as a professor at a major California
university. While attempting to shape the minds of the next generation of
scribes, he finds himself entangled in high-school like drama after striking
up a relationship with a sexy teacher's assistant (Diane Farr), and butting
heads with the dean of students (Peter Gallagher).
    In addition to trying to hold down a regular job and focus on his
writing, Hank must also continue to keep wild child daughter Becca (Madeleine
Martin) on the straight and narrow. Meanwhile, Hank's agent Charlie Runkle
(Evan Handler) ditches his porn star life for a new firm and immediately
becomes the object of his tough, yet sexual, new boss' (Kathleen Turner)
affection. Additional guest stars for season 3 include Ed Westwick, Rick
Springfield, Embeth Davidtz and Eva Amurri. Californication also stars Natasha
McElhone, Madeline Zima and Pamela Adlon.
    New episodes of Dexter and Californication will be simulcast on The Movie
Network and Movie Central's High Definition channels and all subsequent
episodes will also be available on The Movie Network OnDemand and Movie
Central On Demand following their network premieres.


    Dexter is nominated for three awards including Outstanding Drama Series
and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Michael C. Hall) at the upcoming
2009 Primetime Emmy(R) Awards that will be handed out on Sunday, September 20
in Los Angeles.

    The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern
Canada. With premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO
content, critically-acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian
programming, this pay-television service presents Canadians with some of the
best television entertainment available. The Movie Network service includes
five 24-hour multiplex channels - M, HBO Canada, MExcess, MFun! and MFest -
which deliver diverse and entertaining programs in an uncut and
commercial-free television environment. The Movie Network also offers The
Movie Network HD and HBO Canada HD, two dedicated high-definition channels
providing hundreds of titles in HD; and The Movie Network OnDemand, a
Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across
eastern Canada. For more information, please visit www.themovienetwork.ca.
    The Movie Network is an Astral Media Television Network. Astral Media is
a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television,
radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia. Astral Media's solid and dynamic
presence in the country's major markets rests on its commitment to offer a
unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences.

    Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay-TV service
available to Western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with
major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination
for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to
HBO content and Showtime, through its investments, pre-buys and licence fees
for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is recognized as
a major force in the Canadian independent film and television production
industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central High
Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being first
with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie Central
website at www.moviecentral.ca.
    Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based
media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty
television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and
digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing
and children's animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands
include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBO Canada,
Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107.
Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences
across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the
Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at
    For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://tv.astral.com or http://pressroom.corusent.com.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: The Movie Network (eastern
Canada), Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638, nbalen@tv.astral.com; Movie Central
(western Canada), Owen McCorquodale, (416) 530-2249,

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