David Duchovny Makes His Return to Television in Showtime's New Comedy Series Californication, Premiering on The Movie Network and Movie Central

    Debuts Day-and-Date with Showtime on Monday, August 13 at 9 p.m. ET/
    10 p.m. PT

    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - Sex, drugs and drama rule novelist Hank Moody's
(David Duchovny) world in Showtime's edgy new original comedy series
Californication, premiering exclusively in Canada day-and-date with Showtime
on Monday, August 13 at 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network (eastern Canada) and at
10 p.m. PT on Movie Central (western Canada).
    This half-hour 12-part series centres around California-based Moody, a
deeply flawed, yet funny and complicated writer who struggles to raise his
13-year-old daughter (Madeleine Martin, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit),
while still carrying a torch for his ex-wife (Natascha McElhone, The Truman
Show). His obsession with truth-telling and self-destructive behaviour -
drinks, drugs and relationships - threaten to both destroy and enrich his
    In the pilot episode, Hank's appetite for beautiful women coupled with
his brutally honest approach to relationships, get him into trouble at every
turn. To add to Hank's problems, his daughter begins to engage in some very
"adult-like" behaviour, while his latest and youngest conquest turns up where
he least expects it.
    Californication also stars Madeline Zima (The Nanny, A Cinderella Story)
and Evan Handler (Sex and the City). The series is created and executive
produced by Tom Kapinos (Dawson's Creek) with Melanie Greene as co-executive
producer along with Duchovny and Stephen Hopkins (24) as executive producers.
    A preview of the full first episode of Californication will be available
beginning Tuesday, August 7 on The Movie Network OnDemand and Movie Central On
Demand. New episodes of the series will be simulcast on The Movie Network and
Movie Central's High Definition channels, and will also be accessible
on-demand each Tuesday after the week's premiere.

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media network available in eastern Canada.
With premiere access to blockbuster movies, critically-acclaimed HBO and
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, MMore, 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 MMore 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

    Astral Media is one of Canada's leading media companies, active in
specialty, pay and pay-per-view television, radio and outdoor advertising.
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. www.astralmedia.com.

    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
the best of HBO 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, Movie Central, 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 www.corusent.com.

    For access to Movie Central's press site or The Movie Network's media
room, please visit http://pressroom.corusent.com or http://tv.astral.com.

For further information:

For further information: The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), Nicolle
Balen, (416) 956-8638, nbalen@tv.astral.com; Movie Central (Western Canada),
Alex Chapple, (416) 530-2249, alex.chapple@corusent.com

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