HBO's award-winning Boardwalk Empire returns September 25
New HBO series Enlightened bows in October, alongside Martin Scorsese's documentary about George
Harrison and new seasons of How to Make It in America, Hung and Bored To Death
Hot home-grown fall titles include Call Me Fitz, Living In Your Car and Beauty Day
TORONTO, Aug. 15, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - From exclusive HBO programming to
cutting-edge original Canadian series and films, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada), brings viewers the hottest series, documentaries and
specials available on premium television this fall. Subscribers will
have access to this talked-about programming on multiple platforms
including on HBO Canada OnDemand and HBO Canada OnLine.
On Sunday, September 25, HBO Canada's fall season gets into full swing
with new episodes of HBO's Golden Globe®-winning and Emmy®-nominated prohibition-era drama, Boardwalk Empire. Leading into Boardwalk Empire's premiere on September 25 is Season 2 of the no-holds-barred,
Gemini-nominated Canadian original comedy series Call Me Fitz, starring Jason Priestley. Also in September is Beauty Day, an original documentary from The Movie Network and Movie Central about
the Canadian cult basic cable series The Cap'n Video Show.
Sunday, October 2 brings new seasons of the HBO comedy series Hung and How to Make It in America, followed on October 5 and 6 with Martin Scorsese's documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Monday, October 10 is the premiere of HBO's Enlightened, a new half-hour series about a self-destructive woman who has a
spiritual awakening after a life altering meltdown, and Season 3 of Bored To Death starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. Rounding
out October is the Season 2 premiere of the David Steinberg-helmed
Gemini-nominated comedy Living In Your Car.
Additional information about HBO Canada's fall programming is outlined
below. All HBO programming premieres day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.:
Premieres Monday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT
Before Tom Green and Jack Ass there was Ralph Zavadil "Captain Video."
This original documentary chronicles Zavadil's cable access television
show, The Cap'n Video Show, which featured Zavadil performing a series of idiotic and occasionally
dangerous stunts, challenging the sensibilities of his small Southern
Ontario audience. With the advent of the Internet and reality
television still years away, his unique brand of gross-out stunt comedy
was truly ahead of its time. All it took was a broken neck for him to
Call Me Fitz (Season 2)
Premieres Sunday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/MT
Debuting with back-to-back half-hour episodes, Call Me Fitz returns with Jason Priestley as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick, a handsome,
substance-abusing used-car salesman who torments his naïve co-workers,
sleeps with any woman who has a pulse, and thinks his life is perfect.
Also starring Ernie Grunwald, Peter MacNeill, Kathleen Munroe, Tracy
Dawson, Donavon Stinson and Brooke Nevin.
Boardwalk Empire (Season 2)
Premieres Sunday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET/MT
From Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire returns to chronicle the life and times of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson. Set
in 1921, a few months after the end of Season 1, the series picks up
after Nucky and his lieutenants - including young WWI veteran Jimmy
Darmody - appeared to solidify their power by successfully rigging an
election and getting a Nucky crony elected as Mayor. Starring Steve
Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Kelly Macdonald, Michael
Stuhlbarg, Michael K. Williams, Dabney Coleman, Gretchen Mol, Vincent
Piazza and Stephen Graham.
Hung (Season 3)
Premieres Sunday, October 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT
From creators Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin, HBO's half-hour comedy Hung returns to the recession-plagued suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, for its
third season. The series continues to follow divorced, middle-aged
former high school sports legend Ray Drecker as he continues to exploit
his best asset in order to survive. At the conclusion of Season 2, Ray
contemplated a break from the business after eyeing a possible second
chance with ex-wife Jessica, but Lenore may not be willing to give him
up without a fight. Starring Thomas Jane, Jane Adams, Anne Heche and
How to Make It in America (Season 2)
Premieres Sunday, October 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT
HBO's half-hour comedy series that follows two enterprising
twentysomethings as they try to achieve the American Dream in the
bohemian subculture of downtown New York City, returns for its second
season. In the first season, friends and business partners Ben Epstein
and Cam Calderon attempted to use their street knowledge and
connections to make a name for themselves in the city's competitive
fashion scene. Starring Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Luis Guzman,
Lake Bell, Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, Martha Plimpton and Shannyn
Sossamon. The series is executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Rob
Weiss, series creator Ian Edelman, Julian Farino, Jada Miranda and Mark
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Part One Premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00 p.m.; Part Two Premieres
Thursday, October 6 at 9:00 p.m.
Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese traces music icon George Harrison's
life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a
musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker. The documentary
combines interviews with Harrison and his closest friends with
performances, home movies and photographs, and features Eric Clapton,
Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom
Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart.
Bored To Death (Season 3)
Premieres Monday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m.
HBO's quirky half-hour comedy returns for its third season, following
Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames, who lives his life based on a character
from his favourite series of detective novels - an unlicensed,
inexperienced private eye. Starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and
Zach Galifianakis, written and executive produced by Jonathan Ames, and
co-executive produced by David Becky and Stephanie Davis.
Premieres Monday, October 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT
Blending comedy and drama, Enlightened focuses on Amy, a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening
after a meltdown. After three months of contemplation and meditation at
a treatment centre in Hawaii, Amy returns rested and ready to pick up
the pieces of her old life and reshape the world she left behind. That
includes delivering well-meaning, but generally unwanted advice to her
mother Helen, with whom Amy is now living; her slacker ex-husband Levi
whose only solace comes from recreational drugs; and the crew of
awkward co-workers Amy finds herself reassigned to. Starring Laura
Dern, Luke Wilson and Diane Ladd.
Living in Your Car (Season 2)
Premieres Monday, October 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT
Executive produced by legendary Canadian comedic talent David Steinberg,
Living In Your Car tells the riches to rags story of Steve Unger, a fallen corporate
executive who is now living in a converted van, and finds himself
settling deeper into the life of a car dweller while attempting to
reconcile his growing empathy for the have-nots with his still vibrant
need for riches and power. Starring John Ralston, Ingrid Kavelaars,
Mariah Horner, Colin Cunningham, Joe Cobden, Ivo Canelas, Kathryn
Winslow and Jason Blicker, and featuring appearances by Colin Mochrie,
Patrick McKenna, Deb McGrath and Kristin Booth. Series directors
include Bruce McDonald, Paul Fox, Shawn Alex Thompson and Henry
All programming will be broadcast in High Definition, and will be
available on demand following the network premieres. In Eastern Canada
programming will be available via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers On
Demand OnLine, Bell TV Online and Videotron's Illico Web and in Western
Canada via HBO Canada Online with Shaw and Shaw Direct Video On Demand
and Bell TV Online.
HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern
Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO
Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic
programs for which HBO is known, together with new and
never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials,
sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's
extensive library - all in an uncut and commercial-free environment.
HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and
programming is accessible on demand and online where available by
service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.
The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX: ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest
media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay
and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and
interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in community
life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant
programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and
advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B/CJR), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is
a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional
assets in pay television, advertising services, television
broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation.
For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://press.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com
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