George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy book series comes to life
HBO Canada presents a special 15-minute preview on April 3
Series premieres Sunday, April 17 at 9 p.m. ET/MT day-and-date with HBO
in the U.S.
TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - In a land where summers span decades and
winters can last a lifetime, a bloody battle rages for control of the
Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. On Sunday, April 17 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada), invites subscribers to get lost in a vast fantasy
world with the debut of HBO's new ten-episode, one hour series, Game of Thrones.
To help viewers gear up for the premiere and become experts on the world
of Westeros, HBO Canada will present a special sneak preview of the
first 15 minutes of Game of Thrones on Sunday, April 3. Game of Thrones Exclusive Preview debuts at 9 p.m. ET/MT day-and-date with HBO in the U.S., and will be followed by the premiere
of part three of the HBO Miniseries presentation Mildred Pierce at 9:15 p.m.
Following its one-time-only television premiere on April 3, Game of Thrones Exclusive Preview will be made available free-of-charge, online and on demand via the
On www.hbocanada.com and www.moviecentral.ca
In Eastern Canada, free of charge via the video on demand services of
participating television providers including: Bell Fibe TV, Cogeco,
Eastlink, and Rogers
In Western Canada free of charge via the video on demand services of
participating television providers
In Eastern Canada via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers, Bell TV and
In Western Canada via Movie Central Online with participating
On The Movie Network OnDemand, Movie Central On Demand, and HBO Canada
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as
they vie for power. As the series opens, King Robert Baratheon, who is
married to Cersei Lannister of the wealthy and corrupt Lannisters, asks
Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark to come south and help run his kingdom after
the questionable death of his right-hand man. Meanwhile, there is a
threat to the throne from the east by the exiled teenage Princess
Daenerys and her brother Viserys, whose family ruled the Kingdoms for
many years before their bloody ouster. And there are rumors of strange
things happening at the edge of the Kingdoms, north of the Wall, where
Jon Snow, Ned's bastard son, goes to be part of the brotherhood of the
Night's Watch, which is sworn to protect the Kingdoms.
Featuring a vast cast set to portray the inhabitants of Westeros, Game of Thrones stars (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon;
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy; Sean Bean as Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark;
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime
Lannister; Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister; Michelle Fairley as Lady
Catelyn Stark; Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish ("Littlefinger"); Jack
Gleeson as Prince Joffrey Baratheon; Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont;
Kit Harington as Jon Snow; Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister; Isaac
Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark; Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen;
Richard Madden as Robb Stark; Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane ("The
Hound"); Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark; and Maisie Williams as Arya
Game of Thrones is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive
producers Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casaday, Vince Gerardis, Ralph
Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; and producers, Mark Huffam and Frank
Doelger. Directors include Brian Kirk, Tom McCarthy, Daniel Minahan,
Alan Taylor and Tim Van Patten.
All episodes of Game of Thrones will be broadcast in High Definition, and will be available on demand
following their network premieres. In Eastern Canada the series will be
available via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers, Bell TV and Videotron and
in Western Canada via HBO Canada Online with participating television
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 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, television broadcasting, children's book
publishing and children's animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://tv.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com.
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