Global Television's original miniseries "The Last Templar" to be simulcast on NBC


    TORONTO, March 4 /CNW/ - Canwest Broadcasting announced today that
Global's new Canadian miniseries "The Last Templar" from Muse Entertainment
Enterprises has been picked-up by U.S. network NBC and will be simulcast with
Global this December. The romantic adventure stars Oscar(R) winner Mira
Sorvino ("Mighty Aphrodite") and Canadian Victor Garber ("Alias").
    The four-hour-long exotic miniseries, based on Raymond Khoury's
best-selling novel, is being revised for the screen by multiple award-winning
Canadian writer and producer Suzette Couture ("Million Dollar Babies", "Road
to Avonlea") - her first production for Canwest. Shooting will begin on
location in Montreal and Morocco next month.
    "Global is thrilled to bring this incredible story to Canadian audiences
- and delighted that Americans will also have the chance to see it on NBC,"
said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President, Content, Canwest
Broadcasting. "This partnership with Muse Entertainment underscores Canwest's
commitment to work with the Canadian independent production community and
create exciting, high quality and popular original programming for our
    Today's announcement follows an exceptional year of successful original
productions for Canwest. Global's homegrown version of the hit international
game show, "Deal or No Deal Canada" (Insight Productions) was seen by over
2 million viewers last winter - making it the most-watched Canadian series on
any network in 2007. Since the fall, Canwest has also had tremendous ratings
success with original series, "The Guard" (Halifax Film Company and
Brightlight Pictures), "'da Kink in my Hair" (Barna Alper Productions), and
the wildly popular "Are You Smarter Than A Canadian Fifth Grader?" (Insight
    In "The Last Templar", Mira Sorvino stars as Tess Chaykin, a Manhattan
archaeologist who is drawn into a fast-paced mystery concerning the lost
secrets of the medieval Templar Knights. Victor Garber co-stars as the
Monsignor De Angelis.
    "The Last Templar" opens with the fall of the Latin Kingdom's reign in
the Holy Land in Acre in 1291. As the burning city falls to the Sultan's
forces, a lone galley escapes out to sea, carrying a young Templar knight,
Martin of Carmaux, his mentor Aimard of Villiers, and a mysterious chest
entrusted to them by the Order's dying Grand Master. But the ship never
reaches its destination.
    Later, in present-day New York, Chaykin (Sorvino) witnesses four masked
horsemen, dressed as Templar Knights, who storm into the Metropolitan Museum,
scattering Manhattan society gathered for the gala opening night of an
exhibition of Vatican treasures. She watches in silent terror as the leader of
the horsemen hones in on one piece in particular - a strange-geared device
that he grabs as he disappears into Central Park.
    As the horsemen's dead bodies start turning up - and the importance of
the stolen device becomes more apparent - Tess and FBI Agent Sean Reilly are
drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading Knights, and of the last
surviving Templars' fateful journey from Acre. The pair is propelled into a
treacherous adventure that takes them through the sewers of Manhattan, across
continents to desolate Turkish highlands to a violent storm on the
Mediterranean that shipwrecks them onto a remote Greek island - and into the
very heart of an incredible Vatican secret. Sorvino, who won the Best
Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance in "Mighty Aphrodite" in
1995, first attracted attention for her early work in such feature films as
"Barcelona", "Quiz Show" and "Beautiful Girls". Sorvino's television movies
include "Norma Jean & Marilyn", "The Great Gatsby" and "Human Trafficking".
    The six-time Emmy Award-nominated Victor Garber is best known for the
role of Jack Bristow in the series "Alias". His other credits have included
"Ugly Betty" and "Will and Grace". Film credits include "Titanic", "Legally
Blonde" and "Tuck Everlasting".
    Muse Entertainment Enterprises is producing the miniseries. Paolo Barzman
("Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde", "Emotional Arithmetic") will direct the script by
Raymond Khoury and Suzette Couture. Gemini Award-winning Michael Prupas
("Human Trafficking", "Durham County") will executive produce the miniseries
along with television impresario Robert Halmi, Sr. ("The Lion in Winter",
"Gulliver's Travels") and Robert Halmi, Jr. ("The Poseidon Adventure", "The
Christmas Card"). Emmy Award-nominated Irene Litinsky of Muse Entertainment
("Human Trafficking", "The Wool Cap") will serve as producer. RHI
Entertainment and Powercorp will distribute the project worldwide.

    Global Television is a Canwest Broadcasting network.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and twenty-one of the country's most popular
specialty channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel,
Showcase, Slice(TM) and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of
Canwest Media Inc.

    About Canwest Media Inc.

    Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
(; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company, Canwest
is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and
owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television,
out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio
stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.

    About Muse Entertainment:

    Muse Entertainment Enterprises is a leading independent feature film and
television producer known for well-crafted, high-quality productions. Muse's
most recent productions include the comedy feature The Deal starring William
H. Macy and Meg Ryan, and the television series Durham County. Since its
founding in 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced and provided production
services on more than 100 theatrical features, TV movies, mini-series and
series. Among its many award-winning productions are the mini-series Human
Trafficking and Answered by Fire, the TV series This is Wonderland and Tales
from the Neverending Story and the TV films The Wind in the Willows and The
Many Trials of One Jane Doe. Muse was the production services producer of the
award-winning feature films I'm Not There and The Fountain and of the TV
movies The Wool Cap and Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story.
    The company's head office and its Quebec production centre are based in
Montreal. Muse also maintains development and production operations in
Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Grace Park, Global Television,
(416) 446-5331,; Betty Palik, Muse Entertainment
Enterprises, (514) 866-6873,

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