Four-part, all-access series from HBO Sports® follows the rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington
Capitals, leading up to their New Year's Day showdown
Premieres Wednesday, December 15 at 10 p.m. ET/MT, day and date with HBO
in the US
TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada), takes hockey-crazed Canadians inside one of the NHL's
great rivalries, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington
Capitals, for 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic, a four-episode, all-access reality series from HBO Sports'
groundbreaking, 12-time Sports Emmy® Award-winning 24/7 reality franchise.
"We're especially excited to bring this installment of 24/7 to Canada's rabid hockey fans through an ongoing partnership with HBO
Canada that truly reflects the breadth of our innovative, engaging
programming," said Ross Greenburg, President, HBO Sports. "With their intimate knowledge of the intricacies of the game,
Canadians are sure to appreciate the deep look inside hockey - and
enjoy the action as we spotlight one of the NHL's great rivalries."
Debuting Wednesday, December 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT, 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic follows the two clubs simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each
week. The teams will meet in a December 23 regular-season matchup on
the Capitals' home ice, leading into episode three, as the build-up
intensifies for the January 1 showdown at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The series will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access, along with
in-depth interviews of coaches, players and front-office personnel, as
the Caps and Pens battle through their December schedules.
Episodes air on Wednesday nights - December 15, 22 and 29 and January 5
- at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT. The first three episodes will play prior to the
2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic; the series finale airs four days
after the big match and tracks all the drama and excitement surrounding
the Capitals and Penguins on game day.
24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic marks HBO Sports' first reality series in pro hockey. The executive
producers are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave
Harmon; coordinating producers, Scott Boggins and Bentley Weiner; Aaron
Cohen is the writer; Liev Schreiber narrates. Production assistance
will be supplied by the National Hockey League.
24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic will be simulcast on HBO Canada HD, and will be available on demand. It
will also be available on HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers, Bell TV, Videotron and Shaw following its network premiere.
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 href="http://www.hbocanada.com/">www.hbocanada.com.
The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral is one of
Canada's largest media companies. It operates over 100 of the country's
most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home
advertising and digital 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), 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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