He united the states of America. HBO's epic miniseries John Adams debuts in Canada on The Movie Network and Movie Central

    - Premieres day-and-date with HBO on Sunday, March 16 at 9 p.m. ET/
      8 p.m. PT
    - Executive produced by Tom Hanks; starring Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney
      and Sarah Polley

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Bringing a contemporary perspective to a seminal
moment in American history, HBO's seven-part miniseries John Adams premieres
in Canada day-and-date with HBO on Sunday, March 16 at 9 p.m. ET on Astral
Media's The Movie Network (eastern Canada) and 8 p.m. PT on Corus
Entertainment's Movie Central (western Canada).
    Depicting the extraordinary life and times of one of America's least
understood and most underestimated founding fathers, John Adams chronicles the
journey of the second President of the United States who many consider one of
the primary shapers of America's independence and government.
    Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by David McCullough,
John Adams uses the experiences of its title character to tap into the birth
of the American republic and its first 50 years. With the fervent support of
his wife Abigail (Laura Linney), and through a lifelong rivalry and friendship
with Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane), Adams (Paul Giamatti) rises to be the
leader of the American independence movement. He plays a pivotal role in the
shaping of U.S. policy, helps foster a revolution, coaxes Jefferson to write
the Declaration of Independence, navigates stormy relationships with European
allies, and steers a course away from partisan politics.
    John Adams is executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, directed
by Tom Hooper and also stars Canada's Sarah Polley, Tom Wilkinson,
David Morse, Danny Huston, Rufus Sewell, Justin Theroux and Guy Henry.
    Subsequent installments of John Adams will air Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on
The Movie Network and 8 p.m. PT on Movie Central and will also be simulcast on
Movie Central and The Movie Network's High Definition channels. New episodes
will also be available each week on The Movie Network OnDemand and Movie
Central On Demand.

    The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern
Canada. With premiere access to Hollywood hit 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

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media Television Network. Astral Media is
a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television,
radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia. 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.

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

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: 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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