Media Alert - HBO Canada offers Canadians a free online sneak peek of the new
HBO comedy series Bored To Death

    First episode currently available online at in advance
    of series' network premiere

TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Beginning today, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral Media's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) is offering a free online sneak peek of Bored To Death, the new half-hour quirky comedy series starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson.

The entire first episode of this much-anticipated series - which has already been receiving critical acclaim and generating buzz - is available to Canadians to preview online at prior to its television premiere on Sunday, September 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.


Based on the semi-autobiographical musings of eclectic author Jonathan Ames, the eight-episode first season of Bored To Death tells the story of the fictional Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman), a young Brooklyn writer who, in the wake of a painful break-up, is finding it difficult to write his second novel. Rather than face reality, Jonathan turns instead to his fantasies, including moonlighting as a private detective, in an attempt to emulate his heroes from classic crime novels. Along for the ride are Jonathan's needy magazine editor boss, George Christopher (Ted Danson), who frequently interferes with his newfound career, and his best friend Ray (Zach Galifianakis), a struggling graphic artist who does his best to advise him but can barely keep his own life together.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral Media'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

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 interactive media. 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. For more information about Astral Media, please visit

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 or

SOURCE The Movie Network

For further information: For further information: Media contacts: The Movie Network (eastern Canada), Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638,; Movie Central (western Canada), Owen McCorquodale, (416) 530-2249,

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