Secrets, Suspicion and a Serial Killer Hide Behind the Suburban Landscape of Durham County, A New Canadian Original Series From The Movie Network and Movie Central

    Premieres Monday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - Astral Media's The Movie Network (eastern
Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (western Canada) present the
premiere of Durham County, a daring new six-part Canadian original series
premiering Monday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network and 8 p.m. PT on
Movie Central.
    Durham County follows the tormented life of Detective Mike Sweeney (Hugh
Dillon, Hard Core Logo; Trailer Park Boys: The Movie), a world-weary homicide
detective, who moves with his wife Audrey (Hélène Joy, ReGenesis; This is
Wonderland) and daughters Sadie (Laurence Leboeuf, Human Trafficking; 15/Love)
and Maddie (Cecily Austin, Me Too) to a seemingly idyllic suburban community
in the hopes of a new beginning.
    But their new neighbour, Ray Prager (Justin Louis, Dawn of the Dead;
Fallen Arches), and the work of a sinister serial killer, make life for the
Sweeney family more difficult than they could have ever imagined. What their
families don't know is Mike and Ray share a history, and their unfinished
business, dark secrets and explosive tension threaten to shatter their own
lives as well as those around them.
    In contrast to its backdrop of suburban placidity, Durham County takes a
raw look into the tangled and twisted hearts, minds and motivations of the
series' characters and exposes viewers to a unique drama that breaks away from
the standard police procedural genre of "who" and "how", to explore the "why"
through the complexity of human behaviour.
    "Following pay-television's success with such series as The Sopranos, Six
Feet Under and Dexter, we know that Canadian audiences want more of these
compelling, hard-hitting and brave dramas. Durham County is an extraordinary
Canadian original series that delivers exactly that and is unlike any other
Canadian drama," said Michelle Marion, Director, Canadian Independent
Production, The Movie Network. "It is cinematic, unflinching and offers darkly
sophisticated, intelligent and bold storytelling combined with powerful
    "The exceptional writing, vision and overall craft in Durham County puts
it in the league of world-class drama that international audiences typically
expect from the powerhouses of U.K. and U.S. television," said Shelley Gillen,
Head of Creative and Business Affairs, Movie Central. "That pay TV in this
country is now commissioning multiple dramatic series of this calibre and
offering them to its own viewers first, indicates a new era of Canadian drama
has arrived."
    Durham County also stars Sonya Salomaa (Black Eyed Dog) as Traci Prager;
Greyston Holt (Into The West) as Ray Prager Jr.; Patrick Labbé (Les Boys) as
Tom Bykovski; Jean-Nicolas Verreault (Maelstrvm) as Jayson Graves; and
Kathleen Munroe (Beautiful People) as Nathalie Lacroix.
    The series is written by Laurie Finstad Knizhnik (Bliss, Cold Squad),
directed by Adrienne Mitchell (Bliss, Drop The Beat) and Holly Dale (Cold
Case, Absolution, The Collector), and executive produced by Janis Lundman and
Adrienne Mitchell (Bliss, Drop The Beat, Talk 16) and Michael Prupas (This is
Wonderland, Human Trafficking, Wind in the Willows) of Muse Entertainment
    Durham County is produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Back
Alley Film Productions Ltd., with the participation of The Movie Network,
Movie Central, CanWest MediaWorks' Global Television, the Canadian Television
Fund, the Independent Production Fund, Rogers Cable Network Fund and is
distributed internationally by Granada International. Durham County is a
high-definition production shot in Montreal, Quebec, and Cornwall, Ontario.

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media network 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. As a major supporter of Canadian original
programming, The Movie Network has contributed over $315 million toward
Canadian content since the launch of the channel in 1983. For more
information, please visit

    Astral Media is one of Canada's leading media companies, active in
specialty, pay and pay-per- view television, radio and outdoor advertising.
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
    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

For further information:

For further information: The Movie Network (Eastern Canada): Nicolle
Balen, (416) 956-8638,; Movie Central (Western Canada):
Alex Chapple, (416) 530-2249,

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