TORONTO, Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central announced today highlights from its 2007/2008 schedule. As the home of HBO and Showtime, compelling original programming and blockbuster films, Movie Central continues to bring Western Canada the best that pay television has to offer.
"With more than a dozen new and returning original HBO programs, a raft of Showtime productions, three original Canadian drama series in the works, as well as the latest Hollywood blockbusters viewers have come to expect from Movie Central, the coming season promises to be very exciting," said Andrew Eddy, Vice President, Programming Strategy and Investment, Movie Central.
"With new premieres every week, as well as access to programming in HD and On Demand, Movie Central provides its audience with a continuous and unmatched selection of exceptional and groundbreaking programming all year round."
NEW PROGRAMMING INFORMATION
Hollywood blockbuster titles premiering this September include Babel, The Departed, Flags of Our Fathers, The Queen, Marie Antoinette and Pursuit of Happiness. Box-office hits coming this October include: Borat!, Casino Royale, Pan’s Labyrinth and Volver.
HBO DRAMA SERIES
Tell Me You Love Me
The highly anticipated, drama/comedy series Tell Me You Love Me focuses on three couple’ connection, or disconnection, between sex and intimacy. They all share a therapist, Dr. May Foster, who counsels the couples in the different stages of their relationships. Jamie and Hugo, in their 20’s, are engaged, but dealing with fidelity issues. Thirty-something’s Carolyn and Palek are frustrated by their inability to get pregnant, and Dave and Katie,
in their 40’s, have a committed relationship but have stopped having sex. This boundary-pushing one-hour series also stars Jane Alexander (Emmy® winner for Warm Springs; four-time Oscar® nominee), Michelle Borth (Wonderland), Tim DeKay (Carnivale), Aislinn Paul (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Adam Scott
(Knocked Up), Kate Towne (Blades of Glory), Sonya Walger (Lost), Ally Walker (Profiler) and Luke Kirby (Slings & Arrows). Tell Me You Love Me premieres
September 9 at 10 p.m. PT
This five-part BBC and HBO miniseries explores the disappearance of Leanne, a young mother in a quiet British suburb, and the circumstances that leave her children abandoned far from home. This intricate thriller tracks five 24-hour periods following her abduction. As each episode unravels, it becomes clear that nobody is as they appear to be and the investigation into Leanne’s disappearance provides surprises at every corner. Series stars David Oyelowo, Hugh Bonneville, Janet McTeer, Penelope Wilton, Patrick Malahide and Sarah Smart and premieres in October.
Other new HBO series to join the lineup later in the 2007/2008 schedule, along with season five of the Peabody Award-winning cop drama The Wire and season five of Entourage, are: In Treatment, a serialized comedy executive produced by Mark Wahlberg and starring Gabriel Byrne as a psychiatrist who escapes his own patients by seeing a therapist himself; John Adams, a miniseries about the American Revolution starring Paul Giamatti and executive
produced by Tom Hanks; 12 Miles of Bad Road, starring Lili Tomlin as the matriarch of a wealthy Texas real estate family whose business and outrageous wealth complicate even the smallest family matter; and Generation Kill, a miniseries about a group of young Marines whose unit is part of the first wave of American military assault on Baghdad. The seven-part series is executive produced and co-written by David Simon and Ed Burns, the team behind the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire.
HBO ORIGINAL FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES
Children of God: Lost and Found In this documentary, filmmaker Noah Thompson tells the story of his search for his siblings and other young deserters from the Christian cult "The Children of God" where they were brought up. Premieres on Thursday,
September 6 at 7 p.m. PT
Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq The Sopranos star James Gandolfini returns to the small screen as the executive producer of the documentary Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq, a poignant portrait of the lives of U.S. soldiers upon returning from Iraq.
Premieres on Sunday, September 9 at 7 p.m. PT.
Pinochet’s Last Stand
The HBO original film Pinochet’s Last Stand tells the story of Chilean General Augusto Pinochet’s Amnesty International house arrest in the U.K. for crimes against humanity in his own country and his controversial relationship with former ally and then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Premieres on Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. PT.
Little Rock High: 50 Years Later
The shocking tale of desegregation in 1957 at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas and the current state of modern racial divisions 50 years later. Premieres on Tuesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. PT.
All programs are available in Eastern Canada on The Movie Network.
SHOWTIME DRAMA SERIES
As home to Showtime in Western Canada, Movie Central introduces new seasons of the highly acclaimed and award-winning dramas Dexter and Brotherhood this fall, airing back-to-back and day-and-date with the U.S.
Dexter Season 2
Returning for another season of suspense Dexter, based on Jeff Lindsay’s novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, follows Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a forensic investigator for the Miami Police Department, who takes the law into his own hands by killing the criminal and morally bankrupt who are above the law or who have slipped through the cracks of justice. Joining the cast is award-winning actor Keith Carradine (Deadwood) as Lt. Frank Lundy, Special Agent for the FBI, who is brought on board to investigate a gruesome find of dead bodies in Miami. The series also stars Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Julie Benz, Erik King, David Zayas and James Remar and premieres on Sunday,
September 30 at 8 p.m. PT.
Brotherhood Season 2
The old-world code of street justice and loyalty rule in this mobster drama about two brothers living on "The Hill," an Irish-American neighbourhood in the port city of Providence, Rhode Island. The second season of this critically-acclaimed series, recently honoured with a prestigious Peabody Award and called a "masterpiece" by the Associated Press, brings Tony®Award-winning actor Brian F. O’Byrne on as a series regular for season two. O’Byrne will play Colin Carr, a cousin of the Caffee brothers who comes to Providence from Ireland and gets involved in the criminal world on The Hill. The series also stars Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish, Ethan Embry, Kevin Chapman, Fiona Erickson and Fionnula Flanagan and premieres on Sunday, September 30 at 9 p.m. PT.
CANADIAN ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES
Recognized as a major force in producing world-class dramatic series for pay TV, with visionary projects, strong creative teams, exceptional writing and cinematic production values, Movie Central is proud to announce its lineup of upcoming original productions. All three original series are produced in collaboration with and broadcast on The Movie Network in Eastern Canada.
ZOS: Zone of Separation
Debuting in early 2008 and produced by Whizbang Films (H2O and Men with Brooms) the eight-part series ZOS: Zone of Separation explores the life-and-death struggle to enforce a United Nations-brokered ceasefire, as peacekeepers face the harsh reality of living in a violent Zone of Separation.
This eight-part series tells the story of Max and Donny, two cops who are often as morally ambiguous as the criminals they pursue. Created and written by critically-acclaimed playwright/screenwriter George F. Walker (This is Wonderland and Criminals in Love) and Dani Romain (This is Wonderland) and produced by The Nightingale Company, the story is told from a cop’s point of view. Series premieres in 2008.
ReGenesis Season 4
ReGenesis returns to the schedule for a fourth season in 2008. Exploring the threat of science on society the award-winning drama has been sold to over 100 countries around the world including the U.S. and stars Peter Outerbridge and Wendy Crewson.