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TORONTO (August 15, 2013) – Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Bell Media's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) bring blockbuster entertainment this fall with the highly anticipated Showtime one-hour drama MASTERS OF SEX, premiering on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. The Canadian Screen Award-winning twisted comedy series CALL ME FITZ launches a fourth season full of laughs, beginning Monday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. Both series join a full schedule of the best in Hollywood films, Canadian features, and Pay TV specials on Movie Central and The Movie Network this fall.
Michael Sheen as William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in MASTERS OF SEX
Peter MacNeill, Joanna Cassidy, Ernie Grunwald, Jason Priestley and Tracy Dawson in CALL ME FITZ
MASTERS OF SEX stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, who portray real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The 12-episode series chronicles the unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson's couch.
MASTERS OF SEX marks Emmy® and BAFTA Award nominee Sheen's first regular series role for television. The series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier's book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love. The pilot episode was directed by Academy Award® nominee John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, and the current hit indie film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), who also serves as executive producer, and also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald (It's Complicated), in the role of Masters' wife, Nicholas D'Agosto (HEROES) and Teddy Sears (AMERICAN HORROR STORY). Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning actor Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale also appear in the pilot.
MASTERS OF SEX was created and executive produced by Michelle Ashford (THE PACIFIC). The series is executive produced by Timberman Beverly Productions' Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman, and Judith Verno. Michael Sheen and Tammy Rosen are producers. MASTERS OF SEX is produced by Sony Pictures Television.
Starring Jason Priestley as Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a morally flawed car salesman, CALL ME FITZ returns for a fourth season, but things have changed. With a new baby in the house - Elaine's swinging party pad, no less - Larry thinks it's the perfect time to dig out the family photo album, empty old boxes in the basement, and discover what made the Fitzpatricks the class-A derelicts they are today. Every new piece of the Fitzpatrick past that Larry uncovers sheds more light on the family’s twisted history, while fueling the dysfunctional fire between them and, in the end, unearthing a nemesis hell-bent on eradicating the Fitzpatricks and their way of life.
The nine-episode fourth season of the made-in-Canada half-hour comedy guest stars Michael Gross (FAMILY TIES, Tremors) as family nemesis Pat Childs. The ensemble cast also includes: Peter MacNeill as Ken Fitzpatrick, Fitz's father and patriarch of Fitzpatrick Motors; Tracy Dawson as Meghan Fitzpatrick, Fitz's shrewish younger sister and thorn in his side; Donavon Stinson as Josh Mctaggart, the Fitzpatrick Motors in-house auto repair and wildcard; Kathleen Munroe as Ali Devon; Jonathan Torrens as Chester Vince; and Joanna Cassidy, who returns as Fitz's mother Elaine Fitzpatrick.
The series’ Canadian Screen Awards include Sheri Elwood for Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series; Joanna Cassidy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series; Tracy Dawson for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role, and Ernie Grunwald for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series. Series star Jason Priestley recently took home a Golden Nymph Award at the 2012 Monte Carlo Television Festival for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series and a 2011 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Performance by a Male – Television.
CALL ME FITZ was created by Sheri Elwood and then developed by Amaze Film + Television. The series is produced by Amaze, Big Motion Pictures, and Entertainment One, with the participation of The Movie Network and Movie Central. Executive Produced by Sheri Elwood, who is also the series Show Runner, the show is filmed in Nova Scotia. CALL ME FITZ currently airs on DirecTV in the U.S.
In Western Canada, episodes will be available in High Definition on Movie Central HD; On Demand, via mobile and online with participating service providers.
In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available in High Definition and on TMN GO, The Movie Network OnDemand and TMN OnLine.
About Movie Central
Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, through Script to Screen, a writer-oriented feature script development program funded by Movie Central and delivered by NSI supports Canadian filmmaking. 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, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
About The Movie Network:
The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada delivering premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian programming to subscribers. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels – The Movie Network, HBO Canada, MExcess, MFun! and MFest. All five multiplex channels are simulcast in High Definition and joined by TMN GO, a multi-platform video streaming service; The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service available in select areas across eastern Canada; and TMN OnLine, an Internet-based content streaming service. The Movie Network is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about The Movie Network is available at www.themovienetwork.ca.
For more information:
For Movie Central (Western Canada):
Owen McCorquodale, 416.479.6068 or Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com
For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
Ellery Ulster, 416.956.8638 or firstname.lastname@example.org