TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, Shaw Media announced the renewal of the country's breakout original hit, Bomb Girls. With the initial six-part miniseries concluding tomorrow on Global at8pm ET/PT, the Canadian wartime drama has been green lit for 12 new episodes.
Development on the additional episodes will begin shortly and start of
production will be announced at a later date.
Theseriespremiere drew 1.6 million viewers on Global (Ind. 2+ National, confirmed data) making it the #1
new Canadian original drama premiere for the Fall 2011/2012 lineup with
2+ and A18-49 viewers. Bomb Girls has seen continued success with more than 1.2 million viewers tuning in on average during the five-week period since its
launch, becoming the #1 new Canadian program average this season.
"With six powerful episodes, Bomb Girls has struck a chord with Canadians and we're thrilled with the grassroots
initiatives and overwhelming support this original series has
generated," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. "As we work with our production partners at Muse and Back Alley,
viewers will have the opportunity to continue the journey with these
brave women facing a new reality during this fascinating time in
In tomorrow night's explosive finale, "Element of Surprise," the season culminates with dramatic twists for all of the characters
set against the attack on Pearl Harbor. Gladys's (Jodi Balfour) secret
job is exposed, while Lorna (Meg Tilly) grapples with a possible
pregnancy and Kate (Charlotte Hegele) struggles to stand up to the
return of her manipulative father.
Bomb Girls profiles the life-altering experiences of five brave Canadian women who
risk their lives working in a munitions factory during the Second World
War. Shot entirely on location in Toronto, Bomb Girls stars Academy Award® nominee Meg Tilly (Agnes of God, The Big Chill) alongside a talented cast featuring Jodi Balfour (The Sinking of the Laconia), Charlotte Hegele (Murdoch Mysteries), Ali Liebert (Hellcats), Antonio Cupo (L'Ombra del destino), Anastasia Philips (Skins), Sebastian Pigott (Being Erica) and Peter Outerbridge (ReGenesis).
Commissioned by Shaw Media's original content team, Bomb Girls is produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films. Muse
Entertainment's Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, Pillars of the Earth) serves as executive producer, along with Back Alley Films' Janis
Lundman (Durham County) and Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County). Mitchell is also the series' co-showrunner alongside Michael
MacLennan(Flashpoint, Queer as Folk), who is also an executive producer and serves as head writer.
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of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global
Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food
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