January is the New September on Canada's Premium Networks The Movie Network and Movie Central
TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2012
New Year starts with a bang with full slate of new and returning
appointment-viewing series from HBO, Showtime, CINEMAX and Starz
Original Canadian action series Transporter: The Series, starring Chris Vance, delivers a double-episode premiere on Friday,
January 4 on HBO Canada
TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and their multiplex channel HBO Canada are helping Canadians who resolve to increase their diet of quality
television in 2013 by bringing subscribers a New Year full of new shows
from HBO, Showtime, CINEMAX and Starz. Premium television subscribers
can look forward to Sunday, Monday and Friday nights brimming with new
and returning series, including: HBO's zeitgeist-defining, trendsetting
comedy Girls, the Golden Globe®-winning Enlightened and Real Time with Bill Maher; Alan Ball's anticipated new CINEMAX action/drama, Banshee; a trifecta of edgy comedies from Showtime including Shameless, Californication and House of Lies; the final season of Starz' epic drama, Spartacus: War of the Damned; and the debut of The Movie Network and Movie Central's own Transporter: The Series.
Sunday Nights Bring Grins and Gladiators to HBO Canada, The Movie
Network and Movie Central
HBO's groundbreaking Emmy®-nominated series Girls returns for its second season beginning Sunday, January 13 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, the series takes a
comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of
girls in their early 20s in New York City. Following Girls at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT is Season 2 of HBO's Enlightened, starring Laura Dern in her Golden Globe®-winning role. The series tells the story of an ambitious executive at a
global conglomerate, who returns to her fractured life after a
humiliating public breakdown, determined to lead a more enlightened
On The Movie Network and Movie Central, beginning Sunday, January 27 at 10 p.m. ET/ MT, swords and sandals come to Sunday nights as Spartacus: War of the Damned, the final season of Starz' Spartacus saga, debuts. The final episodes take place following the defeat of
Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber as Spartacus and his men have
amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of
Vesuvius. The series stars Liam McIntyre as Spartacus.
Monday Nights Get Edgy with Showtime's hit series on The Movie Network
and Movie Central
Beginning Monday, January 14, The Movie Network and Movie Central present the best of Showtime with
the return of three salacious and sexy comedies. At 9 p.m. ET/MT the twisted family dramedy Shameless, starring William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and Canada's Justin Chatwin, is
back for Season 3. The new season continues to follow the Gallagher
family as they each seek their own unique version of the American
At 10 p.m. ET/MT, Don Cheadle returns in his Emmy®-nominated role for a second season of House of Lies, a timely comedy that dives head-first into the shark tank known as
corporate America. The series also stars Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz and
Josh Lawson. Rounding out the Monday night line-up at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT is Season 6 of Californication, starring David Duchovny in his Golden Globe®-winning role as hedonistic novelist Hank Moody. In the new season,
Hank's hit novel is being turned into a Broadway production while he
continually struggles to be a good father to his college-aged daughter
Becca, while still carrying a torch for her mother, and his
Friday Nights Full of Action and Laughs on HBO Canada
On Friday, January 4, HBO Canada presents the premiere of Transporter: The Series, the action-packed Canada/France co-production starring Chris Vance.
The high-octane series follows the adventures of professional
transporter Frank Martin, who can always be counted on to get the job
done and deliver his package. Transporter: The Series will debut at 9 p.m. ET/MT with a special two-hour premiere, with subsequent episodes premiering
Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada.
On Friday, January 11, Banshee, CINEMAX's new action/drama series from Alan Ball, joins HBO Canada's
Friday night line-up. The series will air at 11 p.m. ET/MT and stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who
assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues
his criminal activities, even as he's hunted by the shadowy gangsters
he betrayed years earlier.
When HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher returns for its 11th season on Friday, January 18, featuring Maher and his panel of political pundits, celebrity guests
and New Rules, it will also join Friday nights in its regular 10 p.m. ET/MT timeslot.
In Eastern Canada, all programming will be available in High Definition
and on demand, and on HBO Canada OnLine with Bell TV Online, Rogers
Anyplace TV and Videotron's Illico Web. In Western Canada, programming
will be available in High Definition on HBO Canada HD, and on demand
and online with HBO Canada On Demand with participating service
HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral'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 and online where available by
service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.
The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada. With premiere
access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content,
critically-acclaimed 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 - The Movie Network,
HBO Canada, 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, HBO
Canada HD, MExcess HD and MFun! HD, four dedicated high-definition
channels providing hundreds of titles in HD; 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 available to BellTV, Rogers and Videotron
subscribers. For more information, please visit www.themovienetwork.ca .
The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX : ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest
media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay
and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and
interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in community
life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant
programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and
advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.
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 The Corus Made with Pay Fund, supports
many critically-acclaimed and award-winning Canadian series and films.
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.