Showcase ushers in the fall with a jam-packed lineup of top-rated shows

Mystical creatures, covert operatives, a concierge doctor and relic collectors make up must-see TV this Fall on Showcase.

The channel invites viewers to step back into the underworld of Fae in the highly anticipated return of Lost Girl, catch more high-stakes espionage on Covert Affairs, follow medical house calls on Royal Pains and search for top-secret mythical relics on Warehouse 13.

Weekends are no exception with a stellar collection of hit Hollywood premieres including The Hangover, Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek. The all-star lineup begins Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

No longer in the dark about her true nature, Canada’s favourite succubus, Bo (Anna Silk; Being Erica, Billable Hours) returns in the second season of Showcase’s most-watched original series Lost Girl.

With the world of Fae in chaos following Bo’s explosive reunion with her mother, Bo must learn to “play the game” and navigate the inner workings of Faedom in order to protect those who have helped to protect her.

Kris Holden-Ried (The Listener, Textuality), Ksenia Solo (Life Unexpected, Black Swan) and Zoie Palmer (Search and Rescue, Instant Star) also return to the series. With 22 episodes ordered, unprecedented in the history of Showcase, Lost Girl season two premieresSunday, September 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Showcase’s number one Winter 2011 series,Covert Affairs returns for a new season of high-octane spy adventure. This season, Annie Walker’s (Piper Perabo; Coyote Ugly) career continues to intrude on her personal life as she strives to balance a “pseudo-normal” life as a covert operative. Co-starringChristopher Gorham (Ugly Betty), Peter Gallagher (The O.C.) and  Kari Matchett (Invasion),  Covert Affairsseason two premieres Sunday, September 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

New to the Showcase family this Fall, Royal Pains follows disgraced MD Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein; In Her Shoes, Defiance) as he applies his bedside manner to the Hampton elite. In season two, the do-gooder Doctor-for-hire continues his home practice for wealthy patients, while also treating the town’s less fortunate. The hit USA Network series and one of the highest-rated cable series in the United States, Royal Pains also stars PauloCostanzo (Road Trip, Joey), Reshma Shetty (Hated), Jill Flint (The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie) and Henry Winkler (Arrested Development, Sit Down Shut Up). Royal Pains season two premiereson Showcase Wednesday, August 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Also joining the Fall schedule is the spooky supernatural series Warehouse 13. The series stars Saul Rubinek (Barney’s Version, Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Artie Nielsen, caretaker of the “Warehouse”.  The massive top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and preternatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. In season three of the series, Artie and his Warehouse agents Pete (Eddie McClintock; Bones, Fairly Legal) and Myka (Joanne Kelly; The Dresden Files, Vanished) continue to chase down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to store at the Warehouse. New to the series, Aaron Ashmore (XIII, Smallville) joins the cast as a new recruit. Warehouse 13 season three premieresThursday, September 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Also returning this Fall, Burn Notice season three finds Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) emerging from the water, completely free from interference by the organization that burned him, but now under investigation by the police. Burn Notice returns Tuesday, August 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Wrapping up after six seasons of New York City heroics, Rescue Me returns for its final season. Tommy Gavin (Dennis Leary) and the rest of the Ladder 62 / Engine 99 crew kick off the farewell season on Sunday, September 11 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Viewers will forget about movie theatres when they see the lineup of movies coming to Showcase this Fall.  The Showcase Saturday Night Movie block includes blockbuster cable premieres ofThe Hangover, Sherlock Holmes,Star Trek,Iron Man,Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull,GI: Joe Rise Of The Cobra,Clash Of The Titans and2012. 

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