Showcase announces fall line-up

Showcase unveils its strongest schedule ever with eight new and returning exclusive series.

The home of the best original content, the channel debuts three brand-new Canadian scripted dramas this fall and welcomes a critically acclaimed series back for a third season.

Showcase offers Canadians the biggest variety in homegrown programming, from 1860s rebel cop drama, Copper to the television adaptation of World Without End, with Cynthia Nixon leading an all-star cast.

The classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast gets revamped and sci-fi series Haven returns for an action-packed third season. Also the home of outstanding cable dramas from the US, Showcase welcomes to buddy-cop series Common Law to the schedule, as well as the return of Covert Affairs and Warehouse 13.

Movies dominate Saturday nights with Tinseltown titles including Inception and The Town. The lineup debuts August 26 beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

“Showcase’s fall schedule is unrivalled in its variety, quality and volume of dramatic programming. As leaders in producing exceptional Canadian drama – brought to life by the top creative minds in the industry and starring the brightest actors in our country – it’s a thrill to welcome three new homegrown series to the lineup. It’s these series, complemented by our ample collection of acquired programming, that make up Showcase’s most exciting fall lineup to date.” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media.

It’s time to break out the brass knuckles for the highly anticipated series premiere of gritty cop drama, Copper. The gripping crime series set in 1860s New York City focuses on Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones; MI-5), an intense, rugged Irish-immigrant cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighbourhood. Struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, Corcoran forms a bond with two Civil War compatriots with whom he shares a secret from their experience on the battlefield. Created by the multiple award-winning team of Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, Oz) and Tom Fontana, (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Borgias), Copper premieres Sunday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

Next up is USA Network’s arresting series Common Law, starring Michael Ealy (The Good Wife, Californication) and Warren Kole (24, The Chicago Code). The cop dramedy follows former lawyer Wes Mitchell (Kole) and former juvenile delinquent Travis Marks (Ealy), partners who are great at closing cases but have one major issue – each other. When their constant bickering starts affecting their work, Captain Sutton (Jack McGee; The Fighter) sends the dream team off to couples therapy with tough-as-nails therapist Dr. Elyse Ryan (Sonya Walger; Lost). Follow #TeamTravis and #TeamWes when Common Law premieres Sunday, August 26 at 10 p.m. ET.

From producer Ridley Scott, the television adaptation of Ken Follett’s bestselling novel World Without End has its world broadcast premiere exclusively on Showcase. Starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Tom Weston-Jones (Copper), Miranda Richardson (Merlin), Carlo Rota (Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) the sweeping epic drama follows Caris (Charlotte Riley), a visionary young woman struggling to rise above the suffering and oppression of the 14th century. Together with her lover Merthin (Weston-Jones), Caris unearths a dangerous secret that could ultimately crumble The Crown and The Church forever. Rounding out the cast are Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth and Megan Follows. World Without End premieres Tuesday, September 4 at 10 p.m. ET.

From the classic fairytale comes a riveting, fresh take on Beauty and the Beast, starring Kristin Kreuk (Smallville). After witnessing her mother’s murder 10 years ago, Catherine (Kreuk) knows her life would have been taken too if it wasn’t for someone – or something – that saved her. Now a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective, Catherine discovers Dr. Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan; Terra Nova), the man who saved her life, but has been in hiding due to his beastly instincts. In exchange for information on her mother’s murder, Catherine agrees to protect Dr. Keller’s true identity, forging the beginning of a complex relationship. Beauty and the Beast premieres Thursday, October 11 at 9 p.m. ET.

New seasons of returning hit series explode with all new episodes. The unconventional M.D. series Royal Pains Season 4 returns on Wednesday, August 29 at 10 p.m. ET, followed by the premiere of Warehouse 13 with season four guest star Sam Huntington (Being Human) on Friday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET. The Troubles continue to lurk on Haven Season 3 premiering on Friday, September 28 at 9 p.m. ET and Golden Globe®-nominated actress Piper Perabo reprises her role as CIA operative Angie Walker on Covert Affairs Season 3 beginning Thursday, October 4 at 10 p.m. ET.

The Showcase Saturday Night Movie block continues to deliver silver-screen flicks with the biggest Hollywood heavy hitters including the cable premieres of Inception, The Town, Salt, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Shutter Island and Grown Ups.

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