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Showcase’s all-new Canadian original comedy series The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour, starring Mike Smith, Robb Wells and JP Tremblay (Trailer Park Boys), commenced production May 26, 2010 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The six-episode, half-hour limited series is slated for Showcase.

The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour is an innovative comedy series, that builds on the success and popularity of the stars of the seminal Showcase comedy series Trailer Park Boys, inspired by comedy classics like Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the more recent British import The League of Gentlemen.

Set in the sleepy fictional town of Port Cockerton, the series catches up with Mike, Robb and JP in the midst of shooting their new sketch-variety TV show called “The Happy Funtime Hour.” Disastrously, an actor hired to play a wacky German scientist (Maury Chaykin) assumes the personality of his character after synthesizing a powerful and addictive hallucinogen derived from local berries. Chaos ensues in the town as the cast ingests the drugs and begins to believe they really are the characters they portray on the show – including deranged pirates, drug-addled playboys from an 80’s television show and a group of not-so-super superheroes. The three stars play a total of 24 characters throughout the series.

The series’ impressive lineup of guest stars includes Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, How to Train Your Dragon), Genie and Gemini Award winner Maury Chaykin (Entourage). Trailer Park Boys alumni Pat Roach and John Dunsworth will also guest star in the series.

Directing the series is Gemini Award nominated Ron Murphy (Dan For Mayor, Being Erica). Stars Mike Smith, John Paul Tremblay and Robb Wells are also the writers and producers of the series.

The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour is produced by Happy Funtime Productions 2007 Inc. in association with Canwest Broadcasting with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, Film Nova Scotia and the Bell New Media Fund. Producers are Paul Pope and Louis Thomas.

 

Monday, May 24 from 11am ET to 5pm ET
 
11am ET – Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: Refit for Action

11:30am ET – Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: On the Double

12pm ET – Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: Diva D-Day

12:30pm ET – Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: Mermaid Warrior

1pm ET – Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: Breaking the Plateau

1:30pm ET – Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: Unlawful Behaviour

2pm ET – Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: Unwanted Cargo

2:30pm ET – Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: Bust Your Chub

3pm ET -Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: Plan of Attack

3:30pm ET -Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: Tubalicious

4pm ET -Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: Bootcamp or Bust

4:30pm ET – Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp: Strategic Stand Up

Monday, May 24 from 5pm ET to 8pm ET
 
5pm ET – Bulging Brides: Family Matters

5:30pm ET – Bulging Brides: Bursting at the Seams

6pm ET – Bulging Brides: Project Princess

6:30pm ET – Bulging Brides: Break Out

7pm ET – Bulging Brides: Stress Test

7:30pm ET – Bulging Brides: Big Fat Italian Bride
 

Torontonians felt the first signs of wedding fever this morning when a bride, groom and their wedding party spilled out of a hot pink, Slice™-branded limo for an impromptu photo shoot near Yonge and Bloor.

The Slice™ wedding party is embarking on an eight-day tour today targeting high traffic areas across the GTA to promote Slice™’s standout line-up of wedding programs and offer a chance to win one of three dream honeymoon vacations in Slice™’s ‘To Cuba, With Love!’ contest.

Slice™’s wedding programs are an integral part of the schedule and with new seasons of audience favourites launching this spring there is cause for celebration. Slice™’s city-wide wedding party tour and national contest are part of an overall marketing strategy to reinforce the channel’s exceptional line-up of entertaining and unconventional wedding programs, by engaging target consumers (W18-49) in a unique and memorable Slice™ brand experience.

“With wedding season in full swing, we created a fun and engaging experience for viewers to reinforce that where weddings are concerned, there’s no place like Slice™,” said Solange Bernard, Director of Marketing Strategy, Lifestyle Channels, Canwest Broadcasting. “The over-the-top, boisterous bridal party stunt mirrors the fun and offbeat personality of Slice™’s wedding programs that our viewers love.”

At each Toronto location the Slice™ street team, decked out in hard-to-miss hot pink and white wedding attire, will hand out Slice™-branded bubbles and postcards including tune-in information for the channel’s popular wedding programs and information about the Slice™ ‘To Cuba, With Love!’ contest. The bubbles and postcards are intended to create brand awareness and drive entry to the contest at ToCubaWithLove.ca. The boisterous bridal party will engage both female and male consumers, inviting them to pose as wedding guests in an impromptu photo shoot. An onsite photographer will snap the photos and post them to Facebook.com/Slice.ca each evening.

Promotional support for Slice™’s ‘To Cuba, With Love!’ contest also includes 30-second on-air promos running on Slice™. Partnering with radio station Z103.5, Slice™’s ‘To Cuba, With Love!’ contest will have two weeks of support through a combination of  live announcer shout-outs to the Slice™ wedding party locations, pre-produced spots and a banner ad on their homepage. A list of locations to spot Slice™’s hot pink limo will be posted on the Z103.5 website.

The contest name, logo, on-air promo, limo wrap, bubble label, Z103.5 online ad and postcard handout were developed internally by Canwest’s Creative Agency. The contest site and street team execution were developed externally by Sugar Media. Prizing is courtesy of Flight Network.

Slice™’s ‘To Cuba, With Love!’ contest begins at 12:01am ET May 17 and runs to 11:59pm ET on June 13.

New episodes of wedding favourites, Rich Bride Poor Bride, Wedding SOS and Bulging Brides, air Sundays and Mondays beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT Slice™. Tune in for a Bulging Brides marathon Monday, May 24 from 5pm ET – 8pm ET.

TVtropolis in association with Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd. ushers in the second season premiere of the hilarious half-hour hit documentary series, Carlawood, starring Canadian Comedian Carla Collins.

The eight-episode documentary series described as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” meets “My Life on the D-List” will premiere Monday, May 31 at 11 p.m. ET/PT only on TVtropolis.

Join Carla this season on a lighthearted journey in the land of excess, with her affable “Hollywood-royalty” husband Tyrone Power Jr. by her side. Carla brings the camera along as she dodges celebrities and pursues her quest for fame in the City of Angels.

“We are ecstatic to have Carla Collins back on TVtropolis with a comical second season of Carlawood,” said Vanessa Case, Vice-President, Content, TVtropolis. “Viewers will be chuckling in their seats as she takes them on her personal journey through the not so always glamorous world of Hollywood.”

Season two highlights include: taking the Hollywood comedy circuit by storm, hitting tons of red carpet events for the “pet” charities she supports, writing a new self-help book entitled Angels, Vampires and Douche Bags, finding a suitable personal assistant and convincing US Immigration that her union with Ty is legitimate!

“Fans of Carlawood can’t get enough of Carla’s LA antics! Season two will get up close and personal with Carla as she lives out her dream on camera,” says Michael Geddes, President of Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd.

Carla Collins is an award-winning comedian, actress and television host. She is hailed as “The Queen of Comedy in Canada”. Carla starred as Rusty Sinclair on the campy soap Paradise Falls and has appeared in numerous movies of the week. She was also in the feature film Caveman’s Valentine. She has appeared on numerous series including Pax TV’s Doc, Noggin’s, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Oxygen/ Showcase’s Show Me Yours, Tracker, Starhunter 2300 and Screech Owls.

Sunday, May 9 from 8am ET to 1pm ET (encore presentation from 1pm ET to 6pm ET)

Follow outrageous moms as they plan over-the-top parties for their children.
 
8am ET – Party Mamas: Lisa

8:30am ET – Party Mamas: Cindy

9am ET – Party Mamas: Annette

9:30am ET – Party Mamas: Kerrie

10am ET – Party Mamas: Rosalie

10:30am ET – Party Mamas: Sion

11am ET – Party Mamas: Eva

11:30am ET – Party Mamas: Brian

12pm ET – Party Mamas: Shelley

12:30am ET – Party Mamas: Mala

Canwest Broadcasting proudly announces the pick-up of Endgame, Thunderbird Film’s much-anticipated drama series in association with Front Street Pictures. The one hour, 13-episode series is set to premiere Spring 2011 on Showcase.

Endgame is an original drama series centering around a brilliant chess master.  Using the skills that made him chess champion of the world, Arkady Balagan solves the crimes that mystify others. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver hotel, terrified to step outside. To pay his bill, Balagan starts solving mysteries – using an unlikely band of hotel employees and chess fanatics to do his legwork.

Arrogant, brilliant and charismatic, the Russian-born Balagan is able to envision his unknown opponent’s motives and moves. He imagines events, interviews the living and the dead, and runs conflicting scenarios – all in his head. And we get to watch right along with him as he solves crimes that baffle the police. In Endgame, we see genius at work.

“The drama and suspense of Endgame are sure to intrigue our audiences,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Dramatic and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting.  “The series is a great addition to our growing roster of Canwest Original dramas. The colourful characters and storylines will make for an unforgettable TV viewing experience.”

Production on Endgame is scheduled to begin this Summer 2010 with casting announcements forthcoming.

Showcase’s all-new drama series Haven, based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King, commenced production on April 20 just outside of Halifax in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Haven stars Emily Rose (Damages) as Audrey Parker, the shrewd and confident FBI agent with a lost past who arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine to solve the murder of a local ex-con. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are afflicted with a remarkable range of supernatural abilities.

As the townspeople’s dormant abilities begin to express themselves, Audrey helps keep these forces at bay while discovering the many secrets of Haven – including one surrounding her own surprising past in this extraordinary place. Among the citizens who cross Audrey’s path are local cop Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant, MVP, Queer as Folk), who eventually becomes Audrey’s partner, the mysterious and charming Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour, 24, Six Feet Under) and her new boss, Police Chief Wournos (Nicholas Campbell, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Cinderella Man).

Adam Kane (The Mentalist, Heroes, Pushing Daisies) will direct the pilot.

Haven is developed and produced by E1 Entertainment in association with Pillar, Segan Shepherd. The series has been co-commissioned by Canwest and Syfy Channel with Showcase serving as the Canadian broadcaster and Syfy as the U.S. broadcaster. International distribution is handled by E1.

The impressive creative team behind Haven includes showrunner Scott Shepherd (Tru Calling, The Dead Zone) who is joined by E1 Entertainment’s John Morayniss (Hung, Rookie Blue), Noreen Halpern (Hung, Rookie Blue), Laszlo Barna (The Bridge) and Michael Rosenberg (Hung, The Riches). In addition his partners, Executive Producers Lloyd Segan and Shawn Piller (The Dead Zone, Wildfire, Greek) are also behind the project. The pilot is written by Sam Ernst (Shrek the Third, The Dead Zone) and Jim Dunn (Shrek the Third, The Dead Zone) who will also serve as Executive Producers on the series.

Beginning today, television enthusiasts will have access to a collection of bold original content from Showcase for purchase and download on the  iTunes Store in Canada (www.itunes.ca), including fan favourites Trailer Park Boys, Kenny vs. Spenny and the gaming comedy Pure Pwnage.

The content on iTunes complements the array of digital platforms currently available for Showcase’s original Canadian series. In addition to the channel’s website Showcase.ca, iTunes provides another opportunity for viewers to catch up on missed episodes, purchase broadcast episodes, pre-order upcoming episodes, download entire seasons of their favourite series, and access exclusive free content.

“Making programs available on iTunes is an extremely important step for Showcase, allowing us to extend our wealth of much-loved, high-quality original series to an even broader audience who wish to access this content on their own terms,” says Paul Burns, VP, Digital Media, Canwest Broadcasting. “We always strive to find new ways to engage Canadian viewers through multiple platforms and availability on iTunes is an exciting move forward in that direction.”

Showcase series are available for purchase in both Standard Definition and High Definition, and iTunes customers can purchase a Season Pass, which allows fans to buy an entire season of currently airing programming at a discounted price. With a Season Pass, episodes are automatically downloaded when they become available the day after television broadcast.

As of today, iTunes customers in Canada can start enjoying a variety of award-winning, critically-acclaimed dramatic and comedic Showcase originals, including:

·  Cra$h & Burn: Season 1
·  Kenny vs. Spenny: Seasons 4-6
·  Pure Pwnage: Season 1
·  The Foundation: Season 1
·  Trailer Park Boys: Seasons 1-7, The Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special
·  Testees: Season 1

Canwest Broadcasting announces the pick-up of Haven, E1 Entertainment’s much-anticipated drama series, co-commissioned with Syfy. Emily Rose (Jericho, Brothers and Sisters, ER), Lucas Bryant (Queer as Folk, Dollhouse), and Eric Balfour (24, Six Feet Under) have been cast in the series, based on the novella The Colorado Kid from legendary author Stephen King.  The one hour, 13-episode series is set to premiere this summer on Showcase.

Haven centers on the small town of Haven, Maine, where FBI agent Audrey (Emily Rose) discovers that the curious enclave is a longtime refuge for people with supernatural afflictions. As the townspeople’s dormant abilities begin to express themselves, Audrey helps keep these forces at bay while discovering the many secrets of Haven – including one surrounding her own surprising past in this extraordinary place. 

“The drama and suspense of Haven is sure to resonate with our audiences,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Dramatic and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting.  “With intriguing supernatural storylines and fascinating characters played by such a talented cast, we can’t wait to get this into production.”

Production on Haven is scheduled to begin this Spring 2010.