Bomb Girls

One week, two renewals! Muse Entertainment’s wartime drama Bomb Girls and the supernatural hit Being Human, have both been re-ordered this week by networks for brand new seasons.

“Our success is not stopping with The Kennedys,” says Muse President Michael Prupas. “These high caliber series have superb acting talent, inspired storylines and first-class production design. The shows’ audiences are committed and captivated. The networks appreciate that.”

The original 6-episode Bomb Girls, has been greenlit for 12 new episodes, bringing the total to 18 episodes. Its premiere on Global Television drew 1.6 million viewers (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.

Also this week, Syfy in the U.S., has ordered a third season (13 episodes) of Being Human, just four episodes into the 13-episode second season, which premiered on Monday, January 16. To date, viewership for the second season has increased by an impressive +27% in Adults 18-49, +35% in Adults 25-54 and +15% in total viewers. With newly-released Live +7 data factored in, the season two premiere of Being Human (January 16, 2012 at 9PM ET/PT) delivered a 1.7 HH rating representing 1.4 million Adults 25-54 (a series high for the demo and +18% over the first season premiere), 1.4 million Adults 18-49 (second highest ranking in the demo and +12% over the season one premiere) and 2.4 million total viewers (the second most-watched episode of any season and +3% over the season one premiere). With women comprising 52% of the total audience for premiere episodes this season, Being Human remains Syfy’s most female-skewing scripted series ever.

Wednesday February 8 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Gladys’ secret job is exposed when her parents make a surprise visit to Victory Munitions. Meanwhile, Lorna struggles with a possible pregnancy, Kate is confronted by her abusive father and shocking news leads each girl to face a life-altering decision.

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 at 8pm 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.

The series premiere 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 Canadian history.”

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.

Viewers can take a behind-the-scenes tour and catch up on the entire first season of Bomb Girls at http://www.globaltv.com/bombgirls.

Source: BBM Canada PPM Data – contains confirmed and overnight data (9/12/11 – 2/1/12), Total Canada.

Wednesday February 1 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Lorna struggles with her feelings for Marco. Meanwhile, a confrontation over infidelity between Gladys and James comes to a head.

Wednesday January 25 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

A propaganda film has the Bomb Girls discovering they’re victims of the war’s hype. Meanwhile, Gladys finds the courage to confront her fiance, James about his past – only to be hit with an unexpected confession.

Wednesday January 18 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

A surprise inspection throws Victory Munitions into a frenzy giving Lorna an opportunity to finally rid the factory of Marco. Meanwhile, Kate finds herself as the prime suspect in a raft of thefts and Gladys lays a trap that nets a shocking secret.

Wednesday January 11 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

The women at Victory Munitions must band together when an accidental explosion sends a worker to the hospital with serious injuries. Meanwhile, Kate scrambles to protect her false identity.

Bomb Girls, Global’s latest original production made a huge impression last night garnering over 1.4 million viewers (2+, national) for its premiere broadcast.

The first episode of the six-part miniseries won its timeslot nationally, 2+ and in the key Adults 18-49 (455,400) demographic, marking a triumphant start to the New Year.

Fans can also visit the show’s comprehensive website GlobalTV.com/bombgirls – the specially designed interface allows visitors to easily navigate through the site’s content including a behind-the-scenes tour of the set and show props, plus, exclusive interviews with the cast, producers as well as a real life bomb girl. Additionally, fans can also share their comments or word of thanks on the “Memory Wall” page to those who served and are serving our country today. Bomb Girls premiere episode is already available for viewing online with subsequent episodes also to be made available the day after broadcast.

This gripping dramatic series profiles the life-altering experiences of five brave women who risk their lives working in a Canadian munitions factory during the Second World War.

Viewers can tune in for an all-new episode of Bomb Girlsnext Wednesday, January 11 – 8pm ET/PT. In “Misfires,” the women at Victory Munitions must band together when the blame for an accidental explosion is laid at their feet.

After experiencing a Fall 2011 season that clearly established Global as one of Canada’s leading networks, Global is set to do it all over again in 2012 with the announcement of its midseason lineup.

With an already impressive roster of established hit programs returning, Global will add even more viewing clout to its schedule with the addition of several compelling dramas.

This includes the much buzzed about local production of The Firm, based on the 1991 best-selling novel by world-renowned author John Grisham, the ground-breaking Canadian original Bomb Girls, the masterful Bones spin-off The Finder, and Touch featuring the highly anticipated return to TV by Kiefer Sutherland.

 

New Programming

Global lights the fuse for its 2012 midseason with the primetime debut of its new six-part series, Bomb Girls. Premiering Wednesday, January 4 – 8pm ET/PT, and starring Meg Tilly, this locally produced original drama profiles the life-altering experiences of five brave Canadian women who risk their lives working in a munitions factory during the Second World War.

The star-studded drama series, The Firm, continues the gripping saga of Mitch McDeere 10 years later. This locally produced original program debuts with a special two-hour premiere event on Sunday, January 8 – 9pm ET/PT on Global and NBC, with subsequent episodes airing Thursdays – 10pm ET/PT. Starring Josh Lucas, Molly Parker, Callum Keith Rennie and Julliette Lewis, The Firm continues the story of attorney Mitch McDeere who, as a young associate, brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke. After a difficult decade, the series catches up with the McDeere and his family as they emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future – only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.

Born from one of Global’s biggest hit series, The Finder makes its debut on Thursday, January 12 – 9pm ET/PT following an episode of Bones that sets up the first episode of The Finder. This compelling procedural, that sometimes takes a very quirky turn, centres on a remarkable man (played by Geoff Stults) who, after suffering a war injury in Iraq, discovers that his ability to help others recover what they’ve lost has been transformed into something much more extraordinary.

A full two years after the spectacular conclusion of 24, Kiefer Sutherland has found a project compelling enough to bring him back to television. Touch is a dramatic series featuring a young mute boy who has a unique ability to predict events. At the center of Touch is Martin Bohm (Sutherland), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his mute 11-year-old son, Jake. Everything changes when Martin discovers that Jake possesses the ability to see things that no one else can. This highly anticipated program has generated so much interest that Global will air a sneak preview Wednesday, January 25 – 9pm ET/PT with the drama returning Monday, March 19 at 9pm ET/PT for its full run on Global.

Completing Global’s roster of new additions are two comedies destined to keep viewers laughing well into the night. The first is Napoleon Dynamite, adding a healthy dose of laughter to Global’s already hilarious Sunday night animation lineup beginning Sunday, January 15 – 8:30pm ET/PT. Based on the hit film of the same name, this is an animated series that follows the continuing adventures of America’s most awesome awkward teenager and his eclectic family and friends as they struggle to navigate small-town life in rural Idaho. The second, Are You There, Chelsea?, premieres Wednesday, January 18 – 9pm ET/PT as part of a Global double-bill featuring the first two episodes of this new comedy. Inspired by the best-selling book from comedienne/talk show host Chelsea Handler, this new comedy follows the exploits of twenty-something bartender Chelsea (Laura Prepon, That ’70s Show).

 

Special Programming

Kaley Cuoco helps launch the 2012 award season on Global when she hosts the 38h Annual People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday, January 11 – 9pm ET/PT. Known for bringing together a gamut of Hollywood heavyweights, People’s Choice is the only awards show that gives fans a chance to vote for their favourites in music, movies and television.

The red carpet excitement heats up again with the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. Lauded by critics for its style, simplicity and genuine warmth, the SAG awards return to Global on Sunday, January 19 – 8pm ET/PT. The unique ceremony will honour the best in  acting in film and television within a fast-paced and entertaining two-hour live broadcast.

Global salutes the world’s best in the music industry with The 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12 – 8pm ET/PT. Music’s biggest night honours excellence in the recording industry with this year’s honours including nominees Adele, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and many, many more.

 

Returning Hit Shows

Hawaii Five-0 – Monday, January 2 – 10pm ET/PT

NCIS – Tuesday, January 3 – 8pm ET/PT

NCIS: LA – Tuesday, January 3 – 9pm ET/PT

Parenthood – Tuesday, January 3 – 10pm ET/PT

The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show, American Dad & Family Guy – all returning to their regular time periods Sunday, January 8

The Office – Thursday, January 12 – 8pm ET/PT

The Good Wife – Friday, January 6 – 10pm ET/PT (returning to its regular Sunday night time slot the following week)

Glee – Tuesday, January 17 – 8pm ET/PT

House – Monday, January 23 – 8pm (NEW TIME)

Celebrity Apprentice – Saturday, January 11 – 8pm ET/PT

Survivor Season 24 – Wednesday, February 15 – 8pm ET/PT