Bomb Girls

Global’s commitment to creating powerful original dramas continues with the prime time debut of its new six-part series, Bomb Girls. Premiering Wednesday, January 4 – 8pm ET/PT, the 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. 

“What I love about Bomb Girls is the unique perspective it offers on the constant conflicts and difficult personal choices these women faced in such a high-stakes environment,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. “How did their lives change so profoundly? Why did it all matter so much? Bomb Girls brings the remarkable journey to life.”

The series entertains viewers with a wartime persona that is rarely acknowledged yet played an integral role in the country’s rich history; it reveals the necessity of the ‘bomb girl’ along with her significance. Leading the ensemble cast is legendary Oscar® nominee Meg Tilly (Agnes of God, The Big Chill), who makes her return to network television after 18 years, taking on the role of Lorna Corbett, the Victory Munitions factory supervisor.

Joining Meg Tilly are Jodi Balfour (The Sinking of the Laconia) as free-wheeling socialite-turned-bomb girl Gladys Witham; Charlotte Hegele (Murdoch Mysteries) as wide-eyed preacher’s daughter Kate Andrews; Ali Liebert (Hellcats) as tough-talking Prairie girl Betty McRae; and Anastasia Philips (Skins) as kind-natured Vera Burr. Commissioned by Shaw Media’s original content team, the series is produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films.

The series also stars Antonio Cupo (L’Ombra del destino) as Italian-born factory worker Marco Moretti; Sebastian Pigott (Being Erica) as Gladys’ fiancé James Dunn; and Peter Outerbridge (ReGenesis) as Lorna’s husband Bob Corbett.

This gripping dramatic series set on the Canadian home front tells the remarkable stories of the women who risked everything building bombs for the Allied forces fighting on the European front. Bomb Girls delves into the lives of these exceptional women from all walks of life – peers, friends and rivals – who find themselves changed profoundly as they are liberated from their home and social restrictions to join the work force for the first time and face previously unimaginable risks in the process.

Shot on location in Toronto, Bomb Girls is executive produced by Muse Entertainment’s Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, Pillars of the Earth), along with Back Alley Films’ Janis Lundman (Durham County) and Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County). Mitchell also serves as co-showrunner along with Michael MacLennan (Flashpoint, Queer as Folk) who is executive producer and serves as the series’ head writer.

Boasting a robust collection of dynamic hit original programs including Lost Girl, Rookie Blue and Bomb Girls, Shaw Media is proud to present another homegrown series, Out of Time – a one-hour, futuristic, procedural police drama.

Out of Time focuses on Kyra Cameron, a regular cop from the future who finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver. Produced by Reunion Pictures Inc., the 10-episode series is set to air on Showcase in spring 2012.

Kyra is alone, in a strange land, in pursuit of nine of the most ruthless criminals from the year 2077 after they managed to escape execution through a rift in time. Armed with advanced technology, her most powerful weapon – a multi-tasking wearable second skin that doubles as a communication device – is malfunctioning.

As Kyra calls for backup on her suit’s command frequency, Alex Sadler – a current-day tech genius – hears her call. Kyra wants to get home but first she must use the resources available to track and capture these terrorists before they alter history, changing the course of the future forever.

“Set in a contemporary world visualized through the eyes of a character from the future, Out of Time will have the depth, imagination and cinematic quality that viewers have come to expect from Shaw Media’s original series,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “Commissioning Out of Time is another demonstration of our commitment to producing content that positions us as a leader in delivering top-notch original dramatic entertainment.”

Out Of Time is produced by Reunion Pictures Inc. in association with Shaw Media. The series was developed by Executive Producer and Creator Simon Barry, along with Jeff King, Tom Rowe and Patrick Williams who are also Executive Producers on the project. GK-TV is handling the international sale of the series.

Production on Out of Time is set to begin in Vancouver in January 2012. Casting details to be announced.

Today Shaw Media announced casting and production details for Global Television’s original drama series, Bomb Girls. Starring Oscar® nominated actress Meg Tilly (Agnes of God, The Big Chill), the series begins production in Toronto on September 12 and runs through November 16, 2011.

Commissioned by Shaw Media’s original content team and produced by Muse Entertainment/Back Alley Films, the six-part, one-hour series is scheduled to premiere on Global in January 2012.

Set in the 1940s, Bomb Girls tells the remarkable stories of the women who risked their lives in a munitions factory building bombs for the Allied forces fighting on the European front.

The series delves into the lives of these exceptional women from all walks of life – peers, friends and rivals – who find themselves thrust into new worlds and changed profoundly as they are liberated from their home and social restrictions.

“Bomb Girls is rich with historical significance, stemming from the efforts of Canadian women during the Second World War, and we are proud to spotlight the groundbreaking bravery of these unsung heroes through this new Global original,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. “With its fresh-faced cast, seasoned production team, intriguing storylines and unflappable characters, this six-part series is a dynamic addition to our midseason slate.”

Bomb Girls stars Meg Tilly as Lorna, a supervisor at the munitions factory with two sons on the front; Jodi Balfour (The Sinking of the Laconia) as Gladys, a wealthy socialite who becomes a bomb girl despite her parents’ disapproval; Charlotte Hegele (Murdoch Mysteries) as Kate, a preacher’s daughter with a golden voice who’s running from her fundamentalist father; Ali Liebert (Hellcats) as Betty, a fast-talking girl from the Prairies responsible for training the bomb girls; Anastasia Philips (Skins) as Vera, whose life is forever changed by her work on the assembly line; Lisa Norton (72 Hours: True Crime) as Edith, a forlorn mother of two youngsters; and Antonio Cupo (L’Ombra del destino) as Marco, an Italian-born factory worker who is banned from the army because of his ethnic background.

“We’re stepping away from the familiar romantic notions of the ’40s to instead explore the astonishing and little-known truths about the home front,” said co-creator Michael MacLennan (Flashpoint, Queer as Folk). Further to this, co-creator Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County, Bliss) added, “When an explosive could blast in your face today, when your overseas lover could be shot dead tomorrow, when you’re not sure if the free world will be standing next month, you play your cards however you want — and you don’t play by the old rules.”

Produced by Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys) and Back Alley Films (Durham County), executive producers include Michael MacLennan, Michael Prupas (Muse Entertainment), Janis Lundman (Back Alley Films) and Adrienne Mitchell (Back Alley Films). Adrienne Mitchell is also the co-showrunner along with Michael MacLennan, who serves as the series’ head writer. Bomb Girls will be directed by Adrienne Mitchell, Ken Girotti (Rescue Me, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Anne Wheeler (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Cra$h and Burn).

Illustrating its continuing commitment to the Canadian television production industry, Shaw Media announced today that it has 15 new scripted dramas planned for the next year – more than any other Canadian broadcaster.

This ongoing focus on outstanding Canadian productions, co-productions and partnerships delivered record audiences during the 2010/11 season with homegrown programs Rookie Blue, Lost Girl and The Kennedys.

“We’re extremely proud of the role we’ve played in championing original Canadian dramas,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. “This past year proved to be a real turning point for our local productions attracting record Canadian audiences and unprecedented attention from the US. And with four US network simulcasts scheduled over the next 12 months, the future is only looking brighter for homegrown productions.”

Through Shaw Media’s many US and international partners, audiences can expect to see a wide spectrum of top notch productions – some based on best-selling novels, others inspired by true events and many original dramas from some of the country’s best creative team.

 

Productions of note include:

 

GLOBAL

 

Combat Hospital

Combat Hospitalis set in 2006 when Canadians played a pivotal role overseeing the medical and military personnel at the NATO Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. This highly charged series follows the frantic lives of the hospital’s resident doctors and nurses as they navigate their way through the relentless life-and-death battles on the operating table. Global’s latest original drama makes its series premiere Tuesday, June 21 – 10pm ET/PT in simulcast with ABC. Combat Hospital is a joint production of Canada’s Sienna Films and the UK’s Artists Studio, and is currently filming in Toronto

 

Rookie Blue,Season 2

This summer, the personal and professional lives of the rookies continue to collide. On and off the job, these cops still have a lot to learn. After premiering on Global last year as the most-watched debut season of any scripted Canadian TV series in two decades,Rookie Blue is back with season two Thursday, June 23 – 10pm ET/PT in simulcast with ABC. Developed by Thump Inc. and produced in partnership with Entertainment (eOne) Television, the 13-episode series was commissioned by Shaw Media and picked up last year by ABC Television Network during development. Rookie Blue II was shot earlier this year in Toronto.

 

The Firm

Already a bestselling novel and a box office smash hit, John Grisham’s The Firm has now been commissioned by Shaw Media for Global as an original 22-episode x 60-minute series. The Firmwill premiere midseason 2012 in tandem on Global and NBC as part of the networks’ fall TV seasons, and will be shot on location in Toronto. The Firmis produced by Entertainment (eOne) Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks and Paramount Pictures.

 

Bomb Girls

Set in 1940s Toronto, the 6-part x 1 hour series Bomb Girls delves into the lives of the exceptional women – peers, friends and rivals – who find themselves thrust into new worlds,building bombs on the assembly line in the munitions factory. Bomb Girls is a Muse Entertainment /Back Alley Film production set to shoot on location in Toronto. Written by Michael MacLennan (Queer as Folk, Godiva’s) and co-created by Michael Maclennan and Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County, Bliss), the series is Executive Produced by Janis Lundman (Durham County, Bliss), Michael MacLennan, Adrienne Mitchell and Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, The Pillars of the Earth). Bomb Girls will premiere on Global in winter 2012.

 

Titanic

Shaw Media, along with ABC, ITV Studios and Lookout Point present Titanic, an epic four-part (4x1hr) miniseries set to premiere in simulcast on Global and ABC. The story that continues to generate interest globally is brought back to life with a fresh take from BAFTA® winning producer Nigel Stafford Clark (Bleak House) and Oscar® winning writer Julian Fellowes, (Gosford Park). The television debut of the Titanic in spring 2012 will aptly commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragic event. Filming began this spring on location in Budapest, Hungary.

 

SHOWCASE

 

Lost Girl,Season 2

Lost Girl follows supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk: Being Erica; Billable Hours), a Succubus who feeds on the sexual energy of mortals. The premiere onSeptember 12, 2010 garnered the highest ratings ever for an original Canadian scripted series on Showcase, pulling in over 400,000 viewers (2+). Based on this great success, work began almost immediately on season two. Lost Girlis developed and produced in partnership with Prodigy Pictures Inc. and Shaw Media, and is shot in the Hamilton area.

 

King, Season 2

King, starring Amy Price-Francis (The Cleaner, 24, Californication) as gutsy, no holds barred police detective Jessica King, is currently in early pre-production for season two. A critical success in its first season on Showcase, King is shot on location and in studio in Toronto. The series was developed by Greg Spottiswood (Shattered) and Bernie Zukerman (This Is Wonderland, Million Dollar Babies) for Indian Grove Productions Ltd. and commissioned by Showcase for Shaw Media.

 

World Without End

World Without Endis based on Ken Follett’s multi-million bestseller of the same name and will air on Showcase in 2012. Budgeted at US$43 million, this eight-hour special event is a Canadian/German production with Tandem Communications and Canada’s Take Five Productions in association with Ridley Scott and Tony Scott´s SCOTT FREE FILMS. Principal photography with director Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy, Shooting Dogs) is set for a July start on location in Hungary. 

 

Haven,Season 2

Havencentres on the small town of Haven, Maine, where FBI agent Audrey (Emily Rose, ER, Brothers and Sisters) discovers that this curious enclave is a long time refuge for people with supernatural afflictions. Currently in production for season two in Nova Scotia, this fantasy-noirseriespremieres Monday, July 18 on Showcase. Developed and produced by Entertainment (eOne) Television, and co-commissioned by Shaw Media with the Syfy Channel in the United States,Haven secured 2.6 million total viewers on Syfy and ranked as one of the top five series for Showcase (A25-54) for season one. Haven is based on The Colorado Kid by Stephen King.

Shaw Media has acquired the rights to new Canadian World War II drama Bomb Girls.

The six-part series, focussing on women working in bomb factories during the war, will be produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films.

Bomb Girls will be unwrapped at the Shaw Media Upfront presentation in Toronto this week.

The series will be shot in Toronto.

Source: Hollywood Reporter