Call Me Fitz

call_me_fitz_season_3Call Me Fitz actor Jason Priestley will take to the stage in Toronto with a production of David Mamet’s Race.

The production will run at Toronto’s Bluma Appel Theatre from Thursday through until May 5.

“Performing live on stage is an incredible thrill, especially when given such an exhilarating role,” Priestley said in a statement.

Joining Priestley in the cast will be Matthew Edison, Cara Ricketts and Nigel Shawn Williams.

Today the nominees were announced for the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.

Here are the nominees for all of the major TV categories. Continue reading »

HBO Canada presents the third season of its award-winning, twisted comedy series, Call Me Fitz.

Starring Jason Priestley as Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a morally flawed car salesman who is forced to become business partners with his inner conscience, the new season finds Fitz desperate to join the ranks of the powerful and attempt a run for public office.

Call Me Fitz (Season 3) premieres Sunday, September 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET/MT with two back-to-back episodes, and the following week moves into its regularly scheduled timeslot, Sunday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT. Continue reading »

Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) are pleased to unveil the original series, miniseries, specials and documentaries that have been greenlit for production in 2012/2013.

The line-up includes: returning comedy favourites Call Me Fitz, Less Than Kind and Funny as Hell; prominent international co-productions The Heretics and Rogue; and documentaries and special presentations Altman, In Studio, the David Steinberg Documentary, The Reelside, Revolution: Sharkwater 2, Vincent Goes to Hell: An Alice Cooper Doc Opera and Water. Continue reading »

He’s rude, he’s crude and he’s coming back to HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

Returning with back-to-back half-hour episodes, Call Me Fitz stars Jason Priestley as the insalubrious Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a handsome, substance-abusing used-car salesman with a conscience.

Call Me Fitz (Season 2) premieres Sunday, September 25 at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/MT, and the following week moves into its regularly scheduled timeslot Sunday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT.

Nominated for 16 Gemini Awards, Call Me Fitz recently took home seven trophies, the most of any comedy or drama series this year. Wins include: Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series (Ernie Grunwald); Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role (Tracy Dawson); Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series (Rachel Blanchard); Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series; and Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series.

The start of the second season finds Fitz incapacitated by a series of recurring nightmares in which he is naked and shackled to a wheel of death before a knife-throwing shadowy figure – who may or may not be the hot new office manager Dot Foxley. Ever the pragmatist, Larry believes Fitz is simply anxious about not being able to sell cars, a theory quickly discarded after a psychic tells Fitz the nightmare is actually a prophecy, and unless Fitz makes amends to the ‘person he’s wronged’, he is marked to die by the next Beaver Moon.

The ensemble cast includes Ernie Grunwald as Larry, Fitz’s so-called conscience, the last undamaged corner of Richards blackened, booze-soaked soul; Peter MacNeill as Ken Fitzpatrick, Fitz’ father and patriarch of Fitzpatrick Motors; Tracy Dawson as Meghan Fitzpatrick, Fitz’s shrewish younger sister and thorn in his side; Donavon Stinson as Josh Mctaggart, the Fitzpatrick Motors in-house auto repair and wildcard; and Brooke Nevin as Sonja Lester Fitzpatrick Motors’ receptionist and former fling of Fitz. Amy Sloan joins the cast as Dot Foxley, the new office manager who has an inexplicable hate on for Larry, a penchant for witchcraft and a miniature model of Fitzpatrick Motors (complete with Fitz and Larry voodoo dolls) hidden in her apartment.

The 13-episode second season of this made-in-Canada half-hour comedy series was created by Sheri Elwood and then developed by Amaze Film + Television and is produced by Amaze, Big Motion Pictures and Entertainment One, with the participation of The Movie Network and Movie Central. Executive Produced by Sheri Elwood, who is also the series Show Runner, the series is filmed in New Minas, Nova Scotia. The first season of Call Me Fitz premiered earlier this year on DirecTV in the U.S.

From Entertainment One, The complete first season of Call Me Fitz will be available on DVD September 27th and includes special bonus features including: The Genesis of Fitz, Casting of Fitz, Blooper reel, and a Season 2 sneak peek.

 

FREE SNEAK PEEK – EPISODES 1 & 2

Beginning today, Movie Central and The Movie Network are offering subscribers and non-subscribers a chance to sample the first two episodes of the second season prior to its premiere. The sneak peek will be available through a variety of platforms including:

 

Online at http://www.hbocanada.com/callmefitz/

On demand via HBO Canada On Demand (where available)

Via the free Video On Demand services of participating television providers

Via HBO Canada OnLine with participating television providers

All episodes will be broadcast in High Definition, and will be available On Demand following their network premieres. In Eastern Canada programming will be available via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers On Demand OnLine, Bell TV Online and Videotron’s Illico Web and in Western Canada via HBO Canada Online with Shaw and Shaw Direct Video On Demand and Bell TV Online.

From exclusive HBO programming to cutting-edge original Canadian series and films, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada), brings viewers the hottest series, documentaries and specials available on premium television this fall.

Subscribers will have access to this talked-about programming on multiple platforms including on HBO Canada OnDemand and HBO Canada OnLine.

On Sunday, September 25, HBO Canada’s fall season gets into full swing with new episodes of HBO’s Golden Globe®-winning and Emmy®-nominated prohibition-era drama, Boardwalk Empire.

Leading into Boardwalk Empire’s premiere on September 25 is Season 2 of the no-holds-barred, Gemini-nominated Canadian original comedy series Call Me Fitz, starring Jason Priestley.

Also in September is Beauty Day, an original documentary from The Movie Network and Movie Central about the Canadian cult basic cable series The Cap’n Video Show.

Sunday, October 2 brings new seasons of the HBO comedy series Hung and How to Make It in America, followed on October 5 and 6 with Martin Scorsese’s documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Monday, October 10 is the premiere of HBO’s Enlightened, a new half-hour series about a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening after a life altering meltdown, and Season 3 of Bored To Death starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. Rounding out October is the Season 2 premiere of the David Steinberg-helmed Gemini-nominated comedy Living In Your Car.

Additional information about HBO Canada’s fall programming is outlined below. All HBO programming premieres day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.:

 

Beauty Day 

Premieres Monday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT

Before Tom Green and Jack Ass there was Ralph Zavadil “Captain Video.” This original documentary chronicles Zavadil’s cable access television show, The Cap’n Video Show, which featured Zavadil performing a series of idiotic and occasionally dangerous stunts, challenging the sensibilities of his small Southern Ontario audience. With the advent of the Internet and reality television still years away, his unique brand of gross-out stunt comedy was truly ahead of its time. All it took was a broken neck for him to get noticed.

 

Call Me Fitz (Season 2)

Premieres Sunday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/MT

Debuting with back-to-back half-hour episodes, Call Me Fitz returns with Jason Priestley as Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a handsome, substance-abusing used-car salesman who torments his naïve co-workers, sleeps with any woman who has a pulse, and thinks his life is perfect. Also starring Ernie Grunwald, Peter MacNeill, Kathleen Munroe, Tracy Dawson, Donavon Stinson and Brooke Nevin.

 

Boardwalk Empire (Season 2)

Premieres Sunday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET/MT

From Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire returns to chronicle the life and times of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson. Set in 1921, a few months after the end of Season 1, the series picks up after Nucky and his lieutenants – including young WWI veteran Jimmy Darmody – appeared to solidify their power by successfully rigging an election and getting a Nucky crony elected as Mayor. Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael K. Williams, Dabney Coleman, Gretchen Mol, Vincent Piazza and Stephen Graham.

 

Hung (Season 3)

Premieres Sunday, October 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT

From creators Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin, HBO’s half-hour comedy Hung returns to the recession-plagued suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, for its third season. The series continues to follow divorced, middle-aged former high school sports legend Ray Drecker as he continues to exploit his best asset in order to survive. At the conclusion of Season 2, Ray contemplated a break from the business after eyeing a possible second chance with ex-wife Jessica, but Lenore may not be willing to give him up without a fight. Starring Thomas Jane, Jane Adams, Anne Heche and Rebecca Creskoff.

 

How to Make It in America (Season 2)

Premieres Sunday, October 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT

HBO’s half-hour comedy series that follows two enterprising twentysomethings as they try to achieve the American Dream in the bohemian subculture of downtown New York City, returns for its second season. In the first season, friends and business partners Ben Epstein and Cam Calderon attempted to use their street knowledge and connections to make a name for themselves in the city’s competitive fashion scene. Starring Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Luis Guzman, Lake Bell, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Martha Plimpton and Shannyn Sossamon. The series is executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Rob Weiss, series creator Ian Edelman, Julian Farino, Jada Miranda and Mark Wahlberg.

 

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Part One Premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00 p.m.; Part Two Premieres Thursday, October 6 at 9:00 p.m.

Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese traces music icon George Harrison’s life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker. The documentary combines interviews with Harrison and his closest friends with performances, home movies and photographs, and features Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart. 

 

Bored To Death (Season 3)

Premieres Monday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m.

HBO’s quirky half-hour comedy returns for its third season, following Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames, who lives his life based on a character from his favourite series of detective novels – an unlicensed, inexperienced private eye. Starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and Zach Galifianakis, written and executive produced by Jonathan Ames, and co-executive produced by David Becky and Stephanie Davis.

 

Enlightened

Premieres Monday, October 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT

Blending comedy and drama, Enlightened focuses on Amy, a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening after a meltdown. After three months of contemplation and meditation at a treatment centre in Hawaii, Amy returns rested and ready to pick up the pieces of her old life and reshape the world she left behind. That includes delivering well-meaning, but generally unwanted advice to her mother Helen, with whom Amy is now living; her slacker ex-husband Levi whose only solace comes from recreational drugs; and the crew of awkward co-workers Amy finds herself reassigned to. Starring Laura Dern, Luke Wilson and Diane Ladd.

 

Living in Your Car (Season 2)

Premieres Monday, October 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT

Executive produced by legendary Canadian comedic talent David Steinberg, Living In Your Car tells the riches to rags story of Steve Unger, a fallen corporate executive who is now living in a converted van, and finds himself settling deeper into the life of a car dweller while attempting to reconcile his growing empathy for the have-nots with his still vibrant need for riches and power. Starring John Ralston, Ingrid Kavelaars, Mariah Horner, Colin Cunningham, Joe Cobden, Ivo Canelas, Kathryn Winslow and Jason Blicker, and featuring appearances by Colin Mochrie, Patrick McKenna, Deb McGrath and Kristin Booth. Series directors include Bruce McDonald, Paul Fox, Shawn Alex Thompson and Henry Sarwer-Foner.

 

All programming will be broadcast in High Definition, and will be available on demand following the network premieres. In Eastern Canada programming will be available via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers On Demand OnLine, Bell TV Online and Videotron’s Illico Web and in Western Canada via HBO Canada Online with Shaw and Shaw Direct Video On Demand and Bell TV Online.

Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) announced today the Canadian original series that have been greenlit for production in 2011/2012.

The line-up includes new seasons of returning comedies Call Me Fitz (Season 3), Funny as Hell (Season 2) and Good Dog (Season 2) as well as the blockbuster international co-production Transporter: The Series, produced in partnership with Cinemax/HBO.

“We are extremely pleased to have so many returning Canadian series and exciting new projects this year,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama, Corus Entertainment. “The triumph of Call Me Fitz is an amazing example of a Canadian series finding an audience at home and accolades internationally.”

“The Movie Network is on the crest of a new wave of original programming that is changing the way Canada and the world thinks about Canadian content,” said Aubie Greenberg, Director, Original Programming, Movie Services, Astral Television Networks. “Recent international sales indicate that 100% Canadian shows like Call Me Fitz resonate both here in Canada and on the global stage and are achieving new levels of success. Simultaneously, we’re collaborating with major international partners like HBO/Cinemax on series like Transporter that allow us to leverage Canadian talent and expertise and pursue a more ambitious scale of production. The real winners in this new era are ultimately our subscribers, who will enjoy even more premium entertainment.”

These greenlit series join a robust slate of original Movie Central and The Movie Network productions set to premiere in 2011/2012. Upcoming series, films and documentaries include:

·         The four-part mini-series adaptation of Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White, an international co-production between Cité Amerique in Canada and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that stars Chris O’Dowd, Gillian Anderson and Richard E Grant ;

·         Barrymore (Barrymore Entertainment Ltd.), which captures a live performance of the Tony Award-winning play starring the legendary Christopher Plummer;

·         Beauty Day (Primitive Entertainment), the festival audience-favourite documentary about original Jackass Ralph Zavadil (aka Cap’n Video);

·         Playing With Fire (Pyramid films Inc.), a feature documentary based on the best-selling book by controversial hockey great Theo Fleury;

·         The Captains (Le Big Boss Productions Inc.), written and directed by William Shatner, The Captains is a feature-length documentary that  explores the impact Star Trek has had on the icon’s life;

·         SATAN: The Documentary (Banger Films Inc), a funny and twisted look at the history and influence of the Devil in pop culture from the creative team behind Global Metal and Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.

 

NEW AND RETURNING SERIES GREENLIT FOR 2011/2012

 

Transporter: The Series, the TV adaptation of the successful film franchise, will film in Toronto later this Summer and is an international co-production between Canada’s QVF Inc., M6 and Atlantique Productions in France, Germany’s RTL Group and HBO/Cinemax in the U.S. This 12-part one-hour episode series stars Chris Vance (Dexter, Prison Break) as Frank Martin, the franchise’s hero, along with François Berléand (Transporter films), Andrea Osvart (Duplicity) and Delphine Chanéac (Splice).

 

Call Me Fitz has become an international success and a fan favourite with the first season of the Canadian series recently premiering on DirecTV in the U.S. The half-hour comedy stars Jason Priestley as Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a morally degenerate used car salesman who is forced to welcome Larry, the actual living embodiment of his conscience, into his life. Call Me Fitz Season 2 is scheduled to premiere in Fall 2011 on HBO Canada and Season 3 is slated for production in 2011/2012 with 12 more half-hour episodes. Call Me Fitz is produced by E1 Entertainment, Amaze Film + Television, Big Motion Pictures, and created and executive produced by Sheri Elwood.

 

Canadian comic extraordinaire and series host Jon Dore returns with Funny As Hell Season 2, featuring more bold, uncensored stand-up from rising comedy stars, mixed with musical comedy and digital shorts. Produced by Just For Laughs Television, the eight-part, half-hour second season will be shot in front of a live audience at the 29th Just For Laughs Festival in July. Season 2 confirmed comics include Kristen Schaal (The Flight of the Conchords, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) , Hannibal Buress (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live), Bill Burr (Date Night, Chappelle’s Show) and Arj Barker (Flight of the Conchords) will premiere on HBO Canada in Winter 2012.

 

Created by and starring acclaimed writer, director and producer Ken Finkleman, Good Dog (Shaftesbury Films) focuses on the life of irritable, narcissistic TV producer George Findlay. In the second 10 x 30’ season of Good Dog, George will find himself playing the good dog in order to try to please an entirely new master as he takes the helm of a new Canadian right-wing conservative news network. Good Dog is produced by Shaftesbury. The first season of the series premiered on HBO Canada in March 2011, with season two set to commence production in June 2011.

HBO Canada is giving Canadians a sneak peek at the first episode of Call Me Fitz, a biting, dark comedy about a morally bankrupt yet charismatic used-car salesman who is forced to become business partners with his inner conscience. The online preview is now available at: http://www.hbocanada.com/callmefitz/sneakpeek.php.

See Jason Priestley in his much talked about role as Richard Fitzpatrick, the morally bankrupt used-car salesman who may after all have a conscience.

Created by Sheri Elwood (Defying Gravity), Call Me Fitz tells the story of a handsome, substance-abusing scoundrel who torments his naïve co-workers, stoops to shameful lows to get the best of the competition, sleeps with any woman who has a pulse and thinks his life is perfect.

That is, until a major accident unleashes something from within Fitz – the actual living embodiment of his conscience, or at least that’s what Larry, the tall and lanky do-gooder, claims to be.

As the last unblemished corner of Fitz’s damaged soul, Larry is intent on rehabilitating Fitz’s battered psyche and, in turn, the entire Fitzpatrick family’s sleazy way of life, one disaster at a time.

Call Me Fitz will premiere Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET/MT with back-to-back episodes before the premiere of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire at 9 p.m. ET/MT. New episodes of Call Me Fitz will air regularly at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT on Sundays on HBO Canada.

(From a press release)