Covert Affairs

Peter Gallagher has been added to the cast of How I Met Your Mother for an episode in its eighth season.

The former O.C. actor, who played all-round nice guy Sandy Cohen, will join the sitcom to play on of Ted’s (Josh Radnor) old college professors.

Gallagher will appear in the December 17 episode, playing Ted’s former Wesleyan architecture teacher Professor Vinick. Continue reading »

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. Continue reading »

Bolstering a lineup of big, bold hit series, Showcase continues to be the ultimate destination for breakout cable dramas this winter. New to the channel is the blazing-hot crime series Rizzoli & Isles, about a tough-as-nails detective and an impeccably dressed coroner.

Rounded out by returning series Royal Pains, Misfits, Covert Affairs and Lost Girl, the winter schedule launches January 3.

Capturing almost nine million viewers during its first season run in the U.S., TNT’s megahit Rizzoli & Isles follows the quirky relationship of Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon, Law & Order) and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander, NCIS). Polar opposites, Rizzoli and Isles are good friends who decipher the toughest cases in town and bust Boston’s most notorious criminals. Supporting cast includes Bruce McGill, Lorraine Bracco, Lee Thompson Young and Jordan Bridges. Rizzoli & Isles, Season 1 airs Tuesdays beginning January 3 at 10 p.m.  ET/PT.

Heating things up is the regal return of Hank and Evan Lawson in season three of Royal Pains. USA Network’s highest rated series follows the life and times of everyone’s favourite doctor-on-demand, Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) and his brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) as they live it up in the Hamptons. Season three guest stars include Wilmer Valderrama, Molly Sims, Julie Benz and more. Royal Pains, Season 3 airs Wednesdays beginning January 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The critically-acclaimed British import Misfits makes a highly-anticipated third season comeback to the Showcase schedule. This time around Rudy, the new kid on the block, is learning the ropes misfits-style – meaning little community service and plenty of cleaning up corpses. With zombies, time-travel and some complicated relationships brewing, the superhero series boasts a large order of mayhem. Misfits, Season 3 airs Thursdays beginning January 5 at 10 p.m.  ET/PT.

New episodes of Covert Affairs starring Golden Globe®-nominated actor Piper Perabo as CIA operative Angie Walker airs Sundays beginning January 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Everyone’s favourite succubus returns for the mid-season premiere of Showcase’s number one original drama, Lost Girl airing Sundays beginning January 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Showcase continues to deliver a colossal collection of blockbuster movies this winter. Upcoming titles include disaster film 2012, rom-com flick Valentine’s Day, the revamped Star Trek and The Last Book of Eli starring Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington.

Viewers can visit showcase.ca for the latest episodes of Showcase exclusives and original series, behind-the-scenes footage and series extras. The Showcase Blog (showcase.ca/blog) offers daily coverage of Showcase programming, insight into the world of television and film, regular contests, celebrity interviews and a host of bonus content.

This winter, Showcase’s all-new programming lineup includes action-packed espionage, a brazen mediator and a doubled-crossed detective. The channel ushers in three exclusive programs – the sleek spy series Covert Affairs, chic legal drama Fairly Legal and exceptional British crime drama Luther.

Rounding out the schedule is the fireball return of Burn Notice, season two. All the action begins January 4, 2011.

The winter lineup kicks off with the 90-minute can’t-miss premiere of the smash-hit series Covert Affairs. Hailed by critics as “fast-paced, fun and every bit as charming” (LA Times), Covert Affairs introduces Showcase viewers to Annie Walker (Coyote Ugly’s Piper Perabo), a young CIA trainee thrust into the inner sanctum of the agency.

Appearing to be promoted to field operative for her exceptional linguistic skills, her CIA bosses really chose her to execute their own agenda. Covert Affairs co-stars Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty) as Auggie Anderson, Peter Gallagher (The O.C.) as CIA Director Arthur Campbell and Canadian starlet Kari Matchett (Invasion) as Joan, Arthur’s wife. Covert Affairs airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 9.

Legal dramedy Fairly Legal premieres on Showcase with a 90-minute episode hot on the heels of its U.S. launch. The series centres on Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi; The L Word), a top litigator at her family’s law firm. Fed up with the daily injustices of the system, she decides to become a mediator.

Boasting legal smarts, savvy, and intuition, Kate is a natural at resolving any conflict – except when it comes to her personal life. Fairly Legal co-stars Virginia Williams (The O.C.) as Lauren, Kate’s wicked stepmother who happens to be her new boss, Michael Trucco (Battlestar Gallactica) as Patrick, Kate’s soon-to-be-ex-husband and Baron Vaughn (Invasion) as Leonardo, Kate’s geek-chic trustworthy assistant. Fairly Legal airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 31.

Returning for a sizzling second season in Burn Notice, Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan) is on a dangerous new mission that could give him clues about his burn notice. Armed again with his trustworthy sidekicks Sam (Bruce Campbell) and Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), he continues to help those less fortunate while struggling to put his life back together. Burn Notice, season two airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 4.

Critically acclaimed BBC psychological crime thriller Luther stars Idris Elba (The Wire) as John Luther, a police detective with London’s Serious Crime Unit. Returning to work following a mental breakdown due to a traumatic investigation, he struggles to balance the psychological demands of his work at the same time as trying to save his crumbling marriage to his wife, Zoe (Indira Varma; Rome, Human Target). A brilliant, but severely damaged man, Luther battles his own demons, making him as dangerous as the murderers he hunts. Luther airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 7.

Movies get top billing on Saturday nights this Winter with the Showcase Saturday Night Movie block. The block features an unprecedented number of big-ticket, blockbuster Hollywood movies straight off-pay, including:

·         Hancock – Starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron.

·         Iron Man – Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges.

·         Step Brothers – Starring Will Farrell and John C. Reilly.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop – Starring Kevin James.

 

Full episodes of Covert Affairs, Fairly Legal and Burn Notice will be available on Showcase.ca the day after broadcast.