From a middle-aged male escort in the recession-plagued suburbs of Detroit to two enterprising twenty-somethings hustling to make their dreams come true on the streets of New York, HBO Canada and The Movie Network kicks off October with new seasons of the Emmy – and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series Hung, and the hip, downtown comedy How to Make It in America.

Premiering day-and-date with HBO in the U.S., Hung (Season 3) premieres Sunday, October 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT followed by How to Make It in America (Season 2) at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT .

Created by Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin, Hung kicks off its 10-episode third season with Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), a former high school legend turned middle-aged hooker and his business partner, Tanya Skagle (Jane Adams), trying to fly under the radar of the law after setting up a new, very public front for their gigolo enterprise.

But Ray and Tanya are now contending with competition from a new, younger rival managed by their revengeful former partner Lenore. Meanwhile, Ray’s ex-wife, Jessica Haxon (Anne Heche), now separated from her dermatologist husband, heads back into the workforce after 20 years as a housewife.

The series also stars: Charlie Saxton as Ray’s son Damon; Sianoa Smit-McPhee as Ray’s daughter Darby; Rebecca Creskoff as Ray and Tanya’s former partner Lenore; Gregg Henry as Mike, Ray’s friend and fellow teacher; Lennie James as Charlie, Tanya’s fellow pimp, advisor and occasional paramour; and Stephen Amell as Jason, the new male hooker.

Recurring guest stars on the third season include: Kaitlin Doubleday as Logan, a former student of Ray’s; Ana Ortiz, as Lydia, a new client of Ray’s who likes to dress up like a cop; and Matt Walsh as Dr. Matt Kopylov, who hires Jessica to work in his office and is the husband of her estranged husband Ronnie’s mistress.

The eight-episode second season of How to Make It in America has Ben (Bryan Greenberg) and Cam (Victor Rasuk) returning to New York after a potentially lucrative trip to Japan. The pair hit the ground running scouring the downtown scene for new business connections, following every lead they can to get noticed in the ultra-competitive fashion industry and make headway with CRISP, their homemade fashion line of T-shirts and hoodies. Meanwhile, Ben’s ex-girlfriend Rachel (Lake Bell) has returned to New York transformed by a trip to Africa and Europe; Cam’s cousin Rene (Luis Guzman) is pursuing a get-rich scheme by marketing his Rasta Monsta energy drink; Domingo (Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi), Cam and Ben’s well-connected friend, is developing his own entrepreneurial business; and successful hedge fund manager David Kaplan (Eddie Kaye Thomas) continues to be a big supporter of Ben and Cam’s venture.

This season’s guest stars include Gina Gershon as an influential fashion rep, Andre Royo, Joe Pantoliano, James Ransone, Eriq LaSalle, and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. The series was created by Ian Edelman, and is Executive Produced by Edelman, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Julian Farino, Rob Weiss and Jill Soloway.

Hung and How to Make It in America will be broadcast in High Definition, and episodes 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 On Demand 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.



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.

New seasons of HBO’s hit comedy series Hung and Entourage join this summer’s must-see Sunday night line-up alongside True Blood on HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada).

Ray Drecker’s side business is on the rise in the second season of Hung, premiering at 10 p.m. on Sunday June 27, followed by the season 7 premiere of Entourage at 10:30 p.m.

From creators Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin (The Riches), the second season of HBO’s half-hour comedy Hung returns to the still recession-plagued suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. As a way of survival, divorced teacher/coach Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane) continues his unorthodox efforts to generate extra cash by selling his services as a romantic companion to lonely women.

At the end of the first season, Ray and his unlikely pimp, Tanya Skagle (Jane Adams), watched their entrepreneurial venture grow a new head after slick “life coach” Lenore Bernard (Rebecca Creskoff) talked Ray into making her a co-pimp.

While Lenore continues to push a debonair version of hooker Ray on her upscale clients, Tanya looks to prove, to both Ray and herself, that she has the “right stuff” when it comes to being a successful, and far more ethical, pimp. To complicate matters, Ray’s ex-wife, Jessica Haxon (Anne Heche), already filled with doubts about her marriage is reeling from her no-show gigolo that Lenore set up at the end of last season.

Hollywood’s favourite insider crew returns when the seventh season of Entourage premieres on HBO Canada. Executive produced by Mark Wahlberg and created by Doug Ellin, HBO’s hit half-hour comedy series follows the day-to-day life of young Hollywood star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), and the three buddies he brought along from their hometown in Queens, New York.

At the start of the new season, following an accident during the filming of his latest action flick, Vincent develops a new lease on life that makes him even more difficult to manage for Eric (Kevin Connolly), Vince’s manager and lifelong friend.

Meanwhile, his agent Ari Gold (Golden Globe® and three-time Emmy®-winner Jeremy Piven) now heads an entertainment-agency behemoth, and half-brother/actor Drama (Kevin Dillon) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) must decide which steps to take to map out their own futures. Returning this season as series regulars are Eric’s co-worker Scott Lavin (Scott Caan) and Eric’s new fiancé Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui).


Alias star Merrin Dungey is joining the cast of Hung.

The HBO show has announced the signing of the 38-year-old actress who has recently guest-starred on ABC series Better Off Ted alongside Portia de Rossi.

Dungey will play a character described as a successful corporate woman, who may be lined up as a love interest for Ray Drecker ( Thomas Jane).

The California native has appeared on the likes of The West Wing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boston Legal and ER in the past.

Source: Digital Spy