Miniseries

Monday, January 26 – 9pm ET/PT

Tess Chaykin, archeologist, and Sean Reilly, FBI, are caught up in the mad pursuit of Bill Vance, an archeologist who’s after the chief secret of the Knights Templar’s—a journal of Yeshua of Nazareth, which purportedly says he’s a man, not the Son of God. They only realize the explosive nature of the artifact at the very end.

XIII

Sunday, February 8 – 9pm ET/PT

– “PART 1” Sunday, February 15 – 9pm ET/PT – “PART 2” The political thriller opens with the assassination of the President of the United States during her Veterans Day speech. Three months later, with the case still unsolved, a young man (Stephen Dorff) is found unconscious in the woods. Suffering from amnesia, a tattoo of the Roman numeral “XIII” his only clue, he soon finds himself on the run, not only from government agents and the police, but also from the determined mercenary “The Mongoose” (Val Kilmer), and his men. Shocked to learn he is being accused of assassinating the President, a high stakes game of suspense, intrigue and action unfolds as XIII attempts to stay alive, uncover the real conspirators, and discover his true identity.

Monday, January 19 – 8pm ET/PT

 

A mysterious artifact, a decoding machine, is smuggled out of the Holy Land into France in A.D. 1291 by Martin of Carmaux, the last Knight Templar. Many decades later, Martin confesses something shocking about it on his deathbed, after the Knights have been scattered and killed by King Philippe and the Pope. A present-day archeologist, Bill Vance, gets on the trail of the object and steals it from a Vatican treasures exhibit at the Met.

Friday, January 2, 7 p.m.

Also airs at 8 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 7 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Now in her twenties, Anne (Megan Follows, ROBSON ARMS) returns to Avonlea for the first time since Marilla Cuthbert’s death. Gilbert (Jonathan Crombie, Empty Room) has been offered a position in a hospital in New York, and he persuades Anne to come with him. He arranges a position for her at a large publishing house, but big city life is not what they expected. Meanwhile, the Great War is blossoming in Europe, and many of Anne’s former classmates have enlisted to serve. The thrilling and affecting story follows the characters from New York, to Europe and the war effort, eventually returning them to the red earth of Prince Edward Island.

PART 2 continues Saturday, January 3, 7 p.m.
Also airs at 7 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 7 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Thursday, January 1, 7 p.m.

Also airs at 8 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic

The enchanting sequel to the Emmy Award-winning ANNE OF GREEN GABLES finds Anne Shirley making the transition from a romantic, impetuous orphan to an outspoken, adventurous and accomplished young teacher. Megan Follows returns to her role as Anne, while Tony Award-winner Colleen Dewhurst (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Annie Hall) stars as Marilla Cuthbert, and Oscar-winning actress Dame Wendy Hiller (The Countess Alice) appears as the prickly dowager Mrs. Harris.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE SEQUEL, PART 1 airs December 31 at 7 p.m. ET on ‘A’.

MUSE ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISES PRODUCTION TO STAR OSCAR® WINNER MIRA SORVINO & ACCLAIMED CANADIAN ACTOR VICTOR GARBER

March 4, 2008

Canwest Broadcasting announced today that Global’s new Canadian miniseries “The Last Templar” from Muse Entertainment Enterprises has been picked-up by U.S. network NBC and will be simulcast with Global this December. The romantic adventure stars Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino (“Mighty Aphrodite”) and Canadian Victor Garber (“Alias”).

The four-hour-long exotic miniseries, based on Raymond Khoury’s best-selling novel, is being revised for the screen by multiple award-winning Canadian writer and producer Suzette Couture (“Million Dollar Babies”, “Road to Avonlea”) – her first production for Canwest. Shooting will begin on location in Montreal and Morocco next month.

“Global is thrilled to bring this incredible story to Canadian audiences – and delighted that Americans will also have the chance to see it on NBC,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President, Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “This partnership with Muse Entertainment underscores Canwest’s commitment to work with the Canadian independent production community and create exciting, high quality and popular original programming for our audiences.”

Today’s announcement follows an exceptional year of successful original productions for Canwest. Global’s homegrown version of the hit international game show, “Deal or No Deal Canada” (Insight Productions) was seen by over 2 million viewers last winter – making it the most-watched Canadian series on any network in 2007. Since the fall, Canwest has also had tremendous ratings success with original series, “The Guard” (Halifax Film Company and Brightlight Pictures), “’da Kink in my Hair” (Barna Alper Productions), and the wildly popular “Are You Smarter Than A Canadian Fifth Grader?” (Insight Productions).

In “The Last Templar”, Mira Sorvino stars as Tess Chaykin, a Manhattan archaeologist who is drawn into a fast-paced mystery concerning the lost secrets of the medieval Templar Knights. Victor Garber co-stars as the Monsignor De Angelis.

“The Last Templar” opens with the fall of the Latin Kingdom’s reign in the Holy Land in Acre in 1291. As the burning city falls to the Sultan’s forces, a lone galley escapes out to sea, carrying a young Templar knight, Martin of Carmaux, his mentor Aimard of Villiers, and a mysterious chest entrusted to them by the Order’s dying Grand Master. But the ship never reaches its destination.

Later, in present-day New York, Chaykin (Sorvino) witnesses four masked horsemen, dressed as Templar Knights, who storm into the Metropolitan Museum, scattering Manhattan society gathered for the gala opening night of an exhibition of Vatican treasures. She watches in silent terror as the leader of the horsemen hones in on one piece in particular – a strange-geared device that he grabs as he disappears into Central Park.

As the horsemen’s dead bodies start turning up – and the importance of the stolen device becomes more apparent – Tess and FBI Agent Sean Reilly are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading Knights, and of the last surviving Templars’ fateful journey from Acre. The pair is propelled into a treacherous adventure that takes them through the sewers of Manhattan, across continents to desolate Turkish highlands to a violent storm on the Mediterranean that shipwrecks them onto a remote Greek island – and into the very heart of an incredible Vatican secret.

Sorvino, who won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance in “Mighty Aphrodite” in 1995, first attracted attention for her early work in such feature films as “Barcelona”, “Quiz Show” and “Beautiful Girls”. Sorvino’s television movies include “Norma Jean & Marilyn”, “The Great Gatsby” and “Human Trafficking.”

The six-time Emmy Award-nominated Victor Garber is best known for the role of Jack Bristow in the series “Alias”. His other credits have included “Ugly Betty” and “Will and Grace”. Film credits include “Titanic”, “Legally Blond” and “Tuck Everlasting”.

Muse Entertainment Enterprises is producing the miniseries. Paolo Barzman (“Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”, “Emotional Arithmetic”) will direct the script by Raymond Khoury and Suzette Couture. Gemini Award-winning Michael Prupas (“Human Trafficking”, “Durham County”) will executive produce the miniseries along with television impresario Robert Halmi, Sr. (“The Lion in Winter”, “Gulliver’s Travels”) and Robert Halmi, Jr. (“The Poseidon Adventure”, “The Christmas Card”). Emmy Award- nominated Irene Litinsky of Muse Entertainment (“Human Trafficking”, “The Wool Cap”) will serve as producer. RHI Entertainment and Powercorp will distribute the project worldwide.

Friday 28 December
8 p.m. – CTV Original Mini-Series – Lives of the Saints – Part 2

The epic story continues as the family travels back to the isolated hilltop village of Valle del Sole, Italy, where big secrets and shocking truths are revealed.

Thursday 27 December
8 p.m. – CTV Original Mini-Series – Lives of the Saints – Part 1

Based on the best-selling, award-winning trilogy by Italian-Canadian author Nino Ricci, Lives of the Saints, starring Sophia Loren, is an intimate tale of betrayal and redemption. The series chronicles one family’s search for the truth in an adventure spanning 30 years, two countries and the life of a young Italian boy. The adventure begins in 1940’s war-torn Italy before moving to Toronto’s swinging scene of the ‘60s.