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Shaw Media announced today its standout 2012/13 programming lineup across its specialty channels, featuring internationally celebrated formats, top-notch stars and brand-new channels that will deliver strong original content.

“This is a hugely exciting year for Shaw Media,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. “The return of record-breaking Canadian adaptations of smash hit formats in conjunction with the debut of so many original new series reinforces our dedication to delivering the best in entertaining content to Canadians every day.” Continue reading »

Mystical creatures, covert operatives, a concierge doctor and relic collectors make up must-see TV this Fall on Showcase.

The channel invites viewers to step back into the underworld of Fae in the highly anticipated return of Lost Girl, catch more high-stakes espionage on Covert Affairs, follow medical house calls on Royal Pains and search for top-secret mythical relics on Warehouse 13.

Weekends are no exception with a stellar collection of hit Hollywood premieres including The Hangover, Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek. The all-star lineup begins Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

No longer in the dark about her true nature, Canada’s favourite succubus, Bo (Anna Silk; Being Erica, Billable Hours) returns in the second season of Showcase’s most-watched original series Lost Girl.

With the world of Fae in chaos following Bo’s explosive reunion with her mother, Bo must learn to “play the game” and navigate the inner workings of Faedom in order to protect those who have helped to protect her.

Kris Holden-Ried (The Listener, Textuality), Ksenia Solo (Life Unexpected, Black Swan) and Zoie Palmer (Search and Rescue, Instant Star) also return to the series. With 22 episodes ordered, unprecedented in the history of Showcase, Lost Girl season two premieresSunday, September 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Showcase’s number one Winter 2011 series,Covert Affairs returns for a new season of high-octane spy adventure. This season, Annie Walker’s (Piper Perabo; Coyote Ugly) career continues to intrude on her personal life as she strives to balance a “pseudo-normal” life as a covert operative. Co-starringChristopher Gorham (Ugly Betty), Peter Gallagher (The O.C.) and  Kari Matchett (Invasion),  Covert Affairsseason two premieres Sunday, September 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

New to the Showcase family this Fall, Royal Pains follows disgraced MD Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein; In Her Shoes, Defiance) as he applies his bedside manner to the Hampton elite. In season two, the do-gooder Doctor-for-hire continues his home practice for wealthy patients, while also treating the town’s less fortunate. The hit USA Network series and one of the highest-rated cable series in the United States, Royal Pains also stars PauloCostanzo (Road Trip, Joey), Reshma Shetty (Hated), Jill Flint (The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie) and Henry Winkler (Arrested Development, Sit Down Shut Up). Royal Pains season two premiereson Showcase Wednesday, August 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Also joining the Fall schedule is the spooky supernatural series Warehouse 13. The series stars Saul Rubinek (Barney’s Version, Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Artie Nielsen, caretaker of the “Warehouse”.  The massive top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and preternatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. In season three of the series, Artie and his Warehouse agents Pete (Eddie McClintock; Bones, Fairly Legal) and Myka (Joanne Kelly; The Dresden Files, Vanished) continue to chase down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to store at the Warehouse. New to the series, Aaron Ashmore (XIII, Smallville) joins the cast as a new recruit. Warehouse 13 season three premieresThursday, September 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Also returning this Fall, Burn Notice season three finds Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) emerging from the water, completely free from interference by the organization that burned him, but now under investigation by the police. Burn Notice returns Tuesday, August 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Wrapping up after six seasons of New York City heroics, Rescue Me returns for its final season. Tommy Gavin (Dennis Leary) and the rest of the Ladder 62 / Engine 99 crew kick off the farewell season on Sunday, September 11 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Viewers will forget about movie theatres when they see the lineup of movies coming to Showcase this Fall.  The Showcase Saturday Night Movie block includes blockbuster cable premieres ofThe Hangover, Sherlock Holmes,Star Trek,Iron Man,Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull,GI: Joe Rise Of The Cobra,Clash Of The Titans and2012. 

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 TV and film, regular contests, big name interviews, guest appearances from network stars and a host of bonus content, updated daily. 

This year, Showcase invites you to sit back, pour some eggnog and tune into the best holiday specials, marathons and big-ticket movies.

The merriment begins on December 23rd with The Kenny vs. Spenny Christmas Special.  While Spenny is determined to make a feel-good Christmas special, Kenny sets out to trip him at his every step. The infamous ‘frenemies’ throw a puppet show, remake the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol and execute a holiday-themed challenge of epic proportions. The Kenny vs. Spenny Christmas Special airs Thursday, December 23 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT.

After the festivities have died down, take a snow day and indulge in marathons of some of Showcase’s best new series:

·  Follow the world’s hottest demon, Bo as she navigates the mysterious world of Fae in the original Showcase hit series Lost Girl, airing Monday, December 27 from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT  

· A small Maine town finds its unlikely saviour in the form of FBI agent Audrey Parker on the supernatural series Haven, airing Tuesday, December 28 from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT 

· Follow Canada’s favourite rookie Andy McNally and her team from the beginning on the smash hit series Rookie Blue, airing Wednesday, December 29 from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT  

· Watch the modern-day Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson solve the unsolvable on the critically acclaimed adaption of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic Sherlock, airing Friday, December 31 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET/PT

Let big-ticket Hollywood movies be your New Years day remedy with hit titles including Get Smart and You Don’t Mess With the Zohan. Airing Saturday, January 1, 2011 beginning at 2 p.m. ET/PT.* 

This week’s TV suggestion is Burn Notice. Burn Notice is not your typical crime show. It’s sleek and sexy with some clever dialogue and techniques on building the perfect bomb.

Jeffery Donovan plays Michael Weston a government spy who has been ‘burned’ (i.e. Fired) for a series of crimes that endagered the lives of millions. The only problem? He was framed for those crimes and now he’s on a mission to clear his name.

Along with the investigation Michael and his team (Fiona & Sam) take on odd jobs that gets him into all sorts of mischief. Car bombings, dealings with drug lords, and international thiefs are just the tip of the iceburg.

Fiona is Michael’s ex and the sexual tension between them is interesting. Sam use to inform on Michael to the FBI and now works on the team.

It’s hard to explain why this show is must see TV but it’s a mixture of “coolness” factor along side a ton of rad explosions.

One of the issues I have could be the unrealistic nature of some of the situations. Michael has only been to jail once, carries an artiliary with him in broad daylight and hardly ever gets a scratch on his pretty little mug. But I guess the same could be said with 90% of the shows that are on the air.

The backdrop for the show is Miami, Florida which really helps with the sex-factor. The show has also featured some notable guest stars such as Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Canada’s Next Top Model) and John Mahoney (Frasier).

The series is currently in it’s fourth season with a new season set to shoot early in the new year. Also in the works is a Burn Notice Movie Prequel.

Burn Notice has consistently been one of the top ratings grabbers for Cable and airs on the USA Network in the states. Canadians can now watch Burn Notice Tuesdays @ 10pm on Showcase. Or catch up online at Showcase.ca.

Showcase.ca joins forces with Bedlam Games and Prodigy Pictures to develop the ultimate fan site for the upcoming supernatural series Lost Girl.

In addition to exclusive video content, downloads, episode guide, games and fan forums, the website is anchored by the dynamic Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic.

A first for showcase.ca, the premiere installment of the Lost Girl Interactive Motion Comic launched this week at showcase.ca/lostgirl.

Featuring gripping storylines and impressive animation, Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic is a perfect complement to the television series, extending the Lost Girl world into the digital universe. The site puts the fan in the director’s chair, allowing them to choose their own adventure. The six installments of the comic are a prequel to the series.

Users are introduced to the heroine of Lost Girl, a succubus named Bo, and, in the first installment, are taken through a day-in-her-life where the fan gets to decide the outcomes of Bo’s dark impulses, among other situations featuring secondary characters. With six installments at roughly four minutes in length, this is the first online interactive motion comic created for a Showcase series.

“Bedlam Ink and Prodigy Pictures have done an outstanding job creating a website that complements the creativity and originality of the series,” said Chris Harris, Director, Online Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “The Lost Girl website marks a significant milestone for showcase.ca as we continue to push the boundaries to develop first-rate online extensions of our hit series.”

“We’ve worked tirelessly with Prodigy Pictures and showcase.ca to develop a site that will remain top of mind for Lost Girl fans and have created an addictive interactive component that will have users returning to each installment just as they would tune into Showcase to watch the series,” said Trevor Fencott, CEO, Bedlam Ink. Jay Firestone, Executive Producer, Prodigy Pictures adds, “it’s thrilling to see our initial vision of a Lost Girl motion comic finally being brought to life. The final product is dynamic, engaging and truly exceeds our expectations.”

The website acts to broaden the scope of the Lost Girl underworld, giving users an all-access pass to additional narrative and behind-the-scenes content. In addition to the interactive motion comic, Lost Girl cast biographies and character back-stories are available, and full episodes of the series will be available after broadcast. The site is also home to the online Lost Girl fan community where viewers can discuss favourite moments from the show.

The website was developed to complement the hotly anticipated debut of Lost Girl, produced by Prodigy Pictures. The television series premieres Sunday, September 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on Showcase. 

Beginning today, Showcase rolls out a national consumer advertising campaign to reinforce the channel’s position as Canada’s prime specialty television destination for dramatic entertainment. On and off-air elements of the campaign build awareness and drive tune in to the channel’s Fall schedule jam-packed with the best exclusive cable programs and top-notch Canadian original series. 

Showcase’s robust multi-media campaign underscores the channel’s unstoppable Fall roster of bold hit programming and sets out to turn consumers on to three outstanding shows – Showcase’s debut of the smash-hit series Burn Notice, the hotly-anticipated Canadian original series Lost Girl and the much buzzed-about return of Weeds. With a line-up of series boasting remarkable production values, Showcase is promoting the three by simulating a campaign for a theatrical release. 

The multi phase campaign targets adults 25-54 primarily in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. To build momentum and anticipation for the launch of Showcase’s Fall roster, the campaign launched in July with on-air teasers across Canwest channels, leading into one of the most exhaustive out of home campaigns for the channel. Starting today, the off air, four week component of the campaign reaches current viewers and encourages new viewers to sample the programming with a strategic media buy that includes on-air, out of home, radio, print, IPG and online advertising.

“The Showcase Fall slate is home to some of the most sensational dramas on television. With that in mind, we set out to create a visually arresting consumer campaign that celebrates the theatrical nature of these series and shines a spotlight on the star-power associated with them,” says Sherida German, Director, Marketing Strategy, Canwest Dramatic Channels. “We have created a campaign that without a doubt accomplishes our goal.” 

Consumers are set to be blown away by the striking and intrusive creative that complements the big, bold programmes on the schedule. Commuters won’t be able to miss the dramatic billboards and transit portion of the campaign, with GO train exteriors getting wrapped with creative for Burn Notice. Showcase also becomes the first advertiser to utilize the brand new external Subway posters. Eight cars featuring eye-catching 26×36 posters are running throughout the GTA. In addition to exterior subway advertisements, creative for all three properties is part of a Canwest domination buy at St. George and Union stations. 

A theatrical advertising campaign would not be complete without a trailer. To accomplish this, Showcase is treating moviegoers to a striking 60 second in cinema spot for Burn Notice and Lost Girl, running as the last trailer before the start of the film. To further encourage sampling of the shows, these spots can also be viewed on line across some of North America’s largest portals and most popular entertainment sites as part of an extensive on line buy.

All three shows are receiving on-air and print support, while promotion for two of the series extends to radio. The on-air elements of the campaign include multiple spots airing across Canwest specialty channels, Global and IPG.