From a media release:
The Movie Network and Movie Central Announce 2013 Production Slate
Astralâ€™s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainmentâ€™s Movie Central (Western Canada) are pleased to announce the original series, comedy specials and documentaries that have been greenlit for production in 2013. The line-up includes the new half-hour comedy series, Sensitive Skin, slated to begin shooting in Toronto in October; returning stand-up series Funny as Hell; and documentaries Fanarchists: The Fan Film Phenomenon; Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story; Hip Hop Evolution and The DNA of GSP.
The new and returning series and documentaries greenlit for 2013 join previously announced projects slated to air this fall, including the fourth season of the popular and acclaimed half-hour comedy Call Me Fitz and the inaugural season of six-part documentary series Reelside.
In addition to these original series, specials and documentaries, The Movie Network and Movie Central continue to support the best in Canadian film. Notable up-coming films include Jeff Barnabyâ€™s Rhymes from Young Ghouls, The F Word from Mike Dowse, Atom Egoyanâ€™s Queen of the Night, Jason Priestleyâ€™s Cas and Dylan, Enemy from Denis Villeneuve and Escape from Tehran from Larry Weinstein and Drew Taylor.
New Canadian original productions from The Movie Network and Movie Central for 2013:
Sensitive Skin (6 x 30 min; comedy)
Kim Cattrall returns to television in this half-hour comedy that revolves around a woman going through a mid-life crisis. Based on the acclaimed UK series, Sensitive Skin also stars Don McKellar, who will also direct. The series will be written by Bob Martin and produced by Rhombus Media. Series slated to begin shooting in Toronto in October and will air in 2014.
Funny As Hell â€“ Season 4 (10 x 30 min; comedy)
Produced by Just for Laughs Television, Funny As Hell is back for a hell of a fourth season. The half-hour comedy series mixes daring stand-up featuring some of the funniest rising stars in comedy, with musical comedy and digital shorts. Hosted by Jon Dore, Season 4 will be filmed during the 2013 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and will air in 2014.
Fanarchists: The Fan Film Phenomenon (1 x 90 min; documentary)
Directed by Donna Davies and produced by Ruby Tree Films (Nightmare Factory), Fanarchists delves in to the world of amateur-made films that play in the shadows of Hollywoodsâ€™ greatest creations. Armed with the latest technology, rogue films fans take media into their own hands, jeopardizing Hollywoodâ€™s place as the driving force in popular culture. Production scheduled to begin in summer of 2013.
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story (1 x 90 min; documentary)
From director/producer Barry Avrich comes the extraordinary story of the larger than legendary Bob Guccione. Visionary, public-relations master, recluse and self-destructive optimist, Avrich tracks Guccione from the pinnacle of power and wealth as publisher of Penthouse to his spectacular fall into personal debt in the tens of millions of dollars. Production is complete, with a broadcast tentatively slated for fall 2013.
Hip Hop Evolution (2 x 90 min; documentary)
Produced by the renowned team at Banger Films (Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage; Metal Evolution), Hip Hop Evolution follows critically acclaimed MC and hip-hop scholar Shad as he realizes every hip-hop fanâ€™s dream: a global journey through hip hopâ€™s superstar artists, producers and moguls to unravel the musicâ€™s complex DNA. Production slated to begin in summer 2013.
The DNA of GSP (1 x 90 min; documentary)
The action-packed life story of Canadian Georges St-Pierre (GSP), UFC World Welterweight Champion and one of the most high-profile athletes in the world. Currently in production, The DNA of GSP is directed by Peter Svatek and Kristian Manchester and produced as a co-venture between Triplex Films, Upside Up Media Group and Jimmy Lee.