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The Movie Network’s upcoming shows

From a media release:

Making its debut in October 2008 is the new Canadian original series Sanctuary that comes from some of the creative talents behind Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. Starring Amanda Tapping, Sanctuary is shot almost entirely on green screen and is the first television series in North America to use the RED camera system, a digital medium that offers more than double the resolution of a high definition camera. In early 2009, The Movie Network will unveil the Paul Gross executive produced drama ZOS: Zone of Separation and playwright George F. Walker’s The Weight, two Canadian original series which chronicle a war abroad over religion and a war at home based around the drug trade.


In the news: Toronto TV production picks up

From Rob Salem of the Toronto Star:


Movie Network/Movie Central original drama series

From a media release:

The Movie Network and Movie Central announce new original drama series set for production

Astral Media’s The Movie Network (eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (western Canada) today announced production dates for the original drama series Sanctuary, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures and the second season of The Weight.

Currently in production in Vancouver until September 10, 2008, Sanctuary is a 13-episode series that is shot almost entirely on green screen using cutting-edge visual effects and the latest in camera technology. Sanctuary is commissioned by The Movie Network, Movie Central as well as SCI FI Channel in the U.S. and will premiere in October 2008.

Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, an eight-part drama series based on the Scotiabank Giller Award-winning best-seller by Vincent Lam, will begin production in Toronto in spring 2009 and will debut on The Movie Network and Movie Central in fall 2009.

The second season of George F. Walker and Dani Romain’s The Weight begins shooting in Toronto in July 2008 with seasons one and two premiering consecutively on Movie Central and The Movie Network in spring 2009.

“From Durham County and ReGenesis to Slings & Arrows and Terminal City, The Movie Network and Movie Central have successfully carved out a niche in Canadian television for original drama that boasts bold and intelligent story-telling, high production values and strong on- and off-air creative talent,” said Michelle Marion, Director of Canadian Independent Production, The Movie Network.

“This year’s slate of new series illustrate the kind of smart, provocative programming that our subscribers have come to expect,” said Erica Benson, Vice President, Programming, Movie Central. “And with the upcoming premieres of ZOS: Zone of Separation and The Weight, our audiences will get to experience the visions of some of the country’s finest creative talents.”

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In the news: ZOS, The Weight

From Judith Klassen at Movie Entertainment Magazine:

  • Freedom Fee
    “‘I’m sorry — I hear Veronica Mars is great, but I mostly watch pay TV.’
    Toronto-born actor Enrico Colantoni (Just Shoot Me, Veronica Mars) laughs off the comment. ‘That’s because (pay TV is) better. You can say fucking shit is what you can say. That’s why network TV is a greater accomplishment: When it’s good, the feat is all that much more difficult to achieve.'” Read more.
  • The Weight, The Wire, ZOS, 2008
    “A month of stuffing your cake hole and listening to Uncle Rex rant about foreign policy at the holiday table can lead to a seasonal strain of post-traumatic stress syndrome. Instead of hitting the gym or the January blow-out sales, why not turn to the tube for a little comparative therapy? You think your holiday blues are bad? Try playing Halo 3 for real in Iraq…” Read more.

Upcoming series: Bodies and Soul

From a media release:

The Nightingale Company is pleased to announce that it has acquired rights to Peter Mohan’s (Blood Ties, Mutant X) new comedy/drama series Bodies and Soul. Creator Mohan will write and Exec Produce with TNC’s Debbie Nightingale (The Weight, Chick’s With Sticks).

“We’re thrilled to be working with Peter” says Debbie Nightingale, President of the Nightingale Company. “Our strategy is to partner with strong, creative talents and Peter is one of the best in the business.”

Mohan’s past credits include Blood Ties, Mutant X, Code Name: Eternity, Mythquest, Eerie, Indiana, and Due South.

Mohan says “Bodies and Soul recalls the best of Moonlighting. It centers on a husband and wife team of P.I.s for whom the line between life and death has suddenly become very complicated. How complicated? Let’s just say their biggest ongoing case is to solve the hero’s own murder… “

The Nightingale Company is a boutique film, television, and new media production firm led by Debbie Nightingale and Shain Jaffe. Since 2000, the Toronto-based company has produced all types of projects from feature films to dramatic series, documentaries to interactive adventures. Recent credits include Zixx: Level One, Two & Three, Chicks with Sticks, Mob Princess, and Bailey’s Billions. Currently, The Nightingale Company is in post production of The Weight, a television series based on George F. Walker’s hit plays Suburban Motel, co-written with Dani Romain for The Movie Network and Movie Central. A second season is currently in development.