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SOURCE The Comedy Network
- SPOILERS to be an exclusive production for The Comedy Network-
- Season 2 of the "movie revue" series starts shooting in December -
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TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - The Comedy Network announced today that it is teaming up with entertainment legend Kevin Smith (Clerks, Comic Book Men) to deliver Season 2 of the no- holds-barred "movie revue" series, SPOILERS. Produced exclusively for Comedy in association with Smith's SModCo and Halfire-CORE Entertainment, Season 2 of SPOILERS stars the celebrated director/raconteur, and a group of movie lovers, sounding off on the year's most anticipated blockbusters, while breaking down their favourite (and not-so-favourite) scenes. The 10-episode, half-hour series starts shooting in Los Angeles in December, and will have its world premiere on Comedy the same month.
Season 1 of SPOILERS made its Canadian broadcast debut on Bell Media's Space in the summer of 2012 after launching on the channel's website. Guests of the series included comic book legend Stan Lee; Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher; actor/director Jon Favreau (Iron Man 2), and more.
"I'm ecstatic that Bell Media saw enough potential in SPOILERS to make it a real live TV show for Comedy," said Kevin Smith. "I've always dreamed of having Canadian parents and now I kinda do!"
"For many years, Canadians have had a special connection with Kevin Smith, as has Bell Media," said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. "We're thrilled to work with Kevin to bring the second season of the hilariously smart SPOILERS to Canadians."
A full-fledged DEGRASSI fanatic, Smith is no stranger to the Bell Media family having appeared on several episodes of the beloved original series. And now, the well-known Canada-enthusiast makes a much-anticipated return with SPOILERS.
Noreen Halpern (ROOKIE BLUE) is Executive Producer for SPOILERS. Jordan Monsanto is Producer. Associate Producers are Jason Mewes (TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL) and Jennifer Schwalbach (Clerks II).
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About SModcast Pictures
SModcast Pictures, a division of SModCo and SModcast.com, has produced Red State and the animated Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, as well as Comic Book Men for AMC. They've also produced a series of podcast comedy specials, including Jay & Silent Bob Go Down Under for Epix.
About Halfire-CORE Entertainment
Noreen Halpern founded Halfire Entertainment in 2012 to develop, produce, and finance television series and mini-series for the Canadian, U.S., and international marketplaces. Earlier this year, Halfire Entertainment launched a joint venture with CORE Media Group to co-finance new scripted programming, forming Halfire-CORE Entertainment. By investing in content and partnerships, Halfire-CORE Entertainment is producing exceptionally creative and commercial programming and employing non-traditional financing resulting in straight-to-series orders. Prior to Halfire, Halpern oversaw all scripted programming for Entertainment One, where she launched series including Rookie Blue (ABC, Global) and Hell on Wheels (AMC) among many others. Recently, Stephanie Fontana, Director of Development and Production, and Ben Murray, Director of Business Development, joined the team. The company has a robust development slate including Billy The Kid a limited series for Fox; Me & The Mrs. from Bob Martin; and a three-for-one deal at NBC in addition to Working the Engels for Shaw. Halfire-CORE Entertainment has offices in Toronto and Los Angeles.
About The Comedy Network
Canada's first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy - as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country.
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