Movie Central, TMN greenlight Canuck series

Astral's Aubie Greenberg talks to Playback Daily about the returning Canadian original series Call Me Fitz, Funny as Hell and Good Dog.
Call me Fitz

Canadian original series Call Me Fitz, Funny as Hell and Good Dog will be making a comeback on Corus’ Movie Central and Astral’s TMN, as the comedies will be entering production on their new seasons.

“The success of series like Call Me Fitz (pictured) and Less Than Kind tells us that audiences have an appetite for Canadian stories told by Canadian storytellers, so we will continue to deliver this content to our viewers,” Aubie Greenberg, director, original programming, movie services, Astral Television Networks tells Playback Daily.

The Jason Priestley-starrer Fitz recently premiered on DirecTV in the US, with season two airing on HBO Canada this fall. Produced by eOne, Amaze Film + Television and Big Motion Pictures, the show will go into production for 12 more half-hour eps for season three in 2011/2012.

Canuck comic Jon Dore is back for season two of Funny As Hell from Just For Laughs Television, to be filmed in front of a live audience at the Just For Laughs Festival in July, slated for a winter 2012 premiere on HBO Canada.

And Ken Finkleman’s Good Dog from Shaftesbury Films will be back for another 10 x 30-minute eps, with production to kick off this month.

Greenberg also tells Playback Daily that success with these comedies has prompted him to look at more opportunities in the genre.

“That said,” he adds, “we look at all genres for our service – drama, comedy, documentary . It is less about genre and more about compelling storylines, interesting characters and an innovative concept.”

On top of the aforementioned series, cameras will also be rolling in Toronto on Transporter: The Series this summer, a coproduction with Canada’s QVF Inc., M6 and Atlantique Productions in France, Germany’s RTL Group and HBO/Cinemax in the US.

“We are seeing increased opportunities to work with US and international partners on big-budget co-ventures and coproductions, and view these initiatives as a natural complement to our purely Canadian originals,” states Greenberg.