Showtime’s Dexter Premieres Monday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network and Sunday, October 1 at 8 p.m. PT on Movie Central Starring Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under)
(Toronto – Canada) – Astral Media’s The Movie Network (eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (western Canada) present the Canadian broadcast premiere of Showtime’s highly-anticipated one-hour crime thriller series Dexter, debuting Monday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network and Sunday, October 1 at 8 p.m. PT on Movie Central.
By day, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall, Six Feet Under) is a well-liked and charming forensic investigator for the Miami Police Department who has a compulsion for neatness, brings doughnuts for his co-workers and spends Sundays relaxing on his boat. He works alongside his fellow officers, including his tough and ambitious step-sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) who’s desperate to move up the police ranks despite the constant antagonism from her boss Lt. Maria Laguerta (Lauren Velez); fellow homicide detective Angel Battista (David Zayas) and the ill-tempered Sgt. Doakes (Erik King). And, there’s also Rita (Julie Benz), Dexter’s sweet, naïve girlfriend who provides a strange sense of normalcy in his upside-down world. But by night, he spends his personal time making the world a little better and a little neater than he found it. This all-around friendly and charming man happens to be a serial killer who uses his law-enforcement access to murder people who can’t otherwise be brought to justice. Dexter is able to satisfy his urges until a new serial killer comes to town. After leaving bodies and personal clues for Dexter throughout the streets of Miami, his new “friend” initiates a demented game of cat-and-mouse that is equally frustrating and exciting. Despite his unorthodox work methods and questionable moral code of ethics, Dexter is determined to right the wrongs of society. In the end, it’s hard not to like Dexter.
This 12-part series is based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay and also stars James Remar as Dexter’s adoptive father Harry Morgan. The series will be simulcast on The Movie Network and Movie Central’s High Definition channels and will be available on The Movie Network OnDemand the following Tuesday and Movie Central On Demand every Monday following its network premiere. Episodes will also enjoy encore presentations Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on MMore and Mondays at 8 p.m. PT on Movie Central. In addition, non-subscribers of The Movie Network will get a glimpse of this new series during The Movie Network’s free preview weekend in eastern Canada. Episode one will be available to Bell ExpressVu and Rogers Cable customers on Sunday, October 15 at 10 p.m. ET and EastLink and Star Choice customers on Sunday, October 22 at 10 p.m. ET.
The Movie Network is an Astral Media network available in eastern Canada. With premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, critically-acclaimed HBO and Showtime series, and first-rate Canadian programming, this pay-television service presents Canadians with some of the best television entertainment available. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels – M, MMore, MExcess, MFun! and MFest – which deliver diverse and entertaining programs in an uncut and commercial-free television environment. The Movie Network also offers The Movie Network HD, a dedicated high-definition channel providing hundreds of titles in HD; and The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across eastern Canada. For more information, please visitwww.themovienetwork.ca. Astral Media is one of Canada’s leading media companies, active in specialty, pay and pay-per- view television, radio and outdoor advertising. Astral Media’s solid and dynamic presence in the country’s major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences. www.astralmedia.com.
Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay-TV service available to Western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to the best of HBO and Showtime, through its investments, pre-buys and licence fees for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is recognized as a major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central High Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being first with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca. Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) Christy Sullivan (416) 956-8638
Movie Central (Western Canada) Lindsay Smith (416) 530-2248