The Gemini Award-winning drama series returns Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET with two back-to-back episodes
- Wendy Crewson joins the cast as virologist Rachel Woods
- Victor Garber makes a special guest appearance in the season finale
- ReGenesis is now seen in 15 languages in 110 countries worldwide
(Toronto, Canada) – Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (western Canada) and Astral Media’s The Movie Network (eastern Canada) present season three of the Gemini Award-winning series ReGenesis with two back-to-back episodes premiering on Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 8 p.m. ET on The Movie Network.
Six months after an explosion that nearly destroyed the NorBAC (North American Biotechnology Advisory Commission) lab, David Sandström (Peter Outerbridge, Detective Murdoch Mysteries) and his team of scientists struggle to rebuild and recover. With key members of NorBAC killed in the explosion, a new virologist, Rachel Woods (Wendy Crewson, Criminal Instinct: The Joanne Kilbourn Mysteries) has joined the team as it attempts to unravel a myriad of global threats, including bacteria that has evolved into an explosive compound; a mercury contamination that threatens California’s water supply; and bio-terrorism that has landed on North American soil. Also new to the cast this season is Geraint Wyn Davies (Slings & Arrows) as Carlton Riddlemeyer, the new U.S. science czar – and former husband of Rachel Woods – who threatens to pull U.S. funding for NorBAC unless the team can prove its value. Guest-starring as the mysterious Olivier Roth in the season’s final episode is Victor Garber (Alias). In the opening episodes, Sandström and Bob Melnikov (Dmitry Chepovetsky, Man of the Year) are called to investigate a lab explosion in Utah; was it an accident or is someone trying to shut down another lab? The NorBAC team delves into the lab’s groundbreaking work, which would have had a huge environmental impact. Meanwhile, Rachel studies the DNA of her godson’s alleged killer, whose crime was caught on tape but whose DNA isn’t a match.
This season, Carlos Serrano (Conrad Pla, The Terminal) investigates a deadly strain of c.difficile that has killed many people, including an old friend; Bob deals with an injury sustained in the blast that threatens his ability to continue to work at NorBAC; Mayko Tran (Mayko Nguyen, Mysterious Ways) copes with the physical and emotional scars left in the wake of the bomb blast; Wes Field (Greg Bryk, A History of Violence) becomes the interim director at NorBAC, and must also deal with the pregnancy of his 12-year-old niece who claims to be a virgin; and Owen (Michael Seater, Life With Derek) considers experimental gene therapy that could cure his addictive behaviour.
“The international success of Canadian pay-TV’s flagship series, ReGenesis, is proof that there’s an appetite for the kind of sophisticated, thought-provoking dramas that Canadian Pay delivers,” said Shelley Gillen, Head of Creative and Business Affairs, Movie Central. “Our original programming strategy is built on the assumption that our series can rival the world’s best. ReGenesis has met that challenge and demonstrates that the future of high-quality Canadian dramatic story-telling is pay-TV.”
“ReGenesis has generated a loyal fan base both here at home and abroad, and we’re thrilled to see it enter its third season which we believe is the strongest yet. Great performances, superior production values, and current storylines are just a few of the things that make this series a pay-TV success story,” said Michelle Marion, Director, Canadian Independent Production, The Movie Network.
New this season, ReGenesis fans can access an exclusive weekly video blog (Vlog) at www.moviecentral.ca and www.themovienetwork.ca. The Vlog is posted by NorBAC’s bioinformatics researcher Mayko Tran (Mayko Nguyen), who shares her thoughts regarding the reconstruction of the lab, her life and everything that’s affected the team in the past six months. The series is also supported online by an award-winning Web presence at www.regenesistv.com where a virtual tour of the NorBAC lab or link to the “Facts behind the Fiction” of every episode is available, courtesy of the Ontario Genomics Institute. ReGenesis is a one-hour drama series produced by Shaftesbury Films for Movie Central and The Movie Network in association with Showcase Television, and with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Independent Production Fund, and Corus Entertainment Inc.
Season three features 13 one-hour episodes. Shaftesbury Films also acquired the rights to Dr. Vincent Lam’s Giller Prize award-winning book Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures in 2006, which will be developed into a drama series for Movie Central and The Movie Network. ReGenesis will simulcast on Movie Central and The Movie Network’s high definition channels and will be accessible each week on-demand every Tuesday following the Sunday premiere.
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 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 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 and MMore HD, two dedicated high-definition channels 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. As a major supporter of Canadian original programming, The Movie Network has contributed over $315 million toward Canadian content since the launch of the channel in 1983. For more information, please visit www.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.