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The Blechers are back for the final season of award-winning Canadian comedy Less Than Kind on June 2 on HBO Canada


The Blechers are back for the final season of award-winning Canadian comedy Less Than Kind on June 2 on HBO Canada

-- Free sampling of Season 3 finale and Season 4 premiere begins

Sunday, May 19 across all platforms

TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), heads back to Winnipeg for a bittersweet summer of turmoil and goodbyes in this fourth and final season of the award-winning, half-hour original comedy series, Less Than Kind. Opening with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET/MT, nothing is certain but change for the quirky Blechers in this season of milestones and mishaps. Following its debut, new episodes premiere in their regular time slot, Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada.

"We are so happy to bring the Blechers back for the fourth and concluding chapter of Less Than Kind," said executive producer, writer and showrunner Mark McKinney. "The series has been blessed by an amazing cast that only grew stronger and funnier each season. This season's storyline brings their characters' journeys to a very satisfying finish. And we are thrilled to be bringing it to HBO Canada where so many great original Canadian shows have thrived."

On the heels of recognition at the WGC Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, and Canadian Comedy Awards, including top honours as Best Comedy at the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards, season 4 of Less Than Kind draws to a close during a period of transition for the Blechers. Anne's (Wendel Meldrum, in her Canadian Screen Award winning role) anxiety is rising at the looming loss of Sheldon (Jesse Camacho) to a gap-year adventure and to the advances of employee Jim Sheridan (Nicholas Campbell). Newly engaged Josh (Benjamin Arthur) pursues a career at Manitoba Labels in order to move out, move up and start his own family with the increasingly demanding Shandra (Lisa Anne Durupt). Aunt Clara (Nancy Sorel) finds herself facing the harsh prospect of unwelcome spinsterhood. As for the loveable trio of youngsters - Sheldon, Miriam (Brooke Palsson) and Danny (Tyler Johnston) - their relationships will be strained to the breaking point by a series of tumultuous events. Life will never be the same again for the Blechers. And that might not be bad.

Season 4 of the series features a distinctly Canadian soundtrack with music from the legendary Bruce Cockburn, Jon Bryant, Gloryhound and Imaginary Cities, among others.

Sneak Preview Available On All Platforms The Movie Network and Movie Central are offering subscribers and non-subscribers a chance to sample the finale episode of Less Than Kind season 3, as well as the first episode from season 4. Beginning Sunday, May 19, Canadians can watch free-of-charge on www.hbocanada.com, via the free On Demand and Online services of participating television providers as well as on TMN GO in Eastern Canada.

In Eastern Canada, the series will be available in High Definition, on demand, on TMN GO, and on HBO Canada OnLine.

In Western Canada, the series will be available in High Definition on HBO Canada HD; on demand, via mobile and online with participating service providers.

Please contact Ellery Ulster (eulster@astral.com) or Owen McCorquodale (owen.mccorquodale@corusent.com) with interview requests.

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Less Than Kind is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment and Buffalo Gal Pictures, in association with Astral's The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central, and is helmed by executive producer, writer and showrunner Mark McKinney, executive producers Peter Williamson and Ira Levy for Breakthrough Entertainment and Phyllis Laing for Buffalo Gal Pictures. The series is also written and executive produced by former Winnipegger Marvin Kaye and Vancouver born Chris Sheasgreen, who created the series based on Kaye's semi-autobiographical one-act play, They Have Mayonnaise in Montreal . Paula J. Smith is producer. The fourth season of the series was written by Mark McKinney, Garry Campbell, Marvin Kaye and Chris Sheasgreen, Karen Hill and Jenn Engels.

Less Than Kind is a Breakthrough Entertainment/Buffalo Gal Pictures production, and produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Manitoba Film & Music, The Canadian Film and Video Tax Credit, The Government of Manitoba - Manitoba Film & Video Productions Tax Credit, and the Government of Ontario - The Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. Distribution by Breakthrough Entertainment Inc.

About Breakthrough Entertainment
 Headquartered in Toronto, Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. (BEI) is a world class studio and leading global producer and distributor of acclaimed primetime comedy and drama series, as well as factual entertainment, documentaries, television movies, feature films, family entertainment and children's animation. As one of Canada's largest television production and distribution companies, BEI has licensed programs to major broadcasters in over 200 territories. With a catalogue of over 3000 half-hours of programming, the company handles distribution as well as worldwide pre-sales, co-productions and third-party acquisitions.  In addition to its dedicated program development, production and distribution divisions, Breakthrough's digital media division ranks among one of the industry's most respected producers of high quality digital entertainment, including ebooks, webisodes and online and mobile games.  (BreakthroughEntertainment.com).

About Buffalo Gal Pictures Inc.: Buffalo Gal Pictures is an award-winning independent production company based in Winnipeg, Canada. President Phyllis Laing and producer Liz Jarvis have developed and produced many challenging and diverse projects including Amreeka, which premiered at Sundance, 2009, My Winnipeg and Stone Angel, which both had premieres at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Buffalo Gal Pictures has also produced over 52 hours of television programming including Less Than Kind and Cashing In. In addition, they have also produced seven award-winning documentaries. By creating collaborative relationships with creative talent and building successful co-production partnerships, Buffalo Gal Pictures has become one of the top independent production companies in Canada.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic programs for which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.

The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX : ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.

Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation software. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press site, please visit http://press.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com

Media contacts: 

The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)  Ellery Ulster (416) 956-8638 eulster@astral.com 

Movie Central (Western Canada)  Owen McCorquodale (416) 479-6068 Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com

SOURCE: THE MOVIE NETWORK

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