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 happyto bring the Blechers back for the fourth and
concludingchapterof 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
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.
InEastern 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
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@Mark_DMcKinney - Mark McKinney
@marvinkaye - Marvin Kaye
@thatgreendude - Chris Sheasgreen
@Jesse115115 - Jesse Camacho
@LisaDurupt - Lisa Anne Durupt
@tylerjbjohnston - Tyler Johnston
@BenjaminAyres - Benjamin Ayers
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.
The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) Ellery Ulster (416) 956-8638
Movie Central (Western Canada) Owen McCorquodale (416) 479-6068
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