Tuesday, October 13, 2009

TV News: 3rd season of 'Durham County' Begins Shooting


From a press release

Principal photography on the third season of the award-winning series Durham County has begun in Montreal. Nominated for 13 Gemini awards, winner of 5, and praised by the New York Times as "entirely addictive," this six-part, one-hour drama series features returning stars Hugh Dillon (Flashpoint), Hélène Joy (Murdoch Mysteries), Laurence Leboeuf (Human Trafficking) and Greyston Holt (Smallville) and new cast member Michael Nardone (Rome) as Detective Ivan Sujic.


In the heart-stopping third season of Durham, Mike Sweeney's new task force investigates the brutal murder of two young boys along the 401 highway corridor, while one of their own officers struggles to bury a dangerous secret. Meanwhile Audrey and Sadie embark on a new chapter of their lives and Mike must push himself beyond his limits to overcome a sudden tragedy that may tear his family apart forever.

"The Durham County franchise is being recognized from New York to Paris to Sydney as establishing a new standard of dramatic excellence in television," says Executive Producer Michael Prupas (Human Trafficking, Ben Hur). "The 3rd season will build an even broader audience as it delves into the mind and memory of a military man who has witnessed the worst of human behaviour."

"In the 3rd season we're looking at the kind of violence that's sanctioned by the community. Our antagonist is a former soldier and the action takes place in a Durham that's imagined as a war zone," says Writer/Executive Producer/Co-Creator Laurie Finstad Knizhnik (Cold Squad, Bliss).

"Michael Nardone, who plays Mike's nemesis, Ivan, in season 3, has an incredible authenticity to him that stems from his life growing up battling gangs in the tough town of Fife, Scotland. He brings both a fierceness and compassion to a very deeply disturbed character. The chemistry between him and Hugh is spellbinding to watch," says Director/Executive Producer/Co-Creator Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County, Bliss).

"This season the Sweeney's are all entering a new and exciting phase in their lives," says Executive Producer/Co-Creator Janis Lundman (Bliss, Drop the Beat). "But everything begins to spiral out of control and their lives will be turned upside down. It's going to be a terrifying but wonderful ride."

Durham County is developed and produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc. and Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. with Corus Entertainment's Movie Central and Astral Media's The Movie Network. The series is produced with participation from the Canadian Television Fund. It is being distributed internationally by ITV Global Entertainment Media.

The third season is directed by Adrienne Mitchell and Charles Binamé (Flashpoint). Joining the production team are Line Producer Claude Paiement (Durham County), D.O.P. Éric Cayla (The Dead Zone), Production Designer Donna Noonan (Bliss) and Costume Designer Janet Campbell (Swamp Devil).

The series airs on The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Movie Central (Western Canada), on ION Television in the US, as well as over 100 territories worldwide.

For more information please contact:
Betty Palik, Director of Communications, Muse Entertainment,
Tel: 514-866-6873 bpalik@muse.ca; www.muse.ca
or
Anisha Rangi, Publicity Coordinator, Muse Entertainment,
Tel: 514-866-6873 arangi@muse.ca; www.muse.ca


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