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CTV.ca - November 22, 2004 - For Immediate Release
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NOVEMBER 22, 2004 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Colm Feore Guest Stars in Season 3 Premiere of The Eleventh Hour, Returning November 27 on CTV

Reigning "Best Dramatic Series" returns with compelling twists, big name guest stars and a new face in Ben Bass

Toronto, ON (November 22, 2004) - The Eleventh Hour, Canada's reigning Gemini Winner for "Best Dramatic Series," returns to the CTV schedule Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning November 27 (check local listings). This year's 13, hour-long episodes are a winning combination of fast-paced drama and cool intelligence as a group of investigative journalists uncover their most shocking stories ever. With today's news, The Eleventh Hour joins the country's Top 3 Canadian dramas in Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, Degrassi: The Next Generation and Cold Squad on the CTV Fall schedule.

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For Season 3, producers have added a new face to the series. Toronto-based actor Ben Bass (Beggars and Choosers, Tom Stone) joins the Gemini-Award-winning cast featuring Tanya Reid (as Kennedy Marsh), Jeff Seymour (as Kamal Azizi), Sonja Smits (as Megan Redner) and Waneta Storms (as Isobel Lambert). The ensemble has been collecting critical acclaim since their debut in 2002. Seymour is set to defend his title as "Best Actor in a Leading Role" while co-star Waneta Storms has also picked up a nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The series is up for 12 Gemini Nominations including its second for "Best Series" in recognition of last year's Season 2.

In his debut, Bass plays newcomer, hotshot producer Henry Shelley who is hired to The Eleventh Hour program fresh off his last assignment covering the conflict in Afghanistan. In a bid to make a name for himself, he takes a tip from an informant who turns up dead much to the chagrin of his executive producer Kennedy Marsh (Tanya Reid). With the help of a grumbling team, the new kid uncovers a tangled web of deceit and exposes a cover-up that implicates a prominent MP.

Colm Feore (Nuremberg, Trudeau) guest stars as Member of Parliament Owen Sawyer in the season opener and delivers a stunning performance. His appearance is the first of many big name guest stars producers have assembled for Season 3. Others include Paul Gross (H2O, Due South), Henry Czerny (Haven, The Pink Panther), Kari Matchett (Power Play, Men With Brooms), Vincent Walsh (Open Heart, Shattered City), Peter MacNeil (The Eleventh Hour, H2O), Leslie Hope (H2O, 24) and Lolita Davidovich (Hollywood Homicide, Mystery, Alaska).

"The show has always relied on multi-layered characters and the new season really explores and highlights those nuances," said Bill Mustos, CTV's Senior Vice-President of Dramatic Programming. "Adding Ben Bass to the cast has made for a terrific contribution to the show."

Along with Henry Shelley (Bass), leading the UTN team is Kennedy Marsh (Reid), Executive Producer of The Eleventh Hour. She's a hard-core journalist with crowd-pleasing sensibility and a cutthroat competitive streak, and this season she's more ambitious than ever. Kamal Azizi (Seymour) settles into his sophomore season as an Eleventh Hour on-air personality. His arrogance and insecurity - and all the attention being paid to Shelley - drive him to consider doing war corresponding to boost his profile. The sensitive and curious Isobel Lambert (Storms) continues as producer for the show, and finds herself once again ethically compromised as she falls for a charming cop at the center of one of her investigations. Rounding out the team is Megan Redner (Smits), the veteran anchor who lands the impossible interviews and soothes her guests to confessional tears. This season will see the team explore new depths of emotion and investigation as they push each other to scoop the scandals, and rescue each other from becoming one.

The Eleventh Hour is a Norstar Filmed Entertainment Inc. production in association with CTV. The series is co-created by Executive Producers Semi Chellas and Ilana Frank. Peter Simpson, Daphne Park Rehdner and David Wellington are also Executive Producers. Ray Sager is Producer and Tina Grewal is Line Producer. Tecca Crosby is CTV's production executive working on the series. Bill Mustos is Senior Vice-President, Dramatic Programming for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President of CTV Programming and Chair of the Media Group.

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