This July on The Movie Network: Comedy Programming Rules with TMN Original FUNNY AS HELL, IFC’s MARON and THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING, and HBO’s 7 DAYS IN HELL and SHOWTIME Dramas RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX Return with New Seasons; Plus the Debut of Acclaimed Miniseries JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, and More

— June 26, 2015

 
  • JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, the seven-part adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s bestselling novel, debuts Sunday, July 5 at 8 p.m. ET with a special, two-episode premiere
  • IFC comedy series MARON returns for a third season Monday, July 6 at 10 p.m. ET, followed by the Season 5 premiere of The Movie Network original, stand-up/sketch series FUNNY AS HELL at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Andy Samberg and Kit Harington star in HBO’s sports “documentary” film, 7 DAYS IN HELL, premiering Saturday, July 11 at 11 p.m. ET
  • Acclaimed dramas from SHOWTIME, RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX, return for third seasons, Sunday, July 12, beginning at 9 p.m. ET
  • IFC’s THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING, a six-part follow-up to THE SPOILS OF BABYLON, debuts Monday, July 20 at 11 p.m. ET
  • Movie premieres in June include: ANNIE, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, OUIJA, KILL THE MESSENGER, and LUCY
  ** Media Note ** – Download photos at bellmedia.ca/pr. Screeners available by request.   Below is a chronological listing of The Movie Network programming highlights for July. All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit themovienetwork.ca to confirm local broadcast times).   Thursday, July 2 9 p.m. – REELSIDE – Episode 5 of 6 – *Original Documentary Series* Accomplished editor Matthew Hannam (SENSITIVE SKIN) sets off to Northern Ontario with iconic Canadian directors Don McKellar (SENSITIVE SKIN) and Bruce McDonald (Highway 61) to create a documentary about their careers. What emerges is a powerful lesson about the Canadian road movie. Following REELSIDE is a marathon of all six episodes of The Movie Network original series SENSITIVE SKIN, starring Don McKellar and Kim Cattrall.   Friday, July 3 9 p.m. – THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY – *Premiere* The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery. Starring Helen Mirren (Red 2), Om Puri (Heartless), and Manish Dayal (SWITCHED AT BIRTH).   Saturday, July 4 7 p.m. – ANNIE – *Premiere* A foster child (Quvenzhané Wallis, 12 Years a Slave) who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx, Horrible Bosses 2), makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Also starring Cameron Diaz (Sex Tape).   9 p.m. – GET ON UP – *Premiere* A biopic chronicling legendary musician James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to one of the most influential musical artists in history. Starring Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War), Nelsan Ellis (TRUE BLOOD), and Viola Davis (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER).   Sunday, July 5 8 p.m. – JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL – Part 1 – *Series Premiere* Following the fantastical and dark adventures of two magicians in 19th Century England, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL is the new, seven-part adaptation of the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke. In the premiere episode, determined to prove himself England's greatest magician, Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan, RAY DONOVAN) makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious being, while the charming Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel, RESTLESS) learns he too has magical gifts.   9 p.m. – JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL – Part 2  Mr Norrell takes on Jonathan Strange as his apprentice. However, it soon becomes clear that the pupil outshines the master. And something is clearly very wrong with the resurrected Lady Pole (Alice Englert, Beautiful Creatures).   10 p.m. – PENNY DREADFUL – Season 2, Episode 10 – *Season 2 Finale* Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/movie-network/penny-dreadful/   Monday, July 6 10 p.m. – MARON – Season 3, Episode 1 – *Season Premiere* Comedian, writer, and podcaster Marc Maron (WTF) is bringing his world of problems, attempts at redemption, and brood of cats back for a third season of his comedy series. In the Season 3 premiere, Marc is forced into new relationships when his girlfriend insists he get to know her kid, and Elliott Gould (RAY DONOVAN) insists he take on his agent. Guest Stars: Constance Zimmer, Alex Rocco, and Lucy Davis. Podcast Guest: Elliot Gould. Directed by Rob Cohen.   10:30 p.m. – FUNNY AS HELL – Season 5, Episode 1 – *Season Premiere* Jon Dore hosts a line-up of the very best comedians in the business. The Season 5 debut episode features Pete Davidson (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), Rachel Feinstein (INSIDE AMY SCHUMER), and Pete Holmes (THE PETE HOLMES SHOW). Thursday, July 9 9 p.m. – REELSIDE – Episode 6 of 6 – *Original Documentary Series Finale* Emerging filmmaker Matthew Lochner is on a journey to create his own superhero concept, complete with a trailer. He enlists the help of Stephen Amell (ARROW), David Hayter (X-Men), and Lloyd Kaufman (The Troma Empire) to understand what it means to be a superhero and what drives their careers. REELSIDE is followed by a special presentation of THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2.   Friday, July 10 9 p.m. – DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY – *Premiere* Writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy, and truth. Once happily married, Conor (James McAvoy, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The story combines Benson’s previous two films – HIM and HER – further look into the subjectivity of relationships.   Saturday, July 11 9 p.m. – HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 – *Premiere* Dale (Charlie Day, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), and Nick (Jason Bateman, This is Where I Leave You) decide to start their own business, but things don't go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme. Also starring Jennifer Aniston.   11 p.m. – 7 DAYS IN HELL – *Premiere* Premiering during the first weekend of this year’s Wimbledon tournament, airing exclusively in Canada on TSN, this outrageous sports “documentary” from HBO brings together Andy Samberg (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) and Kit Harington (GAME OF THRONES).  7 DAYS IN HELL takes a look back at a pair of fictional players from the not-too-distant past, who played on the longest and greatest tennis match of all time: a seven-day, five-set marathon that took literally everything out of them. In addition to highlights and lowlights from the match, the special explores the lives and careers of the competitors: Aaron Williams (Samberg), a hyper-malcontent, and Charles Poole (Harington), a dim-witted prodigy who carried England’s hopes for a tennis champion on his shoulders.   Sunday, July 12 8 p.m. – JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL – Season 1, Episode 3 Jonathan Strange accesses ancient and troubling magic as he fights the Napoleonic armies, while Mr Norrell battles to keep his secrets hidden, and the mysterious Gentleman (Marc Warren, THE MUSKETEERS) enrols Sir Walter's (Samuel West, MR SELFRIDGE) servant Stephen (Ariyon Bakare, Jupiter Ascending) to help him enchant the beguiling Arabella (Charlotte Riley, Edge of Tomorrow).   9 p.m. – RAY DONOVAN – Season 3, Episode 1 – *Season Premiere* Starring two-time Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominee Liev Schreiber as LA’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Season 3 finds Ray adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight, in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning role), who had narrowly escaped last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire. Guest star Elliott Gould is joined by Ian McShane and Katie Holmes this season. The cast also includes Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey, and Devon Bagby. A SHOWTIME production, the series was created by Ann Biderman and is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon, and Bryan Zuriff.   10 p.m. – MASTERS OF SEX – Season 3, Episode 1 – *Season Premiere* The year is 1966, and MASTERS OF SEX season three finds the famed duo of Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It’s the start of the Sexual Revolution, and Masters and Johnson’s work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their own evolving three-way “marriage” with Masters’ wife Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald). Starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Sheen and Emmy nominee Caplan as real-life pioneers of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, MASTERS OF SEX chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop-culture trajectory.   Monday, July 13 10 p.m. – MARON – Season 3, Episode 2 Marc’s lesbian neighbours ask him to father their child. Meanwhile, Kyle’s relationship with an older woman perplexes Marc. Guest Stars: Whitney Cummings, Andrea Rosen, Anna Konkle, Cameron Esposito, and Lisa Brenner. Podcast Guest: Ryan Singer. Directed by Michael Glarum and Sivert Jamin.   10:30 p.m. – FUNNY AS HELL – Season 5, Episode 2 Features stand-up comedians Streeter Seidell, Dan Levy, and Greg Proops. Thursday, July 16 9 p.m. – PENTHOUSE NORTH – *Premiere* A reclusive, blind photojournalist lives quietly in a New York penthouse, until a smooth-but-sadistic criminal looking for a hidden fortune enters her life. Starring Michelle Monaghan (TRUE DETECTIVE), Michael Keaton (Birdman), and Barry Sloane (THE WHISPERS).   Friday, July 17 9 p.m. – HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS – *Canadian Feature Film Premiere* Hector (Simon Pegg, Man Up) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl) that he feels like a fraud and hasn't really tasted life - yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier - he decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.   Saturday, July 18 9 p.m. – OUIJA – *Premiere* A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Starring Olivia Cooke (BATES MOTEL) and Daren Kagasoff (RED BAND SOCIETY).   Sunday, July 19 8 p.m. – JONATHAN STRANGE& MR NORRELL – Season 1, Episode 4 Returned from war, Jonathan joins Mr Norrell to try to cure England's mad king, George III (Edward Petherbridge, DOCTORS), but is frustrated at Norrell's refusal to discuss the magic and legends of old times. Meanwhile, unbeknown to the magicians, the Gentleman embarks on a scheme to capture Arabella and destroy Jonathan Strange.   9 p.m. – RAY DONOVAN – Season 3, Episode 2 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/movie-network/ray-donovan/   10 p.m. – MASTERS OF SEX – Season 3, Episode 2 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/movie-network/masters-of-sex/   Monday, July 20 10 p.m. – MARON – Season 3, Episode 3 After he learns that his ex-wife has written a book, Marc invites her to come on the podcast. Guest Stars: Mary Lynn Rajskub and Lucy Davis. Podcast Guest: Jackie Kashian. Directed by Marc Maron and Joe Kessler.   10:30 p.m. – FUNNY AS HELL – Season 5, Episode 3 Features James Davis, Cameron Esposito, and Ari Shaffir.   11 p.m. – THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING – Episode 1 – *Premiere* Written in a fit of youthful intoxication by legendary author-turned-director Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell, Get Hard), the series is a debaucherous pulp-noir murder mystery set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles’ jazz scene. It follows Rock Banyon (Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie) as he becomes the prime suspect in the double murder of his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph, Big Hero 6), who is found dead with another man.   Thursday, July 23 9 p.m. – HOME SWEET HELL – *Premiere* Don Champagne (Patrick Wilson, Fargo), seems to have it all, but when his wife, Mona (Katherine Heigl, State of Affairs), learns of Don's affair with a pretty new salesgirl (Jordana Brewster, Fast & Furious 7), Mona will stop at nothing to maintain their storybook life.   Friday, July 24 9 p.m.  – PREDESTINATION – *Premiere* Chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke, Boyhood) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time, and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost. Also starring Sarah Snook (THE BEAUTIFUL LIE) and Noah Taylor (POWERS).   Saturday, July 25 9 p.m. – KILL THE MESSENGER – *Premiere* A reporter (Jeremy Renner Avengers: Age of Ultron),  becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. Also starring Robert Patrick (SCORPION), and Jena Sims (Last Vegas).   Sunday, July 26 8 p.m. – JONATHAN STRANGE& MR NORRELL – Season 1, Episode 5 Jonathan Strange's remarkable magic helps England win the Battle of Waterloo, after which Strange returns home hoping for a peaceful new life, but the Gentleman's scheme for revenge wrecks all of his and Arabella's plans, leaving Jonathan Strange a ruined man.   9 p.m. – RAY DONOVAN – Season 3, Episode 3 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/movie-network/ray-donovan/   10 p.m. – MASTERS OF SEX – Season 3, Episode 3 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/movie-network/masters-of-sex/   Monday, July 27 10 p.m. – MARON – Season 3, Episode 4 After being criticized for not having diverse guests, Marc invites Bruce Bruce on his podcast – to disastrous results. Guest Stars: Bruce Bruce, Kyle Erby, Coley Mustafa Speaks, Nina Daniels, and Sean Grant. Podcast Guest: Bruce Bruce. Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.   10:30 p.m. – FUNNY AS HELL – Season 5, Episode 4 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/movie-network/funny-hell/   11 p.m. – THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING – Episode 2 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/movie-network/spoils-dying/   Friday, July 31 9 p.m. – LUCY – *Premiere* A woman (Scarlet Johansson, Avengers: Age of Ultron), accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Also starring Morgan Freeman (Last Knights).  

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