CanWest preps 7 for '07

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TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster CanWest MediaWorks on Monday said it will air seven new and returning independently produced Canadian dramas next year, including the Sci Fi Channel's "Painkiller Jane" and the N's "The Best Years."

Toronto-based CanWest said it will air 22 one-hour episodes of "Jane," a superhero action series originally developed and produced for the Sci-Fi Channel by Vancouver-based Insight Film Studios.

CanWest -- which operates twin national TV networks in Canada -- said it also will schedule "The Best Years," a new 13-episode campus drama produced by Toronto-based Blueprint Entertainment, and six one-hours of "Durham County," the police drama from Montreal-based Muse Entertainment. "County" will air on CanWest's Global Television network after bowing on premium pay TV here.

CanWest also will air the second season of "Falcon Beach," a teen drama developed for the Canadian broadcaster and airing on ABC Family, the second season of Shaftsbury Films' workplace comedy "The Jane Show" and Court TV's "Love You To Death," a 13-part comedy starring John Waters and Rob Stewart.

Rounding out CanWest's slate of Canadian-made series is "Da Kink in My Hair," a 13-episode dramedy with an all-Black cast developed by Global Television and Vision TV from a popular stage play.

As with rival Canadian broadcasters, CanWest MediaWorks commissions and airs original homegrown TV series as a condition of license in return for permission to air U.S. network series in primetime.
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