'Treatment' prescribed for Canadian pay TV

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TORONTO -- HBO's "In Treatment" has landed on Canadian pay TV channels Movie Central and The Movie Network, it was announced Wednesday.

The Canadian premium services are to air the half-hour drama series -- which stars Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest and Blair Underwood -- day-and-date with HBO beginning Jan. 28.

The 43-epsiode series, to air over a nine-week run, will portray a psychotherapist (Byrne) who ably treats four patients while tending to his own painstaking problems.

The Movie Network and Movie Central will follow HBO's scheduling strategy, airing new episodes five nights a week, followed in the second week with repeats of earlier episodes so viewers can catch up on a patient's previous treatment session.

The drama, which comes to the Canadian pay TV channels via an output deal with HBO, is based on the popular Israeli series "B'Tipul."

Mark Wahlberg, Steve Levinson, Rodgrigo Garcia and Hagai Levi are executive producers on the series.
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